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Wednesday 30th September 2020
Update: Burger King, City Pub Company, 10pm curfew, confidence
Market confidence dips but bigger groups are more optimistic about survival: Fewer than 10% of business leaders in the out-of-home sector are confident about market prospects over the next 12 months, the latest Business Confidence Survey … view
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Wednesday 30th September 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Greggs aims to cut staff hours in half at its shops as CEO calls for relook at ‘disproportionate’ business rates: Roger Whiteside, chief executive of food-to-go retailer Greggs, has said the company is looking to reduce the hours staf … view
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Tuesday 29th September 2020
Bosses of more than 100 sector businesses urge PM to intervene to avoid ‘bleakest of winters’
Bosses of more than 100 sector businesses urge PM to intervene to avoid ‘bleakest of winters’: Bosses of more than 100 hospitality businesses in the UK, including pubs, restaurants and hotels, have written to prime minister Boris John … view
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Tuesday 29th September 2020
Opinion Special: Moving forward with gritted teeth

Moving forward with gritted teeth by Mark Wingett

“In order to reopen safely after the first lock-down, we reduced our capacity (drastically) to make sure our customers could follow the social distancing regulations, we introduced a QR … view
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Tuesday 29th September 2020
Greggs reports trade in September is 76.1% of 2019 levels
Greggs reports trade in September is 76.1% of 2019 levels: Greggs has reported that September company-managed shop like-for-like sales improved to 76.1% of 2019 level in the four weeks to 26 September 2020. The company stated: “Our team … view
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Tuesday 29th September 2020
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Ban on singing, dancing and loud music vexes operators further as sector is to blame for just 3.2% of covid cases: Operators already finding economic recovery difficult enough now have to stop any singing and dancing at their venues, and … view
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Monday 28th September 2020
Côte acquired by Partners Group, Jane Holbrook becomes chairman
Côte acquired by Partners Group, Jane Holbrook becomes chairman: Côte, the 98-strong French brasserie chain, has been acquired by global private markets investment manager Partners Group in a pre-pack administration, with Jane Holbrook repla … view
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Monday 28th September 2020
Pizza Hut Restaurants receives CVA approval
Pizza Hut Restaurants receives CVA approval: Pizza Hut Restaurants, the UK dine-in franchise business of the global Pizza Hut brand, has had its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) approved by creditors. The deal means 29 Pizza Hut restau … view
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Monday 28th September 2020
Update: Two-week lockdown, Fulham Shore, Diageo
The Times – two-week lockdown under preparation: The Times has reported ministers are preparing to enforce a total social lockdown across much of northern Britain and potentially London to combat a spiralling second wave of coronavirus. … view
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Monday 28th September 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
Starbucks to receive £85m of support from US parent over three years – £45m related to covid-19: Starbucks UK is receiving £85m over three years from its parent company as it moves to an increasingly franchised estate – and gets th … view
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Friday 25th September 2020
Revolution appoints advisers, Gourmet Burger Kitchen systemwide sales down 66.2%
Revolution Bars Group appoints advisers: Revolution Bars Group, which operates the Revolution and Revolución de Cuba brands, has appointed advisers as it explores options for the business, including a possible company voluntary arrangeme … view
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Friday 25th September 2020
Friday Opinion
Subjects: We must go again for hospitality, being multi-channel must be the Apple of a company’s eye, the four groups of customers
Authors: Mark Stretton, Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott
 

We must go again … view

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Friday 25th September 2020
Hugh Osmond’s Various Eateries to begin trading this morning on AIM
Hugh Osmond’s Various Eateries to begin trading this morning on AIM: Various Eateries, the Hugh Osmond led business, begins trading on the AIM market this morning at 8am. It has raised £25 million (before expenses) by way of a placing … view
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Friday 25th September 2020
Propel Friday News Briefing
Sector voices concerns chancellor’s economic measures ‘don’t go far enough’: Sector operators and trade bodies have voiced concerns the economic measures announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak “don’t go far enough” to protect j … view
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Thursday 24th September 2020
Chancellor creates Job Support Scheme and extends VAT cut but operators warn measures don’t go far enough
