Wednesday 20 September 2017

Listed pub chain Wetherspoons has rowed back on ambitious expansion plans for Ireland having carved up most of Britain's high streets with its fairly priced coffee, food and drinks offering. Belfast native Tim Martin owns 30pc of the firm, so he's sitting on a 60m paper profit after a hike in the share price of about a third in the past year. There was a bit of a blip last June in the wake of the Brexit vote — he was an outspoken supporter of the ‘leave' side. In the run-up to the Brexit vote, he visited up to 100 of his pubs on a whistle-stop tour.

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