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Friday 16th February 2018
Update: Gino D’Acampo openings, Hop Stuff fund-raise, Stonegate et al
Individual Restaurants to open five Gino D’Acampo sites this year as total brand turnover nears £100m: Individual Restaurants has said it will open at least five sites this year under its joint venture with chef Gino D’Acampo as the … view
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Friday 16th February 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: United voice will underpin hospitality’s future, full steam ahead and six thoughts from the past six days
Authors: Kate Nicholls, Glynn Davis and Ann Elliott

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Friday 16th February 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
McDonald’s to offer more balanced children’s meals around the globe by end of 2022: McDonald’s has revealed plans to offer more balanced children’s meals around the globe by the end of 2022. The company said at least 50% of childr … view
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Thursday 15th February 2018
Update: Deep Blue expansion, Hunky Dory results, EAT results, City Pub Company
Deep Blue Restaurants expands after reducing debt: Fish and chip brand Deep Blue Restaurants is adding an expected eight sites to its 21-strong portfolio after reducing debt. The company converted loan notes to new shares in October 2017, … view
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Thursday 15th February 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Sector like-for-likes up 0.6% in January, drink-led businesses to see further growth with recovery for ‘well-run, sophisticated restaurant brands’: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant chains saw collective like-for-like sales incre … view
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Thursday 15th February 2018
Sector like-for-likes up 0.6% in January, restaurant food waste app launches in London
Sector like-for-likes up 0.6% in January, drink-led businesses to see further growth with recovery for ‘well-run, sophisticated restaurant brands’: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant chains saw collective like-for-like sales incre … view
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Wednesday 14th February 2018
Handmade Burger Company directors filed for bankruptcy while owing £1.2m to business
Handmade Burger Company directors filed for bankruptcy while owing £1.1m to business: Two directors of Handmade Burger Company, which is in administration, filed for bankruptcy, with its third set to do so, while owing £1.1m they borrowed fr … view
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Wednesday 14th February 2018
Update: Premier League auction rights, new Chipotle chief executive, Square Pie mini-bonds
Cost of Premier League football rights dampened in latest auction: Sky and BT have agreed to pay £4.46 billion for rights to the majority of live Premiership matches. Five out of seven packages of matches have been awarded in the current … view
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Wednesday 14th February 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Russell Norman – Spuntino’s move into UK airports allows us to reach a new audience as well as location: Restaurateur Russell Norman has told Propel that Spuntino’s move into UK airports with The Restaurant Group Concessions (TRG Co … view
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Tuesday 13th February 2018
Spuntino partners with TRG Concessions to open restaurants in UK airports
Spuntino partners with TRG Concessions to open restaurants in UK airports: Restaurant entrepreneurs Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, the pair behind Polpo, have signed an exclusive franchise agreement with The Restaurant Group (TRG) Con … view
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Tuesday 13th February 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Red’s True Barbecue closes only London site to ‘consolidate efforts in the regions’: American smokehouse chain Red’s True Barbecue has closed its only London site as it looks to “consolidate its efforts in the regions”. The co … view
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Monday 12th February 2018
Update: Consumer spending downturn, Cineworld, Heineken
Consumer spending falls to its lowest in five years: Britons cut their January spending on consumer goods for the first time in five years as concerns about household finances and the wider economy in the year ahead begin to bite. Worried … view
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Monday 12th February 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Imbiba closes £50m fund for high-growth UK leisure and hospitality businesses: Imbiba, the specialist leisure and hospitality investment group, has closed the Imbiba Growth Fund at its hard cap target of £50m. With an investment of £30 … view
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Friday 9th February 2018
Update: Jamie's Italian CVA gets approval, UK's first pod rooms, Esquires Coffee et al
Jamie’s Italian receives CVA approval from creditors: Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has had its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) approved by creditors, which is set to lead to the closure of at least 12 Jamie’s Italian sites. Under … view
