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Monday 18th June 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Sector like-for-likes bounce back in May as sun shines on pubs but not restaurants: Hot weather in May helped boost trade in Britain’s pubs but hit restaurant sales, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker. Overall, the co … view
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Monday 18th June 2018
Sector like-for-likes bounce back in May, Heineken makes record investment in UK pub estate
Sector like-for-likes bounce back in May as sun shines on pubs but not restaurants: Hot weather in May helped boost trade in Britain’s pubs but hit restaurant sales, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker. Overall, the co … view
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Friday 15th June 2018
Update: Deliveroo court challenge, Adam Handling, Zonal acquisition
Union wins right to challenge Deliveroo riders’ self-employed status in high court: A union has been given the go-ahead for a high court challenge over the employment status of Deliveroo riders. The Independent Workers Union of Great Br … view
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Friday 15th June 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: What Einstein can teach us about customer experience, don’t stuff up selling turkey this Christmas and retail-style agreements
Authors: John Upton, James Hacon and Ann Elliott

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Friday 15th June 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
Number of emerging high-street restaurant brands falls 38%, Crosstown Doughnuts fastest-growing: The number of emerging high-street restaurant brands has fallen 38% in the past 18 months, reflecting the overall slowdown in the market that … view
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Thursday 14th June 2018
NPD Group – eating out decline mirrors behaviour of last recession, Hart brothers smash crowdfunding target
NPD Group – eating out decline mirrors behaviour of last recession: Total visits in the out-of-home (OOH) foodservice market dropped 1% in the first quarter of 2018 versus the same quarter a year earlier, according to insights firm The NPD G … view
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Thursday 14th June 2018
Revolution reports sales short of expectations after volatile trading
Revolution reports ‘challenging and volatile’ trading, sales short of expectations: Revolution Bars Group has provided an update on the performance of the group for the 52 week period ending 30 June 2018, reporting it has experienced … view
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Thursday 14th June 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Flexible opening hours could give sector £6.75bn a year boost: The hospitality sector could make a further £6.75bn a year by adapting opening hours to fit in with changing work patterns, according to new research. Barclays’ Open All H … view
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Thursday 14th June 2018
Flexible opening hours could give sector £6.75bn a year boost
Flexible opening hours could give sector £6.75bn a year boost: The hospitality sector could make a further £6.75bn a year by adapting opening hours to fit in with changing work patterns, according to new research. Barclays’ Open All Hours … view
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Wednesday 13th June 2018
Update: Deliveroo, Franco Manca, Pub Invest Group
Deliveroo extends network: Deliveroo is to add 5,000 UK restaurants to its delivery platform. Restaurants that have their own delivery fleets will be able to tap Deliveroo’s 15,000 riders in the UK under the new service, called “Marke … view
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Wednesday 13th June 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Vegan barbecue food and healthy ice cream to be top trends this summer: Vegan barbecue, healthy ice cream, alternative soft drinks and beer snacks will be the major food and drink trends this summer, according to Mintel’s latest report. … view
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Tuesday 12th June 2018
Thwaites results, shuts brewery after travellers cause havoc
Thwaites reports like-for-likes up 2.5%, Ebitda rises 7%: North west brewer and retailer Daniel Thwaites has reported like-for-like sales increased 2.5% for the year ending 31 March 2018. Turnover rose 9.2% to £92.2m compared with £84.4 … view
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Tuesday 12th June 2018
Update: Z Hotels, post-Brexit labour shortage, Domino’s
Oaknorth provides £7.3m of debt finance for Soho hotel development: Challenger bank Oaknorth has provided £7.3m in a debt financing deal to compact luxury hotel brand Z Hotels, City AM has reported. The company has undergone rapid growt … view
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Tuesday 12th June 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
UKHospitality invites Labour leader to discuss future of sector workforce: UKHospitality has offered to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to discuss employment in the hospitality sector. The invitation follows an announcement by the party it wo … view
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Monday 11th June 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Newcastle-based The Naked Deli receives £2.5m investment for UK expansion: Newcastle-based The Naked Deli has received £2.5m of growth capital from independent infrastructure, private equity and investment manager Foresight Group. The Naked … view
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Monday 11th June 2018
Newcastle-based The Naked Deli receives £2.5m investment for UK expansion
Newcastle-based The Naked Deli receives £2.5m investment for UK expansion: Newcastle-based The Naked Deli has received £2.5m of growth capital from independent infrastructure, private equity and investment manager Foresight Group. The Nake … view
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Friday 8th June 2018
Fuller’s takes full ownership of The Stable
Fuller’s takes full ownership of The Stable after acquiring remaining 24% stake: Fuller’s has completed the acquisition of the remaining 24% stake of The Stable, the 17-strong pizza, pie and cider brand, to take full ownership of the … view
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Friday 8th June 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Meat-free used to be murder, nanny state on steroids, when Greggs gets it right, and addressing the gender pint gap

Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase, Oliver Fenton, and Annabel Smith and Lisa Harlow

Mea … view

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Friday 8th June 2018
Fuller’s buys Bel & The Dragon, managed like-for-likes up 2.5% since year end
Fuller’s buys Bel & The Dragon for £18.5m, managed like-for-likes up 2.5% since year end: London brewer and retailer Fuller’s has bought Bel & The Dragon for £18.5m, which said it was a “perfect fit with our premium pub portfolio … view
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Friday 8th June 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
Tim Martin – rent review market is ‘insane’: JD Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin has labelled the current rent review situation “insane”, with the property market making a “bad situation worse” by pushing up rents … view
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Thursday 7th June 2018
Whitbread open to selling Costa or Premier Inn, executive pay scheme document reveals
Whitbread open to selling Costa or Premier Inn, executive pay scheme document reveals: Whitbread is open to selling Costa Coffee or Premier Inn, according to a new executive pay scheme circulated to shareholders. The company said in April it p … view
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Thursday 7th June 2018
Peter Stringfellow dies after cancer battle
Peter Stringfellow dies after cancer battle: Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow has died at the age of 77 from cancer. Stringfellow, who presented at last year’s Bar and Nightclub Conference, organised by UKHospitality and Propel, died in th … view
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Thursday 7th June 2018
NewRiver acquires Grays Shopping Centre for £20.2m
NewRiver acquires Grays Shopping Centre for £20.2m: NewRiver has acquired Grays Shopping Centre in Essex for £20.2m. The acquisition comprises a community shopping centre with 177,300 square foot of retail space and a 32,000 square … view
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Thursday 7th June 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
CAMRA sees slight income increase, membership up 3.0%: The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) saw income increase slightly to £13,966,528 for the year ending 31 December 2017, compared with £13,940,948 the year before. Total reserves increas … view
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Wednesday 6th June 2018
Rosa’s Thai Cafe sells majority stake to private equity firm
Rosa’s Thai Cafe sells majority stake to private equity firm: Thai restaurant group Rosa’s Thai Cafe, set up by husband-and-wife team Saiphin and Alex Moore, has sold a majority stake to private equity firm TriSpan. Rosa’s Thai Cafe … view
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Wednesday 6th June 2018
Update: Peel Hunt on Fuller’s
Douglas Jack – current trading at Fuller’s should be ‘better than the shares suggest’: Peel Hunt leisure analyst Douglas Jack has said current trading at London brewer and retailer Fuller’s should be “better then the shares suggest … view
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Wednesday 6th June 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Jamie Oliver boss – we’re reconnecting with customers by going back to our roots: Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group chief executive Jon Knight has told Propel the company is working to reconnect its founder with customers. Having seen the … view
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Tuesday 5th June 2018
Update: Starbucks, Ten Entertainment Group, Vianet, McDonald’s, Merlin
Howard Schultz to leave Starbucks: Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz will leave the company at the end of this month. Schultz, who has been at the helm of Starbucks for almost four decades, will be replaced by Myron Ullman, the … view
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Tuesday 5th June 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Slowdown in leisure sector evident for first time since 2012: A slowdown in the leisure sector is evident for the first time since 2012 although niche cuisines continue to thrive, new research has revealed. The latest bi-annual retail and … view
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Tuesday 5th June 2018
Slowdown in leisure sector evident for first time since 2012
Slowdown in leisure sector evident for first time since 2012: A slowdown in the leisure sector is evident for the first time since 2012 although niche cuisines continue to thrive, new research has revealed. The latest bi-annual retail and leis … view
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Monday 4th June 2018
Wagamama seeks new owners for global growth
Wagamama seeks new owners for global growth: Wagamama is seeking new owners to share its taste for global ambitions. The company, chaired by Allan Leighton, has appointed Goldman Sachs to review what is described as “strategic grow … view
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Monday 4th June 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Confidence starts returning to sector as operators have highest level of optimism for more than two years: Confidence is starting to return to the sector despite a host of pressures, with operators having the highest levels of optimism fo … view
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Monday 4th June 2018
Confidence starts returning to sector as operators have highest level of optimism for more than two years
Confidence starts returning to sector as operators have highest level of optimism for more than two years: Confidence is starting to return to the sector despite a host of pressures, with operators having the highest levels of optimism for mor … view
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Friday 1st June 2018
Supper London receives significant investment from Taiwanese giant, latest foodservice inflation figures
Supper London receives significant investment and backing from Taiwanese giant: London-based premium food delivery service Supper has sold a substantial stake to PK Wang, the driving force behind Yi Fang, which has more than 600 stores wo … view
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Friday 1st June 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The delivery battle is heating up, going it alone and supporting street food
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott and Tom Cormie 

