Mark Draper

director at Prospect Pubs & Bars

Mark has over 25 years’ experience in licensed retail with a number of leading players within the pub sector, where he gained senior level experience in operations, portfolio and marketing. Later he became owner and director of the iconic group of Soho and West End venues under the Alphabet brand, before launching Redcomb Pubs Ltd with partner Dan Shotton in 2010.

Growing the Redcomb Pubs estate to a rounded portfolio of 16 pubs, bars and pubs with rooms, the group was successfully sold to Youngs PLC in 2019 for £35m.

With the pub sector firmly in their veins, Mark and Dan have once again ventured into the independent pub arena with the launch of Prospect Pubs & Bars Ltd in 2019. Acquiring the 100-cover pub, restaurant and hotel, The Evenlode in Oxfordshire in July 2019, the pair have ambitious plans to again become key players within the sector, with a healthy vision for expansion covering both freehold and leasehold sites over the next 5 years.

Star Pubs & Bars Tenants panel: Growing together – a partnership approach. How can tenanted pub companies improve support and reduce costs for licensees? MA editor Ed Bedington interviews Star Pubs & Bars tenants and Tim Galligan, Operations Director.

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