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Saturday 31st December 2016
Update: Everards results, MBE for Keith Bott, Hop Stuff Brewery
Everards reports 2.9% like-for-like profit growth in pub estate, new brand identity sees beer sales rise 6% since summer: Leicestershire-based brewer and retailer Everards, led by Stephen Gould, has reported like-for-like profit growth of … view
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Wednesday 28th December 2016
BHA – increasing pressure on sector as inbound tourism visitor numbers decline again
BHA – increasing pressure on sector as inbound tourism visitor numbers decline again: The number of leisure tourists coming to the UK has declined for the second consecutive month while outbound holiday travel is growing strongly, accor … view
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Tuesday 27th December 2016
Update: Bistrot Pierre, BrewDog, Davy's, Iona Pub Partnership
Bistrot Pierre reports turnover up 18%, profit down as it invests: Bistrot Pierre, the restaurant group that is backed by private equity firm Livingbridge, has reported turnover increased 18% to £19,519,578 for the year ending 30 June 20 … view
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Thursday 22nd December 2016
Propel Thursday News Briefing
This is the last Propel newsletter of 2016. We would like to take the opportunity to wish our readers a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year

Story of the Day:

Trade bodies urge licensed sector to s … view
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Wednesday 21st December 2016
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Eating and drinking out spend sees double-digit increases in November as Britain bounces back from Paris terror attacks: Eating and drinking out spend in November saw double-digit year-on-year increases as Britain bounced back from last y … view
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Wednesday 21st December 2016
Greene King Tracker – eating and drinking out spend sees double-digit increases in November
Eating and drinking out spend sees double-digit increases in November as Britain bounces back from Paris terror attacks: Eating and drinking out spend in November saw double-digit year-on-year increases as Britain bounced back from last year … view
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Tuesday 20th December 2016
Former Wagamama backer buys majority stake in Loungers for £137m
Former Wagamama backer buys majority stake in Loungers for £137m: Private equity firm Lion Capital, the former backer of Wagamama, has acquired a majority stake in cafe bar brand Loungers for £137m. Lion has bought exiting backer Piper … view
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Tuesday 20th December 2016
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Ascot Inns managing director to launch Thirsty Bear pizzeria concept, targets six-strong estate: Ascot Inns managing director Vince Healy is set to launch pizzeria concept Thirsty Bear having secured a venue in Reading. Healy, who has for … view
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Monday 19th December 2016
Restaurant bosses join forces to highlight key issues to prime minister ‘crippling’ industry
Restaurant bosses join forces to highlight key issues to prime minister ‘crippling’ industry: Restaurant bosses have demanded prime minister Theresa May eases the “crippling” burdens caused by a perfect storm of soaring business r … view
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Monday 19th December 2016
Enterprise bosses see pay fall despite bonus increase, Punch chief receives increased award for 'strong leadership'
Enterprise Inns bosses see remuneration fall despite annual bonus increase: Enterprise Inns executive directors have seen their remuneration fall despite receiving increased annual bonuses, the company’s annual report has revealed. Chie … view
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Monday 19th December 2016
Liberation Group owner sells Park Holidays UK for £362m, new Revolution Bars Group NED
Liberation Group owner sells Park Holidays UK for £362m: Holiday park operator Park Holidays UK has been sold by The Liberation Group owner Caledonia Investments to Tiger Bidco, a special purpose vehicle incorporated by Intermediate Capi … view
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Monday 19th December 2016
Propel Monday News Briefing
Sales value to operators of showing other sports besides football highlighted in new report: The sales value to operators of showing other sports besides football has been highlighted in a new study. The research by MatchPint, the UK sports pu … view
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Friday 16th December 2016
Marston's boss sees pay increase to more than £1m, Leon and Kolvin appointments
Marston’s chief executive sees remuneration increase to more than £1m: Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay has seen his remuneration increase to more than £1m this year, the company’s annual report has revealed. For the period … view
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Friday 16th December 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Unprecedented restaurant closure numbers, RIP Alcohol Concern, the ALMR lunch, consumer confidence in a changing market and how to create a successful brand email
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase, Ann Elliott, Niels … view
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Friday 16th December 2016
Fulham Shore reports turnover and Ebitda rise
Fulham Shore reports turnover and Ebitda rise: Real Greek and Franco Manca operator Fulham Shore has reported turnover for the six months ended 25 September 2016 rose to £19.9m, compared with £13.9m the year before. The company reported … view
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Friday 16th December 2016
Propel Friday News Briefing
Coffee shops to outnumber pubs by 2030 as they become UK’s new ‘local’: Coffee shops are set to outnumber pubs in the UK by 2030 as they become the new “local”, according to the Project Café2017 UK report from Allegra World Cof … view
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Thursday 15th December 2016
M&B executives miss out on annual bonus after failing to hit financial target
M&B executives miss out on annual bonus after failing to hit financial target, company annual report reveals: Mitchells & Butlers executive directors have missed out on their annual bonus after failing to hit their financial targets, the … view
