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Wednesday 31st July 2013
City Pub Company, Domino's, JDW and Laura Ashley
City Pub Company boss – “an AIM flotation is now a possibility”: City Pub Company will launch its fourth and final round of fund-raising in September aimed at generating a further £10m of investment across its two Enterprise Invest … view
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Tuesday 30th July 2013
Champagne bar chain goes crowd-funding route
Circle 360 Champagne and cocktail bar owner seeks to raise £100,000 through crowd-funding: Cribbs F&B, the company founded by Craig Ince that operates aspirational 360 Champagne & cocktails bar brand within regional shopping centres, is looki … view
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Tuesday 30th July 2013
Six Convivial London pubs hit the market for £16.9m
Six Convivial London pubs hit the market for £16.9m: Six high quality Convivial London Pub Company sites are to be sold through agent Christie + Co. The pubs for sale include five freeholds and one very long free-of-tie leasehold (994 years w … view
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Tuesday 30th July 2013
Costa, Domino's, Jamie's Italian, JDW and Starbucks
Domino’s UK reports sales and profit growth – 14 German corporate stores under-perform: Domino’s has reported sales up 13.8% to £326.5m (2012: £286.9m) in the 26 weeks to 30 June. Profit before tax, excluding Germany and Switzerla … view
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Monday 29th July 2013
Tesco - food courts important part of our plans
Tesco – food courts an important part of our plans: Tesco’s larger sites on the outskirts of towns will be turned into “retail destinations that are exciting, relevant and convenient”, new UK managing director Chris Bush has told … view
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Monday 29th July 2013
Giraffe, Greene King, Gondola and Wabi
Gondola Holdings revises estimate of PizzaExpress potential in the UK: Gondola Holdings, which operates 680 restaurants in the UK serving 40 million meals a year, has revised downward it estimates of the roll-out potential of PizzaExpress … view
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Friday 26th July 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Eating out market challenges, the retail challenge of beer, an open letter to Dr Sarah Wollaston MP
Authors: Simon French, Martyn Cornell and Paul Chase

The challenges in the UK eating ou … view

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Friday 26th July 2013
Anglian Country Inns, Orchid, Polpo and Diary
Giggling Squid receives approaches from private equity firms: Giggling Squid, the highly regarded six-strong Thai brand with ambitions to become the first national ‘modern’ Thai chain, has had a number of private equity approaches in … view
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Thursday 25th July 2013
M&B, Marston’s, Fuller's and Shepherd Neame results
Fuller’s reports like-for-likes up 10% after ‘glorious weather’: Fuller’s has reported a strong first 16 weeks to 20 July 2013, ‘aided by the recent spell of glorious weather’. Total sales in managed pubs and hotels have incre … view
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Thursday 25th July 2013
Brewdog, JDW, Shepherd Neame, Spirit and YO! Sushi
Shepherd Neame joins UK craft ale export push with US distributor: Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, has joined the current craft ale export push with a new deal with Canada’s oldest independent brewery, Moosehead Breweries, to … view
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Wednesday 24th July 2013
JDW to deliver profit uptick after margin boost
JD Wetherspoon on track to produce better outcome after margins increase: Managed operator JD Wetherspoon has reported that it is on track to produce a better outcome for its current financial year than previously anticipated. For the 11 … view
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Tuesday 23rd July 2013
Peach profits hit by wet summer
Peach Pub Company profits hit by wet summer: Peach Pub Company, the gastro-pub operator led by Lee Cash and Hamish Stoddart, has reported a 6% rise in turnover to £19,305,853 in the year to 30 December 2012. Group Ebitda was £1,540,552 … view
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Tuesday 23rd July 2013
Amber Taverns, Fuller’s, Hawksmoor and Wagamama
Amber Taverns in negotiations on seven more sites – set to hit 100 pubs next year: Amber Taverns, the wet-led operator led by James Baer and Bryan Wardman, is in negotiations to buy seven more pubs in the north east and north west, with … view
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Monday 22nd July 2013
Tesco plans ten Giraffe on-site openings in 12 months
Tesco plans ten Giraffe openings this year: Family-friendly restaurant group, Giraffe, will open its first site within a Tesco store on 5 August in Watford Extra. With its own separate entrance, as well as access from the store, the 3,424 … view
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Monday 22nd July 2013
BIS - pubco bill should be introduced in the next session
BIS – statutory regulation should happen in the next session: The Business Innovation and Skills Committee has published its views on the current consultation by the government on statutory regulation of tenanted pub companies – and c … view
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Monday 22nd July 2013
Average spend per meal out is up
Horizons – average spend per meal out is up: Decline in Britain’s eating out market has slowed as the sector is bolstered by under 34 year olds, the most frequent users of eating out establishments. The new consumer QuickBite survey f … view
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Monday 22nd July 2013
Antic, M&B, Noble Inns and Spirit
Spirit to evolve Chef & Brewer with premium offer: Spirit has told City analysts that it plans to evolve its 138-strong Chef & Brewer estate by creating a ‘collection of modern British country pubs with a more premium offer’. The next … view
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Friday 19th July 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: US healthy eating strategies, the Italian segment strikes back and live sport as a traffic driver
Authors: Kevin Higar, Ann Elliott and David Rey

