Everards has appointed Julian Everard as deputy chairman in preparation for him eventually taking over the family brewer and pub business.

Julian is the son of fifth generation Richard Everard, who is chairman of the Leicestershire based business.

Julian, aged 32, joined the company full-time in October 2020 from management consultancy Bain & Company in London, and previously spent six years in the British Army.

Richard’s daughter, Charlotte is also on the board as a non-executive director.

Managing director Stephen Gould has been mentoring Julian for a number of years, alongside Charlotte, in preparation for them to eventually take over the running of the family business.

In an update, Everards said 71% of its pubs had started trading again from 12 April with the remainder opening from 17 May.

Pub tenants have received rent cancellations, advice and services from the business, with 73% of the pub estate rent roll has been cancelled in the last 12 months.

The in-house team of 73 employees have all been retained with the furlough scheme.

Having reviewed its pub estate, the business has sold 14 pubs to Hawthorn, the community pubs company within New River.

In May 2020, Everards secured a £5m CBILS loan through its banking partner, Lloyds Bank, which offers a low rate of interest over a 6 year period.

Everards Meadows, a purpose-built development which will house Everards offices, brewery, shop and Beer Hall, is set to open later this year.

The Everard Family Foundation contributed £50k in April 2020 to support the Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland Charity and recently a further £25k to support the new Children’s Hospital at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Working with partner Molson Coors, a further £40k (£20k each) will be committed to support local community causes in April and May 2021.

Stephen Gould, managing director said “The last 12 months have been intensely challenging for the hospitality industry. I would like to thank our employees, business owners, shareholders, bank, advisers, brewing partners, suppliers, trade associations and HM Government for their support and partnership. We are as well placed as we can be as we emerge from the lockdown. However, it is imperative that the Government Roadmap is delivered so that by 21 June all of our pubs can operate without Covid related restrictions. That will be the first step to recovery. Working with the Government, I think there is a long overdue opportunity to deliver lower taxation for beer duty, property rates and VAT for pubs. Such reform will directly invest into the unique and special UK pub & brewing industry creating jobs, stimulating investment, strengthening communities and positioning pubs and breweries for long term sustainable growth”.