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Tuesday 28th February 2017
Update: Revolution and Greggs results
Revolution reports like-for-likes up 2%: Revolution Bars Group has reported like-for-like sales rose 2% for the six months ended 31 December 2016. Revenue was £66.7m (FY16: £59.2m), an increase of 12.7%. Like-for-like sales growth for t … view
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Tuesday 28th February 2017
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Unite targets Malmaison to highlight unfair practices in the sector: Boutique hotel chain Malmaison has been targeted by the Unite union to highlight what it claims are low pay, long hours and unfair tipping practices in the UK hospitalit … view
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Monday 27th February 2017
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Government plans to reform business rates appeal process could ‘cost hospitality industry £95m’: The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has once again called on the government to ensure hospitality businesses are guara … view
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Monday 27th February 2017
Government plans to reform business rates appeal process could ‘cost hospitality industry £95m’
Government plans to reform business rates appeal process could ‘cost hospitality industry £95m’: The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has once again called on the government to ensure hospitality businesses are guaranteed … view
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Saturday 25th February 2017
Caffe Nero reports turnover and profit growth
Caffe Nero reports turnover and profit growth: Caffe Nero has reported turnover and profit growth in the year to 31 March 2016. The company stated: “The opening of new stores and like-for-like sales growth of 2.2% facilitate revenue gro … view
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Friday 24th February 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Drinks in the City, what we can learn from the US market, and courageous coaching
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ian Dunstall and Chris Edger

Drinks in the City by Glynn Davis

I wa … view
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Friday 24th February 2017
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Starbucks introduces Nitro Cold Brew to UK: Starbucks is launching Nitro Cold Brew coffee in the UK as it hopes to “revolutionise” the nation’s cold coffee category. The company has unveiled Nitro Cold Brew at its Reserve Store in C … view
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Thursday 23rd February 2017
CGA Peach 2017 Business Leaders’ Survey – confidence returning to sector despite mounting costs concerns
CGA Peach 2017 Business Leaders’ Survey – confidence returning to sector despite mounting costs concerns: Confidence in the out-of-home eating and drinking sector is returning despite mounting concerns about rates, other input costs and Br … view
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Thursday 23rd February 2017
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Meantime Brewing Company reports turnover and profit rise: Meantime Brewing Company, which was acquired in June 2015 for £120m by SAB Miller, which later sold the business on to Asahi Holdings, has reported turnover rose to £26.5m in th … view
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Thursday 23rd February 2017
Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2017 winners revealed
Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2017 winners revealed: The winners of the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2017 have been revealed. Wagamama, Casual Dining Group brand Las Iguanas, Azzurri Group-owned ASK Italian, The Breakfast Club … view
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Wednesday 22nd February 2017
G1 Group makes biggest single acquisition in 27-year history with top hotel
G1 Group makes biggest single acquisition in 27-year history with top hotel: Scotland’s biggest managed operator G1 Group has bought the five star 69-bedroom Scotsman Hotel on North Bridge, Edinburgh, described as its biggest single deal in … view
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Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Pub and restaurant bosses highlight rates unfairness, foodservice inflation hits 2.9%
Pub and restaurant bosses highlight business rate rise unfairness: A total of 28 chief executives of pub and restaurants companies have signed a joint letter to the Daily Telegraph criticising the ‘massive business rate increases’ fac … view
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Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Update: Business rate rises capped in Scotland, Hotel Chocolat results
Scottish government caps business rates rises for hospitality sector: Around 8,500 pubs, restaurants and hotels in Scotland will have a rise in their business rates capped at 12.5% following protests to the Scottish Government, the financ … view
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Wednesday 22nd February 2017
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BII boss – ‘government needs to rethink business rates valuation system to give high streets chance of survival’, Wetherspoon pub faces 321% rise: British Institute of Innkeeping chief executive Mike Clist has said the government ne … view
