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    SA Brain sells 95 pubs to Song Capital


    The proceeds will go towards paying down Brains’ remaining bank debt and “significantly deleveraging” the business

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    SA Brain poised for £100m pubs disposal


    SA Brain is on the verge of signing a deal to sell 100 of its pubs to a consortium comprised of Song Capital and Cerberus Capital Management, according to Sky News.

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    Valiant Pub Co acquires 17 pubs from SA Brain


    Valiant was co-founded by Gerry Carroll and Mark McGinty, the founders of Hawthorn Leisure, and James Croft, formerly of EI Group

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    Darby steps down from Brains


    SA Brain CEO Alistair Darby has stepped down from the company after the completion of a deal that sees Marston’s take over the running of its pubs.

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    Brains brewery may be relocated to England


    Brains beer may be relocated to England due to a failure to find a buyer for the iconic Welsh brewery business, ITV News reports.

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    Marston’s strikes deal with Brains


    Marston’s has announced a deal that will see it operate 156 Brains pubs in Wales. The combination of leased and management contract arrangements consists of a freehold estate of 86 managed and 55 tenanted pubs, together with a leasehold estate of 15 managed pubs and bars. It employs around 1,300 people. Marston’s already has 106 pubs in Wales but plans to continue to operate the existing 156 Brains pubs under the Brains brand. Marston’s will operate the 141 freehold pubs on a leasehold basis from February 2021, with rent chargeable from April 2021. The majority of these will be on long lease agreements of 25 years. The deal is set to complete in February 2021.

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    Brains to close more than 100 pubs due to Wales alcohol ban


    Welsh pubco and retailer SA Brains will close more than 100 managed pubs from Friday, chief executive Alistair Darby has said.

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    Loungers amongst bidders for Coffee#1


    Loungers is one of the suitors for Coffee#1, the 79-strong business owned by SA Brain

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    Brains assesses funding options for Coffee#1


    SA Brain is understood to have appointed advisors as it assesses future funding options to grow its Coffee#1 business.

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    Bale & Brains team up on sports bar


    Gareth Bale and SA Brain are teaming up to open a new premium sports bar and restaurant in Cardiff 

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    Brains strengthens Coffee#1 pipeline


    SA Brain, the Welsh brewer, pub and coffee shop operator, has secured a further five sites for its Coffee#1 brand

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    ​Brains secures new £85m funding package


    SA Brain is to ramp up the expansion of its Coffee#1 coffee chain after securing a new £85m funding package

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    SA Brain has target list up to 100 Coffee#1 sites


    SA Brain, the Welsh brewer, pub and coffee shop operator, has a target list of cities and towns which will take its Coffee#1 concept over the 100 mark.

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    ​Matthews steps down at Brains


    Jill Matthews has stepped down as head of operations from SA Brain after over 10 years with the company

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    Brains appoints new head of pub operations


    SA Brain, the Cardiff-based brewer, pub and coffee shop operator, has announced Kris Dungey will join the business as Group Head of Pub Operations from Monday.

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    Brains adds to Trees portfolio


    Brains, the Cardiff-based brewer and pub operator, is to open a fourth site under its all-day café bar concept Trees

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    Brains confirms Eastleigh for Coffee#1


    SA Brain has confirmed plans to open its next Coffee#1 store in Eastleigh, Hampshire, on 17 July

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    Coffee#1 up to 40


    Coffee#1, the SA Brains-owned brand, will open its 40th site an first in Berkshire, next week

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    Coffee#1 'could easily exceed 100 sites'


    Coffee#1 has the potential to reach “way beyond” 100 sites as it nears the 50-site milestone by 2015, Scott Waddington, chief executive of brand owner SA Brain, has told M&C Report

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    Brains FY EBITDA flat in 'difficult' year


    SA Brain, the Cardiff-based brewer, pub and coffee shop operator, has reported flat EBITDA of £11.8m in the year to 30 September 2013 and said it expects trading to remain “difficult” in 2014