Peach Pub Company, the award-winning multiple retailer, has unveiled a third joint-venture business partner, writes Paul Charity. John Taylor was general manager of the Punch Tavern in Fleet Street. The pub’s sales rose from £5,000 to £14,000 a week under his management and he also set up an outside catering business turning over £50,000 a year. He said: “I’ve achieved an incredible amount in the four fantastic years I’ve worked in the City, and loved every minute of it, but decided last year that it was time to move out of London and set up my own business with my wife Liz.” Liz is the former general manager of Asia de Cuba, St Martins Lane Hotel, London. Taylor said: “Once we’d made the decision, we looked for a partner to work with. We immediately felt that what Peach was offering was right for us. “Their unique joint-venture scheme that gives potential partners all the back-of-house support they need to focus 100% on their team and their customers was exactly what we needed. “We were also inspired by Peach’s passion for great food and service, and the emphasis they put on constant training for the team and having fun at work. That’s an environment for creating a robust and enjoyable business to be a part of.” Hamish Stoddart, co-founder of Peach Pubs, said: “He’s already making waves over at the Fishes, North Hinksey village, where he’s working – in between looking for a site somewhere between Slough, Southampton and Reading.”