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Tuesday 21st February 2017
Laine profits boost, Deltic new FD, D&D appoints three new directors
Laine Pub Company reports turnover and Ebitda growth: Multiple pub operator and brewer The Laine Pub Company has reported turnover up more than 10% and operating Ebitda up more than 23% for the financial year to 30 June 2016. The group, w … view
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Tuesday 21st February 2017
Update: Be At One, Richoux Group and Everyman Media
Be At One on the market with £60m price tag: Cocktail bar business Be At One, set up by three former TGI Friday’s bartenders and 32% owned by Piper Private Equity, has been put up for sale for up to £60 million, The Times has reported … view
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Tuesday 21st February 2017
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Social platform that helps nightclubs and bars fill their venues closes crowdfunding campaign after raising more than £103,000: Licklist, a social platform that helps nightclubs and bars fill their venue, has closed its fund-raise on cro … view
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Monday 20th February 2017
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Barworks reports Ebitda passes £1m mark as company returns to profit, pays £4.9m for first freehold site: Barworks, the central London bar and pub operator, has reported Ebitda has passed the £1m mark as the company returned to profit. Acco … view
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Friday 17th February 2017
Update: Comptoir Libanais, Faucet Inn, Scottish licensing proposal, family eating out boost
Comptoir Libanais founder – ‘2017 will be quieter year for expansion’: Comptoir Libanais founder Tony Kitous has said 2017 will be a quieter year for expansion following a whirlwind end to 2016 for the Lebanese canteen concept. Last … view
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Friday 17th February 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The refurbishment dilemma, east meets west, and great cause for optimism and positivity
Authors: Glynn Davis, James Hacon and Ann Elliott

The refurbishment dilemma by Glynn Davisview

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Friday 17th February 2017
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Former BrewDog employee passes 50% mark within six hours of launching £100,000 crowdfunding campaign to start cold brew coffee company: Former BrewDog employee Emily Fitchett has passed the 50% mark within six hours of launching a £100, … view
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Thursday 16th February 2017
Update: JD Wetherspoon, Revolution, HGEM
JD Wetherspoon set to open 50th hotel: JD Wetherspoon is to open its 50th hotel next Tuesday, 21 February. The hotel will open alongside its new pub, The George Hotel, in Brecon. Wetherspoon opened its first hotel, The Shrewsbury Hotel in … view
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Thursday 16th February 2017
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Pub and restaurant like-for-likes increase 1.9% in January, casual dining chains see biggest jump of 3.3%: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant sector saw collective like-for-like sales grow 1.9% in January compared with last year, acco … view
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Thursday 16th February 2017
Pub and restaurant like-for-likes increase 1.9% in January, casual dining chains see biggest jump of 3.3%
Pub and restaurant like-for-likes increase 1.9% in January, casual dining chains see biggest jump of 3.3%: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant sector saw collective like-for-like sales grow 1.9% in January compared with last year, acco … view
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Wednesday 15th February 2017
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PizzaExpress paid nearly £5m for Firezza, newly filed accounts reveal: PizzaExpress paid nearly £5m to acquire gourmet pizza delivery company Firezza, newly filed accounts have revealed. PizzaExpress bought the entire share capital of F … view
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Tuesday 14th February 2017
London-based Mexican restaurant chain Lupita put up for sale
London-based Mexican restaurant chain Lupita put up for sale: London-based Mexican restaurant chain Lupita has been put up for sale by its owners Calita. The chain is made up of three sites located in Villiers Street next to Charing Cross, Com … view
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Tuesday 14th February 2017
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Barrel and Stone reports rapid growth in sales and partnership site openings: Barrel and Stone, the plug-in, high-quality pizza solution, has reported rapid growth in sales and partnership site openings. The concept has been developed by … view
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Monday 13th February 2017
Pubs and restaurants revolt over rates rise
Pubs and restaurants revolt over rates rise: Britain’s high streets face losing some of their most popular pubs and restaurants because of big rises in business rates, chancellor Philip Hammond has been warned. Companies including Azzur … view
