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Tuesday 31st July 2018
NPD Group – overnight foodservice visits are driving 83% of sector growth
NPD Group – overnight foodservice visits are driving 83% of sector growth: Insights firm NPD Group has reported 257 million food and beverage outlet visits were made by UK consumers between midnight and 7am for the year ending May 2018. Thes … view
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Tuesday 31st July 2018
Update: JD Wetherspoon, Just Eat , Greggs, UKHospitality
JD Wetherspoon to cut prices for one day to highlight VAT disparity: Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin is calling on pub and restaurant operators to show their support for a UK-wide Tax Equality Day on Thursday 13 September. And he has the … view
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Tuesday 31st July 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
UK diners take first social media snap 65 seconds after dish is served: UK diners take their first social media snap only 65 seconds after their dish is served, according to new research by restaurant booking platform OpenTable. The surve … view
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Monday 30th July 2018
Update: City Pub Group buys three, Heineken
City Pub Group buys three pubs, exchanges on fourth: The City Pub Group (CPG) has bought three new pubs and exchanged contracts on one other. CPG has completed the acquisition of three sites in London; the Travellers Friend in Woodford an … view
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Monday 30th July 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Chesterford Group managing director sees ‘positive prospects’ for UK fish and chip sector: James Lipscombe, managing director of The Chesterford Group (TCG), which operates 42 fish and chip shops in the UK, has told Propel the sector … view
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Friday 27th July 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Saving the high street with late-night leisure, it’s all in the presentation, the cherished local must be protected, and click and collect is order of the day
Authors: Peter Marks, Paul Chase, David Cunningham and … view
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Friday 27th July 2018
Update: Delivery success at McDonald’s, Chipotle, Starbucks results
McDonald’s Easterbrook – delivery now 10% of sales in some markets, UK leads LfL growth: McDonald’s has reported the UK led the sales growth in its key international markets with high single-digit sales increases for the quarter. Ch … view
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Friday 27th July 2018
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McDonald’s trials barista service in the UK: McDonald’s is trialling a barista service in some of its UK restaurants after finding coffee drinkers are its most frequent customers. Baristas are serving customers in outlets at St Paul … view
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Thursday 26th July 2018
UK drives 4.9% like-for-like sales growth in McDonald’s key international markets
UK drives 4.9% like-for-like sales growth in McDonald’s key international markets: McDonald’s has reported global like-for-like sales rose 4% in second quarter ended June 30, 2018 – consensus forecast by analysts was 3.6%. The “in … view
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Thursday 26th July 2018
Update: AB InBev, Compass Third Quarter
AB InBev reports volume growth, Stuart Macfarlane to leave: AB InBev’s has reported beer volume growth of 0.9% in its Quarter Two. Ebitda growth was 7.0% despite increased marketing investment. Jason Warner, president of North Europe at … view
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Thursday 26th July 2018
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Ralph Findlay – new-build pub opportunity for Marston’s is as ‘strong as ever’: Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay has stressed the new-build pub and lodge opportunity for Marston’s is as “strong as ever”, despite red … view
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Wednesday 25th July 2018
Update: Caffe Nero like-for-likes, Marston's trading update
Caffe Nero reports 2.5% like-for-like sales growth: Caffe Nero Group has announced 2.5% like-for-like sales growth for the 12 months ending 31 May 2018, with group sales increasing by 10%. The results for the year marks 82 consecutive qua … view
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Wednesday 25th July 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Donald Trump submits plans to invest £150m in Scottish golf resort: Donald Trump’s company has submitted plans to invest a further £150m in Balmedie golf resort, near Aberdeen, one of two Scottish courses the US president owns. The Tr … view
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Tuesday 24th July 2018
Update: Fuller’s AGM trading statement and Fulham Shore results
Fuller’s reports like-for-likes up 4% in managed division: Fuller’s, the London brewer and premium pub company, has released a trading statement for the 16 weeks from 1 April to 21 July 2018 in advance of the company’s annual genera … view
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Tuesday 24th July 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Roy Ellis – we are negotiating on seven Albert’s Schloss sites: Roy Ellis, chief executive of Mission Mars, the north west-based operator behind Albert’s Schloss and Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza, has told Propel he is negotiating on se … view
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Monday 23rd July 2018
Mission Mars receives £10m Business Growth Fund investment