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Thursday 15th December 2016
Punch agrees to £402.7m takeover offer
Punch agrees to £402.7m takeover offer: Punch has agreed to a £402.7m takeover offer from private equity firm Patron Capital Advisers LLP and Dutch brewer Heineken. Patron and Emerald Investment Partners revealed rival offers for Punch on We … view
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Thursday 15th December 2016
Pizza and Italian restaurants benefit from increased December foodservice spend
Pizza and Italian restaurants benefit from increased December foodservice spend: Consumers increase their spending at foodservice outlets in December by 12% more than the average month with pizza and Italian restaurant concepts benefiting in p … view
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Thursday 15th December 2016
Just Eat to acquire Hungryhouse for £200m, Time Out to open first US market
Just Eat to acquire Hungryhouse for £200m, agrees £66.1m deal for Canadian firm: Just Eat, the market place for online food delivery, has agreed a deal to acquire rival firm Hungryhouse from Delivery Hero for £200m. A further cash amou … view
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Thursday 15th December 2016
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Coffer Peach Tracker – overall like-for-likes up 1.1%, pubs outperform restaurants: Managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 1.1% in November against the same month last year, according to the latest Cof … view
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Thursday 15th December 2016
Coffer Peach Tracker, Be At One results
Coffer Peach Tracker – overall like-for-likes up 1.1%, pubs outperform restaurants: Managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 1.1% in November against the same month last year, according to the latest Cof … view
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Wednesday 14th December 2016
Fourth survey shows 43% of workers in sector are foreign nationals
Fourth survey shows 43% of workers in sector are foreign nationals: Latest figures from Fourth, software supplier to the hospitality and leisure industries, has highlighted the extent to which UK hospitality industries, most notably restaurant … view
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Wednesday 14th December 2016
Punch confirms Heineken approach as shares shoot up 20%
Punch confirms Heineken approach as shares shoot up 20%: Punch has confirmed it has received a takeover approach from Heineken as the company’s shares shot up more than 20%. The pub operator’s shares were up 26.50p to 155p just after … view
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Wednesday 14th December 2016
Growth Monitor – branded food pubs and casual dining in growth, overall numbers fall back
Growth Monitor – branded food pubs and casual dining in growth, overall numbers fall back: Britain’s supply of licensed premises has been pared back this year – but casual dining restaurants and branded food pubs have remained firmly in … view
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Wednesday 14th December 2016
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Tim Martin – ‘pub industry cost rises will result from UK legislation, not Brexit’: JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has argued that the cost pressures facing the pub industry will come from UK legislation and nothing to do with B … view
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Tuesday 13th December 2016
Crowdfunded Hop Stuff Brewery returns to Crowdcube to raise £500,000 for expansion
Crowdfunded Hop Stuff Brewery returns to Crowdcube to raise £500,000 for expansion: London-based Hop Stuff Brewery, which was launched in 2013 following a successful crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube, has returned to the platform as it looks … view
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Tuesday 13th December 2016
Update: Whitbread, Luke Johnson, Marston's and Hollywood Bowl
Analyst – Whitbread site visit is a reminder of long-term Costa potential: Numis leisure analyst Tim Barrett has argued that a Whitbread site visit in Lambeth is a reminder of the company’s long-tem potential. He said: “Our site vis … view
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Tuesday 13th December 2016
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Chipotle co-chief executive resigns: Chipotle Mexican Grill co-chief executive Monty Moran has resigned after a year of weak sales following a series of food safety outbreaks in 2015. Moran will retire from Chipotle in 2017 and has also s … view
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Monday 12th December 2016
Horizons – foodservice growth will continue to slow as consumer confidence falters
Horizons – foodservice growth will continue to slow as consumer confidence falters: Consumer confidence is set to falter in the year ahead prompting foodservice growth to continue to slow but there is the potential for long-term benefits, ac … view
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Monday 12th December 2016
C&C Group signs extended distribution and brewing deal with AB InBev
C&C Group signs extended distribution and brewing deal with AB InBev: C&C Group, the manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded cider, beer, wine and soft drinks in Ireland and the UK, has entered into expanded distribution and con … view
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Monday 12th December 2016
Propel Monday News Briefing
ETM Group reports pre-tax profit passes £1m mark, renegotiates banking facility: ETM Group, the gastro-pub operator led by brothers Ed and Tom Martin, has reported pre-tax profit has passed the £1m mark. The company saw pre-tax profit o … view
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Saturday 10th December 2016
Nando’s reports turnover passes £800m
Nando’s reports turnover passes £800m: Nando’s Group Holdings has reported turnover rose to £809m in the year ending 28 February 2016, up from £587m the year before, driven by its newly acquired overseas companies and organic growth i … view
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Friday 9th December 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: No shame in bringing your own, looking forward to 2017, and the challenges ahead
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase and Paul Charity

