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Wednesday 30th November 2022
Update: Azzurri Group, Loungers, Tobias Jackson and Time Out Market
Holmes – Azzurri is trading ahead of last year, but 2023 is clearly going to be challenging: Steve Holmes, chief executive of the Azzurri Group, the ASK Italian, Zizzi and Coco Di Mama operator, has told Propel the business is currently trad … view
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Wednesday 30th November 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
UKHospitality CEO meets with rail union chief to seek suspension of ‘devastating’ festive train strikes as operators report wave of cancellations: UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls has met with Rail, Maritime and Transport W … view
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Tuesday 29th November 2022
Little Caesars Pizza to make UK return
Little Caesars Pizza to make UK return: Little Caesars Pizza, the world’s third-largest pizza chain, is to make its UK return. The brand, which currently operates in 27 countries and territories, will open in Derby, in late December, followe … view
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Tuesday 29th November 2022
White Rabbit Projects secures backing from Gail’s investor McWin
White Rabbit Projects secures backing from Gail’s investor McWin: White Rabbit Projects, the hospitality incubator, has secured a “significant capital injection” from food industry entrepreneurs Henry McGovern and Steven Winegar, wh … view
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Tuesday 29th November 2022
Update: Shaftesbury, Cooks Coffee and Alain Ducasse
Shaftesbury reports hospitality and leisure tenants seeing average monthly sales 6% ahead of pre-covid levels: West End landlord Shaftesbury has reported a strong recovery in footfall and spending with occupier demand returning to pre-pa … view
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Tuesday 29th November 2022
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Flight Club operator projects £50m-plus revenue in 2022, all venues up year-on-year, set to make Scottish debut a double opening: Red Engine, the team behind Flight Club and Electric Shuffle, has forecast its revenue will more than doubl … view
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Monday 28th November 2022
Marston’s reports like-for-like sales in managed pubs up 5% on FY2019 as full-year results delayed
Marston’s reports like-for-like sales in managed pubs up 5% on FY2019 as full-year results delayed: Marston’s has reported like-for-like sales in its managed and franchised pubs since the year ending 2 October 2022 are up 6.8% versus the s … view
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Monday 28th November 2022
Update: Barkby Group looks to dispose of nine-strong pub business
Barkby Group looks to dispose of nine-strong pub business, progressing sale of Workshop Coffee: Barkby Group has said it is now looking to dispose of its nine-strong pub business as it updated on its future strategy. It comes after the g … view
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Monday 28th November 2022
Propel Monday News Briefing
Côte making progress towards long-term goal of ‘being an iconic brand’, 2022 a ‘tough year’: Côte, the French brasserie chain backed by the Partners Group, has said it is making progress towards its long-term goal of “being an … view
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Friday 25th November 2022
Sector bosses write to RMT urging for resolution to ‘damaging’ train strikes, Nando's reduces losses by more than half
Sector bosses write to RMT urging for resolution to ‘damaging’ train strikes: Sector bosses have written to Mick Lynch, secretary-general of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT), to urge for a resolution to the train s … view
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Friday 25th November 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Solving the hospitality workforce crisis, here’s hoping hibernating venues return in the spring, overcoming the monster, hospitality exactly how it should be
Authors: Lord Smith of Hindhead CBE, Glynn Davis, Amber … view
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Friday 25th November 2022
Propel Friday News Briefing
Sector leaders urge government and unions to find resolution to avoid ‘catastrophic’ festive train strikes: Sector leaders have urged the government and unions to find a quick resolution to avoid train strikes over the festive period. … view
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Thursday 24th November 2022
Exclusive: Drake & Morgan appoints advisors as it gears up to assess its options
Exclusive – Drake & Morgan appoints advisors as it gears up to assess its options: Drake & Morgan, the London-based bar and restaurant group, is to assess its strategic options, which could result in a sale of the business next year, Propel … view
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Thursday 24th November 2022
Update: Time Out secures new loan facility, Darwin & Wallace considered AIM listing
Time Out Group secures new loan facility, names new CFO: Time Out Group, the global media and hospitality business, has agreed a new secured loan note facility for €35m, which can be extended later by mutual agreement to €47.5m with C … view
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Thursday 24th November 2022
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Connell – London bouncing back while some regions soften, experiential businesses trading really strongly: Darrel Connell, partner at sector investor Imbiba, has said London is starting to bounce back after a couple of tough years, whil … view
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Wednesday 23rd November 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Luke Johnson – things will start to look better late in 2023, but the next 12-18 months will break a lot of businesses: Serial sector investor Luke Johnson believes the landscape will look a lot better for hospitality operators by late … view