Mission Mars receives £10m Business Growth Fund investment: Mission Mars, the north west operator behind hospitality concepts including Albert’s Schloss and Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza, has received £10m from Business Growth Fund (BGF) to co … view
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Monday 23rd July 2018
Stonegate buys 15 Novus sites, and Be At One
Stonegate buys 15 Novus sites, and Be At One: Novus Leisure, the operator of a portfolio of 41 bars, clubs and restaurants predominantly in London’s West End and City, has entered into agreement and exchanged contracts to sell 15 of its venu … view
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Monday 23rd July 2018
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Turnover of UK’s top 100 takeaways rises 10% to £2.7bn, delivery apps help boost sales: Turnover of the UK’s top 100 takeaways has risen 10% in only a year, up to £2.7bn from £2.46bn, according to new research. The study by Funding … view
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Monday 23rd July 2018
Turnover of UK’s top 100 takeaways rises 10% to £2.7bn, delivery apps help boost sales
Turnover of UK’s top 100 takeaways rises 10% to £2.7bn, delivery apps help boost sales: Turnover of the UK’s top 100 takeaways has risen 10% in only a year, up to £2.7bn from £2.46bn, according to new research. The study by Funding Opti … view
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Friday 20th July 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Business rates unfit for 21st century, delivery is making casual dining industry eat itself, tapping into female beer drinkers and the evolution of all-day dining
Authors: Matthew Kirby, Matt Paice, Posy Parsons and … view
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Friday 20th July 2018
Update: Easyhotel, Fuller's, Marston's
Easyhotel secures Dublin freehold: Easyhotel, the owner, developer and operator of “super budget” branded hotels, has acquired a freehold site in central Dublin, Ireland, to develop a purpose-built, freehold Easyhotel. The company sta … view
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Friday 20th July 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
Feed It Back finds Google most-used for visit reviews, Facebook used for warmest AND most critical reviews: New statistics from Feed It Back’s monthly social review tracker has revealed more than half (54%) of all reviews in May were su … view
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Thursday 19th July 2018
Gaucho to shut all CAU sites immediately as company goes into administration
Gaucho to shut all CAU sites immediately as company goes into administration: Gaucho is to close all its CAU sites immediately with the loss of 540 jobs after going into administration. Accountancy firm Deloitte has been appointed as administr … view
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Thursday 19th July 2018
Update: Hotel business rates, C&C Group, Everyman and DP Poland
Colliers – rise of Airbnb makes hotel business rates unfair: Rating experts have called on the hotel industry to appeal against hefty business rates in light of the rise of Airbnb. Figures produced by Colliers International and Hotelsch … view
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Thursday 19th July 2018
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Fourth finds almost three-quarters of QSR workers come from outside UK: Almost three-quarters (73.1%) of workers in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) sector come from outside the UK – 62.7% from EU countries and 10.4% from the rest of … view
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Wednesday 18th July 2018
Gaucho on brink of administration
Gaucho on brink of administration: Gaucho, which is owned by private equity firm Equistone, is on the brink of administration after its lenders opted not to pursue a rescue deal. Sky News has reported the company, which employs about 1,500 peo … view
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Wednesday 18th July 2018
Update: TGI Friday's, Andrew Griffiths MP, Hawthorn Leisure, Hotel Chocolat
TGI Friday’s reports sales growth in the UK, growth in Ebitda on underlying basis: TGI Friday’s, led by Karen Forrester, has reported sales rose 5% on an underlying basis to £215,988,000 in the 52 weeks to 31 December 2017, with like … view
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Wednesday 18th July 2018
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Matthew Kirby – motorway service stations a ‘recession-proof environment’: Chozen Noodle chief executive Matthew Kirby has branded motorway service stations a “recession-proof environment” that provides a steadier stream of sale … view
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Tuesday 17th July 2018
Ivy Collection appoints former Wagamama boss David Campbell as its first chief executive
Ivy Collection appoints former Wagamama boss David Campbell as its first chief executive: The Ivy Collection has appointed former Wagamama boss David Campbell as its first chief executive, Sky News reports. Campbell, who left Wagamama last yea … view
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Tuesday 17th July 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Deltic Group reports like-for-likes up 4.9% as it returns to turnover and Ebitda growth: The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of premium late-night bars and clubs, has reported like-for-like sales increased 4.9% for the year endi … view
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Tuesday 17th July 2018
Deltic results, Liberation Group trading, Whelans expansion
