Trading Update

23 September 2021



AGM Trading Statement

Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. (“Fuller’s” or “the Company”), the premium pubs and hotels business, today makes the following trading statement, in advance of the Company's Annual General Meeting to be held today, 23 September 2021, at 11am in The Boston Room, The George IV, 185 Chiswick High Road, London W4 2DR.

Since fully reopening the estate in July, the Company has traded at a steadily increasing level across its estate. Managed like for like sales for the seven weeks to 18 September 2021 stand at 86% of 2019 levels, and we look forward to the further benefits of increasing footfall in the City and a continued return to office working.

Chief Executive Simon Emeny said: “While we are not immune to some of the well-documented challenges facing the wider hospitality industry such as recruitment, the pandemic has further highlighted the attraction and resilience of our well-balanced, premium estate. Our rural pubs and hotels have benefited from the increase in domestic tourism during the summer months and we are now beginning to see a return of customers to our Central London pubs, which is a great sign as we head into a busy trading period.

“Life is gradually returning to normal, and the benefit of the continued investment in our pubs and hotels during lockdown is becoming evident. In particular, the winterisation projects that have been delivered across the estate will increase capacity and maximise the opportunity from our gardens and outside areas later into the winter months and early spring.

“Our Tenants have also invested in their pubs and this strategically important part of our business continues to perform well, underpinned by our successful recruitment and retention of great, entrepreneurial businesspeople with ambition and drive.

“It’s been a tough 18 months for everyone in hospitality – we are confident in our strategy and proud of our pubs and people. Our long-term vision has not changed, we have an excellent, well-invested estate, a strong balance sheet, and we look forward to the coming months with confidence and optimism.”

The next report will be on 18 November 2021, when the Company issues its half year results for the 26 weeks to 25 September 2021.

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For further information, please contact:

Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C.

Simon Emeny, Chief Executive 020 8996 2000

Adam Councell, Finance Director 020 8996 2000

Georgina Wald, Corporate Comms Manager 020 8996 2198

Instinctif Partners

Justine Warren 020 7457 2010

Notes to Editors:

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC is the premium pubs and hotels business that is famous for beautiful and inviting pubs with delicious fresh food, a vibrant and interesting range of drinks, and engaging service from passionate people. Fuller’s has 209 managed businesses, with 1,027 boutique bedrooms, and 175 Tenanted Inns. The estate is predominately located in the South of England (44% of sites are within the M25) and stretches from London to the Jurassic Coast via the New Forest. Our Managed Pubs and Hotels include 15 iconic Ale & Pie pubs, seven stunning hotels in the Cotswolds, and Bel & The Dragon – seven exquisite country inns located in the Home Counties. In summary, Fuller’s is the home of great pubs, outstanding hospitality and passionate people, where everyone is welcome and leaves that little bit happier than they arrived.