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Punch is gearing up for its thirteenth year of roadshows, the biggest pub company tour in the UK, and is looking forward to welcoming a record number of publicans through the doors of some of the country’s biggest exhibition centres.

The focus this year is on how Punch can help existing Publicans build their business and will include guidance on the impact of regulatory changes. There will also be information for people considering becoming a publican.

With over one hundred and sixty exhibitors, including suppliers, educational bodies and trade publications, the roadshows are another example of how Punch supports its Publicans. Publicans will have the chance to meet with key Punch team members, including chief executive Duncan Garrood, as well as household names like champion darts player, Martin Adams, and chasers from ITV’s popular tea time gameshow. Another highlight of the shows is the Pubs Code seminars hosted in conjunction with the BII and ALMR; to help explain how the Pubs Code will affect Publicans.

Punch anticipates that 2016’s attendance will exceed even that of the 2015 tour when two thousand Punch Publicans attended. Attendees cite meeting suppliers, gaining advice and accessing the free support as key reasons for visiting the event and Punch is using this information to make this year’s roadshows bigger and better than ever.

Duncan Garrood, CEO at Punchcomments: “We are extremely proud of our roadshows and the support they offer both current and potential Punch Publicans.  Running a pub is exciting but sometimes unpredictable so the more advice and support we can offer, the more successful our Publicans can be.

“The key purpose of hosting these eight roadshows across the country is to help publicans build their business through premiumisation and innovation, as well as showcase the breadth of support we offer and the first rate service that we strive to deliver.

“As well as the eighty-five stands to visit, visitors can also challenge one of the chasers from ITV’s popular gameshow or test their darts ability against previous world champion, Martin Adams. We look forward to welcoming publicans to our roadshows-hoping our thirteenth is the best yet!”

Roadshow dates and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday 20th September; Chester Racecourse, CH1 2LY
  • Thursday 22nd September; Severnside, Bristol, BS35 3XL
  • Tuesday 27th September; Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB
  • Thursday 29th September; Leeds United FC, LS11 0ES
  • Tuesday 4th October; Bolton Macron Stadium, BL6 6SF
  • Thursday 6th October; Excel, London, E16 1DR
  • Tuesday 11th October; Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE
  • Thursday 13th October; Life Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP

Watch this video from Duncan Garrood on the benefits of attending your local Punch roadshow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgGYOU7rGXo

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