By M&C Report team2004-04-23T09:59:00+01:00
The Inn Collection Group has appointed a new property director, Louise Stewart, to assist in its multiple development and expansion plans this year.
Red Oak Taverns has acquired a package of 10 leased and tenanted pubs from Wells & Co, taking its total estate to 190, and is in the process of finalising terms for an additional £35m of capital.
Effectively managing relationships with a huge and diverse supply chain throughout a merger which saw Stonegate become the UK’s largest pub company would be no small task at the best of times. Factor in that Stonegate’s acquisition of Ei group happened around two weeks before the first lockdown in March last year and you can at least imagine the scale of the challenges that faced Suzanne Baker, commercial and property director at Stonegate.
The Inn Collection Group saw a year of record growth in 2020. Throughout the year, the Alchemy-backed business acquired eight freehold properties, bringing its total estate to 19 sites, and managing director Sean Donkin tells MCA that it was able to grow so aggressively because of one major contributing factor: the pandemic. “It has enabled us to focus on acquiring new sites and made additional opportunities available,” he says. “But it’s not necessarily because of people going under, it’s people running out of puff and fight”.
BrewDog has achieved certified B Corp status, making it the only hospitality business in the UK to achieve the accolade.
Hawthorn CEO Mark Davies is the latest pubco boss to call on the Prime Minister to offer strong support for the sector in his upcoming reopening announcement.
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