No shame in bringing your own by Glynn Davis

Af … view
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Friday 9th December 2016
Propel Friday News Briefing
McDonald’s to move non-US tax base to UK: McDonald’s is moving its non-US tax base to the UK, ditching Luxembourg where its tax arrangements are under attack from European Union regulators and critics of corporate tax avoidance. In an … view
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Thursday 8th December 2016
Wagamama reports UK like-for-likes up 9.1% in Q2
Wagamama reports UK like-for-likes up 9.1% in Q2: Wagamama has reported UK like-for-like sales rose 9.1% in the 12 weeks to 6 November, the second quarter of its fiscal year 2017. UK sales were up 14.4% to £59.6m while the company said it had … view
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Thursday 8th December 2016
Teixeira steps down at Boparan, Pub Culture acquires Cameron venue
Teixeira steps down at Boparan, replaced by Tom Crowley: Tom Crowley has assumed the position of chief executive of Boparan Restaurant Group as Joe Teixeira steps down. Taking up the role with immediate effect, Crowley will oversee Bopara … view
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Thursday 8th December 2016
Update: Byron, Camden Town and Thali Cafe
Sky News – Byron to hire new chief executive and chairman: Dalton Philips, the former‎ boss of supermarket chain Wm Morrison, is to named as the chairman of better burger brand Byron, Sky News has reported. Philips will join the compa … view
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Thursday 8th December 2016
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Crussh looking to double estate size after unveiling new identity and store concept: Crussh, the London-based healthy food and juice brand, is looking to double the size of its 28-strong estate after unveiling a new identity and store con … view
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Wednesday 7th December 2016
Starbucks reveals five-year strategic plan, aims to add 12,000 new stores globally
Starbucks reveals five-year strategic plan, aims to add 12,000 new stores globally: Starbucks has revealed its five-year strategic plan for growth, which includes adding 12,000 new stores globally that will take the company to a 37,000-st … view
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Wednesday 7th December 2016
Capturing millennials key for operators because they are ‘the future of eating out market’
Capturing millennials key for operators because they are ‘the future of eating out market’: Capturing millennials is key for operators because they are the future of the eating out market, according to a new report. The Looking for Tomorro … view
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Wednesday 7th December 2016
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Starbucks leads European coffee league, UK most advanced market: Starbucks is the fastest-growing branded coffee chain in Europe having opened 194 stores in 2016, according to the Project Café2017 Europe report from Allegra World Coffee … view
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Tuesday 6th December 2016
Cold-pressed juice cafe Raw Press launches £500,000 crowdfunding campaign
Cold-pressed juice cafe Raw Press launches £500,000 crowdfunding campaign: London-based, cold-pressed juice cafe Raw Press has launched a £500,000 fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube as part of expansion plans. The company, founded … view
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Tuesday 6th December 2016
Stonegate buys Intertain
Stonegate buys Intertain: Private equity firm Better Capital has exchanged contracts on the disposal of its interests in Walkabout operator Intertain to Stonegate Pub Company at an enterprise value of £39.5m. Formal completion is uncondi … view
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Tuesday 6th December 2016
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Coco di Mama looking to ‘own London’ before considering regional expansion: Coco di Mama, the London-based quick-service Italian food and coffee operator owned by Azzurri Group, is looking to “own the capital” before considering r … view
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Monday 5th December 2016
Fleurets – rents in prime London locations break £1m mark, regions showing greater degree of consistency
Fleurets – rents in prime London locations break £1m mark, regions showing greater degree of consistency: Property agent Fleurets has published its annual rent survey, reporting rents in prime London locations have broken the £1m mark whil … view
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Monday 5th December 2016
Chinese investment company buys David Cameron’s local
Chinese investment company buys David Cameron’s local: A Chinese investment company SinoFortune Investment, has bought David Cameron’s local through agent Christie & Co. The Plough at Cadsden hit the headlines late last year when the … view
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Monday 5th December 2016
Propel Monday News Briefing
Admiral Taverns reports growth in turnover and Ebitda: Admiral Taverns has reported growth in turnover and Ebitda for the year ending 28 May 2016. Turnover was up 1.7% to £69.5m, compared with £68.4m in 2015. Underlying Ebitda was up 1.3% to … view
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Monday 5th December 2016
Admiral Taverns reports growth in turnover and Ebitda
Admiral Taverns reports growth in turnover and Ebitda: Admiral Taverns has reported growth in turnover and Ebitda for the year ending 28 May 2016. Turnover was up 1.7% to £69.5m, compared with £68.4m in 2015. Underlying Ebitda was up 1. … view
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Friday 2nd December 2016
BrewDog issues £10m mini-bond on Crowdcube
BrewDog issues £10m mini-bond on Crowdcube: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog has launched a mini-bond campaign on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube as it looks to continue expansion. The company is seeking to raise as much as £10m through … view
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Friday 2nd December 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The renaissance of pubs at train stations, learning from female role models in the sector, and hospitality and the virtual reality
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott and Sam Lowe

