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Thursday 28th March 2013
Breaking News
Metro opens flagship Greene King cask pub
McMullen appoints two new directors

Metro Inns opens flagship Gre … view
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Thursday 28th March 2013
Costa, Panera Bread and Punch Taverns
Enterprise Inns pub steps away from Classic Carvery trial: The Star Inn in Winscombe, Somerset, where Enterprise Inns began a format trial called Classic Carvery last June, has stepped away from the trading format in favour of a wider off … view
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Wednesday 27th March 2013
Carluccio’s, McDonald’s and Starbucks
Glendola Leisure to add two sites with others set to follow as it embarks on expansion: Waxy O’Connor’s and Rainforest Café operator Glendola Leisure has reported that property market conditions have turned favourable and it is set f … view
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Tuesday 26th March 2013
Langan’s, JW Lees and Pret A Manger
Admiral Taverns ‘sells’ six pubs with an innovative freehold option lease: Tenanted pub operator Admiral Taverns, led by Kevin Georgel, has ‘sold’ six pubs to Weston Castle, led by Chris Tulloch, in a deal that deploys an innovat … view
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Monday 25th March 2013
Breaking News - Wetherspoon to knock 5p off the price of a pint
Wetherspoon to knock 5p off the price of a pint: Pub operator JD Wetherspoon is to lower the price of a pint across its pubs from tomorrow (Tuesday 26 March). It is reducing the price of a pint of Ruddles Bitter and Greene King IPA to a maximu … view
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Monday 25th March 2013
Giraffe, Wagamama and Whitbread
Jamie Rollo – Whitbread rumoured to be launching a budget hotel brand; Travelodge to lead fight back with ‘Rolls Royce’ of beds: Morgan Stanley analyst Jamie Rollo has reported on speculation that Premier Inn operator Whitbread is … view
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Friday 22nd March 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Finding white space, campaign lessons and big box retail
Authors: Paul Charity,  Paul Chase and Chris Edgar

Finding and defending the white space by Paul Charity

Successful out- … view
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Friday 22nd March 2013
Dishoom, Strada and YO! Sushi
Technomic – 500 largest US chains grew sales by 4.9% in 2012: The 500 largest US restaurant chains saw a 4.9% annual sales increase in 2012, a marked improvement over 3.5% the prior year. According to data released by insights firm Tech … view
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Thursday 21st March 2013
Spirit, Stonegate and Zizzi
Spirit closes the George in Belsize Park for conversion to first ‘premium’ pub: Managed operator Spirit has closed its George pub in Belsize Park for a month-long refurbishment to convert the pub to its first ‘premium’ site. The G … view
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Wednesday 20th March 2013
Breaking News - Be At One, New Pub Company and Starbucks
Be At One opens 16th site; reports 9% like-for-likes: London cocktail bar group Be At One opens its sixteenth site today, on Upper Street in Islington. This is the third opening so far this year for the company, led by three former TGI Fr … view
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Wednesday 20th March 2013
Coal Bar and Grill, Marston’s and M&B
Ralph Findlay – there’s still upside to come from the smoking ban: Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay believes there is still an upside in terms of increased trade to come for the pub trade from the smoking ban. More than five … view
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Tuesday 19th March 2013
D&D Restaurants, Domino’s and Spirit
Spirit redoubling efforts to improve retail offers as like-for-like sales turn negative in most recent eight weeks: Spirit Pub Company is redoubling efforts to improve its retail efforts after the company saw like-for-like sales decline 1 … view
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Monday 18th March 2013
Breaking News - Wetherspoon goes peri peri and hot dog route
JD Wetherspoon launches new menu with ‘Nando’s flavours’ and first hot dog; updates on customer complaints: Managed operator JD Wetherspoon, which saw food sales increase by 13.4% in its most recent half year in the 26 weeks to 27 J … view
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Monday 18th March 2013
Breaking News - McQuater - I want to take Inventive to the next level
Mark McQuater – I want to take Inventive to the next level: The new chief executive of Inventive Leisure, Mark McQuater, who takes up his position tomorrow as the first external chief executive, has told Propel that he wants to take the busi … view
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Monday 18th March 2013
Breaking News - McQuater becomes new Inventive chief executive
Mark McQuater becomes new Inventive Leisure chief executive: Mark McQuater has been appointed as the new chief executive of Revolution vodka bar operator Inventive Leisure. Founder Roy Ellis steps down after 22 years leading the company … view
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Monday 18th March 2013
Tavistock Leisure, Thali Café and JD Wetherspoon
National newspapers give VAT campaign coverage boost: A host of national newspapers have given the campaign, led by Jacques Borel, to reduce the VAT rate in the sector from 20% to 5% extensive coverage in the wake of JD Wetherspoon’s re … view
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Friday 15th March 2013
Breaking News - Antic sites were acquired for £1.2 million
Administrator - Gregarious paid £1.2m for 12 Antic leasehold sites: Gregarious, the new company headed by former Antic company secretary Max Alderman and backed by fund manager Downing, paid £1.2m to buy 12 of 14 leasehold Antic sites out of … view
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Friday 15th March 2013
Breaking News - Managed pubs grab 22% of eating out market
Managed pubs are outperforming with a 22% share of the UK eating out market: Food sales through managed pubs are outperforming the UK’s eating out market, insights firm Horizons has reported. Managed pubs are showing the most dynamic gr … view
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Friday 15th March 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Sector profitability, existential threat, neglected public relations tools and going back to the floor
Authors: Paul Charity, Paul Charity, Ann Elliott and Peter Marks

