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Friday 28th February 2020
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Leaves on the line, creating sustainable drinks categories, when is good news really bad news?, and jack of all trades
Authors: Glynn Davis, Tim Clay, Paul Chase and Festus Asante

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Friday 28th February 2020
Whitbread makes Germany acquisition, Jamie Oliver shuts in Hong Kong
Whitbread makes 19-strong German hotel acquisition: Whitbread has bought a portfolio of 19 hotels in Germany, from Foremost Hospitality Group GmbH, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which comprises 13 open hotels and six in the pip … view
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Friday 28th February 2020
Propel Friday News Briefing
Greene King makes executive changes as it restructures managed pubs division: Brewer and retailer Greene King has made changes to its executive board as it moves from a centralised commercial and operations structure for its managed pub d … view
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Thursday 27th February 2020
Wagamama restructures management team, IoL extends Daniel Davies’ term as chairman
Wagamama restructures management team, Sherwood promoted to chief operating officer: Wagamama, the Emma Woods-led brand, has restructured its management team with UK managing director Nigel Sherwood promoted to chief operating officer and … view
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Thursday 27th February 2020
Propel Thursday News Briefing
TRG delivery sales more than double, pub estate valued at £150m: The Restaurant Group (TRG) has said delivery sales across its Leisure business, which includes Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito, more than doubled in 2019. The company, whi … view
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Wednesday 26th February 2020
Wagamama signs JV to add up to 40 sites in the US
Wagamama signs JV to add up to 40 sites in the US: Wagamama, The Restaurant Group-owned brand, is set for further growth in the US, after signing a joint venture partnership with a US investment fund and a pair of experienced US restauran … view
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Wednesday 26th February 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
BrewDog’s David McDowall attacks points-based immigration system: BrewDog chief operating officer David McDowall has launched an attack on the government’s proposed new points-based immigration system. In a message posted on his Twitt … view
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Tuesday 25th February 2020
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Casual Dining Group to trial new pub format – The Mulberry: Casual Dining Group (CDG), the Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas operator, is to trial a new pub format called The Mulberry, Propel has learned. The James Spragg-led co … view
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Monday 24th February 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
MOD Pizza highest restaurant and pub brand in best companies to work for list: MOD Pizza, the Sir Charles Dunstone-backed concept led by John Nelson, has been ranked the highest restaurant and pub brand on The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Co … view
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Friday 21st February 2020
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Line management, learning from leaders, and ten tips to stay compliant 
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott and Malcolm Muir

Line management by Glynn Davis

Upmarket leather goods- … view
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Friday 21st February 2020
Propel Friday News Briefing
Propel launches ground-breaking delivery conference, open for bookings: Propel has launched The Delivery Conference, which is open for bookings. The ground-breaking event, which takes place at Painters Hall in Little Trinity Lane, London, … view
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Thursday 20th February 2020
Island Poké set for international expansion as it plans 40 sites in next five years
Island Poké set for international expansion as it plans 40 sites in next five years: Island Poké, the White Rabbit Fund-backed concept, is to begin international expansion as part of plans to open 40 sites in the next five years. This year I … view
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Thursday 20th February 2020
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Pret brings further batch of EAT sites to market: Pret A Manger, the JAB Holding-backed group, has placed a further batch of EAT sites on the market, Propel has learned. The company, which acquired the 84-strong EAT business last year for … view
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Wednesday 19th February 2020
Giraffe co-founder Russel Joffe passes away
Giraffe co-founder Russel Joffe passes away: Russel Joffe, co-founder of the Café Flo and Giraffe brands, has passed away at the age of 62. Russel founded Giraffe with his wife Juliette and Andrew Jacobs in 1998, growing the global all-day ca … view
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Wednesday 19th February 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
PizzaLuxe set for expansion after securing Edition Capital backing: PizzaLuxe, the Paul Goodale-led premium fast casual concept, is set for further expansion after securing new backing from Edition Capital, Propel has learned. Edition, wh … view
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Tuesday 18th February 2020
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Parkdean Resorts to trial ‘parks of the future’ project as part of £80m investment, reports revenue and Ebitda boost: Holiday park operator Parkdean Resorts, which is led by former Casual Dining Group chief executive Steve Richards, … view
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Monday 17th February 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
Former chief executive and chairman of Ed’s Easy Diner backing new pizza concept: Peter Featherman and Stephen Greene, the former chief executive and chairman of Ed’s Easy Diner, are backing a new venture called Pizza Tribe, Propel ha … view
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Friday 14th February 2020
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The party’s over, ends and means, and what to expect from the leisure sector in 2020
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase and Paul Ruddy

