Charles Wells continues investment in its French pubs after Brexit vote

Craig Mayes - Director, Charles Wells France

Britain’s largest independent brewer, Bedford-based Charles Wells, will continue to invest in its French business following the referendum vote to leave the EU.  The confirmation comes as it updates on trading performance during the European Football Championships and the announcement of a new Director of Charles Wells France combining their Managed Pubs in the UK and France.


The company admitted that the UK’s decision to leave the EU caused a moment of uncertainty for the team based in France but it was quick to re-assure them it was business as usual.   Charles Wells France has already invested in two new pubs this year and commitment to the business is demonstrated by actively looking for more sites despite the Brexit vote.


Business as usual for the Charles Wells France pubs, however, has taken an exceptional direction during the Euro 2016 Championships.  Ideally located for the tournament with pubs in the host cities of Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon and Toulouse, Charles Wells France has been able to make the most of a great football festival.


“In the first four weeks of the Euro’s we have achieved €1.1M net which is 290% up on last year” commented Director, Craig Mayes. “The Welsh certainly kicked off their party in style in Bordeaux on the 9th June and one of our pubs went from taking €25K per week to €30K per day.  We’ve developed a great rapport with the Wales fans as they’ve moved around the country and are very excited to be hosting them again in Lyon this Wednesday.”


Craig Mayes was recently appointed as the new director of Charles Wells France, in addition to his responsibilities for the UK based Apostrophe Pubs and the Pizza, Pots and Pints managed operations.   Mayes said “I’m delighted to be working with the French Team and we now have 300 colleagues in our managed business across the UK and France.  My focus is going to be on developing the training and career development opportunities for the teams whilst attracting the best new talent to join and help us achieve our growth aspirations on either side of the channel. We’ve got lots to get on with so it’s an exciting new chapter for me and the company.”


The company is currently recruiting for a Head of UK Operations based in the UK and a French Speaking Promotion & Communications Manager to be based France.  Anyone who is interested should contact Craig







Notes to Editors:


  • Charles Wells’ managed pub stock across England and France consists of:

o   13 pubs in five cities across France, of which two serve traditional English cask ales

o   5 Apostrophe Pubs in five towns in England

o   2 Pizza, Pots and Pints in two towns in England


  • Images attached show Craig Mayes and The Elephant & Castle, Lyon




For immediate release:                                               4th July 2016



For further information, please contact:                     Kate Hempsall, Charles Wells

Tel:  07976 941958