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Friday 9th February 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Innovation stifled, jury’s out on flights of fancy and straight statistics matter 
Authors: James Hacon, Glynn Davis and Paul Chase

Innovation stifled by James Hacon

We all kn … view
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Friday 9th February 2018
Update: Tim Bacon Foundation, Ten Entertainment, D&D London, West End
Gusto raises £50,000 for Tim Bacon Foundation: Italian casual dining group Gusto has raised more than £50,000 for the Tim Bacon Foundation. The group’s 19 restaurants collected donations from diners across January. Tim Bacon was the c … view
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Friday 9th February 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
Bill to reform Scotland’s tied pub sector receives cross-party support: A new bill to reform Scotland’s tied pub sector has secured cross-party support. The Tied Pubs Bill, proposed by Labour MSP Neil Bibby, would create a statutory P … view
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Thursday 8th February 2018
TGI Friday’s boss contacts Propel to dispel ‘nonsense’ closures stories
TGI Friday’s boss contacts Propel to dispel ‘nonsense’ closures stories: TGI Friday’s chief executive Karen Forrester has contacted Propel to quash “nonsense” regional news stories suggesting site closures and financial distre … view
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Thursday 8th February 2018
Update: New Revolution ceo, Ei Group trading and Goals new ceo
Revolution Bars Group announce Rob Pitcher a new chief executive: Revolution Bars Group has announced the appointment of Rob Pitcher as its new chief executive. The joining date will be advised in due course. The company stated: “Rob ha … view
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Thursday 8th February 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
UK hotel sector ‘approaching top end of the market’ as softening revpar growth continues, 2017 transaction volumes almost double: UK hotels saw continued softening revpar growth in the fourth quarter of the year suggesting the sector … view
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Wednesday 7th February 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
UK consumers to prioritise discretionary leisure spending: Consumer spending on eating and drinking out, in-home leisure, and culture and entertainment all increased during the fourth quarter of 2017, with consumers set to prioritise disc … view
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Wednesday 7th February 2018
On-trade beer sales fall 2.4% in 2017, biggest drop in four years
On-trade beer sales fall 2.4% in 2017, biggest drop in four years: On-trade beer sales fell 2.4% in 2017, the biggest drop in four years, according to the quarterly Beer Barometer from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). Overall, sales … view
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Tuesday 6th February 2018
Sky News – EAT set for wave of store closures as competition bites
Sky News – EAT set for wave of store closures as competition bites: Fresh food-to-go retailer EAT is considering a wave of store closures as it becomes the latest retailer to be forced to react to a rising high street cost-base. The company … view
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Tuesday 6th February 2018
TRG Concessions signs partnership with BrewDog to open bars in UK airports and railway stations
TRG Concessions signs partnership with BrewDog to open bars in UK airports and railway stations: The Restaurant Group (TRG) Concessions has signed an exclusive franchise partnership with Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog to open bars in UK … view
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Tuesday 6th February 2018
BrewDog unveils location for Australian brewery
BrewDog unveils location for Australian brewery: Scottish brewery and retailer BrewDog has announced Brisbane will be the home for its new Australian brewery, according to Brews News. Brisbane beat Newcastle after a six month search to become … view
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Tuesday 6th February 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Simmons Bars plans seven sites a year as it steps up expansion following private equity investment, adds two more venues: Nick Campbell, chief executive of London-based Simmons Bars, has told Propel the company plans to open seven sites a … view
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Monday 5th February 2018
Thai and Argentinian steak brands merge in share deal
Thai and Argentinian steak brands merge in share deal: High Road Restaurants BidCo, the owner of the Koh Thai Tapas chain of Thai restaurants, has announced a share merger with Buenos Aires Restaurants Holdings, owner of the Buenos Aires (BA) … view
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Monday 5th February 2018
Square Pie goes into administration as restaurant business collapses
Square Pie goes into administration as restaurant business collapses: Gourmet pie company Square Pie, which operates five restaurants, has gone into administration, blaming a “perfect storm” of falling retail demand together with rising re … view
