Linda Green has left her role as retail director at Batemans Brewery, with managing director Stuart Bateman taking on responsibility for the fledgling managed house division, MCA has learnt.

Bateman told MCA that the group was continuing to use proceeds from disposals to grow its managed house estate and improve its core tenancy portfolio.

He said six sites of the 50-strong estate are currently on the market. The group has six managed houses and Bateman said he hoped to double the size of the estate over the next few years.

Green, who previously worked for Scottish & Newcastle and helped to to set up the food division at brands including Chef and Brewer and John Barras, joined Batemans in February 2015.

In the year to 31 January Batemans returned to profit after a year of transition, which saw part of its brewing operation mothballed. The company made a pre-tax profit of £225,049 compared with a loss of £243,170 the year before with turnover up by 1% to £15.8m.

Bateman said: “There has been a lot of transformation over the past few years, which has seen us take a new approach in both brewing and pubs. I very much hope that we can eventually ramp up our brewing production again if and when there is some action on Progressive Beer Duty.

“The last few years has been about moving from being a small big company to being a big small company.”

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