Positive outlook: chief executive Jonathan Neame

No room for mediocre pubs, says Shepherd Neame boss

By Nicholas Robinson

Shepherd Neame’s focus on revitalising its managed pub estate through investment and acquisition has provided great profits for the Kent-based operator, but that does not signal the demise of the independents.

Remarkable Punch publicans: pubs have a 'rosy future'


Outgoing Punch chief executive on the future for Punch pubs

By Claire Churchard

Following the news that Punch chief executive Duncan Garrood has decided to leave the business, after Patron completed its deal to buy the group's pubs, The Morning Advertiser gets the inside track on why he isn’t staying for the transition period...


EU referendum

Brexit: "It's time for cool and calm thinking" - and a new PMA

By Ed Bedington

Well, that was unexpected! I was planning to write about change in this week’s issue, as we prepare for the biggest relaunch of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA) in decades, but I wasn’t expecting to have my thunder stolen by Brexit!

Guv'nor: Work harder to keep students spending


Guv'nor: Work harder to keep students spending

By Lee Price

Students in Aberystwyth do like to be beside the seaside, but the cost of education has led to a fall in numbers, and brought about a more conservative approach to spending.

How to deal with a licence review

How to deal with a licence review

By Poppleston Allen

The arrival of an application to review your premises licence is almost certainly the most stressful time that you will face as a premises licence holder or designated premises supervisor (DPS). Even well-run premises can be reviewed but it is not necessarily...

How to buy a pub

Top tips for pub buyers

By Simon Hall

Purchasing a pub can be hugely nerve-racking, with a multitude of things to consider before you get your name above the door. Simon Hall, director and head of pubs at Fleurets, shares seven points to consider before making the leap

Christie Group pubs

Pubs have become more affordable, says Christie Group

By Mark Wingett

Advisory firm Christie Group has reported this morning that pubs have become more affordable and that funding remains available for experienced operators, but the sale of distressed assets by banks has slowed.


The time has come for Government to deliver

By Robert Sayles

Representatives of the drinks industry have certainly been proactive of late; increasingly desperate it would appear to get their message across via the media. However, in their haste to win the battle of hearts and minds we do appear to be receiving...

Call time on barstaff dabbling in telepathy

Call time on barstaff dabbling in telepathy

By Pete Brown

There’s a fascinating new development happening in our hostelries late at night. In a bold, ground-breaking experiment, a rising number of pubs are experimenting with telepathy as a way of communicating with customers.

British Gas apologises in meter reading dispute

British Gas apologises in meter reading dispute

By Gurjit Degun

British Gas has apologised for an ongoing meter-reading issue which has resulted in a South Yorkshire licensee being sent bills ranging from £19,000 to £40,000 a quarter, since April this year.

Greg Mulholland: Believes it a 'myth' that tied pubs are less likely to close than freehouses

Tied pubs 'not less likely to close'

By The PMA Team

The All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group has published evidence that it claims disproves tied pubs are less likely to close than freehouses....

Cellar & Kitchen: set for rollout

Adnams: Cellar & Kitchen stores to expand

By John Harrington, M&C Report

Suffolk brewer Adnams plans to open another five or six Cellar & Kitchen stores in the next two or three years as its re-confirms its long-term...

Thrive on Five: campaign to cut VAT

Economist to join MA campaign

By Ewan Turney

The Morning Advertiser is to invite Treasury ministers to meet influential French economist Jacques Borel — the man behind the VAT cut for the...

Smith leaving Noctis at end of December

Looking to a joined-up future in pub trade

By Paul Smith

As Paul Smith leaves his role as executive director at Noctis, he reflects on his time at the organisation and predicts the future of the industry.

Magners: action to halt on-trade volume slide

Magners still finding pub market tough

By Ewan Turney

Magners continues to have a tough time in the on-trade in Great Britain — recording a 14% volume drop against flat sector growth. However, the...

Cook: supporting Norwich pub

Labour candidate campaigns to save pub

By Lesley Foottit

A Labour candidate has launched a campaign to save a Norwich pub earmarked for demolition. It emerged on Saturday that pub company Enterprise Inns...

Thorley: leaving after nine years

Giles Thorley quits Punch Taverns

By Ewan Turney

Punch Taverns chief executive Giles Thorley has announced his resignation from Punch Taverns. Punch said it is "well advanced" with the process of...

Electricity charges: British Gas admits to metering error

Host hit by shock electricity bill

By John Harrington

Another host has been sent a bombshell electricity bill — this time for £8,900 — after British Gas admitted under-estimating consumption. An...

Alcohol in Emergency: late night deliveries

Late night alcohol delivery ad banned

By Ewan Turney

An ad for a late night alcohol delivery service has been banned for being "offensive and socially irresponsible". The Advertising Standards...

Coulson: big difference between Queen's speech and resulting legislation

Divide and rule in speech

By Peter Coulson

Those who are looking for specific legislative detail in the speech that the Queen read out last week do not perhaps understand the way Government works, says Peter Coulson.

McNamara: Leaving BII after six years

John McNamara to leave BII

By The PMA Team

BII chief executive John McNamara is leaving the organisation after six and half years in the role after being head hunted to take over the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils, the MA can reveal.



TEN over two days Q. When you apply for a TEN which lasts for more than one day, does it have to be for a continuous period or can you stipulate the...

National Pubwatch founder retiring

National Pubwatch founder retiring

By John Harrington

National Pubwatch chairman Steve Baker has paid tribute to founder member Bill Stone, who is retiring from the committee. Stone, who is leaving due...