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Sunday 30th June 2013
Breaking News - Imbiba's Camm & Hopper secures iconic site
Imbiba’s Camm & Hopper secures iconic new London site: Camm & Hopper, the bar and restaurant company that is looking to ‘revolutionise the events sector’ in London and which is backed by original Drake and Morgan investors Imbiba, i … view
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Friday 28th June 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Wetherspoon growth pinch-points, political timing and a Russian perspective
Authors: Paul Charity, Paul Chase and Kevin Todd

Wetherspoon growth pinch-points by Paul Charity

Growi … view
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Friday 28th June 2013
Abokado, Greene King, Harvester, Patisserie Valerie and TCG
Greene King reports food sales up 75% in five years: Suffolk-based brewer and retailer Greene King has reported food sales have increased 75% in the past five years and now average £6,700 per week per managed site. Overall, food sales ar … view
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Thursday 27th June 2013
Greene King sales close to £1.2bn; names three key eating out trends
Greene King reports sales close to £1.2bn: Greene King has reported sales up 4.3% to £1.194bn in the year to 28 April, with pre-tax profit up 6.6% to £162m. Managed like-for-like were up 2.3%. Its tenanted division saw average Ebitda per pu … view
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Thursday 27th June 2013
SA Brain, Costa, No Saints, Stonegate and Strada
Bulldog Hotel Group adds seventh coaching inn site in Market Harborough – largest site yet: Bulldog Hotel Group, the award-winning operator of coaching inns headed by Kevin Charity, has added a seventh site – and its largest site so f … view
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Wednesday 26th June 2013
Breaking News - Prezzo looks to expand new brand Cleaver
Prezzo breaks silence on new brand – looking to expand: Restaurant chain Prezzo has made its first public comment on its new brand, Cleaver, a “better burger, ribs and chicken” concept, that opened in Cobham, Surrey, a fortnight ago … view
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Wednesday 26th June 2013
Robert Cain, Starbucks and Thwaites
Tim Martin and Jens Hofma issue VAT appeal to industry: JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin and Pizza Hut chief executive Jens Hofma have issued an appeal for the industry to back Tax Parity on Wednesday 25 September. Martin said: “In the … view
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Tuesday 25th June 2013
Breaking News - McMullen hits out at government intervention
McMullen criticises statutory regulation of tenanted sector: Hertfordshire brewer and retailer McMullen has reported a rise in underlying profits on turnover up by 5.0% to £63.8m in the 52 weeks to 29 September compared to the year befor … view
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Tuesday 25th June 2013
Breaking News - Pring and Heap's London Ordinaries buys second site
London Ordinaries acquires second pub – Enterprise Inns site: London Ordinaries, the company led by Michael Buurman where Nick Pring and Malcolm Heap are silent partners, has acquired its second pub, The Crooked Billet in Upper Clapton, an E … view
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Tuesday 25th June 2013
Brewdog, Heineken and Starbucks
Brewdog prospectus reveals extent of global ambition: The prospectus issued by Scottish brewer and retailer Brewdog to investors in the current £4m fund-raising round reveals the extent of the company’s ambitions. It has told investors … view
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Monday 24th June 2013
Breaking News - Scotch Steak Houses actions under investigation
Scotch Steak Houses owner actions under investigation: The administrator of Scotch Steak Houses has raised concerns over the actions of its owner Ali Salih prior to the company being placed in administration in April this year. Scotch Ste … view
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Monday 24th June 2013
Charles Wells, Stonegate, La Tasca and Steve Cash
Stonegate begins expansion drive for Slug & Lettuce: Stonegate Pub Company has begun a major expansion drive for its Slug & Lettuce brand. It has hired leisure agencies Davis Coffer Lyons and Colliers International to acquire sites in Lon … view
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Sunday 23rd June 2013
Breaking News - Hakkasan plunges to £4m loss
Hakkasan plunges to £4m loss but receives £49.9m cash boost: Hakkasan, the international restaurant company founded in London by Alan Yau and owned by Abu Dhabi-based Tasameem since 2007, has plunged to a loss of £4,048,000 on turnover of … view
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Saturday 22nd June 2013
Breaking News - Winding up order spells end of Robert Cain
Winding up order issued against Robert Cain Brewery: A winding up order has been issued against Liverpool’s Robert Cain Brewery under the provisions of the Insolvency Act. The winding up order was issued after a petition from HM Revenue … view
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Friday 21st June 2013
Breaking News - LT Pub Management plans major expansion
LT Pub Management plans for expansion: LT Pub Management, the industry’s leading provider of out-sourced management and back office administration for pubs, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, is in advanced talks over a number of new c … view
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Friday 21st June 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Gender balance, getting the most out of LinkedIn and upping our game on training
Authors: Paul Charity, Ann Elliott and Tim Hulme

