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Fri 28th Aug 2015 - Propel Friday News Briefing

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Crowdcube to help investors gauge risk with Moody’s Analytics: Crowdcube is now presenting investors with output from Moody’s Analytics’ private company risk model to help them assess the bond investment opportunities listed on the site. Square Pie and Vanarama are the first to display the new Probability of Default figure that represents a probability that the business issuing the mini-bond will default on any existing credit obligations. Mini-bond investors through Crowdcube have already received about £300,000 in returns so far in 2015 from interest payments, which are typically paid every six months. More than 2,000 people have invested about £10m in mini-bonds on Crowdcube over the last 12 months, including attraction Eden Project, award-winning River Cottage and Chilango. Luke Lang, co-founder at Crowdcube, said: “This represents a major leap forward in helping investors better understand the financial position of companies raising investment through a bond on Crowdcube. We work with established, sophisticated businesses with years of financial performance data under their belts and it is important that we reflect this and are transparent with our community of 200,000 savvy investors.” One industry observer estimates the value of the mini-bond segment will rise to £8bn by 2017. Lang added: “We’re inundated with established businesses, including high-street brands, who are looking at how a bond can secure growth finance for the business and help them engage more with their customers. Using Moody’s Analytics is part of an ongoing programme of improvements to provide investors with a better experience and reinforce our position as the number one choice for businesses looking to raise finance using a mini-bond.”

Industry News:

Propel Multi Club Conference open for bookings: The third and final Propel Multi Club Conference of 2015, held on Thursday, 5 November at the Lancaster Hotel, London, is now open for bookings. Propel managing director Paul Charity said: “We have another first-class line-up of speakers, which we will begin to unveil next week. This conference series has become the best-attended in the sector and demand for places consistently out-strips supply – so I’d suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.” Multi-site pub, restaurant and foodservice operators can book two free places per company. Anyone who would like to book a place should email Adam Dickinson on

Alcohol sales rise in Scotland: Alcohol sales in Scotland increased last year, according to the latest figures. An NHS report said the equivalent of 41 bottles of vodka or 114 bottles of wine per adult were sold in 2014. The Scottish government said the figures reinforced the need for minimum unit pricing. NHS Scotland warned that increased consumption would result in higher levels of alcohol-related illness and deaths. The figures are in contrast to a trend for declining alcohol sales seen in recent years. They showed most of the alcohol – 72% – was bought through supermarkets or off-licences, rather than in pubs and clubs – the highest market share since recording began in 1994. Scots continue to drink almost a fifth more than in England and Wales. The statistics also highlighted that for the first time since 2007, the average price per unit in the off-trade has not increased and remains at 52p. However, more than half of alcohol sold in off-trade costs below 50p per unit – the initial level proposed for minimum unit pricing.

Horizons – inbound tourism provided a big boost to UK hospitality industry in past decade: The hospitality sector is now worth £119bn, driven by inboard tourists, insights firm Horizons has reported. The company stated: “We recently finalised our latest Hospitality and Tourism report which, this year, incorporates our data and insight from over the past ten years to highlight the value of the hospitality sector and the impact of inbound visitors in recent years. The importance of inbound tourists to the UK hospitality sector increased from 14% in 2005 to 19% in 2014, whilst the percentage of expenditure by UK holidaymakers remained static at 21%. Whilst spend on eating out has increased, spend on drinks consumed out-of-home and without food is in decline.”

