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Wednesday 30th September 2015
Coaching Inn reports profits doubled, record JW Lees results
Coaching Inn Group doubles profits as turnover tops £10m: The Coaching Inn Group, led by Kevin Charity, has doubled its profits and increased turnover to over £10m as its extensive investment programme continues. Reporting its audited accoun … view
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Wednesday 30th September 2015
NPD – technology, innovation and healthy choices to spur food-on-the-go market
NPD – technology, innovation and healthy choices to spur food-on-the-go market: Getting closer to busy mobile consumers, riding successful new product concepts and trends plus satisfying demand for unexplored, exotic cuisines are some of the … view
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Wednesday 30th September 2015
Eclectic – future growth will come through acquisitions
Eclectic – future growth will come through acquisitions: Eclectic Group, the operator of 19 premium bars that now has sector investor Luke Johnson as chairman, has reported that future growth will come through acquisitions, with a focus on d … view
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Wednesday 30th September 2015
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Starbucks franchisee raises £5.6m growth capital to expand estate to 100 UK sites: Starbucks’ first franchisee 23.5 Degrees has raised £5.6m growth capital from Connection Capital. 23.5 Degrees was launched in 2012 in response to Starbucks … view
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Tuesday 29th September 2015
Stonegate buys 53 Tattershall Castle pubs
Stonegate buys 53 Tattershall Castle pubs: Stonegate Pub Company has acquired 53 pubs from Tattershall Castle Group for an undisclosed sum. TCG is a diversified drink-led pub business with a quality estate of pubs and bars located across the U … view
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Tuesday 29th September 2015
Revolution Bars Group reports sales and profits up
Revolution Bars Group reports sales and profits up: Revolution Bars Group has reported sales rose 2.9% to £111.8m in the year ended 30 June. Like-for-like sale rose 3% and it had record profits, as measured by adjusted Ebitda of £14.6m. Five … view
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Tuesday 29th September 2015
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Remarkable Restaurants hires Elton Mouna as managing director: Remarkable Restaurants, which owns 15 high quality predominantly freehold pubs in London and operates the Dragonfly micro-brewery, has hired Elton Mouna as its managing director. T … view
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Monday 28th September 2015
Ex-Sawday editor launches Innplaces.co.uk
Ex-Sawday editor launches Innplaces.co.uk: A new accommodation booking website, InnPlaces.co.uk, that showcases pubs with quality rooms has been launched by David Hancock, the past editor of Sawday Pubs & Inns and AA Room at the Inn. The websi … view
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Monday 28th September 2015
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Soho House withdraws £200m bond offer after lukewarm reception: Soho House, the private members’ club and restaurant business led by Nick Jones, has withdrawn a planned £200m bond after investors baulked at the company’s high levera … view
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Saturday 26th September 2015
G1 Group reports 10% Ebitda growth, cautions on Scottish economy
G1 Group reports 10% Ebitda growth, cautions on Scottish economy: Scotland’s biggest independent managed operator G1 Group (Holdings), led by Stefan King, has reported turnover up 4% to £70.2m in the year to 31 March 2015. Total operating p … view
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Friday 25th September 2015
Update: Peach, Las Iguanas, McDonald's, Oakman, Byron
Peach reports 7% turnover increase, negotiates £4m extra banking facility: Peach Pub Company has reported turnover increased 7% to £22.0m in the year to 28 December 2014, up from £20.5m the year before. The company said strong organic growt … view
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Friday 25th September 2015
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The talent pool at Mitchells & Butlers, why brands perish, the enigma of Samuel Smith’s and a day out in Brighton
Authors: Paul Charity, Chris Edger and Tony Hughes, Glynn Davis and Ann Elliott