The renai … view

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Friday 2nd December 2016
Howard Schultz to step down as Starbucks chief executive
Howard Schultz to step down as Starbucks chief executive: Howard Schultz is to step down as Starbucks chief executive for a second time next April. Schultz will become “executive chairman”, and the Kevin Johnson, chief operating offic … view
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Friday 2nd December 2016
Propel Friday News Briefing
Industry bodies win battle to have NLW set independently from political interference saving sector billions: Industry bodies have won their battle to have National Living Wage (NLW) increases set independently from political interference … view
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Thursday 1st December 2016
ETM Group reports turnover and Ebitda boost
ETM Group reports turnover and Ebitda boost: ETM Group, the gastro-pub operator led by brothers Ed and Tom Martin, has reported turnover increased 17% to £22.2m for the year ending 29 February 2016, compared with £19.6m the year before. Grou … view
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Thursday 1st December 2016
Insights firm predicts top five foodservice trends for 2017
Research and insights company The NPD Group has identified five key foodservice industry trends to monitor in 2017. They are:

1) Respond to the delivery revolution: Delivery is not new in foodservice but it is gro … view
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Thursday 1st December 2016
Update: Jamie Oliver, Greene King, Domino's Poland, Great Portland Estates
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen declared bankrupt in Amsterdam: An Amsterdam court has declared Fifteen, Jamie Oliver’s training restaurant in the Dutch capital, bankrupt. The restaurant can no longer afford its 25,000 euros a month rent and o … view
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Thursday 1st December 2016
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Greene King facing increase in cost pressures of more than £30m in next three years: Greene King is facing an increase in cost pressures of more than £30m over the next three years. The company is expecting a National Living Wage net co … view
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