NIGHT DRINKING HANGOVER FOR LOCAL BREWER
Fuller Smith and Turner P.L.C, the Chiswick
based brewers and retailers announced huge
write-offs recently after a venture into a
chain of late-night bars went disastrously
Broadwalk chain of late night bars had been
performing significantly below expectations
and since September 11th the hotel assets owned
by the group have been seeing tough trading
before exceptionals fell 11 per cent to £6.4m
in the six months to September, while sales
increased marginally from £63m to £65.3m. But
after tax and a £3.8 million write-off
on the disposal of the Broadwalk chain the
company was loss-making.
Fuller, chairman, said: "Our brands, and
the high quality of all of our continuing operations,
stand us in good stead for the future. Despite
the uncertain trading outlook for the time
being, our longer term growth prospects remain
company issued a profit warning in September
but the results still disappointed the market
with the shares falling on the news. A locally
based analyst described the results as "dismal"
and said the company would have been better
advised in "sticking to its knitting."
added, "the brewing and pubs side performed
really well with 21% profit growth from the
former. The company has some great assets in
terms of both brands and land. If it wasn't
for the share-holding structure it would have
a much higher rating"
possibility of the company selling the Griffin
brewery site was considered "unlikely"
but he said "camembert isn't always made
in Camembert and cheddar isn't always made
in Cheddar so Chiswick bitter doesn't always
need to be made in Chiswick."
implementation of the Chiswick Mall CPZ is
likely to give the company's employees some
win Pub Company of the Year