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Wednesday 31st August 2016
Restaurant Brands signs franchise deal to bring Tim Hortons to UK
Restaurant Brands signs franchise deal to bring Tim Hortons to UK: Restaurant Brands has signed a franchise deal to launch Tim Hortons coffee and doughnut shops in the UK as part of its expansion plans. The move into Europe comes after Tim Hor … view
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Wednesday 31st August 2016
CAU managing director departs as Gaucho Group restructures business
CAU managing director departs as Gaucho Group restructures business: CAU managing director Graham Hall has departed the casual dining brand as parent company Gaucho Group restructures the business. Hall, who has been managing director for the … view
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Wednesday 31st August 2016
Ratings firm Moody’s rewards Wagamama’s two years of double digit LfLs
Ratings firm Moody’s rewards Wagamama’s two years of double digit LfLs: Ratings agency Moody’s has increased its rating of Wagamama bonds to positive from stable thanks to its outperformance of peers. Emmanuel Savoye, of Moody’s, said: … view
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Wednesday 31st August 2016
Punch reports average profit per pub up 4%
Punch reports average profit per pub up 4%: Punch has reported that average profit per pub rose by circa 4% in its 52 week financial year that ended on 20 August 2016 and expects to issue its full year results for the same period on 8 November … view
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Wednesday 31st August 2016
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UK brands invited to enter inaugural Global Restaurant Leadership Distinction Awards: UK restaurant brands are being invited to enter the Global Restaurant Leadership Distinction Awards, which are being debuted this year by Technomic. The … view
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Tuesday 30th August 2016
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Jamie Rollo – divergence of price-to-earnings ratio multiples between managed pub operators now at widest level for more than five years: Morgan Stanley analyst Jamie Rollo has said the divergence of price-to-earnings ratio multiples be … view
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Sunday 28th August 2016
Be At One eyes £60m sale, Hollywood Bowl owners revive £280m stock market float
Be At One eyes £60m sale: Cocktail bar brand Be At One is eyeing a sale of the company. The owners, who are backed by private equity firm Piper, have been talking to bankers about a sale of the company, which is valued between £50m and … view
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Friday 26th August 2016
The Restaurant Group – reinvigorating Frankie & Benny’s, learning from its mistakes, strategic review update
The Restaurant Group – reinvigorating Frankie & Benny’s, learning from its mistakes, strategic review update: Following today’s (Friday, 26 August) first-half results, The Restaurant Group chairman Debbie Hewitt outlines the compan … view
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Friday 26th August 2016
Soho Coffee acquires Tesco’s Euphorium Bakery stores, Rarebreed Dining secures £6m funding for expansion
Soho Coffee acquires Tesco’s Euphorium Bakery stores: Artisan fresh food and coffee brand Soho Coffee Co has acquired Euphorium Bakery’s five high street stores from Tesco, while Samworth Brothers, a long-term supplier partner of the … view
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Friday 26th August 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Keeping the kids (and adults) happy when eating out, the British art of compromise, and the four qualities of inspirational leaders – SHOP!
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase, and Chris Edger and Tony Hughesview
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Friday 26th August 2016
The Restaurant Group reports like-for-likes down 3.9%, 33 underperforming sites identified for closure or sale
The Restaurant Group reports like-for-likes down 3.9%, 33 underperforming sites identified for closure or sale: The Restaurant Group has reported sales up 3.4% to £358.7m (2015: £346.9m), with like-for-like sales down 3.9% in the 27 wee … view
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Friday 26th August 2016
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Wadworth trials new retail franchise agreement: Brewer and retailer Wadworth is piloting a new retail franchise agreement. The company is trialling the scheme at the refurbished The Black Horse in the village of Sowton, near Exeter. Wadwo … view
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Thursday 25th August 2016
PizzaExpress reports UK and Ireland like-for-likes down 1.3%
PizzaExpress reports UK and Ireland like-for-likes down 1.3%: PizzaExpress has reported like-for-like sales at its UK and Ireland restaurants were down 1.3% in the year ended 26 June 2016, which it said reflected a broader slowdown in the casu … view
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Thursday 25th August 2016
Fulham Shore to open three Franco Manca restaurants and one The Real Greek site in London by end of year
Fulham Shore to open three Franco Manca restaurants and one The Real Greek site in London by end of year: Fulham Shore, led by David Page, will open three Franco Manca pizza restaurants and one The Real Greek site in London by the end of … view
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Thursday 25th August 2016
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YO! Sushi reports sales and Ebitda increase, chief executive believes brand can grow to 150-plus sites, two new US restaurants to open: YO! Sushi has reported sales grew 10.5% to £83.7m in the year to 30 November 2015 while Ebitda increa … view
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Wednesday 24th August 2016
