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Monday 23rd December 2013
Breaking News - Frank Dowling of Inc Group arrested
Frank Dowling of Inc Group arrested in tax investigation: The founder of Inc Group, which runs restaurants, bars, nightclubs, member clubs and an event company in London, Frank Dowling, has been arrested by revenue and customs officers after l … view
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Friday 20th December 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Where the money went out-of-home, pub numbers, sector costs, engaging customers
Authors: Paul Charity, Martyn Cornell, David McHattie and Mark Melford 

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Friday 20th December 2013
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Darden concedes need for break-up: Darden, owner of the American restaurant chains Olive Garden and Red Lobster, has made major concessions to a campaign let by activist investors by moving to break itself up, announcing a plan to spin of … view
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Thursday 19th December 2013
Breaking News - Davy’s wins rare burger test case
Rare burgers back at Davy’s as Westminster Council case collapses: The wine bar and restaurant chain Davy’s is offering burgers “as you like it” again after Westminster City Council failed to offer any evidence in court this week as th … view
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Thursday 19th December 2013
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Chipotle applies knowledge to “fast casual” pizza start-up: Chipotle Mexican Grill, the most successful fast casual start-up of the last two decades, has been secretly helping develop a “fast casual” pizza concept called Pizzeria … view
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Wednesday 18th December 2013
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Pubs and restaurants report 1.7% like-for-like sales growth in November: Britain’s pub, bar and restaurant groups saw stronger growth in November than in the previous two months. Showing no signs of a trading lull in the build-up to Chr … view
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Tuesday 17th December 2013
Breaking News - ONS: Alcohol consumption drops again
Alcohol consumption continues to drop: Alcohol consumption continued to fall in Great Britain in 2012, the Office for National Statistics said today, with 58% of people aged 16 and over saying they drank alcohol at least once in the week befor … view
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Tuesday 17th December 2013
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Wellington Pub Company to grow in-house capacity in 2014: Wellington Pub Company, the UK’s largest operator of free-of-tie pubs with an estate of 789 sites, is expected to increase the number of pubs it manages itself to around 20 by Ap … view
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Monday 16th December 2013
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CGA Peach – customers getting more adventurous: Pub customers have become more adventurous with an increasing desire to try brands that are linked to innovation or quality, CGA Peach director Scott Elliott has told the Intertain Supplie … view
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Friday 13th December 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Business rates, food price inflation, good news on alcohol, concepts worth visiting
Authors: Kate Nicholls, David Read, Paul Chase, Ann Elliott

Rating our industry by Kate Nicholls

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Friday 13th December 2013
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Whitbread reveals Costa Coffee store economics: Whitbread has revealed the store economics of its UK Costa Coffee sites. The company told City analysts that its managed sites takes an average of £499,000 per annum, cost an average of £2 … view
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Thursday 12th December 2013
Breaking News - Costa Coffee to add 500 UK sites in five years
Costa Coffee to add 500 UK sites in five years: Whitbread’s Costa Coffee brand plans to add 500 UK locations in the next five years to take its UK estate from 1,711 sites to around 2,200 in 2018. The company told analysts this afternoon that … view
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Thursday 12th December 2013
Breaking News - Business in Sport and Leisure (BISL) to fold
Business in Sport and Leisure (BISL) to fold: The pan-leisure trade body Business in Sport and Leisure (BISL) is to fold at the end of this month after deciding that members will be unwilling to fund the subscription increases required to main … view
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Thursday 12th December 2013
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UK nightclub visits drop to new low: Britain may be falling out of love with nightclubs, a new survey suggests. A national survey of 2,000 UK consumers has shown that while visits to pubs, bars and restaurants have remained broadly static … view
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Wednesday 11th December 2013
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McMullen buys £8m London freehold – with Fuller’s as tenant: Hertfordshire brewer and retailer McMullen has spent circa £8m buying the freehold of the flagship Old Bank of England pub in London’s Fleet Street. The deal is an inves … view
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Tuesday 10th December 2013
Whitbread reports 13.8% sales growth
Whitbread reports 13.8% sales growth: Whitbread has reported total sales grew 13.8% in the 13 weeks to 28 November, with like-for-like sales up 4.3%. The like-for-like sales gains were led by Premier Inn, which posted 5.4% like-for-likes, foll … view
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Tuesday 10th December 2013
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McDonald’s reports 1.9% like-for-like sales rise in Europe: McDonald’s has posted a 1.9% like-for-like sales rise in Europe in November, with strong sales in the UK, France and Russia offsetting weaker sales in Germany – total sales … view
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Monday 9th December 2013
Breaking News - Sale of Convivial estate to raise in excess of £16.9m
Sale of Convivial estate to raise in excess of £16.9m: The seven Convivial London Pub Company sites in London on the market through agent Christie + Co will sell for in excess of their original combined asking price of £16.9m, sharehold … view
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Monday 9th December 2013
Breaking News - Punch Taverns reports progress on restructuring
Punch Taverns reports progress on restructuring: Punch Taverns has reported “significant progress” has been made during discussions over restructuring of its securitisations and that it is now in a position to set out modified restructuring … view
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Monday 9th December 2013
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Stonegate opens premium Missoula, lines up 12-strong Slug & Lettuce pipeline: Stonegate Pub Company, the largest privately owned managed pub operator in the UK, has opened a premium version of its Missoula bar brand, converting a former L … view
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Sunday 8th December 2013
Breaking News - Revolution founders launch new company
Revolution vodka bar founders launch new company: Roy Ellis and Neil Macleod, founders of Revolution vodka bar operator Inventive Leisure, have launched a new company, Flying Pig and Lobster in partnership with celebrity chef Simon Rimmer … view
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Sunday 8th December 2013
Revolution vodka bar founders launch new company
Revolution vodka bar founders launch new company: Roy Ellis and Neil Macleod, founders of Revolution vodka bar operator Inventive Leisure, have launched a new company, Flying Pig and Lobster in partnership with celebrity chef Simon Rimmer. The … view
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Friday 6th December 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Investing in the sector to make a difference, Tony Hughes, average service and a formula for outstanding service
Authors: Luke Johnson, Chris Muller, Ann Elliott and Chris Edger

