John has been writing about the industry for 10 years, initially as a reporter on the Morning Advertiser followed by a four-year stint as news editor. In 2011 he joined M&C Report as associate editor, broadening his knowledge base to include the restaurant sector. A history and politics graduate, John has a particular interest in political issues affecting the sector.
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From founding Firkin pubs to selling Capital Pub Company for £93m and helping Americans fall in love with craft beer, David Bruce has been there and done it. But with several exciting new ventures bubbling away, Bruce’s enthusiasm is as strong as ever – while the craft revival has given him a spring in his step
With uncertainty about the Government’s plans for the tenanted pub sector (almost) behind us, and with an improving performance across tenanted estates accompanied by a return of M&A activity - and continuing innovation - is the dial turning for this often misunderstood part of the industry?
In his last interview before resigning as chief executive of Stonegate Pub Company, a spirited Toby Smith discusses Missoula, Common Room, Popworld and the firm’s approach to investments and acquisitions. He speaks about how the pub giant has integrated Living Room and the former Bramwell portfolio, and addresses rumours of an imminent IPO
BrewDog has grown to be the leading light of the UK’s blossoming craft beer scene, and with new funding and a new brewery in place, the company is setting its sights even higher. John Harrington spoke to co-founder James Watt about what the future holds for the self-styled “punk” brewer, and for UK craft beer as a whole
Chris Welham was faced with a “blank sheet of paper” when he took charge of Spirit Pub Company’s leased estate 18 months ago. With the decline in net income across the division now halted, Welham is busy evolving the estate, with new agreements and support packages aimed at leveraging the benefits of the group’s managed arm. John Harrington caught up with him
Mike Biggins, a veteran of international restaurant franchising, wants British consumers to fall in love with a meat-free Middle Eastern delicacy as he heads the expansion of Just Falafel across the country. Early signs are positive, Biggins says, as he looks to adapt the format for the UK market