Chancellor creates Job Support Scheme and extends VAT cut but operators warn measures don’t go far enough: Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the creation of a Job Support Scheme and the extension of the VAT cut to 5% for hospitality busin … view
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Thursday 24th September 2020
Update: Rishi Sunak, M&B trading, NI curfew, Escape Hunt
Sunak to set out new coronavirus rescue plan: Rishi Sunak will announce today a multibillion-pound package of support for the economy in an attempt to avoid mass redundancies this winter. The Times reports that the chancellor’s measures … view
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Thursday 24th September 2020
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Trade bodies urge government to take drastic action as quarter of businesses fear failure in next three months without further support: Trade bodies UKHospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the British Institute of Inn … view
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Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Sector urges government to take drastic action as quarter of businesses fear failure in next three months
Trade bodies urge government to take drastic action as quarter of businesses fear failure in next three months without further support: Trade bodies UKHospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the British Institute of Inn … view
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Wednesday 23rd September 2020
SSP reports sales still 76% below last year
SSP reports sales still 76% below last year: Transport hub foodservice company SSP Group has reported current weekly sales are running at approximately 76% below last year, representing an improvement from the third quarter when sales wer … view
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Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Sector demands support package to prevent sector ‘devastation’: Sector trade bodies and operators have demanded government support and warned the industry will be decimated after the imposition of a curfew that will see all pubs, bars … view
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Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Operators vent anger over curfew as restrictions in England set to be in place for six months
Operators vent anger over curfew as restrictions in England set to be in place for six months: Operators have vented anger over the 10pm curfew being imposed on hospitality venues in England as prime minister Boris Johnson warned the new restr … view
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Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Wahaca lenders and shareholders to write off £25m of debt, JD Wetherspoon consults over airport redundancies
Wahaca lenders and shareholders to write off £25m of debt to rescue chain: Lenders to and shareholders of Mexican restaurant company Wahaca will write off £25m of debt in an attempt to rescue the business. Sky News reported a company vo … view
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Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Whitbread plans 6,000 redundancies – 18% of total workforce
Whitbread plans 6,000 redundancies – 18% of total workforce: Whitbread has reported total sales in its First Half to 27 August were down 77.2% year-on-year reflecting the closure of the vast majority of its hotels and restaurants for a … view
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Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Sector voices dismay and anger at 10pm curfew
Sector voices dismay and anger at 10pm curfew: The government will today confirm that all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality in England will be required to close by 10pm from Thursday (24 September), in what UKHospitality has d … view
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Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Threat of second industry lock-down leads to economic warning and sharp fall in sector share prices: The threat of a second mass closure of pubs and restaurants or yet more restrictions on the industry has resulted in a sharp fall in sect … view
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Monday 21st September 2020
Opinion Special: Another lockdown makes little sense

Another lockdown makes little sense by Mark Wingett

“We put this festival on, you b******s, with a lot of love! We worked for one year for you pigs! And you wanna break our walls down and you wanna destroy it? Well, you go to hell!” … view
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Monday 21st September 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
Borg-Neal says Hancock’s ‘lies’ blaming hospitality for coronavirus cases spike need scrutinising by parliament, 10pm curfew immediately impacts sector trading: Oakman Inns chairman Peter Borg-Neal has challenged health secretary Ma … view
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Friday 18th September 2020
Papa John’s to centralise international operations in UK
Papa John’s to centralise international operations in UK: Papa John’s has announced plans to consolidate its international team in its existing Milton Keynes corporate office as part of a global reorganisation to accelerate long-term growt … view
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Friday 18th September 2020