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Friday 25th September 2015
Jamie Rollo - what are M&B's strategic options?
Jamie Rollo – what are Mitchells & Butlers options?: Morgan Stanley leisure analyst Jamie Rollo has set out the strategic options for Mitchells & Butlers in the wake of chief operating officer Phil Urban taking over chief executive this … view
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Friday 25th September 2015
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Starbucks UK offers interest free loans to staff to cover rent deposits and commits to the Living Wage for all staff: Starbucks UK has unveiled two new initiatives in the UK as part of its on-going commitment to help its employees, partic … view
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Thursday 24th September 2015
Punch Taverns boss – some of our formats could be national brands
Punch Taverns boss – some of our formats could be national brands: Punch Taverns chief executive Duncan Garrood has vowed to keep its pubs “at the heart of the community” – but believes some of its concepts have the potential to become … view
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Thursday 24th September 2015
PizzaExpress plans 150 dedicated delivery sites
PizzaExpress plans 150 dedicated delivery sites: PizzaExpress has launched delivery in select central London locations, promising a "fresh approach to the pizza delivery market". With plans to open 150 dedicated delivery sites across the count … view
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Thursday 24th September 2015
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BBPA – alcohol consumption in the UK 19% lower than 2004 peak: UK alcohol consumption remained stable in 2014 and is now 19% lower than its peak level in 2004, with the UK now ranked 19th in EU per capita alcohol consumption, according to th … view
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Wednesday 23rd September 2015
TGI Friday’s reports profits up 16%, unveils £3.5m flagship site
TGI Friday’s reports profits up 16%, unveils £3.5m flagship site: TGI Friday’s has confirmed that it will be opening a £3.5m global flagship restaurant in London’s Leicester Square next month, occupying the 10,000 square foot Yates’s … view
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Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Results: Shepherd Neame and Richoux Group
Shepherd Neame reports 9.4% increase in profit before tax: Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer, has reported a 9.4% increase in profit before tax and exceptional items to £9.6m for the 52 weeks ended 27 June 2015. Turnover was down … view
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Wednesday 23rd September 2015
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Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker shows UK plans bumper Christmas: This year’s Christmas is set to be a bumper celebration as Brits reveal plans to spend more. This month’s Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker has revealed over a quarter of B … view
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Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Phil Urban to replace Alistair Darby as M&B chief executive
Phil Urban to replace Alistair Darby as M&B chief executive: Phil Urban will become the new chief executive of Mitchells & Butlers on 27 September. He joined Mitchells & Butlers in January 2015 as Chief Operating Officer, and was previously Ma … view
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Tuesday 22nd September 2015
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Top 100 UK foodservice brands add £4.8bn of sales in five years: The UK’s top 100 pub, restaurant and foodservice brands have added £4.8bn of sales since 2009 to hit £18.5bn of turnover in 2014, an average compound growth rate of 6.06%, t … view
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Monday 21st September 2015
Breakspear hires ex-Geronimo boss to help develop managed pubs
Breakspear hires ex-Geronimo boss to help develop managed pubs: Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has appointed Ed Turner, formerly managing director of Geronimo Inns, as a non-executive director with a brief to help develop its managed pub di … view
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Monday 21st September 2015
Stonegate reports sales increase of £87m
Stonegate reports sales increase of £87m: Turnover has increased by £87.4m at Stonegate Pub Company during the year it acquired 78 sites from Bramwell Pub Company, which entered administration, Insider Media has reported. According to a … view
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Monday 21st September 2015
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CGA’s Peach Market Growth Monitor reports net new openings of 1,770 restaurants in past 12 months: Despite the continuing closure of pubs across Britain, the eating and drinking out market saw a net 1,770 new restaurants open in the las … view
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Friday 18th September 2015
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The attractions of Patisserie Valerie, craft beer, the Italian way, and fat lies and sugar rushes
Authors: Luke Johnson, Glynn Davis and Paul Chase

The attractions of Patisserie Valerie by Luke Johnson

I got … view
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Friday 18th September 2015
Propel Friday News Briefing
MOD Pizza founder tells Propel there’s a market opportunity in the UK for hundreds of stores: MOD Pizza founder Scott Svenson has claimed there is a market opportunity for hundreds of MOD Pizza stores in the UK. Svenson and his wife Ally, wh … view
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Thursday 17th September 2015
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Michelin tweets new star awards early after bookshop leak: The Michelin guide announced its new set of stars on Twitter yesterday ahead of its scheduled announcement at 7.30am this morning (17 September). It tweeted: “Let down once agai … view
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Wednesday 16th September 2015
Michelin awards 15 new stars and two new two-star awards
Michelin awards 15 new stars and two new two-star awards: There are 15 new one Michelin star and two new Michelin stars restaurants in the 2016 Michelin Guide, the content of which has been leaked ahead of official release tomorrow. The n … view
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Wednesday 16th September 2015
Loungers to open 25 sites a year, to hit 75 openings this year
Loungers to open 25 sites a year, to hit 75 openings this year: Loungers, the Bristol based café bar group, will reach 70 sites this week following the openings of Bevano Lounge in Urmston, Manchester earlier in the month, Metro Lounge in Ame … view
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Wednesday 16th September 2015
ETM Group founder to launch Asian grab-and-go concept
ETM Group founder to launch Asian grab-and-go concept: ETM Group founder Ed Martin is to launch a brand new breakfast and lunch-on-the-go concept, Yum Som, in Leadenhall this October. The new opening in Leadenhall Court will specialise in Asia … view
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Wednesday 16th September 2015
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Deltic Group reports like-for-like sales increase by 7.5% in first half of year: Deltic Group, the UK’s largest nightclub operator, has reported like-for-like sales increased by 7.5% in the 26 weeks to 29 August 2015. Company turnover was ci … view
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Tuesday 15th September 2015
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Shortlist of UK best late-night operators unveiled: The short-listed finalists for the 2015 Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) Late Night Awards have been announced. The nominees include businesses from right across the late-nig … view
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Monday 14th September 2015
PizzaExpress working with former Waitrose innovation chef to launch chicken concept
PizzaExpress working with former Waitrose innovation chef to launch chicken concept: PizzaExpress is working with the former Waitrose innovation chef Neil Nugent to launch its rotisserie chicken concept, Reys, in Cambridge next month, occ … view
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Monday 14th September 2015
Chris Welham named as Wadworth’s new chief executive
Chris Welham named as Wadworth’s new chief executive: Chris Welham is to become the new chief executive at Wadworth. He joins Wadworth from his recent role as managing director of Spirit Leased at Spirit Pub Company. The appointment fol … view
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Monday 14th September 2015
Agent reports record number of international F&B openings in London
Agent reports record number of international F&B openings in London: Savills research has found 18 new international food and beverage operators have opened sites in London since 2013. The agent reports that since the beginning of this year ni … view
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Monday 14th September 2015
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Charles Dunstone acquires UK rights to US better pizza brand MOD Pizza: Charles Dunstone has acquired the UK franchise rights to Seattle-based ‘better pizza’ concept MOD Pizza in a new joint venture with its US owners. Its founders Sc … view
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Saturday 12th September 2015
JDW: management comment and analysts’ concerns
Below, Propel reports on JD Wetherspoon management comments from yesterday’s results meeting and key analyst concerns