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Monday 13th February 2017
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Best and worst areas for pub food hygiene revealed in new study: The best pubs, bars and clubs in the UK for food hygiene are in the council area of Lisburn and Castlereagh City in Northern Ireland, a new study has revealed. The study – … view
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Friday 10th February 2017
Shoryu Ramen receives £7m investment from Japanese restaurant company
Shoryu Ramen receives £7m investment from Japanese restaurant company: Shoryu Ramen Restaurant Group, which specialises in authentic Hakata cuisine, has received an investment from Toridoll Holdings Corporation, operator of 1,000 restaur … view
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Friday 10th February 2017
Deliveroo names top delivery dishes in 60 UK towns and cities
Deliveroo names top delivery dishes in 60 UK towns and cities: Deliveroo has named its top delivery dishes in 60 cities and towns in the UK. The data showed Brits are burger lovers, with 28 of the 60 places on the list choosing some sort … view
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Friday 10th February 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Pub food needs to avoid ageing, ensuring the well-being of the sector by tackling the business rates burden, and beer and Indian food can be a match made in heaven
Authors: David Martin, Kate Nicholls and Glynn Davi … view
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Friday 10th February 2017
Update: Greene King trading, Just Eat ceo, Shaftesbury
Greene King reports strong Christmas trading: Greene King has reported strong Christmas trading. It stated: “In the first 40 weeks of the year, Pub Company achieved like-for-like sales growth of 1.1%. Excluding Fayre & Square, like-for- … view
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Friday 10th February 2017
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Deltic Group boss – ‘nightclubs and bars need to reinvent themselves every six or seven years to survive’: Deltic Group chief executive Peter Marks has told Propel he believes nightclubs and bars need to reinvent themselves every si … view
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Thursday 9th February 2017
Update: Number of millennial men working in bars and restaurants trebles, Bill’s management restructuring costs
Number of millennial men working in bars and restaurants trebles since 1993 as they fall behind predecessors on pay: A generation of millennial men are falling behind their predecessors on pay amid a shift towards them taking lower-paid j … view
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Thursday 9th February 2017
Enterprise Inns announces change of name to Ei Group, reports like-for-like growth of 1.6% in leased and tenanted estate
Enterprise Inns announces change of name to Ei Group, reports like-for-like growth of 1.6% in leased and tenanted estate: Enterprise Inns has announced a change of name to Ei Group to reflect the “transformation of the company’s business … view
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Thursday 9th February 2017
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Investors left short after Flavourly sold in cut-price deal: Investors who backed Flavourly, the gourmet food, snacks and craft beer subscription club that turned down four investment offers on television show Dragons’ Den, have been le … view
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Thursday 9th February 2017
Brits steer clear of 'Dry January' as pay weekend proves as popular as ever
Brits steer clear of 'Dry January' as pay weekend proves as popular as ever – Deltic Night Index report: Despite becoming a buzzword, more than two-thirds of people didn’t partake in “Dry January” in 2017 while the month’s pay weeken … view
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Wednesday 8th February 2017
Giggling Squid secures first London site, TripAdvisor launches Storyboard
Giggling Squid acquires first London site: Thai restaurant group Giggling Squid has confirmed its first London acquisition. A 110-cover restaurant is due to open in the heart of Wimbledon village in the summer. The site has potential for … view
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Wednesday 8th February 2017
Analyst issues Enterprise ‘Add’ recommendation, K10
Douglas Jack issues ‘Add’ recommendation on Enterprise Inns: Peel Hunt leisure analyst Douglas Jack has initiated coverage on Enterprise Inns with an ‘Add’ recommendation. He said: “We are initiating coverage with an ‘Add’ r … view
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Wednesday 8th February 2017
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Growing divide emerging between performance of UK leisure-based and business-orientated hotels: A growing divide is emerging in the UK’s hotel sector between the performance of leisure-based hotels compared with primarily business-orien … view
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Tuesday 7th February 2017
Bill’s reports turnover tops £110m, Ebitda up 8.9%
Bill’s reports turnover tops £110m, Ebitda up 8.9%: Bill’s Restaurants, owned by Richard Caring, has reported turnover increased by 20.5% to £110.5m for the year ending 31 July 2016. The company saw adjusted Ebitda rise 8.9% to £13.5m. … view
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Tuesday 7th February 2017