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Let’s not cancel Christmas yet; not another QR code; pigs, chicken and fish – in a soup of uncertainty; why subscription models will change hospitality 
Authors: Kate Nicholls, Gary Goodman, David Read, Prask S … view
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Friday 18th September 2020
Update: Welcome Break, Everyman, Pret, Eagle Eye, Escape Hunt
Welcome Break boosted by staycation trend: Welcome Break has seen a sharp recovery through the summer thanks to government stimulus, increased traffic volumes and staycations, its owner Applegreen has stated. Chief executive Bob Etchingha … view
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Friday 18th September 2020
Propel Friday News Briefing
MOD Pizza UK in administration: The future of MOD Pizza UK, which is backed by Sir Charles Dunstone, has been thrown into doubt, after the company behind the business was placed into administration. Propel understands insolvency firm Camp … view
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Thursday 17th September 2020
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Loungers reports order at table now accounts for 42% of sales – from standing start: Loungers has reported customer orders using a web-based order-at-table app have reached 42% of sales since lock-down – from a standing start. Chief e … view
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Wednesday 16th September 2020
Government extends anti-eviction measures to end of year but UKHospitality warns move is only ‘stay of execution’
Government extends anti-eviction measures to end of year but UKHospitality warns move is only ‘stay of execution’: Businesses will be protected from the threat of eviction until the end of year, “providing commercial tenants with gr … view
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Wednesday 16th September 2020
UKHospitality warns at least 900,000 jobs under threat without sector-specific employment support
UKHospitality warns at least 900,000 jobs under threat without sector-specific employment support: UKHospitality has warned at least 900,000 hospitality jobs are at risk unless government offers a sector-specific package of employment sup … view
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Wednesday 16th September 2020
Loungers founder says this could be ‘our time’ as like-for-likes rise 29.9%
Loungers founder says this could be ‘our time’ as like-for-likes rise 29.9%: Loungers has reported 29.9% like-for-like sales growth in the ten weeks since reopening on 4 July to 13 September. The like-for-like sales benefit from Eat Out To … view
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Wednesday 16th September 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Famous Brands pushes button on GBK sale process: South Africa-based Famous Brands has pushed the button on a sale process for its better burger brand Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), Propel has learned. Propel understands that bids are due b … view
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Tuesday 15th September 2020
High Court favours policyholders in FCA business interruption test case
High Court favours policyholders in FCA business interruption test case: Business interruption insurance policies with pandemic or notifiable disease clauses should be read as to cover covid-19, and claims should be met “in most cases … view
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Tuesday 15th September 2020
Labour to call for furlough flexibility amid expected rent eviction ban extension
Labour to call for furlough flexibility amid expected rent eviction ban extension: Labour leader Keir Starmer will on Tuesday call for the government’s job retention scheme to be replaced by a more flexible system to avoid mass unemploy … view
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Tuesday 15th September 2020
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Weekly sales down 9% on last year but food still in growth, overall sales up 10.4% on pre-Eat Out To Help Out levels: Sales last week were down 9% on last year in the first full week following the end of the Eat Out To Help Out scheme but … view
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Monday 14th September 2020
Update: Big Table Group, JD Wetherspoon, Brighton Pier Group
Mie Tye appointed as chairman of The Big Table: The Big Table, which was recently formed to acquire and operate the Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas restaurant brands, has appointed Mike Tye as its non-executive chairman. With ex … view
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Monday 14th September 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
Quarter of Britain’s licensed premises yet to reopen since lock-down: Almost a quarter of Britain’s licensed premises were still to reopen at the end of August, with the London market particularly slow to recover, the latest edition o … view
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Monday 14th September 2020
Quarter of Britain’s licensed premises yet to reopen, BBPA fears for pubs over business rates
Quarter of Britain’s licensed premises yet to reopen since lock-down: Almost a quarter of Britain’s licensed premises were still to reopen at the end of August, with the London market particularly slow to recover, the latest edition of the … view
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Sunday 13th September 2020
Côte exploring options, restaurants predict mass evictions as moratorium ends
