James Wallin's articles

  • Clive Watson
    Opinion

    Listed life is elementary for dear Watson

    2018-12-14T08:32:00Z

    A year on from City Pub Group’s IPO, chairman Clive Watson talks to James Wallin about growing pains, avoiding the “corporate haze”, the enduring attraction of “wet-led boozers” and what he has learnt from operating a vegan pub.

  • Clive Chesser
    Opinion

    The original start-up

    2018-11-22T08:11:00Z

    Clive Chesser took the helm at the slimmed down and privatised Punch this summer. Here, he talks to James Wallin about the tied and Retail models, joint ventures, acquisitions and investment

  • Opinion

    Crafting success in the wet-led sector

    2018-11-20T09:05:00Z

    Ei Group’s Craft Union model has grown to more than 250 sites in under four years, and now has its sights set on London, where it expects to have 40 pubs by the end of next year. James Wallin speaks to operations director Frazer Grimbleby about further expansion, managing the balance between EiG’s tenanted and managed estates and the potential for a food offer within the Craft Union model.

  • Rooney Anand at the Pub Conference
    Opinion

    The end of an era

    2018-11-07T08:49:00Z

    Yesterday’s announcement that Greene King chief executive, Rooney Anand, would be stepping down from his role in April marks the end of a remarkable 14-year tenure for the first non-family member to run the company in its 220-year history. James Wallin assesses Anand’s legacy and asks where the company goes next.

  • News

    Taking the pulse of the sector

    2018-11-06T08:39:00Z

    The UKHospitality Christie & Co Benchmarking Report 2018 highlights the impact of external pressures on the sector and gauges the latest industry sentiment amid the spectre of Brexit. James Wallin examines some of the key findings.

  • Revolution Bars Group
    Opinion

    Playing hard to get

    2018-10-11T08:26:00Z

    The board of Revolution Bars Group has once again rejected the possibility of a deal with Deltic. James Wallin looks at what was actually being discussed, gauges the thoughts of Revolution shareholders and asks what’s next for the key participants, as well as former suitor Stonegate.

  • Tipping
    Opinion

    The tip that became a shove

    2018-10-02T08:24:00Z

    The brief announcement at the foot of the Conservative Party conference yesterday that the Government would finally push forward legislation on tipping, was met with carefully worded statements of support from several high-profile brands. Off-the-record, however, operators were seething at the manner in which this has been announced and the lack of detail provided. James Wallin rounds up some of the sector’s concerns about this tipping point.

  • High street
    Opinion

    The changing face of the high street

    2018-10-01T08:43:00Z

    The sector’s role in reviving the UK’s high street was a key topic of debate at MCA’s Restaurant Conference earlier this month. James Wallin discusses how operators are adapting to appeal to a new breed of consumer and what the industry needs to be demanding of Government to do this.

  • Deliveroo Editions
    Opinion

    Dark kitchens come into the light

    2018-09-24T08:32:00Z

    MCA editor James Wallin looks at how the delivery segment and its relationship with operators has evolved and how the growth of remote kitchens and virtual brands is impacting on the wider market.

  • Opinion

    Lessons from the US masters

    2018-09-18T08:07:00Z

    Operators in the UK have always looked across the Atlantic for inspiration, so AlixPartners US managing director Adam Werner highlights some of the key trends affecting the US market at the moment. James Wallin finds out more.