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As National Cask Ale Week gets underway, an industry report has revealed that cask ale continues to outperform the declining beer market. Against a backdrop of a 5% fall in on-trade beer sales last year, total cask volumes are up by over 1% amongst the smaller brewers and turnover, by an average of 16%.

The managing director of Adnams, Andy Wood, is to take over from Jonathan Adnams as the chief executive of the business. M&C Report

Geronimo Inn has reported like-for-like sales up 6% and total turnover, which includes the six pubs the group bought from Punch Taverns, has increased by nearly 44% to date.

According to a report in The Independent on Sunday, pub entrepreneur, David Bruce, is set to raise up to £10m for the next stage of his latest venture. Bruce has already raised cash to purchase and develop sites for the first phase of his Country Pub & Dining brand and is targeting 10 sites within two years

Waitrose is said to be in talks to buy Eat, the sandwich bar and coffee chain, for £100m as part of its expansion plans. The Sunday Times

Richard Caring, the owner of Le Caprice and backer of Cote, is thought to be mulling a bid for Carluccio’s. The Independent on Sunday

Heston Blumenthal has received £200,000 compensation following a food-poisoning outbreak at his Fat Duck restaurant.

Ufi Ibrahim is to take over as chief executive of the British Hospitality Association from 19 July

and finally…according to a poll conducted by discount website people from Swansea are the lousiest tippers, after it revealed that just one in five admitted they regularly recognise good service with a tip. Leeds was found to be the most generous city, according to the 1,925 strong survey.

Site of the week

This week following on from all the positive feedback about tapas I thought I would highlight another venue that delivers the wow. Dehesa is tucked away off Carnaby St and just from the outside you want to go in due to the excellent atmosphere management of the manager.

Service is attentive and whilst the food is great – it also serves its purpose in that you are not going out for a main meal but will happily graze away.

The wine list is dangerously good and the second bottle seems all to easy!

Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Following a career with Scottish & Newcastle, Slug & Lettuce and the Spirit group Paul formed Magnify marketing in 2005. Its aim to be a leading customer communications agency for the leisure and hospitality industry. Magnify Marketing has grown supporting large national organisations as well as leading edge independents. Proud of our team and work we always look to add value at every turn and be fun to work with..... as life is too short to be miserable!

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We passionately believe that engaging communication is a real source of business success in the leisure, retail and hospitality markets.

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