Côte exploring its options, eyes debt-for-equity swap deal: Côte, the circa 100-strong French brasserie chain backed by BC Partners, has appointed advisors to explore its options, including a possible debt-for-equity swap deal. Propel u … view
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Saturday 12th September 2020
Sir Terence Conran dies aged 88, Gusto launches CVA, Wasabi focuses on future
Sir Terence Conran dies aged 88: Designer, retailer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran has died aged 88. His family, who described him as a “visionary”, said he had “passed away peacefully today at his Barton Court home”. A state … view
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Friday 11th September 2020
Update: Stonegate, consumer confidence, Pizza Hut Restaurants, Nando’s and Zizzi
Stonegate announces up to 300 head office redundancies: Stonegate Pub Company has announced up to 300 head office redundancies are to be made with the integration of Ei Group into the business “now well under way”. Stonegate stated: … view
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Friday 11th September 2020
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Ensure the curtain doesn’t fall – lessons from the panto sector, landlords must be willing to flex, marketers’ time to deal with rich data deposits, grasping the omni-channel opportunity 
Authors: Philip Kolv … view
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Friday 11th September 2020
MPs urge targeted extension of furlough as UKHospitality warns cliff-edge end risks at least 350,000 jobs
MPs urge targeted extension of furlough as UKHospitality warns cliff-edge end risks at least 350,000 jobs: Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged by MPs to extend the taxpayer-funded furlough scheme for businesses with a chance of survivin … view
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Friday 11th September 2020
Propel Friday News Briefing
Sector like-for-likes bounce back to 2019 levels thanks to Eat Out To Help Out but market ‘more unstable than ever’: Britain’s managed pub, restaurant and bar groups saw collective like-for-like sales bounce back to 2019 levels in A … view
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Friday 11th September 2020
Sector like-for-likes bounce back to 2019 levels thanks to EOTHO but market ‘more unstable than ever’
Sector like-for-likes bounce back to 2019 levels thanks to Eat Out To Help Out but market ‘more unstable than ever’: Britain’s managed pub, restaurant and bar groups saw collective like-for-like sales bounce back to 2019 levels in August … view
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Thursday 10th September 2020
Caffe Nero appoints advisers, Scotland makes face coverings mandatory in pubs and restaurants
Caffe Nero brings in advisers on talks with landlords: Caffe Nero has become the latest sector company to appoint advisers to aid in its negotiations with landlords. The company is at the early stages of working with KPMG on said talks in … view
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Thursday 10th September 2020
BrewDog launches ‘final’ £7.5m crowdfunding round to support sustainable initiatives, loses £8m in first half
BrewDog launches ‘final’ £7.5m crowdfunding round to support sustainable initiatives, loses £8m in first half: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog has launched what will be the final round of its record-breaking crowdfunding programme, … view
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Thursday 10th September 2020
Epiris paid £9m up front for Casual Dining Group £9m to follow
Epiris paid £9m up front for Casual Dining Group £9m to follow: Private equity company Epiris paid £18m to buy Casual Dining Group sites out of administration – £9m up front with a further £9m deferred until assignment of its lease … view
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Thursday 10th September 2020
Various Eateries unveils float amid ‘biggest event outside of war-time’
Various Eateries unveils float amid ‘biggest event outside of war-time’: Various Eateries, which operates Coppa Club and Tavolino, has announced its plan to float on AIM with the intention of raising up to £25 million by way of a pla … view
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Thursday 10th September 2020
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Propel Multi Club returns with live digital webinar focusing on delivery opportunity, open for bookings for operators: The next Propel Multi Club Conference, taking place on Thursday, 8 October, will take the form of a day-long digital li … view
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Wednesday 9th September 2020
Trade bodies call for furlough extension into 2021 following ‘rule of six’
Trade bodies call for furlough extension into 2021 following ‘rule of six’: Sector trade bodies have urged the government to extend the furlough scheme until the end of the first quarter of 2021 with gatherings of more than six people bein … view
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Wednesday 9th September 2020
Tossed bought out of administration by management
Tossed bought out of administration by management: Healthy eating brand Tossed has been acquired out of administration by Neil Sebba and Angelina Harrisson. The pair were previously managing director and commercial director, respectively, of Z … view
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Wednesday 9th September 2020
Legal Briefing

It’s now time to support nightclubs by Michelle Hazlewood