Beer volumes dip in second quarter: An early Easter and the impact of the World Cup 2014 resulted in disappointing beer sales in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest figures from the British Beer & Pub Association’s (BBPA) Quarterly Beer Barometer. Total sales were 5.6% lower in quarter two compared with the same quarter in 2014. When it comes to the latest annual trend, the decline was lower, with off-trade sales down 1.9% over the 12 months to June 2015, and on-trade down 2.9%. Total sales were down 2.4% on the previous 12 months. The BBPA is pointing out that Easter was in early April in 2015, meaning that some brewery sales may have shifted into quarter one compared to 2014, when Easter was in late April. Furthermore, the football World Cup took place in June 2014, boosting sales in that period – quarter two sales this year, remained above those in quarter two 2013. Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: “While we may see a bounce back in quarter three, these latest figures give no room for complacency, and show that more action is needed on beer duty. The chancellor has made a great start, with his three, one penny cuts, but with inflation very low, and an industry still experiencing the impact of the 42% rise under the previous government’s escalator policy, there is no doubt that more action is need to create a more sustainable future for Britain’s national drink.”

BII appoints Admiral Taverns’ Suzanne Smith as non-executive director: The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has appointed Admiral Taverns’ head of recruitment and people development Suzanne Smith as a non-executive director. Smith’s role is to bring expertise and creative contribution through support of the BII trustees, to offer strategic direction and oversight of the business. She said: “I hope to give something back to an organisation that helps so many in the industry. I aim to use my previous experience to target membership growth, help the membership package continue to evolve and also bring a refreshed approach to the organisation.” BII chief executive Tim Hulme added: “Suzanne brings a wealth of experience to the role and her experience will be instrumental in the way she is able to inform and shape ideas to benefit our members.” Smith joined Admiral Taverns in 2010 and has led the transformation of the company’s licensee recruitment and training offer. She previously worked for the BII between 2004 and 2008 in membership.

Historic England research leads to listing of 21 inter-war pubs: Historic England’s research into inter-war pubs has led to 21 new listings. Six of the 21 are old Truman’s pubs. All are now listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The six Truman’s pubs listed are: The Royal Oak, Colombia Road, London; The Rose and Crown, Stoke Newington; The Golden Heart, Spitalfields; The Stag’s Head, Hoxton; The Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton; and The Station in Surrey. James Morgan, chief executive of Truman’s Brewery, said: “We are delighted that Historic England have recognised the value of these amazing pubs. Truman’s built palaces for the people, a home away from home, for all to enjoy. They are pinnacles of an era, which inspire us as a business to this day, and will now never be forgotten thanks to their hard work.” During the inter-war period (1918-1939), Truman’s built over 150 pubs across England, many designed by the celebrated architect A E Sewell. By creating bigger, better spaces with restaurants, gardens and community meeting spaces, more respectable customers, families and particularly women were attracted to visit pubs. Truman’s pubs became pillars of the community, loved local landmarks and a key slice of English culture. Many of them still remain standing due to the quality and care put into building and decorating them. The Royal Oak, an old Truman’s pub on the doorstep of the famous Columbia Road Flower market in Hoxton and called an “early pub” because it serves market traders from 9am on Sundays. It is a sought-after filming location, it was often the backdrop in BBC TV series “Goodnight Sweetheart”, and played a starring role in British gangster film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”. Heritage minister Tracey Crouch said: “These inter-war pubs are more than a slice of living history, they play an intrinsic role in English culture and our local communities. I’m delighted that these pubs and their fascinating history have been protected for generations to enjoy for years to come.”

Company News:

Tokyo Industries to invest £2m in four-venue Bradford scheme: Tokyo Industries, the UK’s third largest nightclub company led by Aaron Mellor, is launching its most ambitious project yet, re-activating four venues simultaneously in the heart of Bradford with a £2m investment, with the help of a large, but unspecified, “Invest in Bradford” EU grant. Mellor told Propel: “In 2007, we took our Tokyo Bradford site on favourable terms following the recession but the ‘rent escalator’ didn’t feel quite as good. When the landlord went into administration we purchased the freehold of pretty much the whole street becoming the landlord ourselves of the adjacent JD Wetherspoon, the adjacent Varsity, four fast food takeaways and the council offices above. With Barracuda’s collapse last year their lease reverted, leaving a chunk of the site unoccupied. The new scheme will feature four separate customer-facing sites all simultaneously launched in an attempt to reactivate this part of the city. Bradford’s Lord Mayor opens Stein Bier Keller and Tiki-O tonight (Friday, 28 August) ready for the bank holiday weekend, followed by the company’s largest BrewHaus opening in two weeks’ time and finally a brand new Circle music venue ready for Freshers. All sites are located in Bradford’s former Royal Windsor Baths behind the city’s famous Alhambra Theatre.”