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Tuesday 22nd November 2022
Stonegate, Greggs and Various Eateries confirm intention to appeal in business interruption insurance battle
Stonegate, Greggs and Various Eateries confirm intention to appeal in business interruption battle against insurers: Stonegate, Greggs and Various Eateries have confirmed their intention to appeal last month’s High Court ruling in their covi … view
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Tuesday 22nd November 2022
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Churn and payrolls levels rising as one in nine hospitality jobs remain vacant, but recruitment efforts starting to pay off: The sector is experiencing rising payrolls and levels of churn as one in nine hospitality jobs remain vacant … view
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Tuesday 22nd November 2022
Churn and payrolls levels rising as one in nine hospitality jobs remain vacant, but recruitment efforts starting to pay off
Churn and payrolls levels rising as one in nine hospitality jobs remain vacant, but recruitment efforts starting to pay off: The sector is experiencing rising payrolls and levels of churn as one in nine hospitality jobs remain vacant, des … view
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Monday 21st November 2022
Update: Wendy’s to beef up UK presence, Leon, Compass Group
Wendy’s burger chain hungry to beef up its UK presence: The Wendy’s burger chain is hoping that it will be second time lucky as it prepares to go nationwide in the UK with its famous square patties, two decades after scrapping its fir … view
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Monday 21st November 2022
Propel Monday News Briefing
Restaurant Marketer & Innovator European Summit returns for 2023: Restaurant Marketer & Innovator European Summit is returning for its fifth edition, and tickets are now on sale. The event is a partnership between Propel and Think Hospita … view
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Saturday 19th November 2022
Exclusive: Ping Pong chain sold to management team via pre-pack administration
Exclusive – Ping Pong chain sold to management team via pre-pack administration: Ping Pong, the London dim sum chain, has been sold to its existing management team led by Art Sagiryan, via a pre-pack administration, Propel has learned. Yeste … view
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Friday 18th November 2022
Exclusive: Caffè Concerto chain placed on the market
Exclusive – Caffè Concerto chain placed on the market: Lux Management & Investments Group has placed its London-headquartered, European-style restaurant chain Caffè Concerto on the market, Propel has learned. It is understood FRP Corporate … view
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Friday 18th November 2022
AMT Coffee placed into administration, 25 sites transferred to SSP
AMT Coffee placed into administration, 25 sites transferred to SSP: AMT Coffee, which operates sites in transport hubs and hospitals across the UK, has been placed into administration, with 25 sites subsequently sold to SSP Group. Nick Hollowa … view
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Friday 18th November 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: It could have been a lot worse, collaborations between branded food operators and retailers very much on the menu, a strategy to beat the cost-of-living crisis, thoughts on COP 27 and what it means for hospitality
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Friday 18th November 2022
Propel Friday News Briefing
Emeny – London is getting back to normal, with acquisitions we’ve seen the opportunity to play the long game: Simon Emeny, chief executive of Fuller’s, has said London is “getting back to normal”, and the business was in “a ve … view
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Thursday 17th November 2022
Sector warns government support ‘nowhere near enough’ to safeguard industry despite £13.6bn package of business rates relief
Sector warns government support ‘nowhere near enough’ to safeguard industry despite £13.6bn package of business rates relief: Sector leaders have warned the government support in the autumn statement is “nowhere near enough” to safegu … view
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Thursday 17th November 2022
Update: Fuller’s sees lfl sales up 13% in recent trading, helped by a strong performance in central London
Fuller’s sees lfl sales up 13% in recent trading, helped by a strong performance in central London: Fuller’s has reported a 13% increase in like-for-like sales for the seven weeks to 12 November 2022 versus the prior year, helped by l … view
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Thursday 17th November 2022
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Food prices rise by a fifth in just 12 months: The CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index once again rose during October to hit 19.9% – a ninth consecutive month of double-digit inflation. As in previous months, oil and fats led the way, … view
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Thursday 17th November 2022
Food prices rise by a fifth in just 12 months
Food prices rise by a fifth in just 12 months: The CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index once again rose during October to hit 19.9% – a ninth consecutive month of double-digit inflation. As in previous months, oil and fats led the way, risin … view
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Wednesday 16th November 2022
Nick Jones to step down as CEO of Soho House owner, business slows down expansion plans
Nick Jones to step down as CEO of Soho House owner, business slows down expansion plans: Membership Collective Group (MCG), the New York-listed company behind the Soho House chain of members’ clubs, has announced Nick Jones is to step d … view
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Wednesday 16th November 2022
Update: Deliveroo pulls out of Australian market
