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Friday 29th June 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Beavertown deal is simply business, why I forgave gastro-pubs and how to attain customer loyalty
Authors: Elton Mouna, Glynn Davis and Ann Elliott

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Friday 29th June 2018
Update: Deliveroo couriers win payout, Pret reusable cup usage soars
Deliveroo couriers win share of £1m settlement: Deliveroo has paid out up to £1m in compensation to couriers who were denied basic employment rights. A total of 50 cyclists and moped riders are believed to have received up to £45,000 e … view
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Friday 29th June 2018
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United front from pub companies on adjudication transparency: The six companies subject to the Pubs Code have written to Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy minister Richard Harrington agreeing to waive their right to confidentiality … view
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Thursday 28th June 2018
Update: Greene King results, Subway partners with Just Eat, Cake Box float
Greene King reports full-year managed like-for-likes down 1.7% following slower food sales: Greene King has reported managed like-for-like sales were down 1.7% for its full financial year with the figure at -1.2% excluding the impact of s … view
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Thursday 28th June 2018
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Restaurant numbers drop 0.4%, licensed premises show acceleration in closures: The number of restaurants in Britain fell 0.4% in the year to March, the latest Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners has revealed. The decline comes … view
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Thursday 28th June 2018
Restaurant numbers drop 0.4%, licensed premises show acceleration in closures
Restaurant numbers drop 0.4%, licensed premises show acceleration in closures: The number of restaurants in Britain fell 0.4% in the year to March, the latest Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners has revealed. The decline comes amid … view
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Wednesday 27th June 2018
Update: Whitbread Q1, Inn Collection finance, CO2 shortage, Just Eat
Whitbread sales up but like-for-likes down in First Quarter: Whitbread has reported group total sales growth of 3.2% in the UK but like-for-like sales down 1.3% in its First Quarter. Accommodation like-for-likes dropped 0.3%, food and bev … view
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Wednesday 27th June 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Propel launches Women’s Entrepreneur Conference: Propel has partnered with Elliotts chief executive Ann Elliott to launch the sector’s first conference featuring an all-female line-up of company leaders. The event takes place on Tuesd … view
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Tuesday 26th June 2018
Hummus Brothers goes into administration
Hummus Brothers goes into administration: Hummus Brothers has become the latest sector company to go into administration. In a note to customers on its website, the six-strong company wrote: “It is with a heavy heart we write this note to yo … view
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Tuesday 26th June 2018
Yummy aims to re-open fire-hit Somers Town next week
Yummy Pub Company aims to re-open fire-hit Somers Town Coffee House next week: Yummy Pub Company is planning to re-open its fire-hit flagship site, Somers Town Coffee House in Euston, next week. The company stated: “Last Friday (22nd Ju … view
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Tuesday 26th June 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
City analyst questions whether loss-making companies should be allowed to offer mini-bonds as Pod launches £200,000 fund-raise: City analyst Mark Brumby has questioned whether loss-making companies should be able to offer mini-bonds as L … view
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Tuesday 26th June 2018
East Coast Concepts secures third Victor's site as The Alchemist shuts Alderley Edge venue
East Coast Concepts secures third Victor’s site as The Alchemist shuts Alderley Edge venue: East Coast Concepts has secured the third site for its all-day concept Victor’s, in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. The £1.2m, 2,450 square foot res … view
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Monday 25th June 2018
Loungers on track to reach 140 sites by year-end
Loungers on track to reach 140 sites by year-end: Loungers, the operator of 104 Lounges and 22 Cosy Clubs, is on track to reach 140 sites by the end of 2018. Since the beginning of the year, the company has opened 12 new sites. Since open … view
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Monday 25th June 2018
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Government plans compulsory calorie count on menus: Restaurants, pubs and cafes will be forced to print calorie content on their menus in a proposed drive to cut child obesity. New laws are being drawn up by the government to ensure paren … view
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Friday 22nd June 2018
Update: Inn Collection sale, MPs' pub support
Alchemy Partners acquires Inn Collection Group: Pub operator Inn Collection Group has been sold by Kings Park Capital to a new company backed by Alchemy Partners, the former backers of Revolution Bars Group, Propel has learned. Kings Park Capi … view
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Friday 22nd June 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Salad days, moving the goalposts, and the benefits of matching food and drink
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase and Hannah Allsop