BrewDog attracts more than 1,000 investors in Sweden, second only to the UK: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog has now attracted more than 1,000 investors in Sweden, where it opened its third site this week. The company is aiming to raise £25m through its Equity for Punks IV crowdfunding push and now Sweden is second behind the UK in terms of investor numbers with 1,069 – the UK has 22,000 investors. BrewDog has also opened BrewDog Södermalm in Stockholm, located above the Sthlm Brewing Co brewery. The company stated: “Craft beer fans in this energetic city now have a brand new outlet for their enjoyment – our latest international bar is now open. Located at Ringvägen 149B – a short walk from Skanstull Tunnelbana station, BrewDog Södermalm is housed in a converted former tanning salon. With this in mind (kind of), we have added ample opportunity for catching some rays with an outdoor seating area. Plus, the bar is fully dog-friendly. The bar will be pouring from 18 taps, specialising in the freshest BrewDog releases you can get your hands on.”

Mitchells & Butlers clarifies tipping policy: Mitchells & Butlers has clarified its tipping policy – each of its pubs and restaurants decided how to split tips. A spokesman said: “Our tipping policy covers all Mitchells & Butlers brands. Our employees keep 100% of their tips. The individual team within each business decides on how both cash and credit card tips should be split. This way there is the flexibility for tips to be shared with both our front of house and kitchen teams.”

Marco Pierre White to launch first Northern Ireland restaurant: Chef Marco Pierre White is to launch his first restaurant in Northern Ireland in October. Pierre White is opening his latest Steakhouse Bar & Grill brand in east Belfast’s four-star Park Avenue Hotel following an agreement with the chef’s restaurant company Black & White Hospitality, creating about 12 jobs. Guests at the new eatery can expect a selection of timeless English and French classics including French onion soup and a range of 28-day aged native breed steaks. Black & White Hospitality chief executive Nick Taplin said: “With my team, I have explored the potential for our first ever Northern Ireland restaurant for some time, but it was crucial that we found the right partner to bring it to life. The Park Avenue Hotel is an excellent fit as it offers us a great space in an ideal location and we hope the people of Belfast will enjoy what we are bringing to the city.” Park Avenue Hotel managing director Mandy Patrick added: “I am delighted that this project is now going ahead. It is a huge expression of confidence in Belfast as a place to do business. Attracting internationally acknowledged brands like Marco Pierre White means Belfast and the Park Avenue Hotel are directly linked into a global marketing network which drives the tourism and hospitality sector.”

YO! Sushi lodges plans for second Essex site: YO! Sushi has lodged plans to open its second site in Essex, this time in Chelmsford. The company has applied to Chelmsford Council to open in a vacant shop in the High Street, which was previously occupied by shoe company Stead & Simpson. The restaurant would create about 25 jobs and would open from 11.30am-10pm. Jon Parry, from YO! Sushi, told the Brentwood Weekly News he believed the proposal would bring something “genuinely new” to Chelmsford. He added: “We are confident that the proposed outlet will enhance footfall in this stretch of Chelmsford High Street and contribute very positively to the vitality and viability of the city centre.” YO! Sushi’s other branch in the county is at the Lakeside shopping centre in Thurrock.

