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Friday 21st July 2017
Update: Pubs Code figures, trade bodies' wage warning
PCA – Pubs Code will ‘come into its own in second year’, updated figures to be published on Wednesday: Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) Paul Newby has said he is convinced the Pubs Code will come into its own in its second year of operat … view
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Friday 21st July 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The Pubs Code a year on – why change is urgently needed, time to take away the sofa, the benefits of improving menu navigation and meeting the Brexit challenge in hospitality – an opportunity for guest experience
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Friday 21st July 2017
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CAMRA calls for ‘change of approach’ on Pubs Code: Ministers must act to deliver a change of approach from the Pubs Code Adjudicator following 12 months of confusion and delay, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has argued, exactly one … view
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Friday 21st July 2017
Update: CAMRA's Pubs Code message, YO! Sushi senior team changes, Ei Group research
CAMRA calls for ‘change of approach’ on Pubs Code: Ministers must act to deliver a change of approach from the Pubs Code Adjudicator following 12 months of confusion and delay, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has argued, exactly one … view
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Thursday 20th July 2017
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Subway opens 100th Northern Ireland site: Subway has opened its 100th store in Northern Ireland. Franchisees Muhammad Aamir and Akhlaq Akhtar have opened the site, which is their third in total, in Upper Lisburn Road, Belfast, with seatin … view
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Wednesday 19th July 2017
TGI Friday’s unveils new Bar Tab technology
TGI Friday’s launches Mastercard and Oracle’s Bar Tab app ahead of UK roll-out: TGI Friday’s has become the first brand in the UK to launch Bar Tab, a new function within Mastercard’s Qkr! payment app, at its site in Leicester Square, … view
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Wednesday 19th July 2017
Update: Domino’s Pizza Poland, Hotel Chocolat, Vue, Chipotle
Domino’s Pizza Poland reports like-for-likes up 17%: Domino’s Pizza Poland has reported like-for-like sales increased 17% in the first half of 2017. System sales were up 50% to PLN27m compared with PLN18m the year before. It was the 1 … view
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Wednesday 19th July 2017
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Gourmet Burger Kitchen reports ‘strong’ like-for-like growth: Gourmet Burger Kitchen has reported turnover grew 16% to £77.9m in the year ended 26 February 2017 (2016: £67.4m) as it opened 13 new restaurants, four more than the year … view
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Tuesday 18th July 2017
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Airbnb bookings in London climb 130% despite ‘lack of regulation’ concerns: The number of nights booked in London with Airbnb climbed 130% last year, despite concerns over the company’s “lack of regulation”. The growing populari … view
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Monday 17th July 2017
Propel Monday News Briefing
BII partners with Propel for industry-wide training awards: The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has partnered with Propel and CPL Training Group for the industry’s premier awards night for training achievement in the pub and resta … view
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Sunday 16th July 2017
Update: Just Eat, Friska, Wahaca, Cobra, Vue
Just Eat puts loans on takeaway menu: Just Eat, the global market place for online food delivery has joined forces with Britain’s biggest peer-to-peer lender to offer loans to the 30,000 UK restaurants servicing its takeaway app. It has … view
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Friday 14th July 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The rise of the shipping container in hospitality, using benchmarking as a weapon for change and illiberal anniversaries 
Authors: Glynn Davis, Kate Nicholls and Paul Chase

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Friday 14th July 2017
Oakman reports like-for-likes up 12.4%, updates on pipeline
Oakman reports like-for-likes up 12.4%, updates on pipeline: Oakman Inns & Restaurants has reported like-for-like sales were up 12.4% for the quarter ending 2 July 2017 with trading “significantly ahead of expectations”. Three major f … view
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Friday 14th July 2017
Update: Domino’s UK, Stonegate
Douglas Jack – ‘we’d recommend buying Domino’s shares for the long term’: Peel Hunt leisure analyst Douglas Jack has recommended buying Domimo’s UK shares for the long term. He suggested, however, that the rate of expansion of … view
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Friday 14th July 2017
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Eating out remains at heart of UK spending even as financial pressures grow: Eating out has remained at the heart of UK spending in the second quarter of the year even as financial pressures grow, according to the latest Cardlytics Spendi … view
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Friday 14th July 2017
Eating out remains at heart of UK spending even as financial pressures grow
Eating out remains at heart of UK spending even as financial pressures grow: Eating out has remained at the heart of UK spending in the second quarter of the year even as financial pressures grow, according to the latest Cardlytics Spending In … view