Salad days by Glynn Davis

My first experie … view
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Friday 22nd June 2018
Update: Greene King, Starbucks first UK franchise opens 50th site
Douglas Jack – growth could soon return at Greene King: Peel Hunt leisure analyst Douglas Jack has forecast that growth could soon return at Greene King. He said: “For Thursday’s prelims, we forecast profit before tax falling by 11% … view
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Friday 22nd June 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
Pod removes posters advertising mini-bond after Propel intervenes over potential to mislead small investors: London-based healthy eating brand Pod has removed posters advertising its mini-bond after Propel pointed out their potential to m … view
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Thursday 21st June 2018
Company with rights to Willy Wonka brand seeks £5.5m to launch flagship London restaurant
Company with rights to Willy Wonka brand seeks £5.5m to launch flagship London restaurant, plans global roll out: The company that owns the rights to the Willy Wonka brand is aiming to raise £5.5m as it plans a global roll-out of a themed, f … view
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Thursday 21st June 2018
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Voice-based ordering and food-tracking devices will be next big thing to influence delivery market: Voice-based ordering and food-tracking devices are set to be the next big thing to influence the UK’s fast-growing delivery market, acco … view
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Thursday 21st June 2018
Voice-based ordering and food-tracking devices will be next big thing to influence delivery market
Voice-based ordering and food-tracking devices will be next big thing to influence delivery market: Voice-based ordering and food-tracking devices are set to be the next big thing to influence the UK’s fast-growing delivery market, according … view
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Wednesday 20th June 2018
Prescott & Conran enters administration
Prescott & Conran enters administration: Prescott & Conran, the restaurant group founded by Peter Prescott and Sir Terence and Lady Conran in 2006, has entered administration. Stephen Clancy and Benjamin Wiles, of Duff & Phelps, have been appo … view
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Wednesday 20th June 2018
Update: Greene King calls for minimum pricing in England, Starbucks unveils priorities
Greene King calls for minimum pricing in England after Wales move: Greene King has called on England to implement minimum pricing after the measure was adopted in Wales, Rooney Anand, Greene King chief executive, said: “Greene King welc … view
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Wednesday 20th June 2018
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New partnership to ‘revolutionise’ hospitality workers’ pay: Fourth, the software partner to the hospitality industry, has partnered with Wagestream in a ground-breaking move that will combine their technologies to give hospitality … view
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Wednesday 20th June 2018
New partnership to ‘revolutionise’ hospitality workers’ pay
New partnership to ‘revolutionise’ hospitality workers’ pay: Fourth, the software partner to the hospitality industry, has partnered with Wagestream in a ground-breaking move that will combine their technologies to give hospitality … view
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Tuesday 19th June 2018
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HIT Training boss – Apprenticeship Levy has its challenges but operators shouldn’t miss out on benefits: The Apprenticeship Levy has its challenges but operators shouldn’t miss out on the benefits, HIT Training chief executive Jill … view
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Monday 18th June 2018
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Sector like-for-likes bounce back in May as sun shines on pubs but not restaurants: Hot weather in May helped boost trade in Britain’s pubs but hit restaurant sales, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker. Overall, the co … view
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Monday 18th June 2018
Sector like-for-likes bounce back in May, Heineken makes record investment in UK pub estate
Sector like-for-likes bounce back in May as sun shines on pubs but not restaurants: Hot weather in May helped boost trade in Britain’s pubs but hit restaurant sales, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker. Overall, the co … view
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Friday 15th June 2018
Update: Deliveroo court challenge, Adam Handling, Zonal acquisition
Union wins right to challenge Deliveroo riders’ self-employed status in high court: A union has been given the go-ahead for a high court challenge over the employment status of Deliveroo riders. The Independent Workers Union of Great Br … view
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Friday 15th June 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: What Einstein can teach us about customer experience, don’t stuff up selling turkey this Christmas and retail-style agreements
Authors: John Upton, James Hacon and Ann Elliott

