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The MA500

A Morning Advertiser webinar

Start Date:14 May, 2020

Start Time:11:00AM BST (London)

Duration:90 minutes


With the unprecedented shutdown of society firmly underway, thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, the MA is striving to find new ways to keep our readership informed and head of the game wherever possible, and the MA500 is no exception.

While we’re unable to organise our usual outstanding conference and study tour, we’ll be working hard to deliver some timely and useful content to all our multiple operator members via a digital platform which will give you some key insight in how to tackle some of the issues we’re facing in these very challenging times.

The MA500 is made up of the leading multiple operators across the pub trade, the entrepreneurs and outstanding businesses which set standards for others to follow. Ranging from those with just a few pubs, to those with several hundred, the club aims to provide an insight sharing, inspirational platform for operators to come together and learn, and network among likeminded peers. Traditionally the club meets up three times a year in a different part of the UK and involves a daytime conference of inspirational speakers, followed by a late afternoon study tour visit to exceptional sites and operators in the area we’re in.

While the lockdown makes some of this difficult to deliver, we will be endeavouring to continue to offer the usual high standard of insight and inspiration through a digital platform, creating a virtual conference which will allow you to engage with each other and our speakers online.

We recognise that times are exceptionally challenging for all operators in the current circumstances, but we’re aiming to provide an event that will help you hit the ground running when we’re all allowed to reopen.



In association with

CPL Learning Davey Co
Popplestone Allen UCC Coffee
UK Hospitality Wireless Social


Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser

Nick Collins

Chief Executive

Nick Collins joined Loungers in January 2012 as FD, becoming COO in January 2014 and CEO in January 2015. He has overseen the expansion of the group from 56 sites in January 2015 to 167 sites today and led the IPO process in April 2019.
Prior to joining Loungers, Collins spent three years as FD at AIM-quoted Capital Pub Company. Prior to that, he founded London sandwich business Fuzzy’s Grub, which he grew to eight outlets and a central production facility over five years. Nick also spent five years in corporate finance at Arthur Andersen.

Kate Nicholls


UK Hospitality

Kate Nicholls was appointed CEO of UKHospitality in early 2018, the trade association having been formed by the merger of the ALMR and the BHA. Kate had been the CEO of ALMR since September 2014, having previously worked as its Strategic Affairs Director and Head of Communications. After gaining a degree in English and a post-graduate diploma in competition law, Kate worked as a researcher in the House of Commons and European Parliament before joining Whitbread as Government Relations Manager. She was a Director at a leading public affairs company before founding her own strategic communications consultancy in 2000. She is a graduate of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Kings College London.

Andy Slee

Black Sheep Brewery

Andy Slee is an experienced and professionally qualified director who is on the boards of two of Britain’s most respected breweries, Titanic and Black Sheep.
Under Slee’s chairmanship, Black Sheep has made its first acquisition, which saw the company run pubs outside Masham for the first time. It also made its first share placing and is on a five-year plan that includes a £2m packaging line investment.
Titanic Brewery has successfully developed its own café-bar concept ‘Bod’ that brings together coffee shop-standard non-alcoholic drinks with an outstanding beer range. Slee’s CV includes work at Bass, Coca-Cola and Punch Taverns.

Tom Talbot

Director of Operations
Livelyhood Pub Group

Tom Talbot is operations director for Livelyhood, a south-west London pub group, which he leads with a focus on delivering great experiences while teams are supported to deliver and take the businesses forward. His career began with roles in high street restaurants before joining Mitchells & Butlers where five years went quickly managing a number of All Bar One sites.
Joining Lewis & Clarke in 2007 – soon to be part of Novus Leisure in 2011 – Talbot become operations manager.
In 2015 he led on the evolution and growth of Balls Brothers as an entity before joining Livelyhood in October 2019.

Gary Turner

Commercial & Compliance Manager
The Inn Collection Group

Gary Turner is commercial and compliance manager for The Inn Collection Group, winner of The Publican Awards’ Best Pub Employer (up to 500 employees) for two years running.
Leading on procurement and supplier negotiations as well as compliance across health and safety and risk management, Turner has built and managed operational standards, and implemented risk and compliance strategies, most recently around Covid-19, which has sites across the north-east of England, Yorkshire and the Lake District and employs over 400 people.
With over 20 years’ experience, Turner joined The Inn Collection Group in 2013, having worked with Bourne Leisure and Haven.

Philip Turner


In 2012, Philip Turner established Chestnut with the aim of showcasing East Anglia’s assets through quality hospitality.
Turner took ownership of his tired local pub originally called the Kings Head in Moulton, after leaving his City job.
Turner has led Chestnut since inception, raising the capital to expand the portfolio of sites. Chestnut has subsequently opened and acquired 11 more properties. It has financed rapid growth privately, securing equity growth capital in excess of £8m.
Prior to 2012, Turner spent 20 years in the banking industry, working across derivatives, structuring and financing businesses in Europe, Asia and the US.

Clive Watson

Executive Chairman
The City Pub Group

Clive Watson qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London in 1986 before joining investment bank Manufacturers Hanover.
He joined Regent Inns before co-founding Tup Inns, where he was responsible for financial and commercial matters, before becoming chief executive and finance director of Tom Hoskins, an AIM listed company.
He was founding director of Capital Pub Company in 2000 where he served as FD, MD and CEO. Watson oversaw the sale of Capital Pub Company to Greene King in 2011.
He was appointed chief executive of The City Pub Company in 2011 before becoming chairman in 2014.

James Watt


As a fully qualified deep sea Captain, having earlier completed an honours degree in Law & Economics, I traded in being a salty sea dog to become a BrewDog in 2007, pursuing a passion for great craft beer by setting up the company with my best friend, Martin Dickie.
Awarded Great British Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.
Europe’s first Master Cicerone.
Author of Business For Punks.
Awarded an MBE in 2016.

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