US healthy eating strategies by Kevin Hig … view

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Friday 19th July 2013
The rise of fast casual and Propel Diary
Technomic – fast casual restaurants continue to grow fastest in the US: Market research firm Technomic has reported that the fast casual segment was the best performing part of the US market last year with sales up 13% – the largest c … view
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Thursday 18th July 2013
Breaking News - Spirit reveals brand development plans
Spirit reveals brand development plans: Managed operator Spirit Pub Company has revealed brand development plans on a field trip for City analysts. The company has been trialing a smaller 1,200 square foot template at Flaming Grill (usual … view
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Thursday 18th July 2013
Breaking News - UK's largest nightclub company reports profit
Luminar reports profit in first full year: Luminar, the UK’s largest nightclub company, has reported a profit before tax of £1.3m on turnover of £89.9m in the 12 months to 23 February. The company, which was bought out of administrati … view
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Thursday 18th July 2013
Ask, Corney & Barrow, Fuller's and Whitbread
Ask Italian – ‘we’ve been transformed by better food, design and recruitment’: Ask Italian, the Gondola-owned brand with 117 sites, has been re-energised by transforming its approach to menu content, design and staff recruitment, … view
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Wednesday 17th July 2013
Breaking News - CGA acquires Peter Martin's Peach Factory
CGA buys Peter Martin’s Peach Factory: CGA Strategy has acquired Peach Factory, the information and research company founded by Peter and Christine Martin. CGA Peach, a specialist retailer focused division of CGA Strategy, will bring to … view
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Wednesday 17th July 2013
Breaking News - Tenanted pubs see unprecedented 4.69% sales jump
Tenanted pubs see unprecedented 4.69% sales jump: A recent six week period saw a large jump in sales across the board for 432 largely tenanted pubs, hailing from all parts of the UK, whose accounts are handled by Roslyns Accounting Company. Th … view
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Wednesday 17th July 2013
Jamie's Italian, Giraffe, Wagamama and Wetherspoon
Coffer Peach Tracker – pubs and restaurants saw sales up 1.9% in June: Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales increase 1.9% in June, against the same month last year. Total sales, including the impact o … view
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Tuesday 16th July 2013
Giggling Squid, Itsu, Loungers and Robert Breare
Industry veteran Robert Breare found dead at home: Industry veteran Robert Breare has been found dead at his home in Ascot at the age of 60. Breare, once described as “Britain’s most shambolic corporate raider”, had a varied career … view
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Monday 15th July 2013
Breaking News - Everards set for £25m food village go-ahead
Everards set for go-ahead on £25m food village: Leicestershire brewer and retailer Everards is set to get go-ahead for a new £25m food village and visitor centre from its local authority. Blaby District Council is expected to back plans … view
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Monday 15th July 2013
Gail’s, Nando’s, Orchid, Tragus and Wagamama
Sky freezes pub subscriptions for third year: Sky is freezing subscription prices of its Sky Ultimate package for the third successive year. Prices will be held until at least June 2014, meaning that pub landlords will not have had a pric … view
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Friday 12th July 2013
Inventive invests £6.6m in Revolution evolution
Inventive to invest £6.6m in evolving estate: Inventive Leisure, who own and operate 66 Revolution bars and five Revolucion de Cubas across the country, is investing over £6.6m in rolling out its ‘Evolution’ programme following successfu … view
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Friday 12th July 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The government’s consultation on pub company regulation, the tyranny of pub health, Five Guys versus Shake Shack
Authors: Kate Nichols, Paul Chase and Emily Eldershaw