The delivery battle is heating up by Glynn Davis

R … view
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Friday 1st June 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
New industry-led charity assists homeless and ex-service personnel into hospitality careers: A new industry-led nationwide charity has been formed to assist the homelessness and ex-service personnel get into hospitality careers. Only A Pa … view
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Thursday 31st May 2018
Carluccio’s creditors approve CVA
Carluccio’s creditors approve CVA: Carluccio’s has agreed a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), which will affect up to 30 of its UK restaurants. The proposal is a “landlord only” CVA and was supported by the “vast majority” of it … view
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Thursday 31st May 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Operators urged to have say on draft London Food Strategy: Operators are being urged to have their say on the draft London Food Strategy as mayor Sadiq Khan outlines his vision for “good food” in the capital. Khan has set out his prio … view
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Wednesday 30th May 2018
Time Out lines up Montreal Time Out Market
Time Out lines up Montreal Time Out Market: Time Out Group has entered into a management agreement with global real estate company Ivanhoé Cambridge to open a new Time Out Market in Montreal, Canada. The company stated: “This allows further … view
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Wednesday 30th May 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Unsecured creditors of Burger King franchisees left £20m out of pocket: Unsecured creditors of two Ipswich-headquartered companies that together operated more than 30 Burger King outlets across the UK will be left out of pocket by almost … view
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Tuesday 29th May 2018
Bridgepoint confirms Pret sale, Upham trading update
Bridgepoint confirms Pret A Manger sale: Bridgepoint has confirmed it is to sell Pret A Manger to JAB, a global investment firm with a proven track record of investing in premium brands. The transaction is expected to be completed during … view
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Tuesday 29th May 2018
Update: Pret A Manger sale, Jamie's Italian, Richoux results
FT – JAB Holdings set to buy Pret A Manger: Luxembourg-based JAB Holdings is set to buy British sandwich chain Pret A Manger for 1.5 billion pounds ($2.0 billion), including debt, from its private equity owners, the Financial Times has … view
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Tuesday 29th May 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Hotcha director facing bankruptcy petition over £4m owed to business, VAT fraud and money laundering investigation ongoing: James Liang, director of Chinese takeaway franchise Hotcha, is facing a bankruptcy petition over an unpaid overdr … view
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Friday 25th May 2018
Update: YiFang makes UK debut, Notes, Hop Stuff et al
Taiwanese fruit tea concept YiFang launches debut permanent UK site, secures second: Taiwanese fruit tea concept YiFang has launched its first site in the UK and secured a second, both in London. The brand, which also operates a pop-up in … view
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Friday 25th May 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Avoiding menu development mayhem, meet the new power couple, a dawn of new partnerships and health by stealth
Authors: James Hacon, Clive Consterdine and Julian Ross, Ted Schama, and Paul Chase