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Monday 5th February 2018
Private equity firm buys majority stake in Simmons Bars operator
Private equity firm buys majority stake in Simmons Bars operator: Lonsdale Capital Partners, the private equity firm focused on the lower mid-market, has acquired a majority stake in Nightlight Leisure, which trades under the name Simmons Bars … view
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Monday 5th February 2018
Upham Group reports like-for-likes up 4.0% as it makes first pre-tax profit
Upham Group reports like-for-likes up 4.0% as it makes first pre-tax profit: Upham Group, the operator of 16 premium pubs across the south of England with its own regional brewery, has reported like-for-like sales grew 4.0% for the year e … view
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Monday 5th February 2018
Update: Booker’s Charles Wilson, Social Entertainment Ventures flotation
Booker’s Charles Wilson to join Tesco board: Tesco has announced that upon completion of the merger with Booker Group, expected to be 5 March 2018, Booker chief executive Charles Wilson will be appointed as chief executive of Tesco’s … view
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Monday 5th February 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
SSP reports progress in franchising its own brands: Transport hub foodservice specialist SSP, which operates a portfolio of 400 brands and concepts, has begun to franchise its own brands, including Millie’s Cookies, Upper Crust and Rita … view
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Friday 2nd February 2018
Update: Camerons to continue Head of Steam expansion, McDonald's, Cineworld
Camerons to continue Head of Steam expansion with Nottingham and Leicester sites: Camerons Brewery is to continue expansion of its The Head of Steam brand by opening sites in Nottingham and Leicester. The Nottingham venue is due to open i … view
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Friday 2nd February 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Secondary Siberia dining rooms, top ten marketing trends and success is in a brand’s DNA
Authors: Glynn Davis, James Hacon and Ann Elliott

Secondary Siberia dining rooms by Glynn Davis< … view

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Friday 2nd February 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
Scottish multi-site operators outperform independents, Christmas sales poor overall: Multi-site operators in Scotland outperformed single-siters during the festive period with overall sales in the country proving poor, according to the Sc … view
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Thursday 1st February 2018
Casual Dining Group acquires contract to operate DUBL wine bar in UK
Casual Dining Group acquires contract to operate DUBL wine bar in UK: Casual Dining Group (CDG) has acquired an exclusive contract from Italian wine producer Feudi di San Gregorio to operate DUBL wine bars in the UK as it continues to exp … view
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Thursday 1st February 2018
Pret partners with HMSHost International to launch into Scandinavia with Copenhagen airport openings
Pret partners with HMSHost International to launch into Scandinavia with Copenhagen airport openings: Pret A Manger is to launch its first sites in Scandinavia with two openings at Copenhagen airport in Denmark next week after partnering with … view
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Thursday 1st February 2018
Update: Comptoir Group trading, AG BARR
Comptoir Group reports trading ‘above market expectations’: Comptoir Group, the operator of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean restaurants, has reported that ‘despite a difficult market backdrop, the directors are pleased to report … view
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Thursday 1st February 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Sector will overpay business rates by £10bn by 2025 without taxation overhaul, warns ALMR: The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has warned that without government action to overhaul business taxation, the hospitality sec … view
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Wednesday 31st January 2018
Byron to close ‘number of restaurants’ as CVA gets creditor approval
Byron to close ‘number of restaurants’ as CVA gets creditor approval: Better burger brand Byron is to close “a number of restaurants” having had its Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) proposal approved by creditors, with 99% voting in f … view
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Wednesday 31st January 2018
Update: Hickory's results, Cordatus acquires Gosforth Travelodge for £4.7m
Hickory’s Smokehouse reports Ebitda boost as turnover increases 15% to £16.6m, plans two more sites this year: Hickory’s Smokehouse has reported turnover increased 15% to £16.6m for the year ending 30 April 2017 compared with £14.4 … view
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Wednesday 31st January 2018
Update: Adam Breedon signs crazy golf site in City of London, Britvic trading
