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Monday 20th January 2020
Update: Social Entertainment Ventures, Fever-Tree
Social Entertainment Ventures reports strong December growth and expansion plans: Social Entertainment Ventures (SEV), the operator of various experiential leisure concepts in the UK and US, has reported it delivered strong growth for the … view
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Monday 20th January 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
Chopstix eyes further growth on back of strong end-of-year performance: Chopstix, the Asian quick service restaurant concept, is set for further expansion in 2020 on the back of a strong performance at the end of last year. The business, … view
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Friday 17th January 2020
Exclusive: Handmade Burger Co placed on the market amid administration speculation
Exclusive – Handmade Burger Co placed on the market amid administration speculation: Handmade Burger Co has been placed on the market again amid speculation a failure to sell the business could see it enter administration, Propel has learned … view
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Friday 17th January 2020
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Got the T-shirt, searching for a silver lining, and digital maturity
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase and Tim Davis

Got the T-shirt by Glynn Davis

When designer and restaurateur … view
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Friday 17th January 2020
Propel Friday News Briefing
Christie & Co – ‘operators have never had a better chance to strike a bargain with landlords’: Simon Chaplin, senior director – corporate pubs and restaurants – at Christie & Co, has told Propel operators have never had a better … view
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Thursday 16th January 2020
Number of small pubs and bars rises for first time in more than 15 years
Number of small pubs and bars rises for first time in more than 15 years, sector ‘real’ turnover at highest level since financial crisis: The number of small pubs and bars in the UK has increased for the first time in more than 15 years, a … view
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Thursday 16th January 2020
Update: Whitbread trading, Stephen Glancey to retire
Whitbread reports its confidence is developing in Germany opportunity for Premier Inn: Whitbread has reported UK total sales growth 0.3% for the third quarter, marginally improving the year-to-date run rate. It said further development in … view
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Thursday 16th January 2020
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Asda to expand Food For Now trial as it eyes further partnerships with ‘well-known brands’: Asda is to expand its Food For Now concept as it looks to seal “new and innovative in-store brand partnerships” to cater for changing cons … view
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Wednesday 15th January 2020
Legal Briefing

Three issues to keep an eye on in 2020 by Michelle Hazlewood

Of all the issues set to affect operators in 2020 from a legal and licensing perspective, three should be front of mind – the escalating problem of under-18s using pub and ba … view
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Wednesday 15th January 2020
Update: Revolution, Ten Entertainment and Everyman results
Revolution reports like-for-likes up 1.2% in first half, record festive period, reaches landlord agreement on nine sites: Revolution Bars Group, the operator of premium bars trading across the UK under the Revolution and Revolución de Cu … view
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Wednesday 15th January 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Sector like-for-likes up 2.5% over festive period as wet-led businesses lead the way: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw like-for-like sales grow 2.5% in the six weeks to 5 January 2020 compared with the previous year, acco … view
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Wednesday 15th January 2020
Sector like-for-likes up 2.5% over festive period as wet-led businesses lead the way
Sector like-for-likes up 2.5% over festive period as wet-led businesses lead the way: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw like-for-like sales grow 2.5% in the six weeks to 5 January 2020 compared with the previous year, according … view
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Tuesday 14th January 2020
Greene King ‘confident’ proposed Unite strike action will have ‘little impact’ on pub deliveries
Greene King ‘confident’ proposed Unite strike action will have ‘little impact’ on pub deliveries: Brewer and retailer Greene King has said it is confident a threat by Unite members in its brewing division to potentially strike thi … view
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Tuesday 14th January 2020
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Clive Watson – City Pub Group has had a ‘wake-up call’: City Pub Group chairman Clive Watson has told Propel the company has had a “wake-up call”. The group, which owns and operates 47 premium pubs across southern England and Wa … view
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Monday 13th January 2020
City Pub Group reports Ebitda to be ‘slightly below market expectations’
City Pub Group reports Ebitda to be ‘slightly below market expectations’: The City Pub Group, the owner and operator of 47 premium pubs across southern England and Wales, has reported total turnover for the year to 29 December 2019 wa … view
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Monday 13th January 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
Bassadone invests in Various Eateries and becomes its non-executive chairman: Andy Bassadone, the co-founder of Strada and Cote, has invested in Various Eateries, the Coppa Cub and Strada operator, and at the same time become its new non- … view
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Friday 10th January 2020
Takeaway.com seals victory in Just Eat battle with £5.9bn deal
Takeaway.com seals victory in Just Eat battle with £5.9bn deal: Dutch delivery firm Takeaway.com has announced it has received the necessary acceptance level from Just Eat shareholders to complete its £5.9bn acquisition of the UK delivery pl … view
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Friday 10th January 2020
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Downsizing, predictions for 2020, new-style resolutions, and year of the circular economy
Authors: Glynn Davis, Think Hospitality, Ann Elliott and Karen Lynch

