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Thursday 31st July 2014
BBC names brands with unsatisfactory hygiene scores
BBC names brands with unsatisfactory hygiene scores: Seven restaurant and eating out chains have not a single one of their outlets recorded as “unsatisfactory” after food hygiene inspections, according to an analysis of Food Standards … view
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Thursday 31st July 2014
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Whole Food Market UK losses widen to £14.2m: Whole Foods Market, which operates nine sites in the UK, saw its losses mount to £14.21m in the UK last year despite a surge in sales as it benefits from shoppers’ hunt for better quality f … view
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Wednesday 30th July 2014
Greggs – we’ve made more progress on strategic plan
Greggs – we’ve made more progress on strategic plan: Greggs, which has 1,700 retail outlets in the UK, has reported like-for-like sales up 3.2% in the 26 weeks ended 28 June (2013: 2.9% decline) and total sales up 3.1% to £373m (2013 … view
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Wednesday 30th July 2014
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PizzaExpress finances £610m bond in a matter of days: PizzaExpress has successfully refinanced its existing capital structure by raising £610m in notes in the wake of its acquisition for £900m by the Chinese private equity firm Hony Ca … view
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Tuesday 29th July 2014
Horizons – eating out risen by 4% this summer
Horizons – eating out risen by 4% this summer: Consumers are eating out more often this summer, than they did this time last year, with 71% of respondents to a new Horizons’ survey saying they had eaten out in the past two weeks, a clear s … view
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Tuesday 29th July 2014
Domino’s reports UK LFL growth of 11.3% in first half
Domino’s reports UK LFL growth of 11.3% in first half: Domino’s Pizza Group has reported UK like-for-like sales growth of 11.3% in the 26 weeks ended 29 June 2014. System sales increased by 14.9% to £375m (2013: £326.5m). Operating … view
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Tuesday 29th July 2014
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Molson Coors Europe boss Mark Hunter to take over as chief executive after Peter Swinburn retires: A Scottish born executive is to take the top job at Molson Coors. Mark Hunter, head of Molson Coors’ European operations, is to take ove … view
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Monday 28th July 2014
CGA – Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool matching London for new openings
CGA – Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool matching London for new openings: London is not the only driver of growth in the UK eating and drinking out market. Cities like Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool are also seeing big increases in new restau … view
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Monday 28th July 2014
Juliette and Russel Joffe resign from Giraffe
Juliette and Russel Joffe resign from Giraffe: Juliette and Russel Joffe, co-founders of Giraffe, have announced their resignation from the restaurant group they founded in 1998. The Joffes, alongside lifelong friend Andrew Jacobs, successfull … view
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Monday 28th July 2014
Analyst - M&B supertanker is slowly turning the corner
Geof Collyer – the Mitchells & Butlers supertanker is turning the corner: Deutsche Bank leisure analyst Geof Collyer has argued that the “Mitchells & Butlers supertanker is slowly but perceptibly turning the corner”. Setting a reduce Pri … view
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Monday 28th July 2014
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Moody’s rates PizzaExpress B3 and says future price rises may be difficult: Like-for-like sales at PizzaExpress have returned to positive territory in the financial year ending 2014, after three years of negative sales, but future price … view
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Friday 25th July 2014
Noble Inns hires Neil Rankin as executive chef, outlines new brand
Noble Inns hires Neil Rankin as executive chef, outlines new brand: Noble Inns, the London-based, award-winning gastro-pub operator founded by Scott Hunter, has announced the appointment of Neil Rankin as group executive chef and enlarged upon … view
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Friday 25th July 2014
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The spectre of New Zealand clampdown, can Tesco learn from Carrefour, posh fish and chips and red tap and the change retail and social environment
Authors: Martyn Cornell, Chris Edger, Paul Chase and Nielsen Harrap< … view
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Friday 25th July 2014
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Ralph Findlay – we have a pipeline of around 80 new-build sites: Marston’s chief executive, Ralph Findlay, has told Propel that the company has a pipeline of around 75 to 80 new-build pub restaurant sites through to 2017, and is confi … view
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Thursday 24th July 2014
M&B, Fuller’s and Marston’s trading updates
