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    Amber Taverns: ‘We have the infrastructure and support to grow faster’


    The wet-led operator is already averaging between 14-16 new openings year and could grow at an even faster pace if further aquisition opportunities arise, CEO James Baer tells MCA

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    No food and cheap beer fuel pubs chain’s growth


    A northern pubs company is bucking a national trend of closures by acquiring locals that are close to calling last orders or are already boarded up, The Times reports

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    ‘Our industry needs a level playing field’


    Pub companies and brewers tell MCA they welcome news alcohol duty will not rise till August - but warn a “lighter touch on unnecessary regulation” is needed in the current trading environment 

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    Cost of living: ‘Everyone has to take a bit of pain’


    As consumers face an unparalleled squeeze to their personal finances, MCA speaks to the leaders of Amber Taverns, New World Trading Company, Vagabond Wines, Tampopo and Smoky Boys about how they’re facing up to the challenge

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    Punch shows interest in Amber Taverns acquisition


    Punch Pubs & Co is exploring a potential takeover of Blackpool-based pub company Amber Taverns, alongside interest from several other pub companies, Sky News has reported.

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    Amber Taverns eyes South West and Wales


    The community pub operator has opened three sites in the UK this year, which have all been retail conversions

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    ‘As good as could be expected’ - operators react to the Budget


    In what is now a well-worn routine, Boris Johnson was last week the bearer of bad news, announcing a much slower than preferred roadmap reopening, with hospitality apparently at the end of the queue.

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    Amber Taverns updates on pipeline plans


    Amber Taverns, the freehold-only operator, has made further progress on its drive to expand its community pub estate.

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    Runners and riders highlight health of sector


    What sets the companies riding high in the AlixPartners Growth Company Index apart from their peers and able to continue to perform in the face of unprecedented headwinds? Graeme Smith and Craig Rachel take a closer look at the what this year’s list tells us about wider trends in the sector.

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    AlixPartners Growth Company Index 2019 Top 50


    This year saw MCA once again team up with AlixPartners to identify the fastest growing companies in the UK eating and drinking out sector. The following is the top 50 in full.

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    Focus on: AlixPartners’ Growth Company Index 2019


    MCA editor James Wallin gives a sneak peek at this year’s entrants for the AlixPartners Growth Company Index and looks back at previous winners

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    Amber Taverns secures first Scottish site


    Amber Taverns, the wet-led community pub operator, has secured its first site in Scotland, MCA understands.

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    Amber Taverns takes on Aprirose site


    Amber Taverns has acquired Shenanigans in Preston, one of the 73 pubs Aprirose acquired from Mitchells & Butlers last year.

  • Opinion

    Summer reading


    With August fast approaching and many sectors leaders heading for their summer break, MCA caught up with a few of them to gauge their impressions of the year so far. Discussing their thoughts on successes, surprises and challenges of 2018, and their predictions for the closing months, as well as countering some misconceptions about the sector are: TGI Fridays’ Karen Forrester, Gerry Carroll of Hawthorn Leisure, Amber Taverns’ James Baer, Nick Collins of Loungers, Bistrot Pierre’s Nick White, Simon Potts of the Alchemist and Scott Collins of MEATliquor, among others.

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    Amber to expand geographical reach


    Amber Taverns, the wet-led community pub operator, is looking to expand its reach into the south west and east of England.

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    Amber, Bundobust and Mowgli named in NRB Top 50


    The leading players and founders behind Amber Taverns, Bundobust and Mowgli Street Food were among the new entrants in the NRB Top Fifty power list 2018

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    NWTC named sector’s fastest growing company


    New World Trading Company, the Graphite-backed pub group, has been named the fastest growing company in the UK eating and drinking-out sector over the past year.

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    Amber Taverns strengthens pipeline


    Amber Taverns has strengthened its pipeline, including taking on its sixth former JD Wetherspoon site, MCA has learnt.

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    Amber Taverns FY lfls up 2.5%


    Amber Taverns grew like-for-like sales 2.5% in the year to 5 February.

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    Government must act quickly over rates concerns


    The government must act quickly if it is to mitigate against the crippling rises facing the restaurant and pub sector, ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls has warned.