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Friday 31st August 2012
Friday Opinion

Subjects: Building loyalty, disabled access, the sector’s contribution to high streets

Authors: Robin Bratel, Ann Elliott and Alex Reilley 


Social media’s role in marketing and building loyalty by Robin Bra … view
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Friday 31st August 2012
Restaurant Group, Young's and August trading
Restaurant Group reports like-for-likes up by 3.25 per cent; avoiding deep discounting: The Restaurant Group, which operates 406 pubs and restaurants, has reported like-for-like sales rose by 3.25 per cent and total revenue was up by 7.5 … view
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Thursday 30th August 2012
Wetherspoon, Prezzo and Tavistock
Analysts divided on Domino’s European move: Two senior leisure sector analysts are divided on yesterday’s move by Domino’s UK to buy the master franchise rights in Switzerland and acquire an option to buy the rights in Austria. Simo … view
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Wednesday 29th August 2012
Orchid, New Moon and Greene King

Story of the Day:

Peach Pub Company signs up for sixteenth pub: Peach Pub Company, the award-winning gastro-operator led by Hamish Stoddart and Lee Cash, will open its sixteenth … view

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Tuesday 28th August 2012
TGI Friday's, Loungers and Spirit

Story of the Day:

Delays see four TGI Friday’s openings slip into next year: Four of the eight openings TGI Friday’s has hoped to unveil in 2012 have now slipped into 2013 after delays. The company has already opene … view
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Friday 24th August 2012
Friday Opinion
Subjects: M&B’s chief executive, moral panic over alcohol and the Everards approach.
Authors: Paul Charity, Paul Chase and Stephen Gould.

The M&B search for a chief executive by Paul Charity

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Friday 24th August 2012
Pizza Hut, Brasserie Blanc and minimum pricing
Tesco lodges multiple applications to convert pubs to convenience stores: Tesco has stepped up efforts to expand its convenience store network with a focus on converting pub sites. Propel Info has tracked an unprecedented number of applic … view
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Thursday 23rd August 2012
Stonegate, Oak Taverns and Nando’s
Stonegate Pub Company plans second ‘new generation’ locals' pub: Managed operator Stonegate Pub Company is set to begin work on its second “new generation” locals' pub after the success of the first, The Red Lion on Amos Lane, Wed … view
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Wednesday 22nd August 2012
M&B, Heineken and Adnams
Mitchells & Butlers insights and innovation director to leave: Ian Dunstall, insights and innovation director at Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), is to leave to set up his own consultancy after 16 years with the company. Dunstall has had an ill … view
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Tuesday 21st August 2012
Greene King, Jam House and Domino’s UK
Greene King – alcohol education needs to be added to the curriculum; minimum price should be 45 to 50p: Suffolk-based Greene King has called for alcohol education to be added to the school curriculum in written evidence supporting minim … view
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Monday 20th August 2012
Knife and Fork, Shepherd Neame and Luminar
Woffee.com launches to accredit pubs, restaurant and coffee shops with Wi-Fi: A new accreditation scheme, woffee.com, is to launch to allow consumers to find pubs, restaurants and coffee shops offering Wi-Fi. Founder Stephen Findlay, who … view
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Friday 17th August 2012
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Alcohol culture, Marketing check-list, charting a new course at Atmosphere
Authors: Dr John Foster, Ann Elliott and Paul Harbottle

