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Announcement of Senior Management Appointments in Charles Wells Ltd

With the ongoing growth and success of beer brands and pubs overseas, Charles Wells Ltd has made a strategic decision to further expand into the export market by expanding the John Bull Pub Company

Charles Wells France SARL trades as the John Bull Pub Company in France and operates traditional English pubs run as managed houses. They have established an iconic, premium offer with a unique selling point which is fundamentally different to French bars and a focus on award winning English beers, pub games and friendly staff is proving ever more popular.

Investment in John Bull Pub Company is therefore being increased and it has been announced that Anthony Wallis, currently Managing Director of both the Charles Wells Pub Company and The John Bull Pub Company (above), will work exclusively on the John Bull Pub Company from 1st October 2011.

Anthony will have responsibility for driving growth and putting in place the infra-structure to grow the business from 7 to 20 pubs within five years.

This complements the business’ ambitions to double export sales over the same period through Wells and Young’s Brewing Company, whose core export brands are in double digit growth.

In England, Charles Wells Pub Company will continue to develop its award winning retail offer for customers and Peter Wells has been appointed to the post of Managing Director to lead its ongoing commitment to providing a great pub experience. Peter joined the company in 1997 and has been Sales and Marketing Director for the last four years.

Announcing the appointments Paul Wells, CEO of Charles Wells Ltd commented "Anthony has been an inspirational leader and established Charles Wells as the top regional brewery pub company with a strong focus on customer support. His experience will be invaluable to John Bull Pub Company as we target an ambitious expansion plan and I’m sure he’ll make an immediate impact when he takes on the role full-time."

"In Peter Wells, we’re fortunate to have appointed a creative and collaborative Managing Director for Charles Wells Pub Company" he continued. "His vision for working with licensees to develop profitable and sustainable businesses will be the foundation for our five year growth strategy and I think we have a very exciting period of development ahead of us with Peter at the helm."

Charles Wells Pub Company is based in Bedford and has 240 pubs based largely in Bedfordshire and the Northern Home Counties. It was named Pub Company of the Year at The Publican Awards in 2009 and 2010 and was Highly Commended in 2011.

The John Bull Pub Company has seven pubs – The Bombardier, Paris, The Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes, Bordeaux, The London Town and George & Dragon, Toulouse and The Shakespeare and Robin Hood, Montpellier.

For immediate release:  Friday 24th June 2011

For further information, please contact:

Kate Hempsall on 01234 272625

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