Young’s to celebrate 184th birthday with parties at south London sites: London pub and hotel retailer Young’s will celebrate its 184th birthday on Thursday, 17 September with parties across its sites south of the river. The company will have local brews on tap, Burger Shack burgers, and entertainment at The Windmill in Clapham, The Bull in Streatham, The Wood House in Dulwich, The Leather Bottle in Earlsfield and The Ship in Wandsworth. Each pub boasts a newly opened Burger Shack, serving grilled patties in brioche buns with a side of curly fries, craft ales and sodas, as well as beer tastings from Young’s beer ambassadors. Famed French pâtissier Eric Lanlard will also be creating a personalised cake to be served at The Ship. Each pub will be offering a limited number of VIP tickets that will be given away for each party via the respective pubs’ social media. Young’s was founded in 1831 by Charles Young and Anthony Bainbridge on purchase of the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth.

Stonegate Pub Company to open 15th Popworld in Derby tonight: Stonegate Pub Company is reopening its Scream venue in Derby under its Popworld brand tonight (Friday, 28 August) – its 15th site for the concept. The company has refurbished the venue in Friar Gate within the grade II-listed Friary pub, which has also received a revamp as part of the £300,000 investment. The club’s general manager Vince Brown told the Derby Telegraph: “Popworld will be a fantastic addition to Derby’s nightlife. It is a vibrant city and I believe the high-energy nights out Popworld has to offer will go down a storm. With back-to-back music featuring the nations favourite tunes, we will be offering our customers a fun night out within a safe environment, where they can enjoy something a bit different.” The club, which serves popcorn, candy floss and cocktails, known as Poptails, will be open from 11.30pm-3am Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Stonegate operates 14 other Popworld clubs across the country including Birmingham, Sheffield, York, Newcastle, Liverpool and Bristol.

Subway franchisee launches frozen yoghurt concept: Subway franchisee Gavin Wall, who operates four Subway sites in Belfast, has launched a new frozen yoghurt, ice cream and coffee house in the city. Barclays has completed a £675,000 financing package aimed at supporting Wall to establish YoggieBerrie. The dessert parlour opened at Fortwilliam Shops in the city’s Antrim Road – the financing package also assisted with the opening of a new Subway store on the Springfield Road. Wall, a former barrister, said: “We saw a gap in the market for a new business venture in north Belfast and initially explored an ice cream theme. This then developed into a coffee house, frozen yoghurt and ice cream business. We knew we wanted to create something really different and fun, and have something for everyone, where everyone could have a good time and so the YoggieBerrie brand was born. Our goal was to create a contemporary, high-end design led environment in which customers could truly enjoy the YoggieBerrie experience. We realised that we needed to partner with a bank which could not only support our first venture in north Belfast, but also multiple outlets across Northern Ireland in the future.”

Neville and Giggs receive Far East funding for Manchester bar, hotel and restaurant scheme: Hospitality entrepreneurs Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ plans to redevelop Manchester’s former Bootle Street police station are being backed by Far East funders. Neville and Giggs are part of a consortium planning to transform the chunk of land off Deansgate, between Jackson’s Row, Bootle Street and Southmill Street, in partnership with Manchester Council, with offices, bars, restaurants, apartments and a five star hotel. The development, called St Michael’s Manchester, will now receive investment from Singapore-based Rowsley and Beijing Construction and Engineering Group. Neville told the Manchester Evening News: “This represents a very important milestone for the development of St Michael’s. To secure funding for the project this early in the process is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates great confidence in the city. We are all truly excited at what can be achieved with this innovative and inspiring development.” Zerum, the property consultancy owned by Neville, will develop the scheme.

Northamptonshire-based multi-site operators to open third site in Corby: Northamptonshire-based multi-site operators Philippos and Lisa Filaitis are to open their third site in Corby next month. The couple is launching fine-dining Mediterranean restaurant Olive on the site of the former One Stop Shop on the ground floor of Grosvenor House in George Street. The 120-seat restaurant will employ about ten staff, serving food from 11am-10pm. Olive’s interior draws its inspiration from the stylish coffee bars and restaurants of Aegina, Greece. Upholstered booths, sofas and classic tables and chairs break up the large ground floor into different dining areas. Philippos Filaitis told the Northamptonshire Telegraph: “We get a lot of Corby clients in Rothwell and we have also been looking for a bigger town to set up in. We have looked at Market Harborough, Kettering and Corby, but Corby was ticking most of the boxes.” The Filaitis’ also own The Old Bakehouse restaurant and Olive Lounge wine bar in Rothwell.

