Urban Pub Company, the Glasgow-based pub operator, has launched a management division offering a turnaround service to corporate recovery specialists. The group, which is led by Graham Sutherland former business development manager for Punch Taverns and Trust Inns, aims to provide liquidators and administrators with a “dedicated management operation” to oversee the turnaround of struggling outlets. Sutherland, managing director of Urban Management, said: “Following a recent rise in the number of enquiries from both corporate recovery specialists and major pub groups, prompted no doubt by the challenging economic environment which is disproportionately affecting the licensed and retail sectors, we have decided to formalise our service to these sectors with the launch of Urban Management. “This new division will deliver a short-term dedicated management service to distressed licensed and retail outlets with the aim of turning around their operations to make them more attractive propositions to prospective purchasers, safeguarding many jobs in the process.” Urban Pub Company operates a number of licensed premises throughout the central belt of Scotland, including: the Lincoln Inn, on Glasgow’s Great Western Road; 1901 on Pollokshaws Road; the Wise Monkey, Great Western Road; McPhabbs on Sandyford Place and the Scotch and Rye in Summerston. It also manages a number of outlets on behalf of various pubcos and independent operators. The management side of the business has grown in the last six months, with the addition of six outlets to its portfolio Last year, the group announced plans to expand across towns in Scotland’s central belt. The plan is to open “a series of new outlets in provincial towns where major pub operators do not presently have a presence”.

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