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Tuesday 31st July 2012
TLC Inns, Little Chef and Dishoom
Good weather produces record sales weeks: Companies have reported that the belated arrival of good weather in the last two weeks of July has led to record sales weeks. TLC Inns, the award-winning six-strong operator founded by Steve Hasla … view
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Monday 30th July 2012
Eclectic, Novus and SAB Miller
Change of management for Premium Bars and Restaurants: The banks that own the 33-strong Premium Bars and Restaurants (PBR) business, operator of The Living Room brand and the former Ultimate Leisure nightclub business, have appointed Ecl … view
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Friday 27th July 2012
Atmosphere, Diary and Friday Opinion
Atmosphere Bars and Clubs reports dramatic turn-around: Atmosphere Bars and Clubs, the company led by Paul Harbottle and backed by private equity firm Sun European Partners, has reported that a turn-around of the former Chicago Rock Café … view
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Thursday 26th July 2012
Thwaites, Pret A Manger, Ed’s Easy Diner
TGI Friday’s eyes Brighton post office in major UK expansion push: TGI Friday’s has submitted a planning application to convert the old post office in Brighton into a restaurant. The site is in Brighton’s prime restaurant area The O … view
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Wednesday 25th July 2012
Greene King, McDonald’s and Marston's
Greene King to step up Realpubs conversions: Industry sources report that Greene King is to step up conversions of existing pubs to the Realpubs trading format. Greene King has converted just two pubs to the Realpubs premium format since … view
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Tuesday 24th July 2012
Slug & Lettuce, Corney & Barrow and Whitbread
Slug & Lettuce on track for fourth consecutive year of double-digit sales growth: Slug & Lettuce, the premium high street brand owned by Stonegate Pub Company, is on track to chalk up its fourth consecutive year of striking out-performanc … view
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Monday 23rd July 2012
Domino’s, Spirit and Fat Cat Bars
Rooney Anand – minimum pricing should be “monitored, refined and reworked if necessary”: Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand has called on the government to ensure minimum pricing for alcohol is “monitored, refined and rework … view
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Friday 20th July 2012
M&B, Diary and Friday Opinion
Richards tipped as M&B favoured candidate: Industry sources have claimed that Novus chief executive Steve Richards is now the clear favourite for the chief executive job at Mitchells and Butlers. Yesterday, executive chairman Bob Ivell to … view
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Thursday 19th July 2012
Novus, M&B and Carluccio's
Health Select Committee MPs suggest 50p minimum price: MPs on the Health Select Committee have suggested there are “practical arguments” for setting the minimum unit price for alcohol at 50p given that’s the level proposed in Scotla … view
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Wednesday 18th July 2012
Soho House, Fuller’s and Castle Rock
McDonald’s most astute user of social media: A survey of social media usage by top US chains has found McDonald’s is the most astute user. The conclusion, contained within Unmetric’s Fast Food Report, ranked Taco Bell a close second … view
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Tuesday 17th July 2012
Stonegate, Papa John and Nathan Outlaw
Allsop reports strongest auction of the year: Allsop's July commercial auction, which featured a number of pubs and restaurants, was the biggest sale of the year and raised £56.3 million, with a 72 per cent success rate. A spokesman said … view
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Monday 16th July 2012
Coast to Coast, Innbrighton and Britvic
Hickman – Coast to Coast could be a 100 plus site brand: The Restaurant Group’s new concept Coast to Coast, which debuted in Brighton Marina, could be rolled out to more than 100 sites, Peel Hunt leisure analyst Paul Hickman has claim … view
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Friday 13th July 2012
Pheonix, TGI Friday’s and Diary
ALMR sounds warning over regulatory costs: The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers has sounded a warning over gross margins in the wake of its annual benchmarking survey. The survey has shown gross margins are down by six per cent. … view
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Thursday 12th July 2012
Geronimo, Café Rouge and Batemans
London businesses are stocking up ahead of the Games: Fifty nine per cent of London’s businesses aim to reduce deliveries during the Olympic Games. According to a survey of 1,000 businesses, by Transport for London (TfL), more than a th … view
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Wednesday 11th July 2012
Pub People Company, Starbucks and Caprice Group
Pub People Company extends Downing relationship; plans £300,000 co-investment with Punch Taverns: Pub People Company, the 48-strong East Midlands company headed by Kevin Sammons, is to extend its relationship with Downing Corporate Finan … view
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Tuesday 10th July 2012
Young's, Fuller’s and Greggs
Tim Martin – chief executives need to step up to the plate: JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has argued that chief executives of major companies in the sector need to become more pro-active in arguing the case for lower taxes. In a le … view
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Monday 9th July 2012
Brakspear, Hakkasan and Leon
Brakspear buys two Enterprise pubs; Simon and Kate Daws also buy their Enterprise pub: Henley-based tenanted pub operator Brakspear has bought two Enterprise Inns freeholds for an undisclosed price. The move, the first pub acquisition by … view
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Friday 6th July 2012
Novus, Greene King and Friday Opinion
Nicholls – the Late Night Levy will turn back the clock on the market: Kate Nicholls, the strategic affairs director of the ALMR, has argued the impending arrival of the Late Night Levy (LNL) next year will turn back the clock … view
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Thursday 5th July 2012
June trading, Giraffe and Propel Diary
Operators – trade in June was disappointing: Operators have reported that very wet weather in June took the shine off what should be one of the year’s best trading months. However, food-led operators have reported that trade has been … view
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Wednesday 4th July 2012
New Pub Company, Antic and St Austell
Official Olympics poster offered to pubs – but not restaurants and “chains”: Two posters that pubs, bars and hotels can use to advertise that they are showing the Olympic Games have been produced by The London Organising Committee … view
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Tuesday 3rd July 2012
Thornbridge, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme
Market Town Taverns boss calls for revival of “below cost selling” campaign: Market Town Taverns boss Ian Fozard has called for the resurrection of “below cost selling” proposals as a far more practical alternative to minimum pri … view
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Monday 2nd July 2012
Bill’s, Hawksmoor and Byron
Multi-site operator – we were mis-sold swaps: A well-known multi-site operator has told Morning Briefing that he was forced to take interest rate swaps against his better judgement as a condition of being loaned money. The operator, wh … view
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