At last… having talked to my fellow partners over the past few days about how nightclubs – the seemingly forgotten members of the hospitality industry – can survive covid- … view
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Wednesday 9th September 2020
Government makes taking contact details mandatory for English hospitality venues, Pizza Hut Restaurants plans CVA
Government makes taking contact details mandatory for English hospitality venues: Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be ordered to take customers’ details for the NHS Test and Trace programme. Health secretary Matt Hancock has r … view
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Wednesday 9th September 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Time Out turning to managed agreements as it pushes on with expansion plans as landlords clamour for business: Time Out Group chief executive Julio Bruno has told Propel the company expects the majority of its new markets to open under ma … view
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Tuesday 8th September 2020
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Up to 12,500 jobs at risk across Scottish pubs and bars as 90% of operators report revenue drop: Up to 12,500 jobs could be lost across Scotland’s pubs and bars as a new survey revealed the “significant” impact of coronavirus of the … view
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Monday 7th September 2020
PizzaExpress creditors approve CVA
PizzaExpress creditors approve CVA: PizzaExpress has announced its creditors have approved its proposed company voluntary arrangement (CVA). More than 89% of all responding creditors voted for the CVA, passing the 75% approval threshold; and 6 … view
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Monday 7th September 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
Nightclub bosses to meet business minister to discuss rescue plan: Nightclub bosses are to meet business minister Paul Scully on Monday (7 September) to discuss a rescue plan for the nightclub sector. Britain's biggest nightclub operator … view
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Friday 4th September 2020
Friday Opinion
Subjects: An acceleration of the inevitable, covid-19 has seen pubs play an even greater role in their communities, resolutions we can all make to help the industry we love, reverse the music ban
Authors: Paul Chase, Emma McC … view
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Friday 4th September 2020
Update: Eat Out To Help Out and Mission Mars
Eat Out To Help Out – diners enjoy more than 100 million meals: Britons ate more than 100 million meals last month as part of the Eat Out To Help Out discount scheme. The final day of the scheme – Monday, August 31 – saw a 216% jump … view
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Friday 4th September 2020
Propel Friday News Briefing
Pret to launch in-house coffee subscription service as part of major strategic shift: Pret A Manger plans to revamp its business model beginning with a drinks subscription service that allows customers to enjoy up to five beverages per da … view
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Friday 4th September 2020
Pret to launch in-house coffee subscription service as part of major strategic shift
Pret to launch in-house coffee subscription service as part of major strategic shift: Pret A Manger plans to revamp its business model beginning with a drinks subscription service that allows customers to enjoy up to five beverages per da … view
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Thursday 3rd September 2020
Costa announces 1,650 staff at risk of redundancy as it streamlines UK in-store structure
Costa announces 1,650 staff at risk of redundancy as it streamlines UK in-store structure: Costa Coffee, which is owned by Coca-Cola, has said 1,650 staff are at risk of redundancy as it looks to cut costs amid continued uncertainty over when … view
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Thursday 3rd September 2020
Revolution Bars Group – trading has been ahead of expectations
Revolution Bars Group – trading has been ahead of expectations: Revolution Bars Group, the operator of premium bars trading across the UK under the Revolution and Revolución de Cuba brands, has reported trading ahead of expectations si … view
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Thursday 3rd September 2020
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Bill’s begins working with advisers on discussions with landlords: Bill’s, the Richard Caring-backed restaurant group, has begun working with adviser KPMG on the future shape of its estate, Propel has learned. It is thought KPMG’s w … view
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Wednesday 2nd September 2020
YO! secures CVA approval, to push on with new concept roll out
YO! secures CVA approval, to push on with new concept roll out: YO!, the global multi-brand, multi-channel Japanese food group, is to push on with the roll out of its new “kaiten” conveyor belt format to the rest of its estate, after … view
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Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Hawksmoor – a time is coming soon when restaurants have to stand on their own two feet without government help: Hawksmoor, the Graphite Capital-backed steakhouse concept, has said it won’t be extending the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, … view
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