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Friday 31st May 2013
Breaking News – Guy Hands' Hand Picked Hotels reports £6.9m loss
Guy Hands’ Hand Picked Hotels reports £6.9m loss: Hand Picked Hotels, the operator of 17 upmarket hotels run by Julia Hands, wife of the company’s controlling party Guy Hands, has reported a pre-tax loss of £6.9m in the year ended 2 … view
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Friday 31st May 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Surviving mistakes, pubs as community assets, advocacy groups, changing industry perceptions
Authors: Paul Charity, Ian Fozard, Paul Chase and Suzy Jackson

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Friday 31st May 2013
Rita’s Ice, McDonald’s and Real China
Luke Johnson sets out his sector investment tips: Sector investor Luke Johnson, who has built brands such as PizzaExpress, Strada, Giraffe and Patisserie Valerie, has set out his tips for successful investment in the sector. Johnson, who … view
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Thursday 30th May 2013
Leon, Turtle Bay and Wagamama
Wellington Pub Company reports 13 lease forfeitures in most recent quarter: Wellington Pub Company, the 798-strong free-of-tie pub estate owned by the Reuben brothers but subject to a securitisation, has reported ten properties were re-le … view
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Wednesday 29th May 2013
Breaking News - 11 Atmosphere sites set to close on Friday
A total of 11 Atmosphere Bars sites to close this Friday if company not sold: Administrators for Atmosphere Bars and Club will close another 11 sites this Friday if the company is not bought out of administration in the meantime. The administr … view
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Wednesday 29th May 2013
David Beckham, M&B and Tea Monkey
Tim Martin – food sales are 50% of turnover at many recent openings: JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin has told Propel Info that food sales at the most recent 100 openings within the estate are a lot higher than the estate average of 32 … view
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Tuesday 28th May 2013
Luke Johnson, Raymond Blanc and mis-sold interest rate swaps
Surrey hoteliers repaid £350,000 over mis-sold interest rate swap: A couple from Surrey is to be repaid nearly £350,000 after their bank mis-sold them an interest-rate swap arrangement. Terri and Stewart Flett, from Epsom, who own the H … view
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Friday 24th May 2013
Friday Opinion – Chicago visit special
Subject: Chicago and the US foodservice market
Authors: Luke Johnson, Paul Charity, David McHattie and Eddy Passey

The US still offers a dazzling array of foodservice choice by Luke Johnson

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Friday 24th May 2013
Frankie and Benny’s, St Austell and Wagamama
Mitchells & Butlers reveals wide regional variations in like-for-likes; identifies growth brands: Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) finance director Tim Jones has revealed wide variations in regional performance at the company with the south east … view
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Thursday 23rd May 2013
Marston’s, M&B and Young’s
Mitchells & Butlers reports profit leap; unveils results of survey of 8,000 consumers: The UK’s largest operator of pubs and restaurants, Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), has reported a jump in profit before tax to £72m in the 28 weeks to 13 … view
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Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Opinion Extra

Lessons in the property market by Tim Martin

JD Wetherspoon has always been a buyer of freeholds. Our second, third and fourth pubs were freehold and, by the time of our 1992 flotation, 20 of our 44 pubs were freehold.

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Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Breaking News - Turnaround at La Tasca is complete
Turnaround at La Tasca complete: La Tasca, the Spanish tapas business led by Simon Wilkinson that went through a restructuring in 2012, has reported that its turnaround has been completed. The management team at La Tasca is approaching th … view
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Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Giraffe, Jongleurs and Pret A Manger
Luminar unveils joint venture with Jongleurs to open comedy clubs in Luminar sites: Nightclub operator Luminar has formed a joint venture with comedy club brand Jongleurs to open comedy clubs in Luminar venues. Jongleurs operator Momo Lei … view
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Tuesday 21st May 2013
Byron, McDonald’s and YO! Sushi
Robin Rowland – YO! Sushi can grow to 200 sites in the UK; US market wide open: YO! Sushi chief executive Robin Rowland has told Propel that he believes the brand can grow from its current 65 sites to as many as 200 in the UK. He also b … view
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Monday 20th May 2013
Draft House, Le Bistrot Pierre and Tossed