Adam Breeden signs City of London Puttshack site: The founder of Bounce ping-pong bars and co-founder of Flight Club darts bars it to open a crazy gold brand in City of London. Adam Breeden, who also founded All Star Lanes bowling, is to … view
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Wednesday 31st January 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Brasserie Bar Co reports turnover up 20% in current financial year, looking to open up to five sites in 2018: Mark Derry, chief executive of Brasserie Bar Co, the 36-strong group behind Brasserie Blanc and The White Brasserie Company, has … view
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Tuesday 30th January 2018
Sky News – owner of TGI Friday’s UK puts sale on menu
Sky News – owner of TGI Friday’s UK puts sale on menu: The British arm of TGI Friday’s is being put on the menu of prospective buyers amid a steep downturn that has hit much of the casual dining sector. Electra Private Equity is calling … view
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Tuesday 30th January 2018
McDonald’s reports like-for-likes up 5.5% in fourth quarter helped by ‘continued UK momentum’
McDonald’s reports like-for-likes up 5.5% in fourth quarter helped by ‘continued UK momentum’: McDonald’s has reported global like-for-like sales rose 5.5% in its fourth quarter to 31 December 2017 helped by continued momentum in … view
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Tuesday 30th January 2018
Brasserie Bar Co reports Ebitda boost as turnover rises to £46.8m
Brasserie Bar Co reports Ebitda boost as turnover rises to £46.8m: Brasserie Bar Co, the 36-strong group behind Brasserie Blanc and the White Brasserie, has reported turnover increased 14% to £46.8m for the year ending 31 July 2017 comp … view
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Tuesday 30th January 2018
Bill’s appoints Duncan Garrood as chief executive as Mark Fox steps down
Bill’s appoints Duncan Garrood as chief executive as Mark Fox steps down: Bill’s Restaurants, owned by Richard Caring, has appointed Duncan Garrood as its new chief executive with immediate effect to lead the company as it enters a new pha … view
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Tuesday 30th January 2018
Update: Domimo’s UK Fourth Quarter trading, Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park
Domino’s Pizza reports UK system sales up 9.8% in Quarter Four: Domino’s Pizza UK has reported group system sales rose 18.2% with strong growth in both established and newer markets in its Fourth Quarter to 24 December. UK system sale … view
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Tuesday 30th January 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
British consumers are ‘creatures of habit’ when it comes to eating out: British consumers are happy to act on “autopilot” when choosing where to eat out if they get good pricing, convenience and the right customer experience, acco … view
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Monday 29th January 2018
Update: Admiral’s Simon Eyles passes away aged 50, Easyhotel, The Pig and Meat & Drink
Admiral Taverns’ Simon Eyles passes away: Admiral Taverns’ commercial director Simon Eyles has passed away after a short illness. Kevin Georgel, chief executive of Admiral Taverns, said: “It is with the deepest sadness and regret th … view
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Monday 29th January 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Former Caravan head of wholesale says there’s still room for high-end operators in saturated coffee market ahead of new venture: Former Caravan head of wholesale James Hennebry has told Propel he believes there is still room for more co … view
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Friday 26th January 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Creating a new powerful voice for the sector with UKHospitality, revitalising CAMRA, and the CPL Nanny State Annual Awards for Fake News and Phoney Statistics
Authors: Steve Richards, Colin Valentine and Paul Chase< … view
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Friday 26th January 2018
Update: JDW steak, Starbucks trading, Prezzo, Easyhotel
Wetherspoon to reintroduce steak next Tuesday: JD Wetherspoon is to reintroduce sirloin steak, rump steak and gammon steak in its 900 pubs across the UK and Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, 30 January. The three items have been off the men … view
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Friday 26th January 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
Goodbody – Greene King performance turnaround will ‘take time and require deeper customer experience improvements’: Goodbody leisure analyst Brian Devitt has said the turnaround in performance at Greene King will “take time and re … view
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Thursday 25th January 2018
Starbucks franchise co-founded by Ei Group director launches £1.1m fund-raise to support 20-site roll-out
Starbucks franchise co-founded by Ei Group director launches £1.1m fund-raise to support 20-site roll-out: Starbucks franchise Elite Coffee has launched a £1.1m fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Growthdeck to support the roll-out of 20 sit … view
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Thursday 25th January 2018
