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    Pub sector rebuffs calorie labelling proposals


    The pub sector has challenged the logic of introducing calorie labelling for on-trade drinks at a time when many operators in the hospitality industry are battling for survival.

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    JW Lees family members step down


    JW Lees has announced the appointment of a new chairman, Jim Tully, who will take over from Richard Lees-Jones.

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    William Lees-Jones: ‘A shortage of talent concerns me’


    The prospect that staff currently on furlough may not want to return to the business is a big concern for William Lees-Jones, managing director at brewer and pub operator JW Lees.

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    Sacha Lord: ‘All we’re saying is let’s be fair’


    Sacha Lord and Hugh Osmond’s legal challenge against the government’s reopening roadmap has been backed by other senior industry leaders.

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    Pub leaders call for roadmap as beer losses hit £7.8b


    Pub sector leaders have called for a clear timeline and reopening date as new figures reveal the severe losses incurred last year.

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    William Lees-Jones: government policy is a disgrace


    Our breweries and pubs have been an integral part of Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and the North West’s communities for hundreds of years – we are on the ground - we are not running our pubs in a theoretical intellectual and political bubble 200 miles away in Westminster. The current government policy to single out pubs for closure in Tier 3 with inadequate support is a national disgrace. It is clear, and the statistics show, that transmission of the coronavirus is happening in education, care homes, hospitals and the home. Already we have been trading with severe restrictions since July 31 in Greater Manchester but we feel that the government is now going too far and we stand by the stance that Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester, is taking

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    AlixPartners MD Graeme Smith: Local lockdowns a ‘big worry’ for sector investors


    One of the biggest concerns for investors looking to support the sector is the risk of continued local lockdowns, and the impact they could have on business recovery, AlixPartners MD Graeme Smith has said.

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    JW Lees appoints director of people


    JW Lees has hired Nik Waring as its first director of people

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    FY sales up 6.2% at JW Lees


    JW Lees grew sales by 6.2% in the year to 31 March 2014 to a record level of £62.9m whilst EBITDA fell 4.1% to £7.5m

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    ​Ellis joins JW Lees as an adviser


    Roy Ellis, founder and ex-chief executive of Inventive Leisure, is to join the management board of JW Lees as an external adviser

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    JW Lees expansion continues


    JW Lees, the Manchester-based brewer and pub operator, has opened a former Mitchells & Butlers pub and has offers submitted for a further five outlets, managing director William Lees-Jones has told M&C Report

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    JW Lees to sell directly to customers


    JW Lees, the Manchester-based brewer and pub operator, has launched an online platform to sell beer directly to the consumer

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    JW Lees identifies templates for five-year expansion plan


    JW Lees currently has a £20m “war chest” to open 15 pubs per year and has identified four operating templates for its expansion, managing director William Lees-Jones has told M&C Report

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    JW Lees: guest beer option 'disastrous'


    The introduction of a mandatory guest beer option for pub tenants could be “disastrous” and “endanger the viability” of mid-sized brewers while reducing choice behind the bar, JW Lees has told the Government

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    JW Lees ups expansion target


    JW Lees managing director William Lees-Jones has told M&C Reporthe expects the company to spend between £10m and £15m buying 15 pubs a year

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    JW Lees targets £100m turnover


    JW Lees, the Manchester-based brewer and pub operator, has said that it is targeting sales of £100m within five years

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    Guardian of tradition


    JW Lees is poised for growth thanks to developing the best bits of tradition and not being afraid to close failing pubs, managing director William Lees-Jones tells Phil Mellows. Free pies have helped, too

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    JW Lees targets 200-strong estate


    The company is looking to grow to 200 pubs and is able to secure a further £10m in growth funding from the bank, managing director William Lees-Jones has told M&C Report

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    JW Lees buys two pubs


    JW Lees, the Manchester-based brewer and pub operator, has continued its acquisition drive with the purchase of two pubs, M&C Report has learnt

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    Friday five-minute interview


    M&C Report talks to William Lees-Jones, managing director of Manchester-based brewer and pub operator JW Lees, about his best investment, his best business decision and the best piece of advice he’s ever received