Go Italian Street Food to open new concept in Leeds: Healthy fast food specialist Go Italian Street Food is set to open a new concept in Leeds. The company has agreed a ten-year lease on a 1,065 sq ft property in St Paul’s Street to launch Wolf Street Food, reports Insider Media. Steve Henderson, retail director at Savills – which represented landlord Regional Properties – said: “The Go Italian Street Food concept has been very successful in London and the north west over the last few years. We are pleased to be supporting the launch of its new Wolf Street Food offer with this letting on behalf of Regional Properties.” Since 2008, nine restaurants have opened under the Go brand at locations including Old Spitalfield’s Market in London, Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield and Manchester Arndale. Go Italian Street Food was unrepresented in the deal.

Multi-site operator twins’ plans for boutique hotel and restaurant in Newport recommended for refusal: Proposals by multi-site operator twins Pasquale and Sergio Cinotti to convert a former nursing home into a boutique hotel with restaurant in Newport, South Wales, have been recommended for refusal by planners. The Cinottis, who run two restaurants and an ice-cream parlour under the Gemelli’s name, have submitted a change of use application for the grade II-listed Victorian building Rothbury House, in Stow Park Circle, which they bought last year. According to the plans, the proposed restaurant will cater for the top-end of the culinary field, while the rear outbuildings will include an area for making cakes to be predominantly consumed in Gemelli’s Restaurants. The upstairs would have rooms to let. But 37 people have objected to the proposal and Newport City Council planners are recommending refusal because of concerns over parking, access, and the potential impact on bats and trees ahead of a planning committee meeting on Wednesday. The Cinottis opened their first restaurant in 1996 and expanded in 2013 with the addition of a large restaurant and ice-cream parlour at Spytty retail park.

Greene King wins Scottish government support for new-build Perth pub restaurant: Greene King has won Scottish government support to open a pub restaurant on the edge of Perth. Councillors rejected proposals for a Greene King at Broxden Business Park, arguing the site should be reserved for new offices. The plan was thrown out by the local authority’s development management committee, despite assurances the new venue would create about 60 jobs and help boost the local economy. The bid also attracted complaints from residents who claimed the development would lead to a rise in litter problems and antisocial behaviour. Now Greene King has had the councillors’ decision overturned and secured planning consent following an appeal to Scottish ministers. In its submission to the directorate for planning and environmental appeals, a Greene King spokesman said there was an oversupply of office accommodation in and around the city. He added: “The proposed development will assist in attracting future employment users to the vacant, adjacent plots.”

Pho opens 15th site today, this time located in Manchester’s Corn Exchange:
Pho, the Vietnamese restaurant group started by Stephen and Juliette Wall in 2005, will open its first restaurant in Manchester today (Friday, 29 August) in the newly renovated Corn Exchange. The 15th restaurant from the group, which specialises in the national dish of Vietnam (pho), will seat more than 240 diners across three floors. The space comprises of different zones with various aspects of Pho’s identity including an industrial Vietnamese street market look with exposed brickwork, a chaotic abundance of pipework and oversized metal lighting, and a touch of glamour with polished ply wall cladding and glossy tiling. Stephen Wall said: “Manchester is now one of the hottest places in the UK in terms of dining out, and we’re really excited to be opening in the Corn Exchange – an iconic building that’s been begging for redevelopment for years. It promises to be a fantastic eating and drinking destination and we’re hopeful that Pho will fit right in.” The restaurant group created a video, titled #WhatThePho, as part of its opening campaign in Manchester, to clear up any confusion on who it is, what it does, and how to pronounce the brand name.

