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Friday 29th November 2019
Friday Opinion
People and Training thought leadership special 

Subjects: Employer brands, back on the floor, engaged employees, Apprenticeship Levy can fill talent pipeline, and breeding loyalty
Authors: Kat … view
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Friday 29th November 2019
Propel Friday News Briefing
Wagamama builds delivery kitchens pipeline: Wagamama, The Restaurant Group-owned brand, is building a pipeline of delivery kitchens as it looks to learn about and optimise the model, Propel has learned. The company, which launched a debut … view
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Thursday 28th November 2019
ETM Group results, Nando's owner in debt for equity swap, Hop launches crowdfunding campaign
ETM reports 5.8% increase in full-year like-for-likes, undertakes strategic review: ETM, the 15-strong pub and restaurant group, saw turnover grow to £31.5m, up 16.7% in the year to 24 February 2019, driven by like-for-like growth of 5.8 … view
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Thursday 28th November 2019
Propel Thursday News Briefing
UK sees branded coffee shop growth slow significantly as international chains remain driving force behind European expansion: Outlet growth in the UK’s branded coffee shop market, which is Europe’s largest, has slowed significantly in … view
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Wednesday 27th November 2019
Update: Marston's, Nando's and Britvic results
Marston’s ahead of schedule on £200m debt reduction target, reorganises pub divisions: Marston’s has reported it is ahead of schedule in its progress as it aims to reduce debt by £200m by 2023. It is targeting £70m of disposal proc … view
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Wednesday 27th November 2019
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Laine Pub Company to launch music venue and ‘vinyl bar’ in Birmingham this week: Multiple pub operator and brewer The Laine Pub Company will open a music venue and “vinyl bar” in Birmingham on Thursday (28 November). The company … view
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Tuesday 26th November 2019
Shaftesbury reports F&B tenants continuing to see turnover growth but cost pressures remain
Shaftesbury reports F&B tenants continuing to see turnover growth but cost pressures remain: Shaftesbury, which is landlord to 315 pubs, restaurants and cafes in the West End, has reported its tenants, on average, are continuing to report turn … view
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Tuesday 26th November 2019
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Corbin & King sees like-for-likes up 2% in 2019 as growth continues: London restaurant operator Corbin & King has seen like-for-like sales increase 2% in 2019, Propel has learned. Corbin & King provided the update as the company reported … view
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Monday 25th November 2019
Exclusive: Wagamama unveils full details of grab-and-go concept Mamago featuring new all-day menu
Exclusive – Wagamama unveils full details of grab-and-go concept Mamago featuring new all-day menu: Wagamama, The Restaurant Group-owned brand, has unveiled full details of its grab-and-go concept Mamago, which features a new all-day menu. T … view
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Monday 25th November 2019
Update: Wagamama, Just Eat, Admiral Taverns
Wagamama reports like-for-like sales up 6.3% in Q2 – hits £1m of delivery sales in a single week for the first time: Wagamama has reported turnover increased 11% to £93.5 million in Quarter Two 2019 with the continued expansion of its … view
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Monday 25th November 2019
Propel Monday News Briefing
Rarebreed Dining to open fourth site as it launches seafood concept: Restaurant company Rarebreed Dining will open its fourth site early next year by launching a concept that focuses on seafood, Propel has learned. The company has acquire … view
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Sunday 24th November 2019
Social Entertainment Ventures secures $20m growth fund
Social Entertainment Ventures secures $20m growth fund: Social Entertainment Ventures (SEV), the operator of various experiential leisure concepts in the UK and US, has secured a $20m (£15.6m) growth fund to aid its expansion plans in Britain … view
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Friday 22nd November 2019
Friday Opinion
Subjects: At your leisure, cautionary positive, pubs play pivotal role in tackling loneliness, and the greatest stories
Authors: Glynn Davis, Gareth Ogden, Nick Mackenzie and Anthony Knight