Weekend newspaper round up:

Inside the City: M&B shakes off pub brawl hangover: The old showbiz adage says there’s only one thing worse than being talked about, and that’s not being talked about. But the cast of one of the Cit … view
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Monday 20th May 2013
Breaking News - Intertain eyes expansion following change in ownership
Intertain plans expansion after change of ownership: Walkabout owner Intertain is on the acquisition trail after private equity specialist Barclays Ventures took a stake in the business. The change of ownership will enable Intertain to co … view
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Friday 17th May 2013
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Friday 17th May 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The Robert Cains saga, behaviour of good managers and community assets
Authors: Paul Charity, Ann Elliott and Neil Morgan

The Robert Cains rollercoaster by Paul Charity

It’s be … view
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Thursday 16th May 2013
Bravo Inns, Marston’s and Pod
Marston’s reports good start to second half, first half hit by weather; names new chairman; Stephen Oliver to retire: Brewer and retailer Marston’s has reported like-for-likes sales are up 6% in the six weeks to 11 May at its premium … view
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Wednesday 15th May 2013
Speaker line-up unveiled for free-to-attend Propel Conference
Full speaker list unveiled for Propel Multi Club Conference: The full speaker list has been unveiled for the Propel Multi Club Conference on Thursday 20 June at the Oxford Belfry Hotel. Operators of multi-site pub, restaurant and foodserv … view
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Wednesday 15th May 2013
Brewdog, Enterprise and Prezzo
April sales flat after March declines: Britain’s pub and restaurant groups returned to sales growth in April after a disastrous weather-hit March. Latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show collective like-for-like sales … view
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Tuesday 14th May 2013
Breaking News - Ted Tuppen hits out at statutory regulation plan
Ted Tuppen hits out at statutory regulation plans; suggests legal challenge down the line possible: Enterprise Inns chief executive Ted Tuppen has claimed plans to transfer £102m of economic benefit to tenants under statutory regula … view
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Tuesday 14th May 2013
Breaking News - Enterprise reports like-for-likes down 4.2%
Cold weather pushes Enterprise like-for-like income down 4.2% in the first half; Enterprise disappointed by statutory consultation: Tenanted operator Enterprise has reported net like-for-like income down 4.4% in the first half of its fina … view
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Tuesday 14th May 2013
Botanic Inns, Jamie Oliver and M&B
Six flagship Botanic Inns pubs sold by administrator in pre-pack to Horatio Group: The administrator for Botanic Inns has sold six flagship sites to Horatio Group, controlled by former manager director Stephen Magorrian, in a pre-pack adm … view
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Monday 13th May 2013
Breaking News - TGI Friday’s restructures management team
Darrell Wade appointed TGI Friday’s chief operating officer: Darrell Wade has been appointed TGI Friday’s chief operating officer “in recognition of the enormous success of the TGI Friday’s UK commercial department over the past five y … view
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Monday 13th May 2013
Breaking News - Nathan Wall joins Enterprise Inns
Nathan Wall joins Enterprise Inns: Nathan Wall, the former JD Wetherspoon and SSP executive, has joined Enterprise Inns as its new divisional director for the Greater London division. Wall reports directly to managing director operations (sout … view
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Monday 13th May 2013
Breaking News - Kevin Bacon to launch new casual dining concept
New casual dining concept from former Restaurant Group director to launch on Carnaby Street: A new free-range chicken and egg casual dining concept, Whyte & Brown, will open on 8 July in Kingly Court, off London’s Carnaby Street. Overse … view
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Monday 13th May 2013
Orchid, Punch and Wagamama
Hertfordshire multi-site pub and restaurant operators host MPs at ‘sector issues’ lunch: Three award-winning Hertfordshire multi-site pub and restaurant operators, who employ 500 people between them, have hosted two local Conservative … view
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Friday 10th May 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Advice for a successor, the battle for the pub sports pound and minimum pricing
Authors: Nick Bish, Paul Charity and Paul Chase