What Eins … view

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Friday 15th June 2018
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Number of emerging high-street restaurant brands falls 38%, Crosstown Doughnuts fastest-growing: The number of emerging high-street restaurant brands has fallen 38% in the past 18 months, reflecting the overall slowdown in the market that … view
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Thursday 14th June 2018
NPD Group – eating out decline mirrors behaviour of last recession, Hart brothers smash crowdfunding target
NPD Group – eating out decline mirrors behaviour of last recession: Total visits in the out-of-home (OOH) foodservice market dropped 1% in the first quarter of 2018 versus the same quarter a year earlier, according to insights firm The NPD G … view
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Thursday 14th June 2018
Revolution reports sales short of expectations after volatile trading
Revolution reports ‘challenging and volatile’ trading, sales short of expectations: Revolution Bars Group has provided an update on the performance of the group for the 52 week period ending 30 June 2018, reporting it has experienced … view
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Thursday 14th June 2018
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Flexible opening hours could give sector £6.75bn a year boost: The hospitality sector could make a further £6.75bn a year by adapting opening hours to fit in with changing work patterns, according to new research. Barclays’ Open All H … view
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Thursday 14th June 2018
Flexible opening hours could give sector £6.75bn a year boost
Flexible opening hours could give sector £6.75bn a year boost: The hospitality sector could make a further £6.75bn a year by adapting opening hours to fit in with changing work patterns, according to new research. Barclays’ Open All Hours … view
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Wednesday 13th June 2018
Update: Deliveroo, Franco Manca, Pub Invest Group
Deliveroo extends network: Deliveroo is to add 5,000 UK restaurants to its delivery platform. Restaurants that have their own delivery fleets will be able to tap Deliveroo’s 15,000 riders in the UK under the new service, called “Marke … view
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Wednesday 13th June 2018
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Vegan barbecue food and healthy ice cream to be top trends this summer: Vegan barbecue, healthy ice cream, alternative soft drinks and beer snacks will be the major food and drink trends this summer, according to Mintel’s latest report. … view
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Tuesday 12th June 2018
Thwaites results, shuts brewery after travellers cause havoc
Thwaites reports like-for-likes up 2.5%, Ebitda rises 7%: North west brewer and retailer Daniel Thwaites has reported like-for-like sales increased 2.5% for the year ending 31 March 2018. Turnover rose 9.2% to £92.2m compared with £84.4 … view
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Tuesday 12th June 2018
Update: Z Hotels, post-Brexit labour shortage, Domino’s
Oaknorth provides £7.3m of debt finance for Soho hotel development: Challenger bank Oaknorth has provided £7.3m in a debt financing deal to compact luxury hotel brand Z Hotels, City AM has reported. The company has undergone rapid growt … view
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Tuesday 12th June 2018
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UKHospitality invites Labour leader to discuss future of sector workforce: UKHospitality has offered to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to discuss employment in the hospitality sector. The invitation follows an announcement by the party it wo … view
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Monday 11th June 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Newcastle-based The Naked Deli receives £2.5m investment for UK expansion: Newcastle-based The Naked Deli has received £2.5m of growth capital from independent infrastructure, private equity and investment manager Foresight Group. The Naked … view
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Monday 11th June 2018
Newcastle-based The Naked Deli receives £2.5m investment for UK expansion
Newcastle-based The Naked Deli receives £2.5m investment for UK expansion: Newcastle-based The Naked Deli has received £2.5m of growth capital from independent infrastructure, private equity and investment manager Foresight Group. The Nake … view
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Friday 8th June 2018
Fuller’s takes full ownership of The Stable
Fuller’s takes full ownership of The Stable after acquiring remaining 24% stake: Fuller’s has completed the acquisition of the remaining 24% stake of The Stable, the 17-strong pizza, pie and cider brand, to take full ownership of the … view
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Friday 8th June 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Meat-free used to be murder, nanny state on steroids, when Greggs gets it right, and addressing the gender pint gap

Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase, Oliver Fenton, and Annabel Smith and Lisa Harlow

