INNIS & Gunn has unveiled leisure sector veteran Martin Robinson as its new chairman, writes Scott Wright.

Mr Robinson, who also chairs Burger King UK and Parkdean Resorts, succeeds Tony Hunt, who has retired.

The Edinburgh-based brewer and bar owner said Mr Robinson “brings a wealth of retail and consumer brand experience” to Innis & Gunn. His CV includes spells as a director of Scottish & Newcastle’s pub division and as a beer industry consultant at Mckinsey & Co. He previously chaired Wagamama, and Center Parcs in the UK and Europe.

Mr Robinson joins shortly after accounts filed at Companies House earlier this month showed Innis & Gunn made a £2.2 million loss before tax for the year ended December 31, following a £388,000 loss the year before.

Chief executive Dougal Sharp wrote in the accounts: “2018 was a year in which we used our balance sheet strength to prepare for the future. Planned investments combined with the cost of winding up some loss-making business units reflected in our profitability in the year, but the changes that we made in 2018 are bearing fruit in 2019 as expected.”

Innis & Gunn recently opened its first international bar at Barcelona airport, and said around 40 per cent of its beer sales are now generated in markets overseas.