Deliveroo pulls out of Australian market: Deliveroo has announced that it is ending its operations in Australia. It said the market is highly competitive in the country, with four global players, and that “Deliveroo does not hold a bro … view
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Wednesday 16th November 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Costs crisis wipes out hospitality's growth despite increase in October sales, London shows further recovery: Sales at Britain’s top managed restaurant, pub and bar groups in October were 1.5% ahead of last year, the latest edition of t … view
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Wednesday 16th November 2022
Costs crisis wipes out hospitality’s growth despite increase in October sales, London shows further recovery
Costs crisis wipes out hospitality’s growth despite increase in October sales, London shows further recovery: Sales at Britain’s top managed restaurant, pub and bar groups in October were 1.5% ahead of last year, the latest edition of the … view
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Tuesday 15th November 2022
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
More than fifth of pubs, restaurants and cafes slash hours over energy bill rises: More than a fifth of UK pubs, restaurants and cafes have cut their hours over the past three months in a bid to cut energy costs, according to new analysis … view
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Monday 14th November 2022
Exclusive: Big Fang Collective appoints former The New World Trading company COO as CEO
Exclusive – Big Fang Collective appoints former The New World Trading company COO as CEO: Big Fang Collective, the Imbiba-backed, Liverpool-based entertainment venue operator that owns the Ghetto Golf and Golf Fang brands, has appointed for … view
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Monday 14th November 2022
Megan’s raises £5m to drive growth, JD Wetherspoon reveals details of seven new pubs on market
Megan’s raises £5m to drive next stage of growth: Megan’s, the fast-growing, cafe and deli concept, has raised £5m from Barclays to drive its next phase of growth. Megan’s currently operates 18 sites across London and the Home Cou … view
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Monday 14th November 2022
Propel Monday News Briefing
Planet Organic hits £6.25m crowdfunding target in just over 24 hours, plans 50 sites over next three years: Health-focused retailer Planet Organic has hit its crowdfunding target of £6.25m in just over 24 hours since the launch of the c … view
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Monday 14th November 2022
KFC aiming for third of new hires by 2030 to be young people who have faced barriers to employment
KFC aiming for third of new hires by 2030 to be young people who have faced barriers to employment, puts together four-point government action plan: KFC is aiming for a third of all new hires by 2030 to be young people, aged between 16 an … view
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Sunday 13th November 2022
Hospitality facing £900m business rates hike, threatening ‘devastation’ in the sector
Hospitality facing £900m business rates hike, threatening ‘devastation’ in the sector: Hospitality businesses will face a £3.6bn bill next April if business rates increase in line with inflation and current relief is ended, UKHospitality … view
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Friday 11th November 2022
Byron owner appoints advisors to review its options
Byron owner appoints advisors to review its options: Famously Proper, the owner of better burger brand Byron, has appointed advisors as it reviews its options for the business. The company, which is backed by investment vehicle Calveton UK and … view
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Friday 11th November 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Seeking government support for hospitality, the war against business closures, why The Newt is the place to bee, don’t let an impending recession shake your focus on sustainability
Authors: Lord Smith of Hindhead … view
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Friday 11th November 2022
Update: Hospitality sales climb 4% in Britain's top cities but inflation curbs real-terms growth, recession looms
Hospitality sales climb 4% in Britain’s top cities but inflation curbs real-terms growth: Pubs, bars, and restaurants are recording positive sales in Britain’s major cities – but high inflation is making real-terms growth very diffi … view
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Friday 11th November 2022
Propel Friday News Briefing
Simon Dodd – sector needs to embrace flexible working to help tackle recruitment crisis, Fridays ‘are back’ in London: Simon Dodd, chief executive of London pub operator Young’s, has told Propel the sector needs to embrace flexibl … view
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Thursday 10th November 2022
Update: London sees lowest level of new openings in more than a decade, Young’s, Nightcap and Domino’s
Harden’s – London sees lowest level of new restaurant openings in more than a decade: London has seen the lowest level of new restaurant openings in more than a decade, according to Harden’s London Restaurants 2023. The guide now en … view
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Thursday 10th November 2022
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Tim Martin – sector has made a ‘massive mistake’ in constantly asking for support when what it needs is equality, Wetherspoon going head-to-head with McDonald’s and Wagamama with new menu items: JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin … view
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Wednesday 9th November 2022
Legal Briefing

Christmas and the cup – a festive football season by Patrick Robson

The men’s football World Cup is just around the corner, and this year’s is particularly unique. As the sector prepares itself for yet another round of the busy fes … view
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Wednesday 9th November 2022