BrewDog unveils ‘Punk Kitchen’ plan for shuttered Islington site
BrewDog unveils ‘Punk Kitchen’ plan for shuttered Islington site: BrewDog has unveiled a "Punk Kitchen" plan for its Dog Eat Dog site in Islington, which served hot dogs prior to its closure earlier this year. The company stated: “We ha … view
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Wednesday 24th August 2016
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Greene King Tracker – spending on eating and drinking out among households with children sees massive rise in July: Spending on eating and drinking out among households with children underwent a massive rise during July, according to th … view
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Wednesday 24th August 2016
Greene King Tracker – spending on eating and drinking out among households with children sees massive rise in July
Greene King Tracker – spending on eating and drinking out among households with children sees massive rise in July: Spending on eating and drinking out among households with children underwent a massive rise during July, according to the lat … view
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Tuesday 23rd August 2016
The Chestnut Group completes £2.5m EIS fund-raise, plans to expand to ten sites by end of 2018
The Chestnut Group completes £2.5m EIS fund-raise, plans to expand to ten sites by end of 2018: Suffolk-based hospitality company The Chestnut Group is set to expand its East Anglian foothold after raising £2.5m under the government’s Ente … view
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Tuesday 23rd August 2016
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London-based pop-up Californian-inspired restaurant and wine bar concept launches £350,000 crowdfunding campaign for permanent site, aims for five more venues by 2021: London-based pop-up Californian-inspired restaurant and wine bar conc … view
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Monday 22nd August 2016
Simon French – expect The Restaurant Group to confirm disposal of up to 40 sites
Simon French – expect The Restaurant Group to confirm disposal of up to 40 sites: Cenkos Securities leisure analyst Simon French has said he expects The Restaurant Group to confirm the disposal of up to 40 sites when it announces its first h … view
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Monday 22nd August 2016
D&D London eyes European expansion
D&D London eyes European expansion: D&D London is eyeing expansion in Europe as it looks to shrug off the impact of the Brexit vote on its London sites. The company is considering sites in Amsterdam and Lisbon, with the former in a more advanc … view
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Monday 22nd August 2016
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‘Staycation’ boom following Brexit expected to be worth extra £1.4bn: The boom in “staycations” following Brexit is expected to be worth an extra £1.4bn to the UK economy, new figures have revealed. While the surge in UK holiday … view
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Friday 19th August 2016
Frank Bandura to step down as Carluccio’s chief financial officer
Frank Bandura to step down as Carluccio’s chief financial officer: Frank Bandura is to step down as chief financial officer at Carluccio’s on Monday, 5 September after 17 years with the company. Bandura guided the business from incept … view
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Friday 19th August 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: A collaborative approach to brewing, promoting independent craft brewers is vital for the future of the industry, and the perfect destination local
Authors: Glynn Davis, Mike Benner, and Ann Elliott
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Friday 19th August 2016
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More than half of shopping centre visitors dine out at destination – new study: More than half (58%) of all visitors to major shopping centres eat out while there, with shopping centres becoming a prime dining destination, accordin … view
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Thursday 18th August 2016
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Crowdcube completes crowdfunding campaign having raised more than £7.3m, largest raise in UK via crowdfunding: Crowdcube has completed its fund-raise on its own crowdfunding platform having raised more than £7.3m – the largest ra … view
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Wednesday 17th August 2016
Giggling Squid reveals plans for ten further sites in next year, appoints chief financial officer
Giggling Squid reveals plans for ten further sites in next year, appoints chief financial officer: Thai restaurant brand Giggling Squid has revealed plans to add ten further sites to its estate over the next 12 months. On the back of its recen … view
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Wednesday 17th August 2016
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Overall like-for-likes up 0.3% on July 2015, London outperforms rest of Britain: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 0.3% in July against the same month last year – the first indication … view
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Wednesday 17th August 2016
Coffer Peach Tracker – overall like-for-likes up 0.3%, London outperforms rest of Britain
Overall like-for-likes up 0.3% on July 2015, London outperforms rest of Britain: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 0.3% in July against the same month last year – the first indication that … view
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Tuesday 16th August 2016
Update: William Reed reports turnover and Ebitda growth, Ohio investors back BrewDog USA
Restaurant magazine publisher William Reed reports turnover and Ebitda growth: Restaurant magazine and MCA publisher William Reed has reported turnover and profit growth for the year to 31 March 2016. Underlying turnover was up 4% to £46 … view