Mitchells & Butlers reports flat third quarter: Mitchells & Butlers has reported total sales growth in the third quarter was 3.8%, bringing growth in the first 42 weeks to 2.9%. It added: “Over the third quarter like-for-like food volum … view
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Thursday 24th July 2014
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Crowdcube smashes world record by raising £1.2m in 16 minutes: The crowd-funding platform Crowdcube took just 16 minutes to raise £1.2m from private investors to help fund its expansion plans. The company now intends to double staff num … view
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Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Former Mitchells & Butlers retail director joins YO! Sushi board
Former Mitchells & Butlers retail director joins YO! Sushi board: Paul Reynolds has been appointed to join the executive board at YO! Sushi as operations director, responsible for the operations team, facilities and health and safety. Reynolds … view
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Wednesday 23rd July 2014
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Greene King – leisure spending down in June during stay-at-home World Cup: The Greene King Leisure Tracker has found the average British household spent £180 on out-of-home leisure in June, a fall of £12 against May, largely driven do … view
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Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Aveqia launches crowd-sourcing fund-raising on Crowdcube
Aveqia launches crowd-sourcing fund-raising on Crowdcube: Aveqia, the Swedish interactive restaurant brand founded by Michelin-starred chef David Berggren that allows groups to cook with Michelin-starred chefs and ‘bond through a shared gast … view
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Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Max Property Group to sell property portfolio to Blackstone
Max Property Group to sell property portfolio to Blackstone: Max Property Group is to sell its entire property business to Marina Topco (Jersey), a company controlled by Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe IV in a deal valuing the group, be … view
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Tuesday 22nd July 2014
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BrewDog gets mixed reception for new packaging designs, promises to seek feedback on the rest of its redesign: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog has admitted it has received mixed reviews for its new packaging on its blog and on Facebo … view
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Monday 21st July 2014
Tesco unveils new ceo amid ‘more challenging’ trading
Tesco unveils new ceo amid ‘more challenging’ trading: Tesco has announced that Dave Lewis will join the board of Tesco on 1 October as chief executive in succession to Philip Clarke, the architect of the strategy that has seen the acquisi … view
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Monday 21st July 2014
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Alan Parker – the industry’s voice can only grow stronger: Former Whitbread chief executive and British Hospitality Association (BHA) chairman Alan Parker has argued that the hospitality industry’s voice can only increase in strengt … view
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Sunday 20th July 2014
TGI Friday’s owners mull £200m sale of UK arm
TGI Friday’s owners mull £200m sale of UK arm: The new private equity owners of TGI Friday’s are in the early stages of considering a sale of its British arm. The company, which has more than 900 sites around the world, was bought by a pa … view
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Friday 18th July 2014
Breaking News - JD Wetherspoon quits the BBPA
JD Wetherspoon quits the BBPA: JD Wetherspoon has resigned from membership of the British Beer and Pub Association, it has emerged. The company, which was a member of the BBPA for less than two years, tendered its resignation just over a year … view
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Friday 18th July 2014
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The progressive tax that acts as a brake on business, the importance of company culture and how marketing plans have evolved
Authors: Martyn Cornell, Professor Chris Muller and Ann Elliott
 

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Friday 18th July 2014
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Balderton Capital invests £3.8m in Crowdcube: One of Europe’s largest venture investors, Balderton Capital, has invested £3.8m in a £5m fund-raising round at the crowd-funding website Crowdcube. The crowd-funding platform will comple … view
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Thursday 17th July 2014
Breaking News - Gourmet Burger Kitchen reports strong year
Gourmet Burger Kitchen reports strong year: Gourmet Burger Kitchen, the better burger brand owned by Nando’s Group Holdings, has reported a strong year with turnover rising 24% to £50.5m in the year to 23 February 2014 compared to the … view
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Thursday 17th July 2014
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The Stable founders – 12 more sites in the next three years: Richard and Nikki Cooper, the founders of six-strong artisan cider and pizza brand The Stable, in which Fuller’s acquired a 51% stake for £7.3m last month, are aiming to op … view
