Epic Pubs, the Andrew Coath-led group, has announced plans to offer support to hospitality companies in need of central management experience.

The group, which has also changed the name of its umbrella company to Unique Hospitality Management, will offer management support in addition to actively continuing to seek new sites to expand its portfolio.

The company also announced it has appointed Sean McGuirk, formerly of Casual Dining Group, as operations manager.

The group currently operates five pubs – two freehold sites in it Epic Pubs division and three leaseholds in its Heroic Pubs division – with a further Heroic pub in Buckinghamshire set to come online in the spring.

Coath said: “Along with continuing to seek out new pubs ourselves, we are able to assist any companies that have a group of pubs they feel would benefit from our central management experience.”

He added: “We feel our new name better reflects what we are able to offer to both the pubs we take on and to the industry overall.”

Coath, has worked in hospitality for over 20 years with his experience including Peach Pubs, Malmaison and the De Vere Grand Hotel in Brighton.

The Unique Hospitality Management team also includes group operations director Jonathan Taylor,; chef/director Mark Austin and central services director Wendy Twiddy who has over 20 years’ experience in travel and tourism.

Unique Hospitality Management directors include former Luminar chief executive Stephen Thomas.

Its most recent openings are three Heroic Pubs - Charles Wells tenancies the Knife & Cleaver in Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire, the Anchor, Aspley Guise, near Milton Keynes and Punch lease Mill Street Pub & Kitchen in Oakham, Rutland.