Thu 2nd July 2015

Greene King has reported record revenue and strong returns in its preliminary results for the 52 weeks to 3rd May. The figures revealed that, for the first time, Greene King pub revenues (which includes cash generated by Belhaven Pubs) has reached £1bn. Total revenue for the pub and brewing group increased to £1,315.3m (+3% on a […]

Greene King sales figures dip due to Scottish drink drive legislation

Wed 6th May 2015

Brewer and pub owner Greene King, in a trading update published on 5 May, revealed that the Scottish drink driving legislation has had an adverse affect on sales. Instead of seeing a retail-like-for-like (LFL) sales up 0.8% the figure was impacted negatively by its Scottish sales and was in fact reduced to an uplift of 0.4%. This was […]


Wed 15th April 2015

Craft is the word of the moment – whether you are talking about craft beer or spirits, but let’s not forget the impact of mainstream brands which are the mainstay of Scotland’s pub trade. Susan Young takes a look at what’s happening in the beer category. Beer sales are finally increasing. After nearly a decade […]

Butterfly & Pig Expands

Fri 6th February 2015

Michele Pagliocca will celebrate the 10th birthday of his Butterfly & Pig brand by opening in the former Corona bar on Glasgow’s Southside. The move comes after Belhaven sold the Butterfly & Pig’s west end site to Colin Beattie. Michele told DRAM, “We’ve been trying for a while to secure the Corona, but we only […]

Drink-drive Limit Affects December Figures

Fri 30th January 2015

Belhaven owner Greene King has revealed that sale volumes have been impacted by the introduction of Scotland’s new drink-drive limit. Greene King said that they lost about half a percentage point of same-floorspace sales at its main managed pubs business in the six weeks to 11 January. Greene King boss Rooney Anand, said, “Sales were […]

Creative Finance

Wed 25th June 2014

Following a long period of recession the good news is that the economy is beginning to recover. But is that going to help licensees raise capital for their businesses? Jamie Allan reports. One of the biggest bug bears for the licensed trade, and indeed many businesses, over the last few years has been the difficulty […]


Thu 29th May 2014

Whether you’re an avid fan of football or simply can’t stand the sight of it, there will be no getting away from the beautiful game come June 12th, when the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil. Jamie Allan reports. Licensees can expect to see a spike in beer sales during June and July, as […]

Glass amnesty for pub glass collectors

Tue 1st April 2014

Belhaven has today announced a glass amnesty and is calling for the return of any drinking glasses which may have been inadvertently taken from its pubs. The ‘no questions asked’ move comes as the industry is said to be on the brink of a global glass shortage, with stocks forecast to run out long before […]


Mon 31st March 2014

BELHAVEN lessees and managers are set to benefit from a new training courses launched by the firm. The course aims to help licensees in its tenanted and leased estate develop a stronger social media presence for their pubs. The ‘Marketing Through Social Media’ workshop will explore recent developments in social media, as well as offering […]

Bowled Over

Thu 6th March 2014

Beer and Skittles has become the latest incarnation of 14 Picardy Place in Edinburgh. The basement bar, which was most recently Pepper, is owned by the Edinburgh New Town Company who also own Steak restaurant and the boutique hotel Twelve Picardy Place. Manager Chris Caira says the clue to the focal point of Beer and […]

Two in a Row for Tennent’s – Supplier’s Survey

Tue 4th March 2014

THIS YEAR’S SUPPLIER’S SURVEY SEES LITTLE CHANGE AT THE TOP, BUT THERE ARE A FEW ISSUES THAT OBVIOUSLY NEED IRONED OUT. SUSAN YOUNG REPORTS. Licensees are, in the main, very content with their ontrade suppliers. Satisfaction ratings in this year’s survey either remained the same, rose slightly or dipped marginally. But certainly when it comes […]


Wed 29th January 2014

Belhaven licensees are benefitting from a new deal, negotiated by Belhaven, with Sky Sports which is saving them thousands of pounds. Hundreds of licensees have already benefitted from the offer, which is open to all licensees in Belhaven’s tenanted and leased division, including those currently signed up to Sky Sports, as well as new customers. […]

Record breaking festive season for Greene King

Mon 13th January 2014

Belhaven owners, Greene King, revealed that it had a record breaking Christmas and New Year period in its Interim Management Statement. Rooney Anand, chief executive officer, said, “Trading over the important Christmas and New Year period has been very strong with all of our businesses performing well, driven by the strength of our seasonal offers […]

Belhaven gives craft beer range a rebrand

Tue 7th January 2014

Belhaven has re-branded and relaunched its craft beer range. The move comes as sales of craft beer go from strength to strength. Says Gordon Muir, Marketing Manager at Belhaven, “ Belhaven is a proudly Scottish brewery. In fact we are Scotland’s oldest brewery. We needed our rebrand to reflect this. Yet the rise of craft […]

Encouraging results for Belhaven owner Greene King

Wed 4th December 2013

Belhaven owners Greene King revealed, in its interim results for the 24 weeks to 13 October, that it saw revenue growth of 5.2% with group profits rising 5.7% to £85.6m. Its pub division did particularly well with average EBITDA per pub up 5.2%. The brewing and brands side of the business saw own-brewed volumes increase […]