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Wednesday 16th July 2014
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Coffer Peach – drink-led managed pubs like-for-likes up 2.4% in otherwise flat June: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow just 0.4% in June. While the World Cup helped push up trade in dr … view
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Tuesday 15th July 2014
Breaking News - Greene King signs Goose Island deal with AB InBev UK
Greene King signs Goose Island deal with AB InBev UK: AB InBev UK and Greene King have agreed terms for the latter to become the national distributor for US craft beer Goose Island. The deal will give Greene King exclusive rights to distribute … view
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Tuesday 15th July 2014
Breaking News - Whitbread names new chairman
Whitbread unveils new chairman: Whitbread has announced the appointment of Richard Baker as chairman with effect from 1 September 2014. He succeeds Anthony Habgood who, after nine years as chairman, announced in January his decision to st … view
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Tuesday 15th July 2014
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YO! Sushi to open first new restaurant in Edinburgh’s Princes Street in decades: YO! Sushi is to open the first new restaurant in Edinburgh’s Princes Street in decades. It comes after the council’s shops-only policy for Princes Stre … view
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Monday 14th July 2014
Breaking News - Nightclub company No Saints goes through pre-pack
Nightclub company No Saints goes through pre-pack: No Saints, the operator of Wonderland nightclubs and Jam House led by Luminar founder Stephen Thomas, has undergone a pre-pack administration. Administrator FRP Advisory began a sale process i … view
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Monday 14th July 2014
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Harry Ramsden’s awards new franchise: Fish and chip brand Harry Ramsden’s has granted the franchise for the southern half of West Sussex to local businessman Ruslan Kyshtoobaev. Under the terms of the franchise agreement, ten new outl … view
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Friday 11th July 2014
Friday Opinion
Subjects: An antidote to bravado, JD Wetherspoon in the Republic of Ireland, new guards and old ideas and changes to licensing conditions
Authors: Paul Charity, Martyn Cornell, Paul Chase and John Gaunt
 
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Friday 11th July 2014
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Guardian highlights Nando’s complex offshore tax arrangements: The Guardian has highlighted the “secretive £750m trust located in a Channel Islands tax haven” that sits at the top of an elaborate offshore web of companies controlli … view
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Thursday 10th July 2014
Breaking News - Luke Johnson's new investment InnBrighton reveals 2013 results
InnBrighton reports underlying Ebitda increase in 2013: InnBrighton, the company led by Gavin George and Gary Pettet in which Luke Johnson’s Risk Capital Partners has taken a stake and which is now called Laine Pub Company after its Brighton … view
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Thursday 10th July 2014
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JD Wetherspoon buys second Dublin pub: JD Wetherspoon has bought its second Dublin pub, the former Forty Foot restaurant and bar in Marine Road in the suburb of Dun Laoghaire. It is understood the asking price for the currently closed sit … view
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Wednesday 9th July 2014
Breaking News - Star Pubs protests over two-year rates appeal delays
Star Pubs & Bars calls for better Valuation Office Agency resourcing after two-year delays: Star Pubs & Bars is calling for better resourcing of the Valuation Office Agency and a simplification of the business rates appeal process when ch … view
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Wednesday 9th July 2014
Breaking News - Revolution founders raise £4m to roll-out two brands
Revolution founders raise £4m to roll-out two brands: Roy Ellis and Neil Macleod, founders of Revolution vodka bar operator Inventive Leisure, and their business partner, the chef Simon Rimmer, have raised £4m from seven investors in an EIS- … view
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Wednesday 9th July 2014
Breaking News - JDW reports sales slowdown, plans to close earlier
JDW reports sales slowdown, plans to close earlier: JD Wetherspoon has reported like-for-like sales of 4.9% in the ten weeks to 6 July 2014, with total sales up by 10.3%. It also intends to pull back openings hours from 1am to midnight at most … view
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Wednesday 9th July 2014
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Notting Hill Kitchen seeks £150,000 through crowd-funding to create chef’s table/private dining cellar: The Notting Hill Kitchen restaurant is seeking £150,000 of funding through Crowdcube – in return for 9.67% of its equity – tow … view
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Tuesday 8th July 2014
New report: coffee shops boost high street economy by 2 to 4%
