The Forum of British Pubs has released the first in a new series of interviews aimed at helping pub tenants understand the perspective and approach of pub companies.

Secrets of the pubcos: Dave Mountford (right) interviews Matthew Blackwood

The weekly series comprises five interviews between forum co-founder and long-term pub campaigner Dave Mountford, and Matthew Blackwood, a former business development manager with Punch.

The interview provides a rare insight into how pubcos entice would-be tenants, while avoiding those they don’t see as ideal.

Dave said: “This is the first time that one of the main pubcos’ business development managers has opened up on the practices of their employers. The series not only confirms the approach to several of the issues that we, at the Forum of British Pubs, have been campaigning about, but also provides a valuable insight into the key considerations of a tenancy.”

Future interviews will cover rent assessments, rental agreements, dilapidations, and how Punch views the Pubs Code.

The video can be viewed here.


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