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Tuesday 16th August 2016
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Pret A Manger US sales go through £100m mark, losses narrow: Pret A Manger sales in the US, where it has 65 sites and first opened 15 years ago, rose by 30.8% to £115,288,000 in the year ended 31 December 2015 – sales were £88,145,00 … view
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Monday 15th August 2016
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Hydes reports turnover and profit up after managed pub focus: North west brewer and retailer Hydes has reported turnover was up 24% to £27.7m in the 53 weeks to 3 April 2016. Operating profit rose £526,000 to £2.4m. Profit before tax was £ … view
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Friday 12th August 2016
Update: Vapiano, The Restaurant Group, Loungers, Charles Wells, Deliveroo, et al
Vapiano UK reports Ebitda up: Vapiano UK has reported Ebitda in the UK rose to £1,126,451 in the year to 31 December 2015 (2014: £699,644). Turnover rose to £11,418,638 from £9,160,629 the year before. The company made an operating lo … view
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Friday 12th August 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The challenge of the regions, the ‘silly season’ has come early this year, and technology, the customer and you
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase, and Clive Consterdine

The challenge o … view

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Friday 12th August 2016
Restaurant Group confirms new CEO, Carlsberg’s premium division
Restaurant Group confirms Breithaupt departure, Andy McCue new chief executive: The Restaurant Group has confirmed that after 15 years with the company, and two years as chief executive, it has been agreed that Danny Breithaupt will step … view
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Friday 12th August 2016
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Sky News reports The Restaurant Group to replace Danny Breithaupt: Sky News has reported that The Restaurant Group is to dispense with the services of its chief executive Danny Breithaupt after less than two years in charge. Sky sources c … view
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Friday 12th August 2016
Sky News – The Restaurant Group to replace Danny Breithaupt, Enterprise and Oakman joint partnership opens first site
Sky News reports The Restaurant Group to replace Danny Breithaupt: Sky News has reported that The Restaurant Group is to dispense with the services of its chief executive Danny Breithaupt after less than two years in charge. Sky sources c … view
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Thursday 11th August 2016
Update: Young’s board, Enterprise, Shake Shack, Adnams results
Young’s makes changes to board of directors: London pub retailer Young’s has made change to its board of directors. Steve Robinson, currently head of finance within Young’s, will join the Board and succeed Peter Whitehead as finance … view
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Thursday 11th August 2016
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CGA Peach – maintaining quality and presentation of restaurant food being delivered is vital, opportunities to add drinks to offer: The importance of restaurants maintaining the quality and presentation of food being delivered has been … view
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Thursday 11th August 2016
Research highlights challenges for restaurant delivery business, supermarkets, tax and pubs to blame for pub closures
CGA Peach – maintaining quality and presentation of restaurant food being delivered is vital, opportunities to add drinks to offer: The importance of restaurants maintaining the quality and presentation of food being delivered has been … view
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Wednesday 10th August 2016
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BII partners with Propel to launch industry-wide training awards: The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has partnered with Propel to launch the industry’s premier awards night for training achievement in the pub and restaurant secto … view
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Tuesday 9th August 2016
Whiting & Hammond slips into red after head office expansion
Whiting & Hammond slips into red after head office expansion: Gastro-pub operator Whiting & Hammond, which operates eight pubs, mainly in west Kent, has reported pre-tax losses of £281,000 in the year to the end of September 2015 after making … view
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Tuesday 9th August 2016
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CBRE – pubs moving to mainstream real estate, ‘business as usual’ for restaurant market: Agent CBRE has argued pubs are moving to mainstream real estate and are now being viewed as valid alternatives to offices and shops by in … view
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Tuesday 9th August 2016
CAMRA calls for alcohol guidelines consultation as public disagrees with advice, SIBA launches ‘Assured’ craft beer initiative
CAMRA calls for alcohol guidelines consultation as public disagrees with advice: More than half of respondents to a new study disagreed with official health guidelines on alcohol consumption, according to figures released by the Campaign … view
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Monday 8th August 2016
BrewDog’s US crowdfunding campaign raises $1m within first three days
BrewDog’s US crowdfunding campaign raises $1m within first three days: BrewDog’s US crowdfunding campaign has raised $1m within the first three days. The company is aiming to raise $50m by selling 1,052,632 shares of stock in BrewDog USA f … view
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Monday 8th August 2016