Freehold proportion of estate nears 50%, spending record amount on development costs: view
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Friday 11th September 2015
Results: Chipotle UK, Harry Ramsden’s
Chipotle UK reports increased turnover and losses: Chipotle Mexican Grill has reported increased turnover and losses at its UK operation in the year to 31 December 2014. Turnover rose to 7,330,857, up from £5,992,391 the previous year. L … view
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Friday 11th September 2015
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The rise of individual expression, the return of the coaching inn and the highs and lows of eating out
Authors: David Martin, Glynn Davis and Ann Elliott

The rise of individual expression by David Martin

“I … view
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Friday 11th September 2015
Domino’s Pizza UK trials new premium artisan pizza range
Domino’s Pizza UK trials new premium artisan pizza range: Domino’s Pizza UK is trialling a new premium artisan pizza range. Customers in West Hampstead, Paddington, Finchley Road and Foley Street in London along with those in Henley-o … view
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Friday 11th September 2015
JDW reports LfL growth slowed to 1.4%, attacks trade newspaper
JDW reports LfL growth slowed to 1.4%, attacks trade newspaper: JD Wetherspoon has reported sales rose 7.4% to £1,513.9m in the 26 weeks to 26 July. Like-for-like sales rose 3.6% but have slowed to 1.4% in the six weeks to 6 September. Profit … view
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Friday 11th September 2015
Propel Friday News Briefing
Wagamama founder – Duck & Rice could expand to 100 sites: Wagamama founder Alan Yau has claimed his new Duck & Rice gastro-pub concept, occupying an Enterprise Inns site on Berwick Street, could expand to 100 sites, Property Week has reporte … view
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Thursday 10th September 2015
Novus Group restructure details revealed
Novus Group restructure details revealed: Details of a restructure this year at London bar and restaurant operator Novus Leisure have been revealed in Companies House documents. The company stated: “The sales declines the group experienced d … view
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Thursday 10th September 2015
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Coffer Peach – weaker performance from restaurants, stronger from pubs in August: Pub and restaurant groups saw sales grow in August despite both the weather and consumers holidaying broad, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Track … view
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Wednesday 9th September 2015
Results: Pret A Manger US, ETM Group, Wear Inns, D&D London
D&D London launches outside catering business: Quaglino’s owner D&D London has launched a new events and outside catering business in a joint venture with Lena Björck, who built from scratch a £2m per annnum catering business called I … view
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Wednesday 9th September 2015
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Paul UK narrows losses, like-for-likes up 13.7%: Paul UK has reported turnover rose to £24,631,645 in the year to 31 December 2014, up from £23,773,540 the year before, with losses reducing to £31,601 compared to £115,496 of losses in … view
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Tuesday 8th September 2015
KFC UK PBT nears £50m, seeks 400 sites
KFC UK PBT nears £50m, seeks 400 sites: KFC UK has reported turnover rose to £478,123,000 in the year to 30 November 2014, up from £446,400,000 the year before. Pre-tax profit increased to £47,323,000 compared to £40,112,000 in the previo … view
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Tuesday 8th September 2015
Ed’s Easy Diner hires Ivan Schofield as new chief executive
Ed’s Easy Diner hires Ivan Schofield as new chief executive: Ed’s Easy Diner, the fast-growing operator of nearly 50 themed 1950s American diners throughout the UK, has hired Ivan Schofield as its new chief executive. He will join the comp … view
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Tuesday 8th September 2015
Punch, Whitbread, Greene King, City Pub Company, Tasty
Punch sells 50% stake in Matthew Clark for £100.7m: Punch Taverns has entered into an agreement to sell its 50% shareholding in Matthew Clark to Conviviality Brands, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Conviviality Retail, for £100.7 million i … view
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Tuesday 8th September 2015
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Scottish pubs closures double to 360 in a year after tougher drink drive laws: A record 360 Scottish pubs have closed in the last year as a result of tougher new drink-drive limit. Trade leader Paul Waterson said traditional locals have b … view
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Monday 7th September 2015
Ross Sanders to quit sector after selling Stratford site to Charles Wells
Ross Sanders to quit sector after selling Stratford site to Charles Wells: Apostrophe Pubs, the Charles Wells-owned managed operator owner of d’Parys, Bedford and the newly re-opened Merlin’s Cave, Chalfont St Giles, has agreed terms to pu … view
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Monday 7th September 2015
Propel Monday News Briefing
Jamie Oliver sugar petition hits 119,630 signatures: A petition launched by Jamie Oliver calling on the government to introduce a tax on sugar drinks to improve children’s health has attracted 119,630 signatures a few days after launch … view
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Friday 4th September 2015
Update: Burger & Lobster, Cabana, Carluccio's, BrewDog, All Bar One
Burger & Lobster set to open first site in Scotland after signing for Aberdeen scheme, All Bar One also agrees deal: Burger & Lobster, the brand owned by Goodman Restaurant Group, is set to open its first site in Scotland. The company has sign … view
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Friday 4th September 2015
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Europe’s verdict on minimum pricing, beer provenance and sunny uplands of economic recovery
Authors: Paul Chase, Glynn Davis and Paul Charity

