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Friday 29th June 2012
Greene King, Loungers and Friday Opinion
Ian Payne – Industry should resist minimum pricing: Veteran industry entrepreneur Ian Payne has argued that the sector should resist minimum pricing. Writing for Propel’s Friday Opinion section, he points to university tuition fees as … view
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Thursday 28th June 2012
Leon, Krispy Kreme and Prezzo
No Saints plans £1.7m new-style “technology” nightclub in Milton Keynes: No Saints, the ten-strong nightclub company run by former Luminar boss Steve Thomas, will re-open the former Oceania nightclub in Milton Keynes as its first Won … view
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Wednesday 27th June 2012
McMullens, Greene King and Orchid

McMullens – investment plans threatened by tax burden: Hertford-based brewer and retailer has reported that the current tax burden has “forced the company to consider its investment … view

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Wednesday 27th June 2012
McMullens, Thwaites and Town Centre Restaurants
McMullens – investment plans threatened by tax burden: Hertford-based brewer and retailer McMullens has reported that the current tax burden has “forced the company to consider its investment plans”. Managing director Peter Furness- … view
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Tuesday 26th June 2012
Stella Inns, TCG and Rex Restaurants
Tim Martin – industry victim of “inexcusably bad science”: JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has criticised the constant health “myths” and scare stories that target different food and drink items as based on questionable evide … view
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Monday 25th June 2012
Punch, JD Wetherspoon and Whitbread
Punch Taverns in deal to buy Champs sports bar name: Punch Taverns has done an innovative deal to buy the name of the popular Champs sports bar in Sheffield’s Ecclesall Road from Thornbridge Brewery. The original Champs is being turned … view
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Friday 22nd June 2012
Starbucks, Oakman Inns and Friday Opinion
Operators report steady upswing in Father’s Day trade: A number of operators have reported that Father’s Day is gathering in trading importance. Chris Gerard, of six-strong Innventure, said: “Historically, Father’s Day has always … view
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Thursday 21st June 2012
YO! Sushi, Hungry Horse and Diary
YO! Sushi sets opening date for first US site: Conveyor belt sushi firm YO! Sushi has set an opening date for its US debut in mid-July – slightly later than the original planned opening date in June. The first venue will be in Union Sta … view
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Wednesday 20th June 2012
Greene King, Costa Coffee and Peach Pub Company

Story of the day:

Collyer – Greene King is the best long-term performer in the sector; scope for nil premium merger with M&B: Suffolk-based Greene King has been the bes … view

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Tuesday 19th June 2012
Whitbread, Café Rouge and SA Brain
Nomura – no danger of over-supply from new restaurants: Nomura has concluded it is a “myth” that plans by quoted pub and restaurant groups to open more sites is in danger of over-supplying the market. Releasing its inaugural coverag … view
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Monday 18th June 2012
Wadworth, Sugar Hut and The Restaurant Group
Host of industry figures recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours: A host of sector figures have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants managing director Patrick Demsey was awarded an OBE. R … view
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Friday 15th June 2012
Bruce Bars, M&B and Friday Opinion
ALMR – pub trade will not bankroll Premier football spending spree: The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers has put Sky and British Telecom on notice that the trade can’t bankroll their record spending spree. The two companies … view
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Thursday 14th June 2012
Smashburger, Imbiba and Zizzi
Smashburger in talks over move to the UK: Smashburger, the highly rated US better burger operator that has grown to almost 200 sites in five years, is in talks with a number of parties about franchising its concept in the UK – but is ta … view
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Wednesday 13th June 2012
Spirit, TGI Friday’s and Nextep Inns
Spirit – segmentation of leased estate now finished; rent re-base largely completed: Managed pub company Spirit has told City analysts that it has completed a bottom-up segmentation of its leased estate. The company will sell 100 sites … view
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Tuesday 12th June 2012
Ruby Tuesday, Hooters and Lifestyle Group
Mixed fortunes for US franchise chains in the UK: There are mixed fortunes for US restaurant franchises this week as one expands and a second contracts. Ruby Tuesday, the US chain with 800 locations worldwide, is to open its second UK fra … view
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Monday 11th June 2012
Gordon Ramsay, Carluccio’s and Hillbrooke Hotels
Gordon Ramsay makes Ebitda of £3.3m in the UK: The Gordon Ramsay restaurant empire made Ebitda of £3.3m in its UK restaurants on turnover of £38.05m in the most recent year, up from £37.90m the year before. However, the company lost … view
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Friday 8th June 2012
BrewDog, ETM Group and Friday Opinion
London’s Covent Garden is the new “Soho” for restaurants: The London Evening Standard has argued that the Covent Garden area of London is fast starting to rival Soho in its choice of restaurants. The area has seen a slew of quality … view
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Thursday 7th June 2012
Innventure, Orchid and Tasty
Innventure introduces classic coffee and cake shop at new Saffron Walden site: Innventure, the company headed by former senior Mitchells & Butlers executive Chris Gerard, has opened a classic English tea, coffee and cake shop at its lates … view
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Wednesday 6th June 2012
Starbucks, YO! Sushi and Absolute Pubs
Managed operator TCG reveals Diamond Jubilee trading patterns: Managed operator TCG has revealed that its Tattershall Castle floating boat, moored on the Thames, took around £125,000 in the warm week leading up to Diamond Jubilee week. … view
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Friday 1st June 2012
Bulldog Hotel Group, May trade and Friday Opinion
Bulldog Hotel Group re-opens “new generation” coaching inn after £1.3m investment: Bulldog Hotel Group, the six-strong coaching inn operator led by Kevin Charity, has re-opened the historic Talbot in Oundle, Northamptonshire, as a … view
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