Greene King’s Rooney Anand awarded 13% pay rise in wake of Spirit deal
Greene King’s Rooney Anand awarded 13% pay rise in wake of Spirit deal: Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand has been awarded a 13% base salary increase to £645,000 from £567,970 to take into account the increased complexity of the bus … view
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Monday 8th August 2016
NPD – ten key insights on the changing UK foodservice market
NPD – ten key insights on the changing UK foodservice market: Insights firm NPD Group has produced a list of ten key UK foodservice insights, reflecting the changing nature of the market. The list is:

1. The … view
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Monday 8th August 2016
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Joule’s set for ‘brief hiatus’ in expansion for remainder of 2016, expects to start acquiring sites again next year: Shropshire brewer and retailer Joule’s, which is headed by Steve Nuttall, has said it expects a “brief hiatus … view
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Friday 5th August 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The importance of authenticity, ‘Netflix causes cancer’, and a week in West Yorkshire
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase, and Ann Elliott

The importance of authenticity by Glynn Davisview

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Friday 5th August 2016
Deliveroo secures more than £200m for expansion
Deliveroo secures more than £200m for expansion: Restaurant food delivery service Deliveroo has secured more than £200m to fund its expansion. The company, which is facing the threat of competition from the likes of Uber, has sealed £208m ( … view
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Friday 5th August 2016
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BrewDog to invest $22.5m in opening US brewpubs if $50m raised: BrewDog will invest $22.5m in opening brewpubs in the US if its newly launched Equity for Punks US raises the full $50m targeted – $50m is the maximum BrewDog can raise und … view
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Thursday 4th August 2016
BrewDog to launch $50m ‘Equity for Punks’ crowdfunding in USA today
BrewDog to launch $50m ‘Equity for Punks’ crowdfunding in USA today: BrewDog is to launch a $50m US crowdfunding campaign today. The company will seek to sell 1,052,632 shares of stock in BrewDog USA for £47.50 per share – the minimum i … view
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Thursday 4th August 2016
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Seedrs and Crowdcube both claim crowdfunding top spot: Seedrs and Crowdcube have both claimed top spot in the UK crowdfunding market. Crowdcube facilitated the most transactions but Seedrs completed more investments, when including the ex … view
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Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Horizons – latest UK menu analysis shows rise of healthy food dishes, fall in burgers
Horizons – latest UK menu analysis shows rise of healthy food dishes: Healthy food dishes are fighting “dude food”, such as burgers, burritos and barbecue foods for menu space as consumers’ appetite for dishes made with nutritious ingr … view
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Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Draft House to open first site outside London in Milton Keynes
Draft House to open first site outside London in Milton Keynes: Draft House, the craft beer concept led by Charlie McVeigh and backed by sector investor Luke Johnson, will open its tenth pub, and its first outside London, in Milton Keynes … view
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Wednesday 3rd August 2016
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Rupert Clevely – ‘I would not have returned had Enterprise Inns partnership not materialised’, sixth Hippo Inns site to open in September: Hippo Inns co-founder Rupert Clevely has told Propel he would not have returned to the pub in … view
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Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Update: Greggs, AG Barr and Zelman Meats
Greggs reports like-for-likes up 3.8% in First Half: Bakery chain Greggs has reported total sales rose 6.0% to £422m in the 26 weeks ended 2 July. Company-managed shops saw like-for-like sales up 3.8%. Operating profit excluding property … view
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Tuesday 2nd August 2016
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HMRC wins tax case against Greene King: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has won its case against Greene King over the use of a tax avoidance scheme. HMRC defeated the scheme in the Court of Appeal, earning back about £30m in tax from Green … view
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Monday 1st August 2016
Analyst – pubs and restaurants: beware the margin squeeze
Analyst – pubs and restaurants: beware the margin squeeze: Numis leisure analyst Tim Barratt has warned that pubs an restaurants face a margin squeeze. He stated: “Recent trends in the Peach Tracker suggest that even pre-referendum li … view
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Monday 1st August 2016
Story of the Day:
New SRA boss plans ‘more impact’ as he challenges UK hospitality industry to become best in the world: The new Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) chief executive said he was planning “more impact” as he … view
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Monday 1st August 2016
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New SRA boss plans ‘more impact’ as he challenges UK hospitality industry to become best in the world: The new Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) chief executive said he was planning “more impact” as he challenged the UK hos … view
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