Europe’s verdict on minimum pricing by Paul Chase

Like an inte … view
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Friday 4th September 2015
Propel Friday News Briefing
Abokado to support Jamie Oliver campaign by levying 10p sugar tax: Abokado, the healthy eating chain, has announced it is joining forces with Jamie Oliver by levying a 10p sugar tax on all its drinks that contain added sugar. It is the s … view
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Friday 4th September 2015
Leon to add 10p levy to sugary drinks in support of Jamie Oliver campaign
Leon to add 10p levy to sugary drinks in support of Jamie Oliver campaign: Healthy eating brand Leon is to add a 10p levy to sugary drinks. The move follows calls by chef Jamie Oliver and Sustain for the government to take action on sugary swe … view
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Thursday 3rd September 2015
PizzaExpress to hand over all tips to staff without deducting admin charge
PizzaExpress to hand over all tips to staff without deducting admin charge: PizzaExpress is to change its tipping policy, no longer deducing an administration charge - from 6 October, the 8% administration fee on tips made by electronic card p … view
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Thursday 3rd September 2015
Charles Wells unveils new chief executive
Charles Wells unveils new chief executive: Bedford brewer and retailer Charles Wells has announced changes in responsibility at board level as the next stage of its reintegration of the brewing and pubs businesses. After 17 years as chief exec … view
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Thursday 3rd September 2015
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Crowdcube investor questions BrewDog’s US expansion ahead of completion of £25m fund-raise: A Crowdcube investor has questioned BrewDog’s £3m expansion into the US, which was at the bottom of the company’s wish-list of future plans whe … view
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Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Technomic – UK’s 100 largest restaurant chains see ‘strong’ 6% sales increase, slightly down on last year: The 100 largest UK restaurant chains recorded a 6% annual sales increase in 2014, compared to 6.4% the prior year. According to … view
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Tuesday 1st September 2015
BrewDog issues mini-bond and seeks to raise equity investment on Crowdcube
BrewDog issues mini-bond and seeks to raise equity investment on Crowdcube: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog has become the first company to issue a mini-bond and seek to raise equity investment on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube at the sa … view
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Tuesday 1st September 2015
Punch reports full-year profits in line with management expectations
Punch reports full-year profits in line with management expectations: Punch Taverns has reported overall profit performance for the 52 weeks to 22 August was in line with management expectations and previous guidance and it expects to report u … view
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Tuesday 1st September 2015
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Government orders inquiry into tipping: The abuse of tipping by restaurants is to be the subject of an investigation launched by Business Secretary Sajid Javid. Ordering a formal call for evidence, Javid said: “When a diner leaves a ti … view
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