An open letter to David McHattie by Nick Bish

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Friday 10th May 2013
Greene King, Harry Ramsden’s and Restaurant Group
Operators report exceptional trading at New Brighton’s Marine Point development: Operators have reported exceptional trading at the Marine Point development in the unlikely setting of New Brighton on the Wirral. The seaside resort of Ne … view
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Thursday 9th May 2013
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Thursday 9th May 2013
Candy Cakes, HK Taverns and Restaurant Group
Tim Martin – Peroni has snubbed us too: Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin has revealed that Miller Brands UK has declined to sell the company Peroni on draught – it was revealed last week that the brewer has also declined to allow it to … view
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Wednesday 8th May 2013
Drake & Morgan, JD Wetherspoon and Utopian Leisure
JD Wetherspoon reports like-for-likes up 6.3% in most recent quarter: Pub operator JD Wetherspoon has reported that like-for-like sales rose 6.3% for the 13 weeks to 28 April 2013, with total sales up by 9.3%. In the year to date (39 … view
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Tuesday 7th May 2013
Breaking news - Botanic Inns goes into administration
Botanic Inns goes into administration: Administrators have been called in to Northern Ireland’s biggest chain of pubs, award-winning Botanic Inns. The chain had stressed two weeks ago that it was business as usual at its pubs — despite a w … view
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Tuesday 7th May 2013
Innbrighton, Prezzo and Starbucks
Howard Schultz – the bulk of Starbucks innovation will be technology-focused amid “seismic change in consumer behaviour”: Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz has reported that the bulk of Starbucks’ innovation over the next s … view
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Sunday 5th May 2013
Revealed - the power of Red Hot World Buffet
Red Hot World Buffet – Luke Johnson’s new growth brand? Luke Johnson, who sold Giraffe to Tesco in March for £48.6m, earning an eight times return on his investment, is set to take a minority stake in Red Hot World Buffet, according … view
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Friday 3rd May 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Creating a service culture, getting premium and value to coalesce, reasonable expectations of social media and the late-night food opportunity
Authors: Paul Charity, Professor Christian Edger, Ann Elliott and Alasta … view
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Friday 3rd May 2013
Living Room, McMullen’s and TGI Friday’s
Nine great crested newts cost McMullen’s £25,000 at £2m “Chicken & Grill” site in Tattenhoe, Milton Keynes: Hertfordshire based McMullen’s has revealed that the discovery of nine great crested newts has caused delays costing £2 … view
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Thursday 2nd May 2013
Breaking news - E&Y set to earn £5m from Luminar admin
Ernst & Young set to earn £5m from Luminar administration; banks set for £90m shortfall: Administrator Ernst & Young has reported that it has collected £32.2m so far from the sale in December 2011 of the collapsed nightclub company Luminar … view
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Thursday 2nd May 2013
Breaking news - JDW applies for M40 services alcohol licence
JD Wetherspoon applies for alcohol licence at Beaconsfield service station: The plan by JD Wetherspoon to open a pub at Beaconsfield service station, off Junction Two of the M40, first revealed by Propel, has moved a step closer with the … view
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Thursday 2nd May 2013
Ossett, SA Brain and Wetherspoon
JD Wetherspoon ends eight-year property fraud litigation with final £400,000 settlement: Managed operator JD Wetherspoon has agreed to accept a payment of £400,000 from property investor Jason Harris to settle a legal claim. Wetherspoon … view
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Wednesday 1st May 2013
Costa Coffee, Hard Rock Café and Peach Pub Company
Whitbread plans 60 new co-located Premier Inns and pub restaurants; trials new room format: Whitbread plans to opens 60 new co-located Premier Inns and pub restaurants, which currently serve 46 million meals a year, in the UK in the next … view
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