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Thursday 13th July 2017
Foodservice companies expected to use acquisitions to provide synergy savings and offset increased costs
Foodservice companies expected to use acquisitions to provide synergy savings and offset increased costs: Foodservice brands are expected to turn to acquisitions to provide access to synergy savings to offset increasing cost pressures and deli … view
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Thursday 13th July 2017
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Sector like-for-likes bounce back with 0.6% growth in June, pubs outperform restaurants: Managed pub and restaurant groups were back in growth in June with collective like-for-like sales up 0.6% compared with the same month last year, acc … view
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Thursday 13th July 2017
Sector like-for-likes bounce back with 0.6% growth in June, pubs outperform restaurants
Sector like-for-likes bounce back with 0.6% growth in June, pubs outperform restaurants: Managed pub and restaurant groups were back in growth in June with collective like-for-like sales up 0.6% compared with the same month last year, accordin … view
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Wednesday 12th July 2017
Sky – Patron Capital among suitors for Admiral Taverns
Sky – Patron Capital among suitors for Admiral Taverns: A number of buyers have approached Admiral Taverns with unsolicited offers to buy the business from its owner Cerberus. Sky News has suggested one of the suitors is Patron Capital, the … view
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Wednesday 12th July 2017
JDW like-for-likes up 5.3%, Fulham Shore results
JD Wetherspoon reports like-for-likes up 5.3%: JD Wetherspoon has reported like-for-like sales increased by 5.3% in the 11 weeks to 9 July and total sales increased by 3.6%. In the year to date (50 weeks to 9 July 2017) like-for-like sale … view
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Wednesday 12th July 2017
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ALMR Christie & Co Benchmarking Report – operating costs pass 50% as margins tighten, rooms and nightclubs the success stories: Increased operating costs and tightening margins have highlighted the importance of support for the sector a … view
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Tuesday 11th July 2017
CMA gives provisional go-ahead to Heineken takeover of Punch after competition concerns addressed, 30 pubs to be sold
CMA gives provisional go-ahead to Heineken takeover of Punch after competition concerns addressed, 30 pubs to be sold: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given the provisional go-ahead for Heineken’s takeover of Punch after agre … view
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Tuesday 11th July 2017
TripAdvisor partners with Deliveroo to bring restaurant delivery to UK users
TripAdvisor partners with Deliveroo to bring restaurant delivery to UK users: TripAdvisor has partnered with Deliveroo to bring its restaurant delivery service to its users in the UK. The deal has resulted in the integration of Deliveroo’s r … view
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Tuesday 11th July 2017
Mowgli secures £3.45m to support UK roll-out
Mowgli secures £3.45m to support UK roll-out: Indian street food restaurant Mowgli has secured £3.45m in expansion funding from Foresight Group, the independent infrastructure, private equity and investment manager. The mergers and acquisiti … view
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Tuesday 11th July 2017
Hot weather boosts Young’s like-for-likes by 8.6%
Hot weather boosts Young’s like-for-likes by 8.6%: London pub retailer Young’s has reported like-for-like sales up 8.6% at the start of its financial year thanks to hot weather. Stephen Goodyear, chairman of Young & Co.’s, said: “ … view
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Tuesday 11th July 2017
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Goodbody – Greene King will have to offset cost headwinds via growth and increased pricing in Pub Company division to maintain profitability: Goodbody leisure analyst Brian Devitt has said Greene King will have to offset cost headwinds … view
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Monday 10th July 2017
Group of 13 multi-site operators report they have ‘lost confidence’ in Pubs Code Adjudicator
Group of 13 multi-site operators report they have ‘lost confidence’ in Pubs Code Adjudicator: A group of 13 multi-site operators have signed an open letter in which they say they have lost confidence in the Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA), whi … view
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Monday 10th July 2017
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Takeaway sector unites to call on government to back £9.4bn industry: The British Takeaway Campaign (BTC), a new industry umbrella body led by Just Eat that launched today (Monday, 10 July), has urged the government to recognise its econ … view
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Monday 10th July 2017
Takeaway sector unites to call on government to back £9.4bn industry
Takeaway sector unites to call on government to back £9.4bn industry: The British Takeaway Campaign (BTC), a new industry umbrella body led by Just Eat that launched today (Monday, 10 July), has urged the government to recognise its economic, … view
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Friday 7th July 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The impact of supermarkets on the craft beer scene, why the 'gig economy' is bad for hospitality and how marketing is evolving 