Deltic Group reports like-for-likes up 4.9% as it returns to turnover and Ebitda growth: The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of premium late-night bars and clubs, has reported like-for-like sales increased 4.9% for the year endi … view
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Monday 16th July 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Managed pub like-for-like sales up 2.8% driven by June heatwave and World Cup, restaurants see 1.8% drop: Britain’s pubs enjoyed a mini sales boom in June thanks to the hot weather and the start of the World Cup, according to the latest … view
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Monday 16th July 2018
Managed pub like-for-like sales up 2.8% in June, restaurants see 1.8% drop
Managed pub like-for-like sales up 2.8% driven by June heatwave and World Cup, restaurants see 1.8% drop: Britain’s pubs enjoyed a mini sales boom in June thanks to the hot weather and the start of the World Cup, according to the latest figu … view
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Saturday 14th July 2018
UK sees record confidence as consumers spend while the sun shines
UK sees record confidence as consumers spend while the sun shines: UK consumer confidence grew two percentage points in the second quarter of 2018, rising to minus 4%, the highest level recorded by the Deloitte Consumer Tracker since it s … view
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Friday 13th July 2018
Update: Gaucho's £1m-plus tax bill demand, Pod and Boston Tea Party results
Gaucho tries to strike rescue deal after £1m tax threat: Gaucho, which is owned by private equity firm Equistone, has been given until the end of today (Friday, 13 July) to pay a £1m-plus tax bill as it tries to strike a rescue deal. Th … view
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Friday 13th July 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: You must make delivery deliver for your brand, stools are cool and a kinder, gentler capitalism for wet-led pubs
Authors: James Hacon, Glynn Davis and Ann Elliott

You must make delivery d … view

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Friday 13th July 2018
Update: Arc Inspirations, McDonald’s, Brakspear
Arc Inspirations reports World Cup trading boost: Arc Inspirations, the bar and restaurant operator led by Martin Wolstencroft, has seen like-for-like wet sales increase by 43% across its estate during the four-week World Cup period. The … view
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Friday 13th July 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
Simon Mitchell – new initiatives will complete Kerb’s unique ‘ecosystem’ for street food traders: Simon Mitchell, managing director of street food business Kerb, has said the company’s “ecosystem” is its unique selling point … view
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Friday 13th July 2018
Spirits sector grows 5.3% with strong value growth across on-trade
Spirits sector grows 5.3% with strong value growth across on-trade: The spirits sector has grown 5.3% year-on-year with strong value growth across the on-trade, according to the latest insights from global distillers William Grant & Sons … view
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Thursday 12th July 2018
Update: Ten Entertainment Group results, Easyhotel deals
Ten Entertainment Group reports like-for-likes up 3.1%: Ten Entertainment Group, the UK operator of 44 bowling and family entertainment centres, has reported like-for-like sales increased 3.1% for the 26 weeks ending 1 July 2018. Total sa … view
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Thursday 12th July 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Martin Morales – successful businesses ‘surf the waves of change’: Martin Morales, the restaurateur, chef and entrepreneur who is known as the pioneer of Peruvian food, has said despite the industry’s tough times, “successful bu … view
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Wednesday 11th July 2018
Update: Wetherspoon trading, Ei Group, NewRiver acquisition, Diageo
JD Wetherspoon reports like-for-likes up 5.2%: JD Wetherspoon has reported like-for-like sales increased by 5.2% in the ten weeks to 8 July 2018 and total sales increased 5.6%. In the year to date (49 weeks to 8 July 2018) like-for-like s … view
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Wednesday 11th July 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Matt Coles – operators can capitalise on emerging non-alcoholic category: Matt Coles, of Morar HPI’s food and drinks division, has said operators can capitalise on the “emerging minority” of people who are choosing to abstain from … view
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Tuesday 10th July 2018
Update: Ei Group, Young’s, Fourpure, spending boost for pubs
Ei Group poised to sell £300m property division: Ei Group has appointed advisers to look at a potential sale of its commercial property division in a deal that could value the business at up to £300m. The company has hired Rothschild, t … view
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Tuesday 10th July 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Simon Mitchell – street food scene ‘sustainable in its own right’, some traders turning over more than £1m a year: Simon Mitchell, managing director of street food business Kerb, has said the street food scene is “sustainable in … view
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Monday 9th July 2018
Daisy Green Collection smashes £500,000 target in first equity raise to accelerate growth
Daisy Green Collection smashes £500,000 target in first equity raise to accelerate growth: Australia-inspired restaurant group Daisy Green Collection has raised almost £900,000 in its first equity raise as it looks to accelerate growth. The … view