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Costa Coffee rolls out ‘any cup’ recycling scheme: Costa Coffee has rolled out its “any cup” recycling scheme across its UK stores. The Whitbread-owned company said the scheme has the potential to recycle 30 million of its cups a … view
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Monday 6th February 2017
Casual Dining Group signs 20-site plus South Africa franchise deal
Casual Dining Group signs 20-site plus South Africa franchise deal: Casual Dining Group (CDG), the operator of nearly 300 mid-market restaurant brands including Café Rouge, Bella Italia and Las Iguanas, has agreed a landmark franchising deal … view
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Monday 6th February 2017
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Wagamama wins planning inspectorate backing to defeat local authority retail policy to open site in Reigate: Wagamama will open a restaurant in Reigate, Surrey, after it successfully appealed a council ruling. In November 2015, the compan … view
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Sunday 5th February 2017
Update: Matt Gillan crowdfunding, Glendola Leisure and Banana Tree results
Michelin-starred Matt Gillan launches crowdfunding campaign for Redroaster: Matt Gillan, who won a Michelin star at South Lodge Hotel in West Sussex and won the main course section of Great British Menu two years ago, has launched a £80, … view
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Friday 3rd February 2017
Brewhouse & Kitchen reports surge in sales and group Ebitda, shakes up board
Brewhouse & Kitchen reports surge in sales and group Ebitda, shakes up board: Brewhouse & Kitchen, the expanding brewhouse concept led by Simon Bunn and Kris Gumbrell, has reported overall sales grew by 76%, with an increase of £3.821m t … view
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Friday 3rd February 2017
Kout sells Little Chef portfolio to Euro Garages
Kout sells Little Chef portfolio to Euro Garages: Kout Food Group (KFG) has sold its Little Chef roadside portfolio to Euro Garages, the forecourt and roadside operator. A spokesman said: “KFG acquired the roadside business in 2013 and has c … view
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Friday 3rd February 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Supermarkets making their mark in the foodservice space, learning lessons through people development and training, and the Deliveroo dilemma
Authors: Glynn Davis, Graham McDonnell and Ann Elliott

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Friday 3rd February 2017
Morgan Stanley – Costa Coffee has competitive advantages in the UK
Morgan Stanley – Costa Coffee has competitive advantages in the UK: Leisure analysts at Morgan Stanley have issued a note stressing that Costa Coffee enjoys competitive advantages in the UK. The note was issued after a call with a leadi … view
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Friday 3rd February 2017
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London-based startup backed by Just Eat that aims to fill restaurants at quieter times closes crowdfunding campaign after raising more than £186,000: London-based startup CityMunch, which aims to fill restaurants at quieter times of the … view
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Thursday 2nd February 2017
Exclusive – Costa Coffee increases prices a week after boss says it was ‘ready to pull the lever’ on rises
Exclusive – Costa Coffee increases prices a week after boss says it was ‘ready to pull the lever’ on rises: Whitbread’s Costa Coffee brand has increased its drinks prices, Propel has learned – a week after Whitbread boss Alison Britt … view
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Thursday 2nd February 2017
Leon co-founder Allegra McEvedy brings west London wine bar Albertine back into the family
Leon co-founder Allegra McEvedy brings west London wine bar Albertine back into the family: Leon co-founder Allegra McEvedy has taken back ownership of Albertine in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, which her mother started in 1978, and will reo … view
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Thursday 2nd February 2017
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Operators warned to completely rethink methods to cope with emergence of mobile order and pay: Operators have been warned they will have to completely rethink their methods to cope with the emergence of mobile order and pay. Restaurant an … view
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Wednesday 1st February 2017
Investment group abandons Punch bid paving way for Heineken takeover
Investment group abandons Punch bid paving way for Heineken takeover: Emerald Investment Partners, set up by former Punch finance director Alan McIntosh in 2012, has confirmed it will not make an offer for Punch. The announcement, made in a br … view
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Wednesday 1st February 2017
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TRG Concessions to make largest investment in its history with 7,000 square foot pub at London Luton Airport: The Restaurant Group (TRG) Concessions is to make the largest investment in its history by opening 7,000 square foot pub The Smi … view
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