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Friday 25th May 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
Dining out still in growth but delivery booming: Consumers are still eating out even though the popularity of delivery is increasing, according to new research by purchase intelligence platform Cardlytics. The study, based on spending ins … view
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Thursday 24th May 2018
Oakman reports like-for-likes up 5.2% since year end, updates on pipeline
Oakman reports like-for-likes up 5.2% since year end, updates on pipeline: Oakman Inns & Restaurants has reported like-for-like sales are up 5.2% in the first seven weeks of the new financial year and updated on its pipeline. The company … view
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Thursday 24th May 2018
Crussh unveils Sodexo partnership to open 35 sites
Crussh unveils Sodexo partnership to open 35 sites: London-based healthy food and juice brand Crussh has announced a landmark franchise deal with the world’s largest services company Sodexo, with a commitment to open at least 35 sites over t … view
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Thursday 24th May 2018
Update: NewRiver acquires Hawthorn Leisure for £106.8m, Young's results, C&C Group, Ei Group, Starbucks
NewRiver acquires Hawthorn Leisure for £106.8m: NewRiver, which owns a portfolio of about 330 pubs, has acquired Hawthorn Leisure from an affiliate of Avenue Capital Group for an enterprise value of £106.8m. This represents a net initia … view
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Thursday 24th May 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Just Eat teams up with Sarah Willingham to launch business booster initiative for restaurant partners: Just Eat has teamed up with investor and former Dragons’ Den star Sarah Willingham to launch a growth initiative for the company’s … view
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Thursday 24th May 2018
Just Eat teams with Sarah Willingham to boost restaurant businesses, NTIA and Culture24 unite
Just Eat teams up with Sarah Willingham to launch business booster initiative for restaurant partners: Just Eat has teamed up with investor and former Dragons’ Den star Sarah Willingham to launch a growth initiative for the company’s … view
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Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Gaucho owner explores sale as it plots CAU cull
Gaucho owner explores sale as it plots CAU cull: Gaucho is exploring a sale of the business as part of a review that includes the closure of its 22-strong CAU brand. Gaucho, which is owned by private equity firm Equistone, is about to initiate … view
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Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Update: The Restaurant Group update, Easyhotel, Costa, Britvic and Brakspear
The Restaurant Group reports like-for-likes down 1.8% in most recent seven weeks: The Restaurant Group has reported an improving sales performance with like-for-likes down 1.8% in the first seven weeks of the Second Quarter. The Restauran … view
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Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Casual Dining Group expands hotel franchise portfolio with London Town deal: Casual Dining Group, which operates about 290 mid-market restaurant brands including Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia and Las Iguanas, has signed UK franchise agreements … view
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Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Brunning & Price buys Ribble Valley Inns
Brunning & Price buys Ribble Valley Inns: Brunning & Price, the Restaurant Group’s gastro-pub arm, has bought Ribble Valley Inns, the food-led pub brand of Northcote Leisure Group. The deal consists of The Highwayman, Kirkby Lonsdale; The Cl … view
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Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Shaftesbury – we continue to see healthy trading across over 283 West End pubs, restaurants and cafes
Shaftesbury – we continue to see healthy trading across over 283 West End pubs, restaurants and cafes: West End property landlord Shaftesbury has reported healthy trading across its 14.9 acre property portfolio in the West End. It reported p … view
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Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
UberEats acquires online restaurant ordering platform OrderTalk: UberEats has completed the acquisition of OrderTalk, the Dallas-based provider of online ordering software and service solutions to UK and US restaurants. OrderTalk’s tech … view
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Monday 21st May 2018
NewRiver confirms in exclusive negotiations to buy Hawthorn Leisure
NewRiver confirms in exclusive negotiations to buy Hawthorn Leisure: NewRiver, which owns 300 pubs, has confirmed it is exclusive talks to buy Hawthorn Leisure, NewRiver stated: “NewRiver notes press comment regarding the potential acqu … view
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Monday 21st May 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Various Eateries plans considered approach to Coppa Club expansion as brand’s like-for-likes increase 22%, Strada set for refresh: Various Eateries, which operates the Coppa Club, Strada and 31 Below brands, saw like-for-like sales incr … view
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