Let’s not wait f … view

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Friday 12th July 2013
Antic London, Ask, Coal Bar & Grill and Dhillon Hotels
Mezze chooses debt option rather than private equity funding for expansion: Mezze, the fast-expanding West County operator of high quality restaurants in pub settings, has opted for debt funding to allow expansion rather than take private … view
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Thursday 11th July 2013
Las Iguanas, Lovely Pubs, Mezze, M&B and Wetherspoon
ALMR reports 62 new members in six months: The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has added 62 members in the first six months of 2013. The ALMR’s growth comes as it establishes itself as the key trade body for multi-site … view
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Wednesday 10th July 2013
Benugo, Lazy Cow, Luminar, Pub People and Shake Shack
Benugo reports big jump in turnover and profit: Benugo, the company that runs high street cafe delis and restaurants as well as providing catering in the Natural History Museum and the British Museum, has reported turnover leapt 28% to £ … view
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Tuesday 9th July 2013
Breaking News - Harry Ramsden's in talks with pub group
Harry Ramsden’s in talks with pub group as it plans major expansion: Fish and chip shop brand Harry Ramsden’s, which operates 29 sites, is in talks with a number of franchisees and a major pub group which could lead to rapid expansion of t … view
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Tuesday 9th July 2013
Cote, Intertain, Jamie Oliver, Spirit, Young's
Walkabout operator Intertain reports 80% returns from 11 refurbishments; company needs to rebuild fire ravaged Blackpool site: Walkabout operator Intertain has described the returns from its first 11 estate investments as “outstand … view
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Monday 8th July 2013
Breaking News - Wadworth reports fall in pre-tax profit
Wadworth reports fall in pre-tax profit: Brewer and retailer Wadworth & Co has reported a fall in its pre-tax profit after a “disappointing” period during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - £3,438,000 in the year to 30 Se … view
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Monday 8th July 2013
Breaking News - Restaurant Group and Giraffe unveil new concept
Restaurant Group and Giraffe unveil new concept: The Restaurant Group and Giraffe, the family dining brand owned by Tesco, have unveiled a brand new casual all day dining concept, Wondertree, to be opened at Heathrow’s ‘Terminal 2: Th … view
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Monday 8th July 2013
Bramwell, Orchid, Patisserie Valerie, JDW and Young’s
Patisserie Valerie to open in second Scottish city – plans 25 openings this year: Artisan baker and cafe chain Patisserie Valerie is to expand into Glasgow with two new branches after success at three sites in Edinburgh, its only sites … view
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Sunday 7th July 2013
Breaking News - Creditors lose £2.25m in 52-site collapse
Creditors to lose £2.25m from 52-strong pubco collapse; administrator investigates ‘relevance’ of hedging product: Unsecured creditors are set to lose £2,250,000 from the collapse of HK Taverns in the wake of the death of its contro … view
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Friday 5th July 2013
Breaking News - Heartstone Inns sets 50 freehold pub target
Heartstone Inns sets 50 freehold pub target: Heartstone Inns, the operator of freehold pubs led by James Birch, has set a target of expanding to as many as 50 freehold pubs after embarking on its latest and final round of EIS fund-raising … view
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Friday 5th July 2013
Friday Opinion
Subject: The tenanted pub company model, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Scottish licensing
Authors: Paul Charity, Ann Elliott and Stephen McGowan

The tenanted model has made real progress by Paul Chari … view

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Friday 5th July 2013
Browns, D&D, Jamie's Italian, Marco Pierre White
Mitchells & Butlers’ Browns opening in Liverpool further sign of renewed brand confidence: Mitchells & Butlers is to open a new Browns Bar & Brasserie in the Liverpool One leisure complex in a £1m investment that will create 75 jobs. I … view
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Thursday 4th July 2013
Breaking News - Asian restaurant sector backs VAT campaign
Asian restaurant sector backs VAT campaign: The Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers (FoBC) and the Asian Caterers Federation (ACF) have thrown there considerable weight behind the hospitality industry’s campaign to cut VAT on restaurant … view
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Thursday 4th July 2013
Glendola, M&B, Pizza Hut, TGI Friday's and Wabi
Glendola Leisure paid £600,000 for two Enterprise leases: Glendola Leisure, the operator of 19 sites headed by Alex Salussolia, has paid over £600,000 to buy two Enterprise Inns leased sites, it has emerged. Enterprise Inns chief execut … view
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Wednesday 3rd July 2013
Breaking News - Wagamama hires M&B marketing chief
Wagamama hires M&B marketing chief: Wagamama, the Japanese-inspired restaurant chain, has hired Simon Cope as its new marketing, property and international franchising director. Cope joins from Mitchells & Butlers where he worked for twel … view
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Wednesday 3rd July 2013
Breaking News - Brewdog, Cote, Domino’s, JDW and Luminar
Andy Bassadone wins Restaurateur of the Year at the Cateys: Andy Bassadone won Restaurateur of the Year at the Cateys last night. Judge James Horler, chief executive of 3 Sixty Restaurants, said: “To achieve a system-led roll-out of a u … view
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Tuesday 2nd July 2013
Beds and Bars, Hard Rock, Harris + Hoole and Pret

Story of the day:

Whitbread launches new budget hotel brand: Whitbread has launched a new hotel concept, ‘Hub by Premier Inn’. The new concept will target major UK city … view
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Monday 1st July 2013
Barracuda, Greene King, Orchid and Wetherspoon
Research shows pubs increasingly becoming weekend haunts: New research from The NPD Group shows that Britain’s pubs are increasingly becoming weekend haunts and that weekday business is weakening. Between 2011 and 2012 weekday visits to … view
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