Profit conversion i … view

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Friday 15th March 2013
Carvery Heaven, Greene King and Wetherspoon
Property developer Anthony Lyons pays Wetherspoon £1.25m to settle fraud case: High profile property developer Anthony Lyons has paid JD Wetherspoon an out-of-court settlement of £1.25m to end a fraud case that relates to the company’ … view
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Thursday 14th March 2013
Breaking News - Brewdog founder makes tax plea
Brewdog boss – the government can take some simple and obvious steps to support small businesses in the UK: Brewdog founder James Watt has written an open letter to the government calling on it to take a few simple steps to support smal … view
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Thursday 14th March 2013
Breaking News - Realpubs to hit 22 sites before Pring and Heap leave
Greene King set to expand Realpubs to 22 sites before founders Pring and Heap leave: Greene King is set to expand its estate of Realpubs venues to at least 22 sites before founders Nick Pring and Malcolm Heap leave at the end of April at the s … view
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Thursday 14th March 2013
Best Place Inns, Loungers and Nicholson’s
Best Place Inns strengthens management team and re-brands as it prepares for private equity investment: Best Place Inns, the five-strong London pub and hostel provider headed by Ben Stackhouse, has hired Greg Mangham as its operations dir … view
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Wednesday 13th March 2013
Breaking News - Tesco boss explains thinking behind Giraffe acquisition
Tesco boss explains thinking behind Giraffe acquisition: Tesco commercial director Kevin Grace has blogged on the strategy behind the acquisition of the Giraffe restaurant chain for £48.6m. He wrote: “We’ve been doing a lot of thinking ab … view
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Wednesday 13th March 2013
Breaking News - Tesco confirms Giraffe acquisition
Tesco confirms Giraffe acquisition: Tesco has confirmed it has acquired restaurant group Giraffe for £48.6m. The acquisition forms part of Tesco’s strategy to develop the space in some of its larger stores and create even more compelling re … view
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Wednesday 13th March 2013
Brewdog, Finest Catch and Giraffe
Lovely Pubs buys Enterprise pub for £1m evolution of Farm concept: Lovely Pubs, the Midlands operator headed by Paul Salisbury, Sue Salisbury and Paul Hales, has bought Enterprise Inns’ Queen’s Head in Stoke Pound near Bromsgrove in … view
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Tuesday 12th March 2013
Breaking News - Government orders review of pre-pack administrations
Government orders an independent review of pre-pack administrations: The government has announced an independent review into controversial pre-pack administrations during a Parliamentary debate on pre-packs. The pre-pack administration has bee … view
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Tuesday 12th March 2013
Breaking News - Greene King expands new Flame Grill concept
Greene King expands new Flame Grill concept with openings before Easter: Greene King is expanding its new ‘Flame Grill’ concept, which has the tagline Pub and Flaming Grill. It combines ‘contemporary style with authentic pub atmosph … view
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Tuesday 12th March 2013
Enterprise Inns, Harris + Hoole and Punch
Punch – we still believe we can restructure in the first half of 2013: Punch Taverns has reported that discussions over its restructure proposals with stakeholders suggest “that a consensual restructuring will be launched in the first … view
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Monday 11th March 2013
Breaking News - Novus backer to be wound down
Novus co-owner LGV Capital to be wound down; management could buy it out: A private equity firm with a high profile in the sector, LGV Capital, is to be wound down by its owner insurance company Legal & General, Private Equity News has re … view
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Monday 11th March 2013
Breaking News - Orchid launches new loyalty scheme
Orchid to launch improved loyalty scheme for 22-strong emerging pizza/pub brand: Pizza Kitchen & Bar (PKB), the emerging Orchid Pub Company brand, is set to launch an improved reward scheme next month, giving customers a big slice of disc … view
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Monday 11th March 2013
Beefeater, Powder Train and TGI Friday’s
Powder Train creditors set to lose just under £4.5m: The Royal Bank of Scotland and Jack Bowyer, whose family owned Gale’s Brewery for more than 100 years, are the creditors owed the most money in the wake of the collapse of Powder Tra … view
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Friday 8th March 2013
Breaking News - Fuller’s and Enterprise win at PLC awards
Fuller’s wins PLC Company of the Year; Enterprise wins Best Performing Share award: London brewer and retailer Fuller’s has won Company of the Year, sponsored by College Hill, at the prestigious PLC awards. The FT said: “The year 20 … view
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Friday 8th March 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: McDonald’s flexibility, the economy, the sad state of alcohol research
Authors: Paul Charity, Andrew Page and Paul Chase