Downsizing by Glynn Davisview

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Friday 10th January 2020
Propel Friday News Briefing
UK coffee market growth to regain momentum in 2020 as major brands launch new channels: Growth of the UK coffee shop market is expected to regain momentum in 2020, with the landscape transforming further as major brands launch new channel … view
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Thursday 9th January 2020
Wireless Social receives £1m Imbiba investment
Wireless Social receives £1m Imbiba investment: Wi-Fi solutions provider Wireless Social has received a £1m investment from Imbiba, the specialist investor in the UK leisure and hospitality sector. The investment is Imbiba’s first in a tec … view
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Thursday 9th January 2020
Update: M&B, Stonegate/Ei Group, Coal Grill & Bar, McDonald’s
M&B reports 5.6% like-for-like sales growth over key three weeks of Christmas: Mitchells & Butlers has reported it traded well over the core three-week festive period, with like-for-like sales growth of 5.6%, including strong performance … view
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Thursday 9th January 2020
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Salt launches restaurant division headed by Handley Amos and Neil Rankin, reveals host of projects: Salt, the partnership and experience agency specialising in food and drink, has launched a restaurant division headed by Handley Amos and … view
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Wednesday 8th January 2020
Campbell and Hills leave as Baton Berisha takes on Bill’s management
Campbell and Hills leave as Baton Berisha takes on Bill’s management: Bill’s, which is backed by Richard Caring, has reshuffled its management team with executive chairman David Campbell and managing director Sarah Hills stepping down from … view
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Wednesday 8th January 2020
Update: Doubts raised again over future of Handmade Burger Co
Doubts raised again over future of Handmade Burger Co: The future of Handmade Burger Co is again uncertain, after owner The Burger Chain Ltd filed notice of its intention to appoint an administrator for the 19-strong chain, over the festi … view
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Wednesday 8th January 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Barkby Group adds three pubs to estate, completes Workshop Coffee deal: Premium gastro-pub operator Barkby Group, which was admitted to AIM on Tuesday (7 January), has added a further three pubs to its portfolio. The company was formed in … view
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Tuesday 7th January 2020
Immersive restaurant company launches with stellar creative team
Immersive restaurant company launches with stellar creative team: James Bulmer, former Disney executive and chief executive of The Fat Duck Group, has formed immersive restaurant company Wonderland Restaurants. The company has pulled toge … view
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Tuesday 7th January 2020
Update: Bed and Bars, Fuller’s, Tokyo Industries, Wetherspoon
Beds and Bars reports group Ebitda up 16.5%, two new sites planned: Pan-European hostel and bar operator Beds & Bars, led by Keith Knowles OBE, has reported turnover rose 5.74% to £54.9m and group Ebitda rose 16.5% to £6.1m at constant … view
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Tuesday 7th January 2020
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Hickory’s to accelerate expansion plans after securing £13m funding package: American-style smokehouse and barbecue brand Hickory’s Smokehouse, which is backed by Piper, is to accelerate its expansion plans after securing a £13m fun … view
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Monday 6th January 2020
Chilango CVAs approved
Chilango CVAs approved: Chilango’s company voluntary arrangement (CVA) proposals have been approved after receiving the support of the vast majority of Chilango’s creditors and shareholders, with 84% voting in favour of the arrangement for … view
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Monday 6th January 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
YO! to launch trial of new kiosk brand Panku with Asda: YO!, the Richard Hodgson-led global multi-brand, multi-channel Japanese food group, is to further ramp up its retail sector presence with the trial of a new kiosk concept with Asda, … view
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Friday 3rd January 2020
Update: December sales flat, Thai Leisure Group, Loui Blake
Christmas sales figures flat: According to analysis of more than 1,500 sector sites using S4labour software, overall like-for-like sales were broadly static in December 2019, compared with the same month in 2018, falling by 0.1%. There wa … view
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Friday 3rd January 2020
Propel Friday News Briefing
McVeigh joins chicken sandwich concept Butchies as chairman: London-based chicken sandwich concept Butchies has appointed Draft House founder Charlie McVeigh as its new chairman, Propel has learned. Butchies, which currently has two sites … view
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Thursday 2nd January 2020
Tasty sells London site to Five Guys for £2m
Tasty sells London site to Five Guys for £2m: Wildwood operator Tasty has reported the exchange of contracts for the sale of its dim t More London site, close to London Bridge, for a gross cash consideration of £2 million. Propel source … view
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Tuesday 31st December 2019
Update: UKHospitality on wage increases, Chilango, Pieminister and Arkell's results
Wage increases must be mitigated by business tax cuts, says UKHospitality: UKHospitality has urged the government to cut business taxes to support higher wages. The government has announced it will adopt the Low Pay Commission's (LPC) rec … view
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Monday 30th December 2019
Burger King UK acquires 34-strong Kout Food Group BK estate
Burger King UK acquires 34-strong Kout Food Group BK estate: BK UK Group, the master franchisee for Burger King in the UK, has further strengthened its company-owned restaurant estate with the acquisition of 34 sites from Kout Food Group … view
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Friday 27th December 2019
CMA launches in-depth investigation into Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo
CMA launches in-depth investigation into Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an in-depth investigation into Amazon's investment in Deliveroo after the two companies decided against … view
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Tuesday 24th December 2019
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
This is the last Propel newsletter of 2019. We would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year

Story of the Day:

Lion Capital sells circa 10% stake in … view
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Monday 23rd December 2019
Propel Monday News Briefing
Giggling Squid continuing to see growth ‘across the board’ as it reports full-year turnover and Ebitda boost: Andy Laurillard, co-founder of Thai restaurant brand Giggling Squid, has told Propel the company has continued to see growth … view
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