Stonegate Pub Company

Business comment: Stonegate leased and tenanted MD Nick Light said he was proud of the financial support the company had provided (image: Getty/Scott O'Neill)

Ei rent credits to stop at end of June

By Nikkie Thatcher

Tied Ei Publican Partnerships licensees on substantive agreements in England will receive rent credits until 20 June but The Morning Advertiser understands the credits will stop after this date.

Different amounts: the rent credits for tied tenants on substantive agreements will be tapered according to which tier they are in

Stonegate reveals rent credits for tiers

By Nikkie Thatcher

Stonegate Pub Company has unveiled three rent credit systems for its leased and tenanted arm – Ei Publican Partnerships – differing for each tier.

Beer sale: pubs are reducing the price of ale to help cut the amount thrown away

Pubs slashing ale pint prices to less than £1

By Nikkie Thatcher

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) and Stonegate Pub Company have cut prices of real ale to under £1 in a bid to throw as little beer away as possible during the second lockdown.

Double standards: the Kings Arms sits on the ground floor while the adjoining Popworld brand is on the level above

My Pub: the Kings Arms, Morecambe, Lancashire

By Simon Longbottom

Adam Hulme took over the Kings Arms as general manager almost a year ago and has seen it through a million-pound transformation. Here, he tells Stonegate boss Simon Longbottom what makes the pub tick and where he’d like the pubco to invest in its future.

Secrets to success: Stonegate has ‘grown up’ with 770 locations across the UK, employing 15,000 people

Five lessons from Stonegate’s success

By Simon Longbottom

Five years and 12 major acquisitions after chief executive Simon Longbottom joined the business, Stonegate Pub Company is on the cusp of becoming the UK’s largest pub operator. Here he reveals five lessons underpinning the company’s growth.

More than pulling pints: recruiting and retaining staff in the hospitality sector is an ongoing problem but pub companies are going above and beyond to help


Busting the myths around jobs in hospitality

By Nikkie Thatcher

Guest editor Simon Longbottom sets the brief for this issue’s Spotlight feature, which looks at debunking the myths surrounding jobs in the hospitality sector.

Stone-cold ambition: internal promotion is big at Stonegate with a focus on training and leadership

Big interview

'Please judge us on our track record' says Stonegate boss

By Ed Bedington

It’s been a tumultuous year in the pub trade on the acquisition front but the news that Stonegate was bidding for the much larger Ei Group still caught many by surprise. One of the leading architects of the deal Simon Longbottom reveals all.

Pub heritage: ‘Despite continued economic and political uncertainty, the appeal of the community pub and its role has arguably never been more valid’


Government help is vital for pubs

By Simon Longbottom

For centuries, pubs have constantly demonstrated their ability to evolve and adapt to reflect the changing needs of society, according to Stonegate Pub Company chief executive Simon Longbottom.

Pub sector champion: Stonegate's Ian Payne receives MBE in Queen's birthday honours

Pub luminary recognised in Queen’s birthday honours 2018

By Claire Churchard

Ian Payne, founder and chairman of Stonegate Pub Company, has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to the hospitality and pub industry with a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award.

Simon Longbottom, CEO, Stonegate Pub Company

My Shout: Simon Longbottom, CEO, Stonegate Pub Company

By Simon Longbottom

Our industry is facing unprecedented inflationary and political challenges, and many are in the area of people and employment, the national living wage, the apprenticeship levy and the potential post-Brexit shortfall in labour to name but three.

Be at One completes £20m refinancing

Be at One completes £20m refinancing

By Mark Wingett, MCA

Be At One, the Piper-backed cocktail bar group, has completed a £20m refinancing, and ended the sales process it started earlier this year.

Apprenticeship: Stonegate boss Longbottom has urged the government to rethink the levy

Apprenticeship Levy

Pub boss calls for rethink on apprenticeship plans

By Ed Bedington

The government’s plans to impose an apprenticeship levy could put the brakes on the ability of the industry to train efficiently, a leading pub operator has warned.

Pictures: Pub openings - March 2016


Pictures: Pub openings - March 2016

By Oli Gross

The Publican's Morning Advertiser looks at pubs which were opened and renovated up and down the country in March 2016.

Stonegate Pub Company expands portfolio with 15 strong investment

Stonegate acquires Maclay Inns portfolio

By M&C Allegra FS

Stonegate Pub Company has announced a re-strengthening of its estate with the acquisition of 15 sites formerly operated by the Maclay Group, the Scotland-based pub, bar and hotel operator, which was placed into administration earlier this year.

Zonal has completed its rollout of technology across the Stonegate pub estate

Zonal complete Stonegate EPoS rollout

By James Wallin, M&C Report

Zonal, the Electronic Point of Sale (EPoS) provider to the hospitality industry, has completed the rollout of its Aztec software to the 614-strong Stonegate Pub Company estate in record time.

It is thought Stonegate Pub Company is in talks to acquire around 80 Bramwell sites

Bramwell faces uncertain future as Stonegate eyes core estate

By Mark Wingett

Bramwell Pub Company, the c180-strong managed operator, is in talks to sell the better performing parts of its estate to rival operator Stonegate Pub Company, a little more than a year after undergoing a financial restructure and appointing a new management...

Dave Daly: Predicts bright future for managed houses

Managed houses fit for future success

By Dave Daly

It seems that a lot of managed houses are running a lot stronger than they were 10 to 15 years ago, including a few wet-led town centre pubs, writes Dave Daly.

Danson Stables: refurbed and reopen

Stonegate reopens the Danson Stables

By Lesley Foottit

Stonegate Pub Company has reopened a Kent pub has following an extensive £150,000 refurbishment. The Danson Stables in Danson Park, Bexleyheath,...