British Country Inns, the Enterprise Investment Scheme-backed pub company, has reported a narrowing of losses in the year to 28 January has announced that non-executive chairman Anthony Miller is to leave his role. The 27-strong firm reported a pre-tax loss of £297,881 (2010: £1.2m) on turnover down 21% to £3.1m, which is partly reflected in the sale of its Walhampton Arms pub in Walhampton, Hampshire, for £1.1m, which also helped reduce net debt. There was also no impairment charge this year - last year a charge of £774,847 was incurred. Like-for-like turnover in the period increased 1.9%, while like-for-like trading profit rose 4.2%. Administrative expenses fell 25% due to savings in salaries and sponsor fees. Miller, who will be replaced in his role by current non-executive director Martin Sherwood, said: “I am pleased to report that during the year significant progress has been made to improve the overall performance of the company and reduce debt. The company shows a very small loss of £18,000 at the operating level (including the profit on disposal of a fixed asset) before depreciation and interest).” Miller said trading conditions throughout the industry “remain very challenging”. As M&C Report revealed in February, day-to-day operations of the pubs has been taken on by Country Inns Management Limited, the new company formed by BCI directors Peter Matthews and Tim Udell. They will continue as BCI directors but will receive a nominal salary of £5,000 per year.