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14 June 2004
Inside track

What business is it in? Managed and tenanted pub operator with a significant hotel portfolio (www.londonandedinburghinns.com). The company caterers for all, from the business client or golfer to those looking for an enjoyable weekend break.

Where is its head office and area of operation? Throughout the UK. The group has about 60 hotels, 100 managed pubs, ranging from local community pubs to gastropubs, and 550 tenanted pubs.

What brands does it operate? The company is currently rebranding some of its hotels as Swallow, to strengthen the name, which it bought last year.

What's its form?
This year, to date, the company has bought 250 tenanted units from giant Punch Taverns, 10 managed pubs from JD Wetherspoon and six hotels from Macdonald Hotels. In September 2003 the company bought 21 pubs from Scottish & Newcastle Retail for £6.75m.

What sort of employer is it? This rapidly growing company is keen to hear from enthusiastic workers, so e-mail jobs@londoninns.com (for general vacancies), management@londoninns.com or chefs@londoninns.com depending on your area of interest. The company's phone number is 0870 770 0777. Recruitment enquires can be sent to: Recruitment, London & Edinburgh Inns, 5th Floor, Meadow House, Medway Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 OHL.

Did you know? Each of the group's hotels has its own unique menu, which consists of local fare alongside international specialties.

Company philosophy? To provide a warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere for guests.

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