Liberation chief executive Mark Crowther has told MCA that the pub group’s reorganisation into operating a managed and tenanted estate would support its acquisitions programme moving forward.
Following the group’s secondary buyout by Caledonia Investment in September 2016, Crowther said it was the right time to focus the two different operating styles of the Channel Islands based business, after it acquired Buscombe Brewery in 2015.
The realignment into a managed and tenanted pub division sees Jayson Perfect, who recently joined the group, take up the role of managed pubs managing director with responsibility for nearly 40 sites across Jersey, Guernsey and the West Country.
Former Stonegate managing director and Novus chief executive Tim Cullum will join us as interim tenanted pubs managing director for the next few months with responsibility for nearly 65 tenanted pubs across Jersey, Guernsey and the West Country.
Operations director Kenrick Brooks will leave the business after 19 years.
The drinks business is unaffected with Tim Hubert (Victor Hugo & Liberation Brewery Jersey), Dave Robilliard (Bucktrouts Guernsey) and Geraint Williams (Butcombe UK) reporting to Crowther alongside Jayson Perfect, Tim Cullum and Declan Hearne.
Crowther told MCA: “We’re now growing he West Country business quite strongly, so it just felt about the right time to get a bit more focussed around the two different operating styles of the business.
“Having two different sets of people running managed pubs in the UK and in the Jersey Guernsey you didn’t necessarily get all the synergies. It means you get a lot more shared initiatives.
“Part of this is then giving focus supporting our tenants or in the retail side growing our managed estate, so this will certainly support our acquisitions programme we’ve got going on.
“We’ve got several more acquisitions in the pipeline and we’d certainly be interested in picking up some packages as well. We’re not chasing numbers, we’re very much quality driven, If the right asset is at the right price we’re there to do a deal.”