Authors: Glynn Davis, Mikhil Raja and Ann Elliott

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Friday 7th July 2017
Update: Handmade Burger Co collapse, Deliveroo, Domino’s Poland
Handmade Burger Co falls into administration: The Handmade Burger Co has fallen into administration. Leonard Curtis Recovery administrators closed nine of the company’s 29 restaurants yesterday with remaining outlets trading as normal p … view
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Friday 7th July 2017
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Bird reports first-half turnover tops £2m as menu changes ‘pay off’: London-based fried chicken restaurant group Bird has reported net turnover of £2m in the first six months of 2017, posting its third consecutive £1m quarter. The … view
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Thursday 6th July 2017
Tim Hortons appoints former Costa director as UK chief finance and commercial officer
Tim Hortons appoints former Costa director as UK chief finance and commercial officer: Tim Hortons, the Canadian cafe and bake shop owned by Restaurant Brands, has appointed Kevin Hydes as its new UK chief finance and commercial officer. Hydes … view
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Thursday 6th July 2017
Update: Just Eat appoints new chief executive, C&C Group trading
Just Eat appoints new chief executive: Just Eat, the global market place for online food delivery, has appointed Peter Plumb as its new chief executive. Plumb, who was chief executive of Moneysupermarket.com Group until May when he steppe … view
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Thursday 6th July 2017
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Ei Group managed joint venture Marmalade Pub Company lines up first three sites: Marmalade Pub Company, the managed investments partnership between Ei Group and The Marylebone Leisure Group, has lined up its first three sites. Its f … view
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Thursday 6th July 2017
Ei Group managed joint venture Marmalade Pub Company lines up first three sites
Ei Group managed joint venture Marmalade Pub Company lines up first three sites: Marmalade Pub Company, the managed investments partnership between Ei Group and The Marylebone Leisure Group, has lined up its first three sites. Its first venue, … view
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Wednesday 5th July 2017
Update: Booker and JD Wetherspoon
Booker to report like-for-likes up 4.2% at AGM: Booker Group, the food wholesaler, is holding its Annual General Meeting at 11am today. At the meeting, chief executive Charles Wilson will read out the following trading update: “Overall … view
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Wednesday 5th July 2017
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Plant-based burger concept The Vurger Co hits £180,000 crowdfunding target to open permanent site within 30 hours of launch: Plant-based burger concept The Vurger Co has hit its £180,000 crowdfunding target to open a permanent site with … view
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Tuesday 4th July 2017
Aprirose acquires 73 M&B pubs and forms new pub company
Aprirose acquires 73 M&B pubs and forms new pub company: Real estate investment company Aprirose has exchanged to acquire a 73-asset portfolio from Mitchells & Butlers. The portfolio will operate under new pub company banner Milton Pubs a … view
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Tuesday 4th July 2017
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Joseph Holt reports turnover nears £60m as Ebitda increases 4.2%: North west brewer and retailer Joseph Holt has reported turnover has grown to almost £60m following a year of investment. The company, which operates about 130 pubs, saw … view
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Monday 3rd July 2017
Carlsberg UK acquires London Fields Brewery
Carlsberg UK acquires London Fields Brewery: Carlsberg UK has acquired London Fields Brewery and will operate the business as a joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery from Brooklyn, New York. London Fields Brewery will operate as an independ … view
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Monday 3rd July 2017
Multi-site operators blast PCA and MRO process, hospitality industry biggest contributor to UK economy
Multi-site operators blast PCA and MRO process: Leaders of 12 multi-site operators have put their names to a letter to the government blasting inaction by the Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA), Paul Newby, which they say is failing the Market R … view
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Monday 3rd July 2017
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Bottle Shop smashes £350,000 crowdfunding target, signs first online partner: Craft beer bar and wholesaler The Bottle Shop has closed its campaign on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube after smashing its £350,000 target to double its reta … view
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Friday 30th June 2017
Update: Brewers' £50m crowdfunding bonanza, TGI Friday's to open 80th UK site
UK craft beer fans invest almost £50m in brewers through crowdfunding: UK craft beer fans have invested almost £50m in brewers through crowdfunding sites, new research has revealed, with the number of individual investors totalling more … view
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Friday 30th June 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Saving the workday lunch, at war with the modern world and turning feelings of ambivalence in your product or service into love
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase, and Chris Edger and Tony Hughes 

