Pound Pubs founder Mike Wardell has joined the Casual Dining Group after stepping down from the board of the company he founded.

As reported by MCA in July, Here for You Hospitality, which ran Pound Pubs and several independent venues, has put its 10-strong estate on the market.

MCA has learnt that Wardell has since stepped down from the company and joined CDG as an operations manager.

The “no frills” pub venture PoundPub, which offered pints for £1.50 and halves for £1, was launched in 2014. It operated five pubs and Wardell was planning to expand nationwide through a franchising model.

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