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Monday 18th January 2021
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Monday 18th January 2021
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Alex Reilley – let’s give the entrepreneurs and job creators of the future one last shot of support: Loungers chairman Alex Reilley has called on the government to give the entrepreneurs and job creators of the future one last shot of … view
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Friday 15th January 2021
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The importance of London restaurants to the world, it’s not just reopening that needs planning, rent negotiations 
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott, Cameron Gunn
 

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Friday 15th January 2021
Supreme Court rejects insurers’ claims in landmark business insurance case
Supreme Court rejects insurers’ claims in landmark business insurance case: The UK Supreme Court has upheld the judgment on the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) business interruption insurance test case. The ruling appears set to force … view
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Friday 15th January 2021
Propel Friday News Briefing
Britain’s managed pub and restaurant sales drop 72.6% in December: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw total sales drop 72.6% over the festive season, in what should have been the sector’s busiest trading period of the y … view
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Friday 15th January 2021
Britain’s managed pub and restaurant sales drop 72.6% in December
Britain’s managed pub and restaurant sales drop 72.6% in December: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw total sales drop 72.6% over the festive season, in what should have been the sector’s busiest trading period of the year, … view
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Thursday 14th January 2021
Update: PizzaExpress, Whitbread, Deliveroo, and Just Eat
PizzaExpress fell to £350m loss even before pandemic: PizzaExpress reported a £350m loss even before the pandemic restrictions impacted the businesses. In its accounts for 2019, the chain also warned that the coronavirus crisis had “a … view
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Thursday 14th January 2021
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Marks – ‘government has acted like a triage department’, company looking at growth opportunities: Peter Marks, chief executive of Rekom UK, formerly Deltic Group, has accused the government of acting like a hospital triage departmen … view
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Wednesday 13th January 2021
Legal Briefing

An industry ready to serve by Christopher Grunert

Monday, 4 January 2021, served to be the first working day of the year for many people. Children returned to school and the welcome relief of a new year kicked things into swing. Hope, op … view
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Wednesday 13th January 2021
More than £300m a month would be wiped from Britain’s takeaway trade if rest of UK follows Scotland’s lead and bans click and collect
More than £300m a month would be wiped from Britain’s takeaway trade if rest of UK follows Scotland’s lead and bans click and collect: More than £300m a month would be wiped from Britain’s takeaway trade if the rest of the UK foll … view
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Wednesday 13th January 2021
Update: Nightcap listed on AIM, Just Eat order growth
Nightcap to begin trading on AIM today: Bar company Nightcap will begin trading today on AIM. Upon Admission, Nightcap will acquire the London Cocktail Club for an initial consideration of £5.7 million. The initial consideration is being … view
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Wednesday 13th January 2021
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
US restaurants and bars able to apply for loans that convert to grants under revamped Paycheck Protection Programme: US restaurants and bars are able to apply for loans that will convert into grants under the revamped Paycheck Protection … view
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Tuesday 12th January 2021
Leon sets out post CVA forecasts, promotes Burford to CFO
Leon sets out post-CVA forecasts, promotes Burford to CFO: Natural fast food brand Leon, which received approval for its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) proposals last month, has promoted Chris Burford to chief financial officer, as it set … view
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Tuesday 12th January 2021
Update: Byron, McDonald’s, click and collect
Byron paying all rents in full, as it changes its whole supply chain and closes in on six new sites: Simon Wilkinson chief executive of Byron, which was acquired via pre-pack administration by investment vehicle Calveton UK under newly fo … view
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Tuesday 12th January 2021
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
MPs rally behind industry's calls for further financial help as they support dedicated hospitality minister petition: MPs across the political spectrum have backed sector calls for an extension of the VAT cut and the business rates holida … view
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Monday 11th January 2021
Update: TGI Fridays, Wing Wing, Hogs Back Brewery
Electra Partners to sell TGI Fridays this year: The Times has reported that the private equity owner of TGI Fridays in the UK plans to put the bar and restaurant chain up for sale this year as it winds down its portfolio. The Times report … view
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Monday 11th January 2021
Propel Monday News Briefing
Leading chefs and 200,000-plus more back hospitality ahead of vital debate in parliament: TV chef Angela Hartnett is spearheading a new campaign to help champion millions of hospitality workers hard hit by the pandemic. Alongside fellow c … view
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Friday 8th January 2021
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Why lockdowns don’t work, opportunities await those that make it through, delivering more 
Authors: Paul Chase, Glynn Davis, Toph Ford

