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Leading pub group launches development programme for top licensees

by admin 7/29/2015 1:19:00 PM

Community pub group Admiral Taverns has unveiled a new development programme for its leading licensees, to help them further build and drive the profitability of their pub businesses. 

The Advanced Business Development Programme (ABDP) is targeted at Admiral’s leading licensees, who are typically at least 12-18 months into their relationship with the award-winning tenanted pub group, and are operating established and successful pubs.

The initiative is designed to address the challenge of how successful licensees unlock further sales or profit growth from what may already be a quality business.

Suzanne Smith, head of recruitment and people development, said: “The ABDP supports licensees in looking at their pub operation strategically, helping them to ensure that they work on their business – not just in it. It’s been conceived to look at the commercial levers our licensees can pull in order to drive further growth or to re-establish momentum at a pub where sales or profit maybe plateauing.” 

In addition to financial analysis, and a review of their own businesses, issues covered in the programme include: competitor market analysis; reviewing and understanding the local customer base; and the best methods and channels for licensees to market their business.

The ABDP includes a workshop – typically attended by seven to 10 licensees from the same region – and a pub development plan, which provides a framework for on-going strategic work for licensees to reference and implement, in partnership with their Business Development Managers (BDMs). 
The cost of the course is entirely funded by Admiral. The community pub group expects between 150 and 200 of its licensees to go through the programme each year.

Smith added: “The development of the ABDP programme recognises the need for established licensees to take a strategic approach to driving the performance of their business, and the intense competition that licensees face not just from other pubs but from casual dining and the wider leisure market.”

Last year Admiral became the first independent pub operator to be accredited by the BII’s (British Institute of Innkeeping) Good Practice Recognition Scheme, which recognises 'centres of excellence' for licensee training.


Prince pops in for a pint at Cornish pub

by admin 7/24/2015 3:44:00 PM

A Cornish pub recently enjoyed a royal visit when HRH The Prince of Wales dropped in to pull a pint and borrow a library book.

Prince Charles visited the Falmouth Arms in Ladock to help celebrate the opening of the pub’s micro-library. During his visit he mingled with regulars and met representatives from other community groups in the village.

Licensees David and Emmeline Smith converted their unused pool room into a book den last year when their local library service was axed. The facility, which also has a computer for the public to access online library services, was installed with the help of Pub is the Hub and Cornwall Council’s Library services team.


Publicans given chance to win Premier League trophy

by admin 7/22/2015 3:42:00 PM

Sky is giving publicans the opportunity to boost business by winning the chance to host the Premier League trophy during a live televised Monday night Football match.

In association with hospitality trade publication, Inapub, four lucky winners will get the trophy in their venue before, during and after a match in September or October, giving customers the chance to get up close to English football's ultimate prize.

Sky will also help operators promote the evening, giving each winning venue a free marketing pack with banners, posters and staff t-shirts that can be used to help get customers through the door on the night.

To enter, simply visit before the closing date of 17 August.



Industry gets behind Live Your Life day

by admin 7/22/2015 3:42:00 PM

Pub companies are pledging their support for Live Your Life Day, the fund-raising day held in honour of Beds and Bars people director, Franca Knowles.

The day will be held on 30 July, Knowles’ birthday, and will see Beds and Bars partner with a charity each year to raise money.

This year’s event will raise money for Pub Aid director, Yaser Martini’s charity, Team Margot – which encourages people to join the stem cell register.

Pub groups are being urged to ask their staff to consider joining the register and put up posters promoting the event.


Cask Marque app to drive more trade into pubs

by admin 7/22/2015 3:41:00 PM

Cask Marque has named a 1000th ‘Ale Ambassador’ for its Caskfinder Ale Trail app and has laid out the app's future plans.

The Caskfinder app allows consumers to take part in a virtual ale trail by scanning QR codes on Cask Marque certificates in accredited pubs. When a user has scanned a hundred different certificates they are invited to attend an Ale Ambassador Beer Appreciation course.

Cask Marque is also currently developing ‘pump recognition’ software that will allow app users to take a photo of a pump clip and be instantly linked to information about the beer, which is hoped will expand consumer and bar staff knowledge about beer, driving more trade into pubs.


UK diners more flexible than ever about meal times

by admin 7/21/2015 3:40:00 PM

UK diners are becoming increasingly flexible in the way they approach mealtimes, according to a new study.

The changing nature of work, and the flexibility and freedom this brings is having an impact on eating and spending habits, the Eating Out – Today and Tomorrow report has found. Commission by Italian food brand, Sacla, the report surveyed the attitudes of more than 2,000 pub and restaurant customers.

It revealed that more than 30% of all respondents regularly skip breakfast, rising to 40% of 18 to 24-year-olds. In contrast, one in five people now eat out mid-morning or mid-afternoon.

A link to download the report can be found here:


Brits drink 14,841 pints of beer every minute

by admin 7/20/2015 3:39:00 PM

Brits are drinking 14,841 pints of beer and 13,923 glasses of wine every minute, according to a new study. Researchers at online savings website,, have produced a snapshot of how much alcohol is bought and consumed every minute in Britain.

Beer and wine are now virtually neck-and-neck with Brits drinking 247 pints of beer for every 232 glasses of wine every second. Britain spends over £15bn every year on alcohol, according to the research, and in on-trade sales, beer makes up 54% of all drinks with wine 19% and spirits 14%.

Shane Forster, UK manager of Voucherbox, said: “It is fascinating to see just how much we enjoy a tipple and how much we get through between us per minute. Now the recession is behind us, some Brits have a bit more cash to enjoy a bit more of what we fancy – and it seems that includes opting for a nice pint or a glass of chilled white wine.”


Pubs urged to display calories on menus

by admin 7/20/2015 3:39:00 PM

Pubs, restaurants and cinema chains should display the calorie content of the food and drink they serve on menus or over counters, according to council leaders.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said England and Wales should follow the example of the USA, where calorie labels were ordered nationwide last year, to combat the growing obesity problem. Some retailers in the UK are already displaying calorie counts, but the LGA said food and drinks industries needed to go further.

Councillor Izzi Secombe, chair of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said: “In many cases people are unaware of how many calories they are consuming. Food and drink outlets should be doing more to provide clear and prominent labelling which spells this out clearly.”


1 in 5 millennials are teetotal according to new survey

by admin 7/16/2015 10:12:00 AM

One in five 16-24 year olds don’t drink any alcohol at all according to a new survey, with two thirds reporting that alcohol was either not very important, or not at all important to their social lives.

The latest figures from political think tank, Demos, mirror those released by the Office of National Statistics earlier this year, which found binge-drinking has fallen by a third.

A significant proportion (41%) thought alcohol was more important to their parent’s social lives than to their own, while only 3% said alcohol was an ‘essential’ part of socialising.

Increasing awareness about the health consequences of drinking emerges as the top reason young people are drinking less, followed by being less able to afford alcohol than their parents’ generation.



Compulsory living wage strikes fear into licensees

by admin 7/16/2015 10:11:00 AM

George Osborne’s shock announcement in the Budget of a new compulsory living wage has left many licensees concerned about spiralling wage costs, with warnings that some pubs will struggle to survive.

From April next year, all businesses will have to pay a minimum of £7.20 per hour (50p more than the current minimum wage) to people aged over 25, rising to £9 by 2020. The living wage is defined as the level an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living in Britain.

Claire Alexander, who runs freehold pubs, the Ebrington Arms in Gloucestershire and the Killingworth Caste in Oxfordshire, said: “The Government is expecting small businesses to pay for the living wage without thinking about how they manage to do so. It will impact on pubs hugely and definitely lead us to offer fewer jobs.”