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Sky Sports has been awarded four more years of live international and county cricket under a new deal with the England & Wales Cricket Board. With the existing deal concluding at the end of 2013, the new deal be- gins in 2014 and continues until the end of the summer in 2017. Sky will have exclusive live coverage of all of England’s test matches played at home, including the Ashes series in 2015, plus all one-day internation- als and T20 matches, plus at least 60 days of domestic country cricket each summer.

The new deal will take Sky’s part- nership with the ECB for exclusive live cricket in England and Wales into its twelfth year. There is also an option for Sky to extend the deal for an additional two years to cover tours by India in 2018 and Australia in 2019.



Will Clayton, the man behind the Cork & Bottle brand, is eyeing two new sites in central London. Clayton previously

Lee Oldale (right) and his wife Marina BARRACUDA’S BEST PUB ANNOUNCED

The Barracuda Pub Group celebrated the best in its business at its company annual awards last month. For the third year running, Lee and Ma-

rina Oldale, managers of Ye Olde Griffin in March, were presented with an award. This year, the couple celebrated being crowned Barracuda’s Pub of the Year and will now jet off to a safari holiday in the Ma- sai Mara in Kenya.

Commenting on his win, Lee Oldale

said: “We try to exceed our customers’ ex- pectations whenever we can by offering the very best customer service and most im-


portantly creating a warm, welcoming pub environment. Since we joined Barracuda over 10 years ago, our plan was to make the pubs that we run a focal part of the community and in the current economic climate, it’s great that we are receiving the full support from our customers and we’re confident that will continue.” Steve Welsh, who originally joined Bar- racuda in 2001 as a retail auditor and was promoted to his current role in 2002, was named Area Manager of the Year for his work looking after Barracuda businesses in the east of England.

expressed frustration at the lack of sites for brands to grow within the City. Having acquired the wine bar brand in 2011, Clayton always had plans to roll the offer out: “The moment I first stepped into the Cork & Bottle in Leicester Square I knew this had the potential to be a brand that could spread across London and, potentially the south-east.” Clayton said: “I

intend to get behind the Cork & Bottle brand in 2012 and establish it as a multiple-site wine bar, each offering great wines from around the world, carefully selected by our buyers. It’s also important for me to create venues that have something for everyone – wine can be very intimidating, but I believe our USP is our ability to provide an offer that exceeds expectation whatever the consumer’s wine knowledge and always in an inclusive and friendly manner.”

Vernon Kay

Vernon Kay said “cheers” to the success of Spirit Pub Company’s fundraising efforts af- ter pubs from Spirit’s City and Urban estate raised over £40,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. The TV personality, who is also a patron of the charity, attended a celebration party at Ye Olde Cock Tavern Inn, Fleet Street, London, where he gave out prizes to the top eight pubs that raised the most money. Over 200 pubs from across Spirit’s City and Urban estate, which includes brands such as Taylor Walker and Original Pub Company, were tasked with raising over £500 each to fund a single bedroom within the new Car- diac Intensive Care Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The new unit, based in the hospital’s Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, will provide more space for parents to stay next to their children. The new building will open later this year. All the pubs were given Santa hats to sell over the Christmas period and tasked with creating their own fundraising activities, which ranged from raffles and auctions to live entertainment and special guest appearances. The Railway Bell, George Lane in South

Woodford, London, raised almost £2,000 and was awarded two tickets to Channel 4’s Com- edy Gala for its fundraising activities, which included hosting a charity band night. The final Spirit total continues to rise as collection boxes are still active and the pubs are continuing to drive support in an effort to meet the £100,000 needed for the new unit.



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