At your … view

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Friday 22nd November 2019
Propel Friday News Briefing
Wilkinson – we want to use Byron as a platform to develop further brands: Byron chief executive Simon Wilkinson has told Propel the long-term plan for the Three Hills Capital-backed brand will be to use it as a platform to introduce fur … view
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Thursday 21st November 2019
Update: New Costa boss, Time Out Chicago, NewRiver
Costa appoints Jill McDonald as its new CEO: Costa Coffee has appointed former Marks & Spencer clothing boss Jill McDonald as its new chief executive. The coffee chain, which was purchased by Coca-Cola for £3.9bn earlier this year, annou … view
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Thursday 21st November 2019
Propel Thursday News Briefing
M&B to look at making better use of delivery, potential for further virtual brands: Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) will look at how it can make better use of delivery as part of its next wave of initiatives, with potential for further virtual … view
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Wednesday 20th November 2019
Update: M&B results, Fever-Tree trading and SSP results
M&B reports profit boost in full year: Mitchells & Butlers has reported like-for-like sales rose 3.5% and total sales rose to £2,237m ((2018: £2,152m) in the year to 28 September. Profit before tax was up £47m to £177m. Chief executiv … view
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Wednesday 20th November 2019
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Market Halls to be sector consolidator, says founder: Andy Lewis-Pratt, co-founder and chief executive of food hall operator Market Halls, has said the company plans to be a “consolidator” in the fast-growing sector. Speaking at the l … view
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Tuesday 19th November 2019
Exclusive – Tossed parent company to undergo CVA due to underperforming Vital Ingredient sites
Exclusive – Tossed parent company to undergo CVA due to underperforming Vital Ingredient sites: The parent company of Tossed, the London-based healthy eating brand, is to undergo a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), after suffering a … view
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Tuesday 19th November 2019
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Yau working with Obica on new concept: Wagamama and Hakkasan founder Alan Yau is working with international mozzarella bar chain Obica on a new concept called Mozzasando, Propel understands. Described as a “homage to katsu sando” with … view
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Monday 18th November 2019
Propel Monday News Briefing
Azzurri sees full-year like-for-like growth across entire business, transformational year for Coco di Mama: Azzurri Group, the owner of ASK Italian, Zizzi, Coco di Mama and Radio Alice, has reported a 7% increase in group sales to £299.4 … view
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Monday 18th November 2019
Azzurri sees full-year like-for-like growth across entire business
Azzurri sees full-year like-for-like growth across entire business, transformational year for Coco di Mama: Azzurri Group, the owner of ASK Italian, Zizzi, Coco di Mama and Radio Alice, has reported a 7% increase in group sales to £299.4m for … view
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Friday 15th November 2019
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Sweet spot, beer battles, not so appy, and the lies keep coming
Authors: Atif Amin, Glynn Davis, Jon Clarke and Paul Chase

Sweet spot by Atif Amin

In recent years restaurant clos … view
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Friday 15th November 2019
Update: Chilango looks at restructure, Fuller’s trading
Chilango looks to restructure: City AM has reported that Mexican brand Chilango is in talks to secure its long-term future with restructuring firm RSM and is more than six weeks late posting its accounts. City AM added that the firm is co … view
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Friday 15th November 2019
Propel Friday News Briefing
More pub sector deals to come – but not Young’s, says Patrick Dardis: Patrick Dardis, chief executive of London pub retailer Young’s, has told Propel he believes there will be more pub sector deals to come – but his company won’ … view
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Thursday 14th November 2019
Update: Young's results, Just Eat and McDonald's toy recycling trial
Young’s sees managed like-for-likes up 5.1% in past 13 weeks as it reports first-half record Ebitda: London pub retailer Young’s has reported strong trading in the most recent 13 weeks of its financial year with managed house revenue … view
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Thursday 14th November 2019
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Ex-Deliveroo MD to launch Imbiba-backed immersive food hall concept: Dan Warne, who stepped down as managing director of Deliveroo earlier this year, is to launch an immersive food hall concept, backed by sector investors Imbiba. Shelter … view
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Wednesday 13th November 2019
Wetherspoon reports 5.3% like-for-likes, criticises major shareholders over governance
Wetherspoon reports 5.3% like-for-likes, criticises major shareholders over governance: JD Wetherspoon has reported like-for-like sales increased by 5.3% and total sales by 5.6% in the 13 weeks to 27 October 2019. It stated: “The company has … view
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Wednesday 13th November 2019
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Peel Hunt – bowling operators and wet-led pubs to benefit as rise of food delivery puts emphasis on experiences: Peel Hunt leisure analysts Douglas Jack and Ivor Jones have said they expect bowling operators and wet-led pubs to benefit … view
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Tuesday 12th November 2019
Camerons Brewery acquires Bar Soba
Camerons Brewery acquires Bar Soba: Camerons Brewery has acquired five-strong cocktail and pan-Asian street food concept Bar Soba from the BGF for an undisclosed sum. The addition sees Camerons grow its retail managed pub estate to 34 sites. B … view
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Tuesday 12th November 2019
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Sourced Market to focus growth on travel locations: Sourced Market, the hybrid deli and dining brand, is to focus growth on travel locations for the immediate future, Propel has learned. Sourced Market opened its fifth site this summer in … view
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Monday 11th November 2019
Propel Monday News Briefing
Sector like-for-likes down 0.6% in October as rugby fails to ignite sales: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw like-for-like sales dip 0.6% in October, with the Rugby World Cup providing little if any extra boost for bar sal … view
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Monday 11th November 2019
Sector like-for-likes down 0.6% in October, Airbnb guest spend at UK restaurants to hit £1.4bn
Sector like-for-likes down 0.6% in October as rugby fails to ignite sales: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw like-for-like sales dip 0.6% in October, with the Rugby World Cup providing little if any extra boost for bar sales, t … view
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Friday 8th November 2019
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Facing up to technology, boutique fitness fuels success, and making a quilt from patchy licensing policies
Authors: Glynn Davis, Casey Phillips and Michelle Hazlewood