Our appro … view

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Friday 6th December 2013
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BrewDog hails Chinese fake as a sign of a ‘tectonic shift in tastes’: Brewer and bar owner BrewDog has hailed the opening of a fake BrewDog bar in Changzhou, a city of 4.6 million people in the affluent Yangtze Delta region of China, … view
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Thursday 5th December 2013
Wimpy UK declines as network shrinks
Wimpy UK declines as network shrinks to 110 sites: The franchised Wimpy Restaurant chain, owned by Famous Brands, has reported 13 site closures in the most recent year to 28 February, with just two new sites opened. Overall, site numbers … view
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Thursday 5th December 2013
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Ten sector firms in list of 1,000 companies that inspire Britain: The London bar operator Drake and Morgan, Oakman Inns and Restaurants, Busaba Eathai, Cote, Wahaca, Ed’ … view
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Wednesday 4th December 2013
Breaking News - Camerons buys Head of Steam pub group
Camerons buys Head of Steam pub group: North east brewer and retailer Camerons Brewery has added seven new outlets to its retail pub estate with the purchase of The Head of Steam pub group, which takes the Camerons estate to over 75 sites. The … view
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Wednesday 4th December 2013
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Premier Inn plans new hotel every ten days: Whitbread’s Premier Inn subsidiary plans to open a new hotel every ten days, creating more than 8,000 new jobs over the next five years. The announcement was made at the official opening of P … view
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Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Breaking News - Oakman Inns completes £5.5m fund-raising
Oakman Inns completes £5.5m fund-raising: Oakman Inns and Restaurants, led by Peter Borg-Neal, has completed a £5.5m fund raising. Borg-Neal said: “Fund-raising is always terribly difficult and never more so than during a recession. O … view
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Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Breaking News - Greene King LfLs up 3.5%, targets 90 new pubs
Greene King like-for-likes up 3.5%, targets 90 new managed pubs: Greene King has reported sales up 5.4% to £595.4m in the 24 weeks to 13 October. Managed like-for-likes rose 3.5% and retail margin improved ten basis points to 20.5%. The … view
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Tuesday 3rd December 2013
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Simon Emeny – smoking ban a positive for the pub industry: Fuller’s chief executive Simon Emeny has told the Arena Christmas lunch that he believes the smoking ban of 2007 was a positive for the industry. “We open at 8am in the morn … view
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Monday 2nd December 2013
Breaking News - Pring and Heap launch Urban Pubs and Bars
Pring and Heap launch Urban Pubs and Bars: Nick Pring and Malcolm Heap, who founded and sold Realpubs to Greene King for £53.1m in 2011, have launched a new company, Urban Pubs and Bars. Urban plans to build a 20-strong London estate ove … view
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Monday 2nd December 2013
Breaking News - Spirit chief executive pay drops; premium Chef & Brewer trials underway
Spirit chief executive pay drops; premium Chef & Brewer trials underway: The remuneration of Spirit Pub Company chief executive Mike Tye dropped in 2013 to a total of £795,000, including a bonus of £178,000 and pension payments of £104,000 … view
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Monday 2nd December 2013
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Alistair Darby – “we won’t sell our Heartland estate”: Mitchells & Butlers chief executive Alistair Darby has insisted that the company will not sell its “Heartland” estate. The pubs are positioned in the value end of the mark … view
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Sunday 1st December 2013
Sunday Breaking News
Former M&B executive hired for Mercedes concept cafe: Former Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) executive David Singleton has been hired to consult on a Mercedes Benz concept cafe that is set to open in Moscow. Singleton oversaw the roll-out of th … view
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