Update: BrewDog’s David McDowall to replace Simon Longbottom as Stonegate CEO, JD Wetherspoon trading
David McDowall to replace Simon Longbottom as Stonegate chief executive: Stonegate Group, the operator of 4,500 pubs nationwide, has announced Simon Longbottom is to step down as chief executive at the end of February 2023. Longbottom lea … view
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Wednesday 9th November 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
7Bone Burger Co undergoes restructure, closes two sites: 7Bone Burger Co has secured new investment after concluding a restructure, which included a pre-pack administration and the closure of two sites, Propel has learned. Propel revealed … view
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Tuesday 8th November 2022
Update: PizzaExpress’ insurance battle, Time Out Market and Gary Usher
PizzaExpress told covid cases ‘not an emergency’ in £200m insurance claim: PizzaExpress has been told it cannot recoup lockdown losses of around £200m by claiming on its insurance policy because it was not dealing with an emergency … view
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Tuesday 8th November 2022
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Foodservice inflation hits record high of 18.8%: Inflation in food and drink prices hit a record high of 18.8% in September, the latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index reveals. After reaching 15% for first time in August, the Index s … view
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Tuesday 8th November 2022
Foodservice inflation hits record high of 18.8%
Foodservice inflation hits record high of 18.8%: Inflation in food and drink prices hit a record high of 18.8% in September, the latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index reveals. After reaching 15% for first time in August, the Index s … view
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Monday 7th November 2022
Propel Monday News Briefing
High street brand meal prices rise by up to 26% over two years: Prices at some of the most popular high street restaurants have risen by as much as 26% since 2020, according to new research. Analysis by The Observer of menu prices at high … view
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Monday 7th November 2022
Loungers aims to reinvigorate roadside dining with launch of new concept Brightside
Loungers aims to reinvigorate roadside dining with launch of new concept Brightside: Café bar operator Loungers plans to “reinvigorate roadside dining in the UK” with the launch of a new concept called Brightside. The operator of the … view
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Friday 4th November 2022
Exclusive: Deep Blue signs exclusive retail development licence agreement with Boparan for Harry Ramsden’s
Exclusive – Deep Blue signs exclusive retail development licence agreement with Boparan for Harry Ramsden’s brand: Deep Blue Restaurants, owner of the Deep Blue and Harry Ramsden’s brands, has signed an exclusive retail development licen … view
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Friday 4th November 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Debt and the demographic dilemma, resisting change can sometimes pay off, the wheel keeps turning, making a case for cask
Authors: Paul Chase, Glynn Davis, Sarah Travell, Paul Nunny

Debt … view

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Friday 4th November 2022
Propel Friday News Briefing
More than a third of sector businesses reducing opening hours to cut costs, 81% introduce price increases: More than a third of sector businesses (35%) are reducing their opening hours to mitigate the impacts of the economic crisis, accor … view
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Thursday 3rd November 2022
Update: Wellington Pub Co update, Cook Coffee Co floats, Usher hits Kickstarter target
Wellington Pub Co sees revenue return to pre-pandemic levels: Wellington Pub Co, the UK’s largest free-of-tie pub estate with more than 700 tenanted sites, saw revenue climb 40% in the year to 31 March 2022, as it returned to pre-pande … view
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Thursday 3rd November 2022
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Creams preparing for Middle East expansion as it targets 500 stores worldwide over next five years: Dessert parlour operator Creams is preparing for expansion in the Middle East as it targets 500 stores worldwide over the next five years. … view
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Thursday 3rd November 2022
Mike Tye appointed chairman of Arc Inspirations
Mike Tye appointed chairman of Arc Inspirations: Mike Tye, the former chief executive of Spirit Group and current chairman of the Big Table Group, has been appointed chairman of Arc Inspirations, the Martin Wolstencroft-led business, whic … view
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Wednesday 2nd November 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
WSH Group acquires London coffee business Notes: WSH Group, the parent company of BaxterStorey and Benugo, has acquired Notes, the ten-strong London coffee shop and wine bar concept, for an undisclosed sum, Propel has learned. Robert Robi … view
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Tuesday 1st November 2022
Update: Fulham Shore trading in line with management expectations, debuts retail range
Fulham Shore trading in line with management expectations, debuts retail range: Fulham Shore, the Franco Manca and The Real Greek operator, has reported that trading in the six months to 25 September 2022 was in line with expectations, b … view
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Tuesday 1st November 2022
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Pret to roll out Express format to more than 50 UK locations by end of year: Pret A Manger, the JAB Holdings-backed brand, plans to have rolled out Pret Express, its “24/7 self-service coffee-to-go solution”, to more than 50 locations … view
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