Facing up to technol … view

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Friday 8th November 2019
Propel Friday News Briefing
Punch sets out ambitious investment and acquisition strategy: Punch, which operates 1,250 tenanted, leased and management partnership pubs, has set out its ambitious investment and acquisition strategy. The Clive Chesser-led company, whi … view
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Thursday 7th November 2019
Propel Thursday News Briefing
PizzaExpress reports UK and Ireland like-for-likes down 1.1% as owner prepares to inject £80m: PizzaExpress has seen like-for-like sales in the UK and Ireland fall 1.1% for the 13 weeks to 29 September 2019. Ebitda for the UK and Ireland … view
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Wednesday 6th November 2019
PizzaExpress owner to inject £80m to pay down debt mountain
PizzaExpress owner to inject £80m to pay down debt mountain: Hony Capital, the China-based owner of PizzaExpress, will inject £80m of cash into the business to prop up its balance sheet. The cash will be used to pay down debt owed to bondhol … view
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Wednesday 6th November 2019
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Camerons Brewery reports turnover and Ebitda boost: Camerons Brewery has reported turnover increased 14% to £84.1m for the year ending 5 May 2019, compared with £74.0m the previous year. Revenue from pubs was up to £22.0m compared with … view
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Tuesday 5th November 2019
Update: Steve Easterbrook, Shake Shack
Easterbrook to keep stock awards worth circa $37m; McDonald’s global chief people officer also quits: Steve Easterbrook, who was fired over the weekend as chief executive of McDonald’s for having a consensual relationship with an empl … view
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Tuesday 5th November 2019
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Julia Wilkinson – high streets must prioritise experiences through in-store initiatives, dining and leisure: Julia Wilkinson, portfolio and group restaurant strategy executive at Shaftesbury, has said high streets must increasingly “p … view
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Monday 4th November 2019
Update: Marston’s and Just Eat
Marston’s sells 137 pubs to Admiral Taverns for £44.9m: Marston’s has reached agreement for the disposal of 137 pubs for £44.9 million to Admiral Taverns. This disposal is in line with Marston’s plans to reduce its debt in part th … view
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Monday 4th November 2019
Propel Monday News Briefing
Nick Campbell – we’ll grow Simmons Bars to 25 sites before rolling out beyond London: Simmons Bars owner Nick Campbell has told Propel the company will look to expand its 16-strong London estate outside the capital in 2021 but initial … view
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Sunday 3rd November 2019
McDonald’s sacks chief executive Steve Easterbrook over relationship with employee
McDonald’s sacks chief executive Steve Easterbrook over relationship with employee: McDonald's has announced it has fired chief executive Steve Easterbrook after investigating a consensual relationship he had with an unnamed employee. The co … view
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Friday 1st November 2019
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Noise and neighbours, an open letter to David Aaronovitch, the future is mobile, and personalise or perish
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase, Katy Ryder and David Bird

Noise and neighbours … view

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Friday 1st November 2019
Propel Friday News Briefing
McDonald's opens first UK ‘dark kitchen’ to meet delivery demand: McDonald’s has opened its first UK “dark kitchen” in a bid to meet a boom in demand for home deliveries. The kitchen in Hanworth, west London, is not attached to … view
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