Wear Inns

Wear Inns .

23 October 2012

Wear Inns adds a further two managed pubs to its portfolio

Wear Inns, a company focused on acquiring and managing a chain of community pubs across the North of England, has successfully acquired a further two premises from the Orchid Pub Group. The company acquired nine pubs from TCG Bars in July 2012, so has completed a total of 11 acquisitions only five months after receiving a £10 million funding package from NVM Private Equity (NVM) and Business Growth Fund (BGF). This will bring Wear Inns’ managed pub estate to a total of 26 premises.

The newly acquired premises include The Colonel Prior in Sunderland and The Park in Bradford. Both pubs fit nicely into Wear Inns’ target criteria of community-focused establishments with a potential for development.

John Weir, Managing Director of Wear Inns:
“In 2006, our objective was to acquire 20 pubs across the North East and Yorkshire, so we have achieved this and more over the years. We were clear that managed pubs were the way to go as they are clearly driving the market in terms of positive like- for-like growth. This year has been phenomenal and we are delighted to complete the second part of our acquisition strategy – with help from NVM and the Business Growth Fund.”

Mauro Biagioni, Director of NVM Private Equity:
“John Weir and John Sands have used their extensive experience of managing large pub chains to build up an impressive estate of premises across the North. This is a management team that truly understands its market and its customers. We are pleased to be a part of their ongoing success in an industry that has had its ups and downs over the years.”

Advisers

Watson Burton: – Duncan Reid, Paul Wigham, James Nightingale and Michael Shuker of Watson Burton (lawyers to Wear Inns).

Notes to editors

Wear Inns
specialise in the management and acquisition of freehold pub premises in the North of England, under the direction of Managing Director, John Weir and Chairman, John Sands. With a constantly expanding portfolio of quality local premises and with a proven track record for success in the Hospitality sector, Wear Inns is moving forward to become a major force in the provision of an excellent customer experience at the most affordable prices. www.wearinns.co.uk

NVM Private Equity Limited (NVM)
is independently owned with over 27 years’ experience of investing in unquoted UK businesses. NVM is a generalist investor, managing over £200 million of funds, and is differentiated by having executives living and working in regional business communities throughout the UK. NVM seeks investment opportunities in UK businesses which have the right mix of growth potential and market vision. They may be looking to grow organically, acquire another business or secure a management buy-out. Typically, NVM looks to invest between £2 million and £10 million in each transaction. www.nvm.co.uk

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