The importance of gender balance by Paul Charity

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Friday 21st June 2013
Benugo, Brasserie Blanc and Pesto
Pieminister plans 20 pie and cider restaurants: Artisan pie-maker Pieminister has unveiled plans to expand a pie and cider restaurant concept to major cities across the UK. The first restaurant in the chain launched at their original site … view
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Thursday 20th June 2013
Forty sector operators launch Tax Parity Day
Forty pub and restaurant firms launch tax parity day: Forty high profile pub, restaurant and foodservice companies are aiming to reduce the level of VAT in the hospitality sector from 20% to 5% by launching a national day of action. The VAT Cl … view
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Thursday 20th June 2013
Draft House, Greene King and Maxwell’s
Spirit to add two more premium sites after success of the first: Spirit Pub Company will open two more premium pubs after the success of its first, The George in Belsize Park. Chief executive Mike Tye told Propel that the openings are sub … view
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Wednesday 19th June 2013
Chicago Group buys ten Atmosphere sites
Chicago Group buys ten Atmosphere sites out of administration: More than 250 jobs have been saved after a new company acquired ten sites out of the former Atmosphere Bars and Clubs, which fell into administration in May. Chicago Group, wh … view
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Wednesday 19th June 2013
Cote, Mitchells & Butlers and Peach
Peach Pub Company sells Leicester city site after deciding it’s unsuited to gastro offer: Peach Pub Company closed its Almanack site in Leicester city centre’s Highcross retail development yesterday after concluding that the city is n … view
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Wednesday 19th June 2013
Spirit reports volatile trading; Amber Taverns results
Spirit – trading has been volatile: Spirit Pub Company has reported trading was volatile throughout its third quarter period of 12 weeks to 25 May with challenging conditions towards the beginning of the quarter offset by more encouragi … view
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Tuesday 18th June 2013
Orchid pioneers new approach to training
Orchid pioneers new approach to training: Managed pub company Orchid is trialing a new approach in training ‘sales ambassadors’ to provide unforgettable service. The first session took place at Warwick University’s theatre and gave … view
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Tuesday 18th June 2013
JW Lees, Las Iguanas and Novus
Steve Richards to quit as Novus Leisure boss: Novus Leisure is looking for a new chief executive after Steve Richards signaled his desire to step down this summer. A process to replace Richards has already begun after Richards told the bo … view
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Monday 17th June 2013
Five Guys, Giggling Squid and Pizza Hut
Charles Dunstone reveals story behind Five Guys backing: Entrepreneur Charles Dunstone has explained how he has come to be UK franchisor of the Five Guys better burger chain. He plans to open five sites in London in a deal that sees him s … view
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Saturday 15th June 2013
Prezzo launches US food classics brand
Prezzo launches better burger, ribs and chicken brand: Prezzo, the operator of 200 restaurants led by Jonathan Kaye, has launched a new brand in Cobham, Surrey. The brand, Cleaver, focuses on American classics. The menu offers five varian … view
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Friday 14th June 2013
Grand Union boss reveals Johnson deal background
Adam Marshall ‘Grand Union deal with Luke Johnson followed on from Propel Conference’: Grand Union founder Adam Marshall has revealed that it was hearing investor Luke Johnson speak at the Propel Multi Club Conference in March that made hi … view
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Friday 14th June 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Soft lobbying, chips and the public’s health, EMROs and Enterprise Inns
Authors: Nick Bish, Paul Chase, John Gaunt and Steve Haslam