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Friday 30th June 2017
Update: Jamie Rollo on Greene King, Starbucks tax bill
Jamie Rollo – Greene King running hard to stand still, ten questions: Morgan Stanley leisure analyst Jamie Rollo has said Greene King is running hard to stand still following its full-year results and included ten question he thinks inv … view
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Friday 30th June 2017
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UK restaurant owners missing out on average £45,000 a year in R&D tax relief: Three in five UK restaurant and gastro-pub owners who change menus regularly and experiment with new dishes have never heard of research and development (R&D) … view
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Thursday 29th June 2017
Luke Johnson-backed Draft House agrees Grand Union pubs takeover
Luke Johnson-backed Draft House agrees Grand Union pubs takeover: Draft House, the London-based craft beer operator led by Charlie McVeigh and backed by Luke Johnson, has agreed to acquire the Grand Union chain of bars, which serial inves … view
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Thursday 29th June 2017
Update: Greene King results, Booker/Tesco merger, Vianet trading
Greene King reports record results: Greene King has reported managed like-for-like sales were up 1.5% for its full financial year, ahead of the market, driven by a good Christmas, a stronger fourth quarter and a strong performance from Gr … view
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Thursday 29th June 2017
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JKS Restaurants sells 50% share in Bao, reduces interest in Lyle’s: JKS Restaurants Holdings, owned by the Sethi family and whose venues include the Michelin-starred Gymkhana in Mayfair, has sold 50% of its interest in Taiwanese restaur … view
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Wednesday 28th June 2017
PizzaExpress reveals expansion slowdown and menu simplification
PizzaExpress reveals expansion slowdown and menu simplification: PizzaExpress, which is owned by Hony Capital, has revealed it has decided to moderate its pace of expansion in the UK and Ireland as it focuses on generating like-for-like g … view
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Wednesday 28th June 2017
PizzaExpress’ owner to launch Chinese brand in UK
PizzaExpress’ owner to launch Chinese brand in UK: PizzaExpress’ owner Hony Capital is to bring its Chinese brand Beijing Hehegu to the UK. Hony Capital, which is one of China’s biggest private equity firms, said it aims to boost it … view
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Wednesday 28th June 2017
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US-based International House of Pancakes on hunt for franchisees as it looks to enter UK market: US-based fast-casual restaurant brand International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is on the hunt for franchisees as it looks to enter the UK marke … view
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Tuesday 27th June 2017
Foodservice inflation hits 9% in May, highest level in nearly nine years
Foodservice inflation hits 9% in May, highest level in nearly nine years: Inflation in wholesale foodservice prices hit 9% in May – the highest level in nearly nine years, the latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index has revealed. The rat … view
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Tuesday 27th June 2017
Starbucks UK expands pioneering housing employee benefit scheme
Starbucks UK expands pioneering housing employee benefit scheme: Starbucks UK is expanding the reach of its pioneering housing employee benefit scheme. The company is now making the Home Sweet Loan rental deposit scheme available to UK em … view
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Tuesday 27th June 2017
Update: Heineken/Punch deal, Debenhams food
Heineken offers to sell pubs to address competition concerns about Punch takeover: Heineken has offered to sell pubs in a bid to address competition concerns about its takeover of a tranche of Punch sites. The Competition and Markets Auth … view
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Tuesday 27th June 2017
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Tombo co-founder – ‘We’re looking to more than double estate in next three years and strengthen wholesale division by supplying more restaurants’: Louis Sloley, co-founder of London-based Japanese food and tea specialist Tombo, ha … view
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Monday 26th June 2017
Wagamama reports UK like-for-likes up 8.2%, sites average £40,600 a week each
Wagamama reports UK like-for-likes up 8.2%, sites average £40,600 a week each: Wagamama has reported UK like-for-like sales increased 8.2% for the year ending 23 April 2017. Group turnover increased 15.8% to £266.1m primarily due to the cont … view
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Monday 26th June 2017
Update: Escape Hunt, restaurant opportunity, Pret, Domino's and London hotel market
Peel Hunt issues 'Buy' note on Escape Hunt: Leisure analysts at Peel Hunt have issued a ‘Buy’ note on escape room company Escape Hunt. The broker stated: “Escape games provide a real-world entertainment experience unlike any other. … view
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Monday 26th June 2017
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Hospitality HR startup Inploi raises £500,000 investment to ‘solidify position’: London-based hospitality HR startup Inploi, whose clients include Fortnum & Mason and natural fast food brand Leon, has raised £500,000 of investment t … view
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