The benefits of flexing your offer by Paul Charity
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Friday 8th March 2013
ATM Group, Pub People Company and TGI Friday’s
AMT Coffee reports large profit increase after founder returns; subject to a VAT enquiry: Pioneering family-run coffee operator AMT Coffee, which runs concessions at major train stations in the UK plus sites in Belgium, Ireland and German … view
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Thursday 7th March 2013
Alex, Brasserie Blanc and Jamie Oliver
Bob Ivell - ‘we’re really pleased with Alex in Germany and looking to expand’: Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) chairman Bob Ivell has reported that the company’s 40-plus Alex brand is performing well in Germany – and the company is no … view
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Wednesday 6th March 2013
All Star Lanes, JD Wetherspoon and Loungers
JD Wetherspoon plans first motorway service station opening with 24-hour licence: Managed operator JD Wetherspoon is eyeing its first ever motorway service station opening. The move comes after the government suggested further relaxing th … view
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Tuesday 5th March 2013
Breaking News - Ribble Valley Inns and JD Wetherspoon
Wayne Chapman becomes new Ribble Valley Inns chief executive
JD Wetherspoon pub starts charging for entry after nightclub closure

Chapman becomes chief executive of Ribble Valley Inns: Wayn … view
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Tuesday 5th March 2013
JW Lees, M&B and KFC
Bob Ivell – Miller & Carter has lots of potential; Tuk Cho is ‘work in progress’: Mitchells and Butlers chairman Bob Ivell has named Miller & Carter as the brand that he feels has the most untapped potential at the company. In an in … view
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Monday 4th March 2013
Breaking News - Ten Barracuda freeholds come on the market
CBRE seeks to raise £8.25m through sale of ten Barracuda freehold investments: Leisure agent CBRE has put ten pub freeholds tenanted by Bramwell Pub and Bars, worth a total of £8,250,000, on the market on behalf of Barracuda Propco 2 Limited … view
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Monday 4th March 2013
Drake & Morgan, Town & Country and Turtle Bay
Industry sources suggest Drake & Morgan withdrawn from sale: Industry sources suggest Drake & Morgan, the London bar operator owned by Imbiba Partnership and led by Jillian MacLean, has been withdrawn from sale. The move is thought to be … view
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Sunday 3rd March 2013
Breaking News - Patisserie Valerie opens seven transport hub sites in a day
Patisserie Valerie opens seven transport hub sites in a day; looks at opening concessions in 2013: Patisserie Valerie, which has expanded by more than 50% in the past two years, opened seven sites in a single day on Friday as part of a ma … view
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Friday 1st March 2013
Breaking News - Coffee shops and healthy food outlets top Ones to Watch
Coffee shops and healthy food outlets top Ones to Watch: Coffee shops, healthy quick service outlets, artisan bakeries and Mexican burrito outlets are showing the most growth of the UK’s small and emerging high street eating out chains, … view
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Friday 1st March 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Interest rate swaps, craft beer bars, the Hospitality Guild and external perspectives
Authors: Mike Lloyd, Christian Townsley, Suzy Jackson and Ann Elliott

How Barclays s … view

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Friday 1st March 2013
Antic London, JD Wetherspoon and Pret A Manger
JD Wetherspoon seeks to hire landlord’s insurance analyst after saving £1m by comparing insurance charges: Managed operator JD Wetherspoon is looking to hire a ‘landlord’s insurance analyst’ after finding that landlord’s insura … view
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