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Capital site: the Britannia sits close to London Bridge

MY PUB

My Pub: The Britannia, London Bridge

By Gary Lloyd

The Smok’d pub company operates a number of sites that focus on a barbecue food approach coupled with great atmospheres and drinks – and the Britannia is no exception.

Plenty to celebrate: JW Lees managing director William Lees-Jones

JW Lees set to announce record sales

By Gary Lloyd

JW Lees managing director William Lees-Jones has told The Morning Advertiser the brewer, pub operator and hotel business is set to post record sales when its financial year figures are published next week.

Keys to the door: Dodo Pub Co boss Leo Johnson

Dodo brings portfolio up to 9 sites

By Ed Bedington

Neighbourhood pub specialists the Dodo Pub Company has announced an expansion to its operations with the takeover of the White House in Oxford.

Record results posted by Hydes Brewery

Hydes celebrates record results

By Ed Bedington

Salford-based brewer Hydes is celebrating after results showed it had increased turnover and profitability across its business.

Portfolio growth: Richard Hepplestone (left) and Simon Woodcock (right) have taken on the lease of their sixth pub as they look to build an estate of 10 in the region

Operators takes on second Star site

By Nikkie Thatcher

South Yorkshire operators Simon Woodcock and Richard Hepplestone are taking the lease on their sixth pub as they look to build a 10-strong estate in the region.

Pub companies' digital approaches to help tenants understand the pubs code

OPINION

Digital solutions to new tenant information

By Fiona Dickie, pubs code adjudicator

The pubs code adjudicator (PCA) is encouraged by pub company plans to use digital approaches to increase tenant understanding of their pub code rights and provide them with the information they are entitled to under the pubs code.

Summer of cider: how to make your offer sparkle

FEATURE - Cider

FEATURE: Why the garden is a great place for cider

By Fiona Griffiths

Summer has finally arrived (meteorologically speaking at least), and with 63% of people visiting the pub more frequently during the summer months, that means it’s boom time for your business.

New appointment: Sarah Miller joins after five years with Stonegate (Barrio Familia pictured)

Nightcap brings Stonegate star on board

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, which operates owns and operates 46 bars including brands such as The Cocktail Club, Barrio Familia and Dirty Martini, has appointed Sarah Miller as group director of business operations.

Shepherd Neame releases Go For Gold to honour Olympics win

THE CASK PROJECT

Shepherd Neame’s tribute beer to war and sporting hero

By Gary Lloyd

Kent brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame is releasing a cask beer to commemorate 100 years since Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame’s gold medal success in the 1924 Paris Olympics.

Summer favourite: pubs such the New Inn in West Sussex are taking advantage of wine

FEATURE - WINE

FEATURE: Make your wine sales rise as weather improves

By Michelle Perrett

Gone are the days when anyone asking for a glass of ‘dry white’ in a pub would be faced with rolling eyes as the bar member scrambled through the back bar fridge to find a bottle that had likely been open for at least a week.

Sales boost and high-end predictions: All Bar One (pictured) is one of M&B's brands

M&B lfl sales up 7% and buys Pesto Restaurants

By Gary Lloyd

Mitchells & Butlers has claimed to be outperforming the market in like-for-like (lfl) sales and expects its annual results to be at the top end of its forecasts.

Expert insight: Lumina Intelligence's Maggie Davis highlights top trends shaping the pub sector

3 key trends shaping the pub market

By Nikkie Thatcher

Utilising space, tapping into experiences and drinks innovation are three trends operators should be showcasing in their businesses, one expert urged.

Excuses made: often a change of plans will see a booking cancelled or result in a no-show (credit: Getty/SolStock)

Top 5 reasons for no-shows

By Gary Lloyd

One in five hospitality guests fail to turn up for a reservation because they booked multiple venues to ensure they would get in somewhere.

What does the Fox say? pub licensee Andy King has plenty of events going on for his customers

MY PUB

My Pub: The Fox, Birmingham

By Gary Lloyd

Andy King has been at the helm of the Fox on Lower Essex Street in Birmingham since 1997 and is the longest serving publican in the city’s gay village.

 Boxing clever: a good relationship between pubs and suppliers is more important than ever (credit: Getty/andresr)

FEATURE – Supplier relations

FEATURE: Get a love-love relationship with your suppliers

By Nigel Huddleston

Perhaps it’s the result of successive economic shocks – most recently fuelled by the catalytic impact of the pandemic – but there seems to have been a fundamental shift in the relationships between pub operators and suppliers over the past decade or so.