Why lockdowns don’t work by Paul Chase

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Friday 8th January 2021
Update: Patisserie Valerie, Marston’s, Pony & Trap
Patisserie Valerie liquidators sue Grant Thornton for £200m: The liquidators of Patisserie Valerie are suing auditors Grant Thornton for £200 million for its role in its collapse. Liquidator FRP Advisory has launched a claim against the … view
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Friday 8th January 2021
Propel Friday News Briefing
Scottish Hospitality Group says ‘worst December trading in living memory’ will hit sector until 2022, trade down 80%: The Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG) has said the “worst December trading in living memory” will continue to hit … view
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Thursday 7th January 2021
Update: Deltic sold for £10m, M&B possible equity raise, Oakman
Deltic sold out of administration for £10m: Nightclub company Deltic Group was sold out of administration to Scandinavian company Rekom Group for £10m, an administrator’s report has stated. Rekom bought 44 venues out of its 55 sites. … view
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Thursday 7th January 2021
Propel Thursday News Briefing
UKHospitality urges members to email their MP for ‘targeted support measures’ ahead of debate: UKHospitality has urged its members to write to their MP to demand “a package of targeted support measures” ahead of a Westminster … view
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Wednesday 6th January 2021
Update: Greggs, £9,000 grant, Deliveroo and McDonald’s
Greggs – it will be 2022 at the earliest before profits return to pre-covid levels, loses up to £15m in 2020: Greggs has reported its total 2020 sales were £811m (2019: £1,168m). Fourth quarter company-managed shop like-for-like sale … view
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Wednesday 6th January 2021
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Borg-Neal – Five key steps needed to ensure that hospitality can play a lead part in a post-covid economic recovery: Peter Borg-Neal, founder and chairman of Oakman Inns, has set out the five key steps that are needed to ensure that hos … view
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Tuesday 5th January 2021
Brains Cardiff brewery faces redundancies, Marston’s sealed deal to run pubs in three weeks
Brains Cardiff brewery faces redundancies, Marston’s sealed deal to run pubs in three weeks: The future of iconic Welsh beer Brains Cardiff brewery is in doubt. According to ITV News, no buyer has yet been found for the brewery and a consult … view
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Tuesday 5th January 2021
New one-off grants of £9,000, drive-thru spend up 45%
Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils one-off grants of up to £9,000 for struggling firms: Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help busine … view
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Tuesday 5th January 2021
Pubs and restaurants banned from serving takeaway pints in latest lockdown
Pubs and restaurants banned from serving takeaway pints in latest lockdown: Pubs and restaurants have been banned from selling takeaway alcohol under the latest lockdown rules announced by the prime minister last night. All restaurants, p … view
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Tuesday 5th January 2021
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Douglas Jack – many private companies could run out of liquidity in the Spring: Peel Hunt leisure analyst Douglas Jack has forecast Quarter One of 2021 will be liquidity crunch time for many private companies. In a note, he stated: “W … view
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Monday 4th January 2021
UKHospitality calls for roadmap to recovery and pledges support for vaccine roll-out
UKHospitality calls for roadmap to recovery and pledges support for vaccine roll-out: Following respective statements strengthening covid restrictions in England and Scotland, UKHospitality has called for a road map to recovery and has co … view
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Monday 4th January 2021
Update: Vaccination centres, Caffe Nero, Dermot King and Soho House
Operators offer up premises as vaccination centres: Sector operators, including BrewDog and Loungers, have offered up their sites for use with the roll-out of the covid-19 vaccine. Chief executive and co-founder of BrewDog James Watt twee … view
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Thursday 31st December 2020
Opinion Special: Level with us or you will level us

Level with us or you will level us by Mark Wingett

“I promise to do whatever it takes to support our economy through this crisis – and if the situation changes, I will not hesitate to take further action.” A line from earlier this … view
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Wednesday 30th December 2020
Update: Sector ‘bloodbath’ warning, Mojo boss’ industry message, Kate Nicholls gets OBE et al
UKHospitality warns of sector ‘bloodbath’ without urgent support: UKHospitality has warned the government that without urgent action to support the sector there will be an industry “bloodbath”. From midnight on Thursday (31 Decemb … view
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Thursday 24th December 2020
Propel Thursday News Briefing
This is the last Propel newsletter of 2020. We would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers a happy, safe and healthy Christmas and new year

Story of the Day:

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Wednesday 23rd December 2020
Pubs and restaurants to shut across swathes of south as government imposes new restrictions
Pubs and restaurants to shut across swathes of south as government imposes new restrictions: Pubs and restaurants are to shut across swathes of the south of the country after the government moved more of England into the highest level of restr … view
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Wednesday 23rd December 2020
Marston’s to take on SA Brain pub estate, pre-Christmas sector sales plunge, Whitbread and Tasty
Marston’s to take on SA Brain pub estate: Marston’s has exchanged on a deal to take over the operation of Welsh brewer and retailer SA Brain’s 156-strong pub estate. The deal will see the Ralph Findlay-led Marston’s operate 141 fr … view
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Wednesday 23rd December 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Trade bodies join forces to make final pre-Christmas plea for urgent comprehensive pub support package: Sector trade bodies have joined forces to make a final pre-Christmas plea to the government for an urgent comprehensive pub support pa … view
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Tuesday 22nd December 2020
Update: Deliveroo, Applegreen and Center Parcs
Deliveroo now profitable at operating level after seeing losses jump to £320m in 2019: Deliveroo has said it has been profitable at an operating level for more than six months after racking up losses of £320m in the previous financial y … view
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Tuesday 22nd December 2020
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Des Gunewardena – government must consider covid tax to help struggling restaurants: Des Gunewardena, chief executive and co-founder of restaurant group D&D London, has asked the government to consider a covid tax to help struggling res … view
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Monday 21st December 2020
Update: UKHospitality letter to PM and Escape Hunt
UKHospitality urges PM for more financial help for sector following tightening of restrictions and ‘clear exit strategy’ from crisis: UKHospitality has written to prime minister Boris Johnson to urge for more help for the industry fol … view
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Monday 21st December 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
Giggling Squid trading ahead of budget, lines up four new openings: Giggling Squid, the Thai restaurant brand founded by Andy and Pranee Laurillard, is trading ahead of budget for the year to date, as the 36-strong business has benefited … view
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Sunday 20th December 2020
Pistachio Holdings acquires majority stake in Creams
Pistachio Holdings acquires majority stake in Creams: Pistachio Holdings has acquired a majority stake in Creams, the 93-strong dessert parlour operator. Creams founders Adam Mani and Balal Aqil will remain fully involved in the business and w … view
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