Mea … view

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Friday 8th June 2018
Fuller’s buys Bel & The Dragon, managed like-for-likes up 2.5% since year end
Fuller’s buys Bel & The Dragon for £18.5m, managed like-for-likes up 2.5% since year end: London brewer and retailer Fuller’s has bought Bel & The Dragon for £18.5m, which said it was a “perfect fit with our premium pub portfolio … view
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Friday 8th June 2018
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Tim Martin – rent review market is ‘insane’: JD Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin has labelled the current rent review situation “insane”, with the property market making a “bad situation worse” by pushing up rents … view
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Thursday 7th June 2018
Whitbread open to selling Costa or Premier Inn, executive pay scheme document reveals
Whitbread open to selling Costa or Premier Inn, executive pay scheme document reveals: Whitbread is open to selling Costa Coffee or Premier Inn, according to a new executive pay scheme circulated to shareholders. The company said in April it p … view
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Thursday 7th June 2018
Peter Stringfellow dies after cancer battle
Peter Stringfellow dies after cancer battle: Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow has died at the age of 77 from cancer. Stringfellow, who presented at last year’s Bar and Nightclub Conference, organised by UKHospitality and Propel, died in th … view
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Thursday 7th June 2018
NewRiver acquires Grays Shopping Centre for £20.2m
NewRiver acquires Grays Shopping Centre for £20.2m: NewRiver has acquired Grays Shopping Centre in Essex for £20.2m. The acquisition comprises a community shopping centre with 177,300 square foot of retail space and a 32,000 square … view
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Thursday 7th June 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
CAMRA sees slight income increase, membership up 3.0%: The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) saw income increase slightly to £13,966,528 for the year ending 31 December 2017, compared with £13,940,948 the year before. Total reserves increas … view
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Wednesday 6th June 2018
Rosa’s Thai Cafe sells majority stake to private equity firm
Rosa’s Thai Cafe sells majority stake to private equity firm: Thai restaurant group Rosa’s Thai Cafe, set up by husband-and-wife team Saiphin and Alex Moore, has sold a majority stake to private equity firm TriSpan. Rosa’s Thai Cafe … view
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Wednesday 6th June 2018
Update: Peel Hunt on Fuller’s
Douglas Jack – current trading at Fuller’s should be ‘better than the shares suggest’: Peel Hunt leisure analyst Douglas Jack has said current trading at London brewer and retailer Fuller’s should be “better then the shares suggest … view
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Wednesday 6th June 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Jamie Oliver boss – we’re reconnecting with customers by going back to our roots: Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group chief executive Jon Knight has told Propel the company is working to reconnect its founder with customers. Having seen the … view
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Tuesday 5th June 2018
Update: Starbucks, Ten Entertainment Group, Vianet, McDonald’s, Merlin
Howard Schultz to leave Starbucks: Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz will leave the company at the end of this month. Schultz, who has been at the helm of Starbucks for almost four decades, will be replaced by Myron Ullman, the … view
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Tuesday 5th June 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Slowdown in leisure sector evident for first time since 2012: A slowdown in the leisure sector is evident for the first time since 2012 although niche cuisines continue to thrive, new research has revealed. The latest bi-annual retail and … view
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Tuesday 5th June 2018
Slowdown in leisure sector evident for first time since 2012
Slowdown in leisure sector evident for first time since 2012: A slowdown in the leisure sector is evident for the first time since 2012 although niche cuisines continue to thrive, new research has revealed. The latest bi-annual retail and leis … view
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Monday 4th June 2018
Wagamama seeks new owners for global growth
Wagamama seeks new owners for global growth: Wagamama is seeking new owners to share its taste for global ambitions. The company, chaired by Allan Leighton, has appointed Goldman Sachs to review what is described as “strategic grow … view
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Monday 4th June 2018
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Confidence starts returning to sector as operators have highest level of optimism for more than two years: Confidence is starting to return to the sector despite a host of pressures, with operators having the highest levels of optimism fo … view
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Monday 4th June 2018
Confidence starts returning to sector as operators have highest level of optimism for more than two years
Confidence starts returning to sector as operators have highest level of optimism for more than two years: Confidence is starting to return to the sector despite a host of pressures, with operators having the highest levels of optimism for mor … view
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Friday 1st June 2018
Supper London receives significant investment from Taiwanese giant, latest foodservice inflation figures
Supper London receives significant investment and backing from Taiwanese giant: London-based premium food delivery service Supper has sold a substantial stake to PK Wang, the driving force behind Yi Fang, which has more than 600 stores wo … view
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Friday 1st June 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The delivery battle is heating up, going it alone and supporting street food
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott and Tom Cormie 

The delivery battle is heating up by Glynn Davis

R … view
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Friday 1st June 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
New industry-led charity assists homeless and ex-service personnel into hospitality careers: A new industry-led nationwide charity has been formed to assist the homelessness and ex-service personnel get into hospitality careers. Only A Pa … view
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