The party’s over by Glynn Davis

Not that … view
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Friday 14th February 2020
Propel Friday News Briefing
Deliveroo calls for end of Apprenticeship Levy restrictions as it launches scheme to tackle chef shortage: The government has been urged to lift restrictions on Apprenticeship Levy transfers. The call came as Deliveroo launched a scheme t … view
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Thursday 13th February 2020
Deliveroo calls for end of Apprenticeship Levy restrictions as it launches scheme to tackle chef shortage
Deliveroo calls for end of Apprenticeship Levy restrictions as it launches scheme to tackle chef shortage: The government has been urged to lift restrictions on Apprenticeship Levy transfers. The call came as Deliveroo launched a scheme to hel … view
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Thursday 13th February 2020
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Pubs, bars and restaurants get 2020 ‘off to a decent start’ with January like-for-likes up 1.9%: Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant sector is “off to a decent start” in 2020 with collective like-for-like sales in January … view
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Thursday 13th February 2020
Pubs, bars and restaurants get 2020 ‘off to a decent start’ with January like-for-likes up 1.9%
Pubs, bars and restaurants get 2020 ‘off to a decent start’ with January like-for-likes up 1.9%: Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant sector is “off to a decent start” in 2020 with collective like-for-like sales in January up 1. … view
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Wednesday 12th February 2020
Legal Briefing

Government must speed late-night levy reforms or scrap this unfair tax by Patrick Robson

As the government has finally cleared the Brexit hurdle, it would be nice if it devoted time to reforming a measure that has caused frustration and … view
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Wednesday 12th February 2020
Immersive restaurant company Wonderland partners with Warner Bros for debut site, in Soho
Immersive restaurant company Wonderland partners with Warner Bros for debut site, in Soho: Immersive restaurant company Wonderland Restaurants is to open its debut site. The company, founded by James Bulmer, former Disney executive and chief e … view
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Wednesday 12th February 2020
Solo eating out grows twice as fast as all other visits in 2019
Solo eating out grows twice as fast as all other visits in 2019: Solo eating-out grew twice as fast as all other visits in 2019, according to insights firm The NPD Group. There were 4.4 billion solo eating-out visits – including foodservice … view
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Wednesday 12th February 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Vegan meal delivery service Allplants hits £2m crowdfunding target in 48 hours: Vegan meal delivery service Allplants, which is backed by Octopus Ventures, has hit the target in its £2m fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Seedrs in 48 h … view
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Tuesday 11th February 2020
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Yau links up with Obica to launch sando bar concept in South Kensington: Wagamama founder Alan Yau has opened Italian-influenced katsu sando bar Mozzasando in South Kensington, west London. As revealed by Propel in November, Yau has worke … view
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Monday 10th February 2020
Flower Burger signs master franchise deal with UK multi-site operator
Flower Burger signs master franchise deal with UK multi-site operator: Milan-based vegan burger brand Flower Burger has signed a master franchise agreement with London-based multi-brand multi-unit F&B operator Gerry’s Group to develop t … view
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Monday 10th February 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
Pizza East and Chicken Shop operator in advanced talks with landlords as losses increase to £13.4m: Quentin Restaurants, the Soho House joint venture, is in advanced talks with landlords to exit, sublet or convert a number of sites as it … view
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Friday 7th February 2020
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Size is important, maximising untapped talent, home learning, and inside an EHO’s mind
Authors: Glynn Davis, Jill Whittaker, Ann Elliott and Justin Sabastian Strange

Size is important b … view

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Friday 7th February 2020
Exclusive – new venture acquires remaining La Tasca sites in UK
Exclusive – new venture acquires remaining La Tasca sites in UK: Independent Spanish Restaurant Company (ISRC), a new company supported by the team at Tapas Revolution, has acquired four sites from Casual Dining Group (CDG) including th … view
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Friday 7th February 2020
Propel Friday News Briefing
St Austell introduces new leadership structure with two distinct operating businesses, keen to add further pubs: Cornwall-based St Austell Brewery has introduced a new leadership structure after forming two operating businesses, Propel ha … view
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Thursday 6th February 2020
Update: St Austell Brewery, New World Trading Group and Compass Group
St Austell Brewery hires Andrew Turner to new beer and brands role: Cornish independent brewer and pub company, St Austell Brewery has announced the appointment of Andrew Turner to the newly created role of managing director, beer and bra … view
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Thursday 6th February 2020
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Pret to have 14 Veggie Prets open by the summer: Pret A Manger aims to complete the conversion of former EAT sites to its fledgling Veggie Pret concept in the next few months, Propel has learned. It’s understood the JAB Holdings-owned c … view
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Wednesday 5th February 2020
Update: Domino’s UK, Mowgli and Chipotle
Domino’s UK reports like-for-like sales up 3.9% in Fourth Quarter, dispute with franchisees ongoing: Domino’s UK has reported system sales growth of 4.4% in the UK and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) in its Fourth Quarter to 29 Decembe … view
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Wednesday 5th February 2020
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Soho House Group launches early-stage investment vehicle: The backers of Soho House Group, including Richard Caring and Ron Burkle, have launched early-stage investment vehicle Cabinet Ventures, Propel has learned. It is believed the new … view
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Tuesday 4th February 2020
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Boxpark to announce investment partner in spring, debut BoxHall site to open in London next year: Boxpark is in advanced negotiations with investors and will announce its partner in the spring, Propel has learned. The company hired KPMG C … view
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Monday 3rd February 2020
Propel Monday News Briefing
Liberation Group FY like-for-likes up 3.6%, plans further freehold pub acquisitions: Channel Islands and West Country-based brewer and retailer Liberation Group saw its full-year like-for-like sales across its managed pubs increase 3.6%, … view
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