Managed Pubs

Founder Knipe reacquires Blackrose Pubs

Knipe re-takes control at Blackrose

By Ed Bedington

Blackrose Pubs has been bought back following the purchase of the business brand by former managing director Daren Knipe.

Trading figures: sales in pubs were up by 8.8% against May 2022 but high inflation means this was below the same month last year in real terms (image: Getty/recep-bg)

May’s like-for-like sales up 8.8%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Warm weather and a trio of bank holidays resulted in like-for-like sales in pubs having increased by 8.8% year on year.

Multiple business: the Box joins Arc's Manahatta venue in Birmingham

Arc to open biggest Box site to date

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator Arc Inspirations is preparing to open its largest Box site in Brindleyplace, Birmingham next month (June).

Personnel change: Simon Longbottom (left) is set to be replaced as Stonegate Group CEO by David McDowall (right)

BrewDog’s McDowall replacing Stonegate’s Longbottom

By Nikkie Thatcher

Stonegate Group chief executive officer Simon Longbottom is stepping down from the role at the country's biggest pub company and is set to be replaced by BrewDog’s David McDowall in February 2023.

Tax equality: JDW chair Tim Martin said if pubs were to survive and thrive in the future, the sector needs to be treated fairly

JDW boss reiterates calls for tax equality

By Nikkie Thatcher

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) chairman Tim Martin has repeated his calls for pubs to have tax equality with supermarkets in order to “survive and thrive in the future”.

First of many: the Birmingham site is the first of O'Neill's remodelling plans to be rolled out across all other branches in the UK

Inside the new look O’Neill’s

By Nikkie Thatcher

Mitchells & Butlers brand O’Neill’s is being remodelled with a new look and feel, bringing a focus on showing women’s sports, starting with The Women’s Euros next month (July).

Just Add Talent: Star Pubs & Bars to double the amount of its managed pubs in Scotland (Credit: Getty/ monkeybusinessimages)

Star to double Scottish managed portfolio

By Rebecca Weller

Large pub operator Star Pubs & Bars has announced plans to double the amount of its managed operator pubs in Scotland during 2022 as part of it Just Add Talent (JAT) estate.

Opportunity arisen: Panmure Gordon believes Fuller’s could generate significant funds to help with its acquisition strategy to acquire managed freehold pubs if it were to sell its tenanted division

Fuller’s has good opportunity for M&A


Fuller Smith & Turner has a good opportunity to participate in M&A activity within the pub sector, by disposing of its tenanted inns division, and using these funds to acquire City Pub Group (CPC), an analyst note from Panmure Gordon has suggested...

Rising up: consumer spending in pubs rose in November, compared to the previous month (image: Getty/Kathrin Ziegler)

Spending in pubs up by a third

By Nikkie Thatcher

Consumer spending in bars, pubs and clubs was up by 34.2% in November against October, according to recent data.

Company history: Fuller's has made a number of deals in its history

A look back at Fuller's mergers and acquisitions

By Nikkie Thatcher

Brewer and operator Fuller’s has a long history for its pub and brewing business and The Morning Advertiser has taken a deep dive into the company’s merger and acquisition deals.

Sales data: the research found total sales across managed on-trade sites were down just 6% when compared with 2019 trading (image: Getty/sturti)

Trading positive for managed pubs

By Michelle Perrett

Britain’s managed pub, restaurant and bar groups lifted sales back close to pre-Covid-19 levels in July to continue hospitality’s recovery from the pandemic, the new edition of the Coffer CGA Business Tracker has revealed

Deal to be done: the sites being disposed of are in England and Wales (image: Getty/Sam Edwards)

JDW to sell 7 pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has appointed two agents to dispose of seven of its sites in England and Wales for an undisclosed sum.

Cash injection: Robinsons has invested across its estate during the coronavirus pandemic

Robinsons pub investment continues

By Nikkie Thatcher

North-west based brewer and operator Robinsons has invested millions into its pub estate amid the coronavirus crisis.

'Best possible alfresco experiences': 'We’re delighted to have been able to invest this funding in our managed pub estate, to ensure that we are well positioned to meet the evolving needs of our customers,' St Austell's Kevin Georgel said

St Austell reopens managed pubs

By MCA Insight

St Austell Brewery reopened 18 of its managed houses for outdoor service on 29 April, having made significant investments in its al fresco spaces.