Soft lobbying, hard sell By Nick Bish

If you … view
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Friday 14th June 2013
Bramwell, PizzaExpress and JD Wetherspoon
Bramwell Pub Company eyes dramatic repositioning for 100 pubs: Bramwell Pub Company, the 181-strong operator of managed pubs led by Roger Moxham, is hoping that it can move 100 of its town centre sites to its new ‘aspirational’ brand … view
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Thursday 13th June 2013
Greene King, Marston’s and Nando’s
Punch Taverns accuses ABI Special Committee of ‘inaccurate statements’; challenges fees of advisers: Discussions over the restructuring of Punch Taverns’ debt have turned into a public clash between the company and a powerful group … view
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Wednesday 12th June 2013
Peach makes £1m first move into Birmingham
Peach Pub Company makes £1m move into Birmingham: Peach Pub Company, the gastro-pub operator led by Hamish Stoddart and Lee Cash, has made its first foray into Birmingham with a plan to work with Calthorpe Estates in Edgbaston to develop 22 H … view
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Wednesday 12th June 2013
Realpubs founders to explore East End opportunity
Realpubs founders to examine East London opportunities: Realpubs founders Nick Pring and Malcolm Heap are to examine opportunities in the emerging suburbs of east London, according to industry sources. Pring and Heap left Greene King two month … view
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Wednesday 12th June 2013
Enterprise, Real China and Red Hot World Buffet
Industry expert – self-regulation has worked but tenanted companies are charging too much for beer: Pub industry expert Phil Dixon has defended self-regulation by the tenanted pub companies and argued that it is working. He reported tha … view
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Tuesday 11th June 2013
McDonald’s, Punch and Spirit
McDonald’s Europe sales up 2% led by the UK: McDonald’s has reported that global like-for-like sales increased by 2.6% in May, with sales up 2% in Europe, led by the UK. During May, US like-for-like sales rose 2.4% led by breakfast, a … view
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Monday 10th June 2013
Marston’s to open first new Pitcher & Piano in five years
Marston’s to open first new Pitcher & Piano in five years: Midlands-based brewer and retailer Marston’s is opening the first new Pitcher & Piano in five years – at a site in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. The first new Pitcher & Piano in h … view
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Monday 10th June 2013
Loungers reports 41% rise in Ebitda to £4.42m
Loungers reports 41% rise in Ebitda to £4.42m: Loungers, the Bristol-based café and bar group led by Alex Reilley and Jake Bishop, has reported turnover for the 12 months to 30 April topped £22m from which the company saw a 41% rise in … view
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Monday 10th June 2013
Greene King, YO! Sushi and Wildwood
Fuller’s to open stand-alone coffee shops: London brewer and retailer Fuller’s will open a couple of stand-alone coffee shops, showcasing its own Brewer Street coffee brand, next to its pubs later this year. The company will use prope … view
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Sunday 9th June 2013
Grand Union to treble in size after Johnson investment
Grand Union plans to treble in size after Luke Johnson investment: Sector investor Luke Johnson has taken a 50% stake in London bar operator Grand Union Group, the company founded and headed by Adam Marshall, who now thinks the company is … view
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Friday 7th June 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The power of US foodservice franchise, US menu trends, the North/South property divide and Search Engine Optimisation
Authors: Paul Charity, Kevin Higar, Philippa Keogh and Ann Elliott

Th … view

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Friday 7th June 2013
British Country Inns, Fuller’s and Little Chef
Fuller’s to open London Pride airside pub at Heathrow Terminal Two in 2014; enters cider market: London brewer and retailer Fuller’s will open London Pride, the only airside pub at Heathrow’s new Terminal Two in 2014. The company sa … view
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Thursday 6th June 2013
Inventive, Lovely Pubs and Stonegate
Lovely Pubs sets opening date for £1m evolution of Farm concept with wigwam in the garden and retail shop: Lovely Pubs, the Midlands operator headed by Paul Salisbury, Sue Salisbury and Paul Hales, has set an opening date of 11 July for … view
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Wednesday 5th June 2013
Chipotle, Giraffe and Punch
Punch Taverns to open second Champs sports bar in August; two more openings lined up: Punch Taverns and Sheffield multi-site operator Danny Grayson will open a second Champs sport bar in August. The pair will co-invest around £500,000 in … view
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Tuesday 4th June 2013
Breaking News – Vapiano reports UK turnover and profit surge
Vapiano UK reports £373,633 pre-tax profit after operating loss the year before: Vapiano, which is led in the UK by Phil Sermon and has two sites operational with a third in the pipeline, has reported pre-tax profit of £373,509 in the year t … view
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Tuesday 4th June 2013
Handmade Pubs, Lazy Cow Group and Starbucks
The Lazy Cow Group hits sales of £75,000 per week in Stratford after launch of better burger and gelato concepts: The Lazy Cow Group (TLC), the operator of the Lazy Cow brand headed by Ross Sanders and formerly known as Urban and Country … view
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Monday 3rd June 2013
Breaking News – Bramwell Pub Company to launch new pub concept next week
Bramwell Pub Company to launch new pub concept next week: Bramwell Pub Company is launching a new drinking and casual dining concept called Wild Lime Bar & Kitchen. The bar in Southampton will open to the public on Monday 10 June on Ports … view
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Monday 3rd June 2013
Breaking News – Wetherspoon gets consent for 24-hour motorway pub
Wetherspoon gets consent for £2m motorway pub: JD Wetherspoon is to open its first licensed bar and restaurant on the motorway network after getting consent. This new pub will open at Extra’s Motorway Service Area on the M40 (junction 2) at … view
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Monday 3rd June 2013
Ambrette, Atmosphere and Orchid
UK coffee sector still one-third the size of Italy; breakfast and coffee both UK growth areas: Research company NPD has reported that coffee shop sales have increased by 5% since 2009 with 1.4bn servings of speciality coffee in the UK las … view
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