Trading updates: Greene King, Restaurant Group and Fuller’s
Greene King reports like-for-likes up 1.6% over two weeks of Christmas: Greene King has reported a strong festive trading period with like-for-like sales up 1.6%. The company stated: “We traded well over the Christmas period with Pub Co … view
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Thursday 25th January 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Boparan to franchise Slim Chickens in the UK: Boparan Restaurant Group, which owns Giraffe, Ed’s Easy Diner and Harry Ramsden’s, has partnered with Slim Chickens USA to bring the fast-casual, fresh chicken brand to the UK market. Slim … view
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Thursday 25th January 2018
Boparan to franchise Slim Chickens in the UK
Boparan to franchise Slim Chickens in the UK: Boparan Restaurant Group, which owns Giraffe, Ed’s Easy Diner and Harry Ramsden’s, has partnered with Slim Chickens USA to bring the fast-casual, fresh chicken brand to the UK market. Slim Chic … view
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Wednesday 24th January 2018
Update: Wetherspoon trading, Fever-Tree, Hotel Chocolat, Time Out Group
JD Wetherspoon reports 6% like-for-like sales growth in its Second Quarter: JD Wetherspoon has reported like-for-like sales rose 6% for the first 12 weeks of the second quarter (to 21 January 2018) and total sales by 4.3%. In the year to … view
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Wednesday 24th January 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Ralph Findlay – there’s enough pressure on margins without joining sector-wide discounting: Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay has told Propel the company would continue to resist joining the widespread discounting in the secto … view
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Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Update: Marston's, SSP, Eagle Eye, DP Eurasia, Crepeaffaire
Marston’s reports snow and ice impact trading: Marston’s has reported the snow and icy weather had an impact on trading for the 16 weeks to 20 January 2018. The company stated: “We continued to make progress in the period with growt … view
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Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Some operators reaching ‘crisis proportions’ but possible pricing benefits: Some operators are reaching “crisis proportions”, although many may benefit in the short term from changes in the pricing environment, according to the la … view
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Tuesday 23rd January 2018
ALMR and BHA to merge creating ‘powerful unified voice’ for £130bn sector
ALMR and BHA to merge creating ‘powerful unified voice’ for £130bn sector: Plans have been unveiled to merge the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and British Hospitality Association (BHA) to create a “po … view
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Monday 22nd January 2018
Jamie’s Italian confirms closure of 12 sites
Jamie’s Italian confirms closure of 12 sites: Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has confirmed it will close 12 Jamie’s Italian sites in the UK following a strategic review. The sites that will shut are Bath, Bristol, Bluewater, Chelmsford, Gre … view
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Monday 22nd January 2018
ETM Group reports December like-for-likes up 10.8%, CAMRA moves to widen appeal
ETM Group reports December like-for-likes up 10.8%: ETM Group, the 13-strong bar and restaurant company, has reported like-for-like sales increased 10.8% for the five weeks ending 31 December 2017, with overall sales up 34.4%. The company … view
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Monday 22nd January 2018
Revolution reports Christmas period like-for-likes up 5.9%
Revolution reports Christmas period like-for-likes up 5.9%: Revolution Bars Group, the operator of 72 premium bars across the UK under the Revolution and Revolucion de Cuba brands, has reported for the four-week period from 4 December 2017 to … view
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Monday 22nd January 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Grillstock went into administration after owing more than £445,000 to HMRC, sold to new company for £92,000: American-style barbecue restaurant Grillstock went into administration after owing more than £445,000 to HM Revenue & Customs, … view
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Sunday 21st January 2018
Burger King UK appoints Alasdair Murdoch as chief executive
Burger King UK appoints Alasdair Murdoch as chief executive: Alasdair Murdoch has been appointed chief executive of Burger King UK. Murdoch will be in charge of the new Burger King UK entity from 1 February responsible for the master fran … view
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Friday 19th January 2018
Update: Restaurant Marketer Award winners, Wadworth restructure, Rollo on Whitbread, tourist boost
Restaurant Marketer & Innovator Award winners revealed: The winners of the inaugural Restaurant Marketer & Innovator Awards, staged by Propel and Think Hospitality have been revealed. More than 90 entries were judged by a panel of 16 indu … view
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