The health costs of alcohol culture by Dr John Fosterview

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Friday 17th August 2012
Knightwood, Tokyo Industries and Costa
Atmosphere Bars and Clubs bans marketing material leading on price point: Atmosphere Bars and Club, the 26-strong late-night business that emerged from the administration of 3D Entertainment, has moved to ban marketing material that leads … view
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Thursday 16th August 2012
City Pub Company, Domino’s and Bravo
TLC Inns – Olympics prove weather has become massively influential: TLC Inns, the award-wining six-strong operator led by Steve Haslam, has reported that trading over the two weeks of the Olympics has shown how influential weather has b … view
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Wednesday 15th August 2012
Absolute Pubs, Calco and Joule's Brewery
OFT – minimum pricing will backfire: The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has warned that minimum pricing is likely to backfire because supermarkets will be encouraged to “sell more, not less” drink. The OFT has told MPs on the health s … view
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Tuesday 14th August 2012
Arc Inspirations, Asha’s and Chicken Shop
Award-winning Arc Inspirations to return to expansion trail: Award-winning Arc Inspirations, which operates eight suburban bar and restaurant venues in Yorkshire, is to return to the expansion trail after several years of not opening new … view
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Monday 13th August 2012
InnBrighton, Meantime and Jamie’s Italian
Collyer – Premier Inn is upping its game: Deutsche Bank analyst Geof Collyer has noted that Whitbread is trialing a host of improvements to amenity level at its Premier Inns business. The recently-opened Premier Inn in Leicester Square … view
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Friday 10th August 2012
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Minimum pricing, 2013 restaurant trends, business rates
Authors: Tim Martin, Mike Palmer, Anthony Alder
 

Those calling for minimum pricing are flat-earthers by Tim Martin

Publicans … view
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Friday 10th August 2012
Innventure, Loungers and Diary 
Tim Martin – those in the on-trade calling for minimum pricing are flat-earthers: JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin has described those in the on-trade supporting minimum pricing as “flat-earthers”. In today’s Friday Opinion, Mart … view
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Thursday 9th August 2012
Yummy, Enterprise and YO! Sushi
Yummy Pub Company turns site into “pantry pub”: Yummy Pub Company, the three-strong multiple led by Tim Foster and Anthony Pender, is turning one of its pubs, the Grove Ferry next to Stodmarsh Nature Reserve in Kent, into its pantry … view
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Wednesday 8th August 2012
Draft House, Strada and Absolute
Jack – Olympics and weather producing big swings: Mixed weather and the Olympics are bringing big swings in pub and restaurant trading, Numis analyst Douglas Jack has reported. He said: “In particular, the Olympics should not have hel … view
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Tuesday 7th August 2012
Nando’s, Costa Coffee and St Austell
Nando’s saves £600,000 on rates at two sites: Chicken restaurant chain Nando’s has had its business rates bill slashed by almost £600,000 over five years at two restaurants. The rateable value for the Nando’s restaurant at The For … view
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Monday 6th August 2012
Punch Taverns, Greene King and Jamie’s Italian
Punch Taverns joins Jacques Borel VAT Club: Punch Taverns, the UK’s second largest operator of tenanted pubs, has become the latest hospitality sector company to join the Jacques Borel VAT Club to reduce VAT to five per cent as a way of … view
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Friday 3rd August 2012
Friday Opinion
Subjects: John Foster, marketing, re-building Luminar
Authors: Paul Chase, Ann Elliott and Peter Marks

Why John Foster has got it wrong by Paul Chase

I read with interest Dr John Fost … view
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Friday 3rd August 2012
PizzaExpress, Costa Coffee and July trading
Peter Marks – the last part of Luminar turn-around strategy has started but regulatory environment is ridiculous: Luminar chief executive Peter Marks has reported that the company has embarked on the last phase of its strategy to restor … view
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Thursday 2nd August 2012
Cote, Wagamama and London pubs
Hawkpoint markets Cote bistro chain: Corporate advisor Hawkpoint has been appointed to begin soft marketing of the French brasserie business Cote, whose tagline is: “Simple freshly prepared French food at value-for-money prices”. The … view
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Wednesday 1st August 2012
M&B, Glendola and JW Lees
Collyer – search for M&B chief executive “maybe going back to close to square one”: Deutsche Bank leisure analyst Geof Collyer has argued that the £100m sale of Novus to LGV Capital and Hutton Collins might have put the Mitchells & … view
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