New report – coffee shops boost high street economy by 2 to 4%: Figures published today in a new report by industry analysts, Allegra Strategies, show that British high streets are enjoying significant economic and social benefits broug … view
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Tuesday 8th July 2014
Young’s makes strong start to the year, acquires two sites
Young’s makes strong start to the year, acquires two sites: London pub retailer Young & Co will report a strong start to its financial year at its AGM today. Chairman Nick Bryan will state: “As indicated at the time of our preliminary … view
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Tuesday 8th July 2014
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Peter Marks – Luminar’s six point plan to disaster: Luminar’s chief executive Peter Marks has set out the “six-point plan to disaster” that caused the nightclub company to slump into administration in 2011. The company was acqui … view
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Monday 7th July 2014
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Freehold pubs selling for an average 6.5x Ebitda: Single site freehold pubs are selling for an average of 6.5x site Ebitda, Simon Chaplin, of agent Christie + Co, has told the Propel Multi Club Conference. Sales are, however, currently ra … view
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Friday 4th July 2014
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The parent trap, why pubs are a special case, time well-spent outside the business and the challenge of inspiring
Authors: David Martin, Roger Protz, Ann Elliott and Tony O’Shaughnessy

 

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Friday 4th July 2014
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TDR Capital 'launches secret bid to buy back PizzaExpress': TDR Capital, which led the public-to-private takeover of PizzaExpress in 2003 and later floated it as part of Gondola Holdings in 2005, has made a secret bid to buy back the chain, ac … view
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Thursday 3rd July 2014
Greene King reports results, updates on strategy
Greene King hails fourth year of record results: Greene King this morning hailed a fourth year of record results across its brewing and pub businesses, with total revenue up 6.9% on a 52-week basis, and profit before tax up 7.4%. Its managed R … view
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Thursday 3rd July 2014
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Thursday 3rd July 2014
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TripAdvisor names top ten UK burger restaurants: Independent burger restaurants has taken the top three places in a TripAdvisor list of the top ten burger operations in the UK according to the reviews and opinions of TripAdvisor travellers. Th … view
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Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Breaking News - Tim Bacon reveals cancer fight
Tim Bacon reveals cancer fight: Tim Bacon, chief executive and co-founder of Living Ventures Group, has talked publicly for the first time since he was diagnosed earlier this year with advanced melanoma of his long fight against cancer. Bacon, … view
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Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Breaking News - Analyst: Restaurant Group set for two blockbuster years
Douglas Jack – Restaurant Group set for two blockbuster years: Numis Securities leisure analyst Douglas Jack has forecast two blockbuster years for The Restaurant Group as the economy improves. He has issued a ‘Buy’ note and a price targ … view
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Wednesday 2nd July 2014
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Wednesday 2nd July 2014
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East End boutique hotel with pop-up street food market plans to capture 'Meatpacking District' vibe: Union Hanover has revealed plans to develop and operate a high-end boutique hotel at Lend Lease and London & Continental Railways’ Internati … view
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Tuesday 1st July 2014
Breaking News - Johnson's Risk Capital makes third sector investment
Luke Johnson’s Risk Capital makes third sector investment: Risk Capital Partners, led by Luke Johnson and Ben Redmond, has made in its third current investment in the foodservice sector by buying a substantial minority stake in the 45-strong … view
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Tuesday 1st July 2014
Breaking News - Kornicis eyes expansion despite losses
Kornicis eyes expansion despite losses: Kornicis, the London operator of Jamie’s and Smollenskys headed by Nick Tamblyn, has reported losses of £2,312,146 in the year to 28 September 2013 compared to a pre-tax profit of £841,467 the year b … view
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Tuesday 1st July 2014
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Tuesday 1st July 2014
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Alex Reilley – Loungers' biggest challenge is cultural: Loungers founder Alex Reilley has told the Arena lunch that the company’s biggest challenge as it becomes a national brand is a cultural one. The company, which was valued at £35m ov … view
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