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Monday 9th July 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Sector training awards open for entries: The National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs), run by the British Institute of Innkeepers (BII), is open for entries. The event, organised in partnership with Propel, highlights individuals an … view
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Monday 9th July 2018
Sector training awards open for entries, Ei Group hires new customer director
Sector training awards open for entries: The National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs), run by the British Institute of Innkeepers (BII), is open for entries. The event, organised in partnership with Propel, highlights individuals an … view
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Friday 6th July 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Walking away from cash, cannabis kite will go up in smoke and non-alcoholic drinks sector offers opportunities
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase and Alasdair Pearce

Walking away from cash … view

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Friday 6th July 2018
Propel Friday News Briefing
Yoyo partners with Preoday to launch pre-ordering app: Mobile payment, loyalty and marketing platform Yoyo has partnered with ordering technology provider Preoday to create a way for UK retailers and caterers to provide pre-ordering servi … view
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Thursday 5th July 2018
Update: San Carlo Group and Brewhouse & Kitchen results, C&C trading
San Carlo Group reports turnover up 8.3% to £50m: San Carlo Group is eyeing further growth after the opening of Fumo London helped boost turnover to £50m. Accounts filed under Templeton Holdings, the parent of San Carlo, showed turnover … view
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Thursday 5th July 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
BDO – attractive returns to put wet-led operators on radar of more investors in next 12 months: Wet-led pub operators are expected to be on the radar of investors in the next 12 months as more take note of the attractive returns availab … view
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Thursday 5th July 2018
Wet-led operators on radar of more investors, Greene King office restructure
BDO – attractive returns to put wet-led operators on radar of more investors in next 12 months: Wet-led pub operators are expected to be on the radar of investors in the next 12 months as more take note of the attractive returns availab … view
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Wednesday 4th July 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Carluccio’s launches substantial investment programme in wake of CVA: Carluccio’s is to launch a substantial investment programme at existing restaurants. The revitalisation will see more than 60 sites receive significant investment, … view
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Wednesday 4th July 2018
Carluccio’s launches substantial investment programme in wake of CVA
Carluccio’s launches substantial investment programme in wake of CVA: Carluccio’s is to launch a substantial investment programme at existing restaurants. The revitalisation will see more than 60 sites receive significant investment, under … view
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Tuesday 3rd July 2018
SA Brain appoints Alistair Darby as new CEO
SA Brain appoints Alistair Darby as new chief executive: Brewer and retailer SA Brain has announced the appointment of Alistair Darby as its new chief executive. Darby will join the company on Tuesday, 31 July following a comprehensive handove … view
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Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Krispy Kreme UK results, foodservice inflation
Krispy Kreme UK reports turnover up 13.8% to £76m: Krispy Kreme UK has reported turnover increased 13.8% to £75,908,000 for the year ending 31 December 2017, compared with £66,689,000 the previous year. At the end of the period, the co … view
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Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Update: Higher alcohol taxes loom, Whitbread job cuts, UKHospitality Op Awards finalists
Higher alcohol taxes planned by government to boost spending: The government is considering raising alcohol duty to raise billions of pounds to boost spending. Ministers were said to be considering lifting the freeze on alcohol duty that … view
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Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Boston Tea Party ‘looking at the bigger picture’ as it reports 24% hot drink sales drop following coffee cup ban: All-day casual dining cafe Boston Tea Party said it is “looking at the bigger picture” as it reported a 24% drop in … view
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Monday 2nd July 2018
Update: Wagamama, sector debt, Tesco/Carrefour
Private equity firms circle Wagamama: The FT has reported that some of the largest private equity groups in Europe and the US are circling Wagamama ahead of its sale, which could come as early as this summer. The FT stated: “Wagamama ha … view
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Monday 2nd July 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Casual Dining Group reduces debt as it sets up to take advantage of opportunities: Casual Dining Group (CDG), the operator of nearly 300 mid-market restaurants through its Las Iguanas, Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia brands, has announced a n … view
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