Serious Pig plans charcuterie bar in Peckham after crowdfunding success: Salami producer Serious Pig is planning to open a charcuterie bar in Peckham after raising £125,000 on crowdfunding platform Crowdbnk, with investment from BrewDog co-founder James Watt. The company has appointed a new PR agency, which has worked for BrewDog for the past five years. A spokesman for Manifest stated: “Serious Pig is British craft meat company that produces delicious salami made from the finest British Pork and carefully blended herbs and spices available. (James Watt) likes Serious Pig’s craft salami so much that he’s going to be stocking it in BrewDog bars up and down the country over the coming weeks. Money generated from the crowdfunding round will be put towards marketing and opening a cool charcuterie bar in Peckham.”

Yorkshire Meatball Company’s Harrogate subsidiary in administration with Begbies Traynor: Yorkshire Meatball Company, which runs a restaurant and craft beer bar in Harrogate that was named Restaurant of the Year in the Startups Awards 2014, is continuing to trade despite the liquidation of a subsidiary. Julian Pitts and Nick Reed of Begbies Traynor were appointed as joint liquidators of the Yorkshire Meatball Company (Harrogate) on 14 August 2015, part of the Yorkshire Meatball Co. The group’s restaurant in Harrogate is continuing to trade and development of a new outlet in York is also ongoing. The speciality meatball restaurant and craft beer bar in Harrogate opened on 1 March 2014 in premises used by an existing cafe operation. In a statement to Business Insider, Begbies said the company effectively took on the responsibility of existing costs associated with the previous business, some of which were unexpected and required costly restructuring. Funds allocated to investment in the new venture were therefore depleted which led to the liquidation, the statement from Begbies added. Pitts said: “It is unfortunate that unforeseen additional liabilities necessitated the liquidation of one of the companies within the group, however with pledged investment and bank confidence, the directors are confident that that a quality offering can now be maintained in Harrogate.” Yorkshire Meatball Co, run by father-and-son team David and Gareth Atkinson, was named the Startups Awards’ Restaurant Business of the Year in 2014.

Two new Caprice Holdings restaurants to reserve 40% of space for walk-ins:
Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings is to launch two more ventures this year — The Ivy Café Marylebone and The Ivy Brasserie Kensington – where 40% of their tables will be kept free for walk-in diners. The Ivy Café, which will seat up to 94, will occupy the old Union Café site, previously owned by Brinkley’s Restaurant Group, on Marylebone Lane. Opening in early November, it will “embody a local, neighbourly environment, offering a specially selected menu, featuring the best-sellers from its larger sister restaurants”. The Ivy Kensington Brasserie, set to open in December, will take over the space occupied by Pavilion members’ and business club in Kensington High Street. Seating 138 inside and 46 outside, it will also provide all-day dining, as well as afternoon tea and 12 bespoke cocktails.

Six restaurant brands confirmed for new East Kilbride Shopping Centre leisure hub: Six restaurant brands have been confirmed for the new multi-million pound leisure hub at East Kilbride Shopping Centre in Scotland. The Restaurant Group brands Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito will take up places in the 70,000 sq ft development along with PizzaExpress, Handmade Burger Co, Bella Italia, owned by Casual Dining Group, and Filling Station, creating over 200 jobs. Centre director Ian McLelland told the Daily Record: “The six names announced are some of the biggest operators in the restaurant business. Planning and delivering a development on this scale takes time however, our extensive negotiations are now bearing fruit and we are seeing the project moving on apace. In addition to the names announced, we are in advanced negotiations with a number of other restaurant operators and look forward to announcing these in the coming weeks.” Work to fit out the new units is scheduled to start in the coming months, with the leisure hub at the centre’s Olympia Mall due for completion in late 2016. The development will include 11 new restaurants and cafes alongside the existing nine-screen Odeon Cinema and ice rink, which is scheduled for a major refurbishment over the coming year.

Hawkes launches campaign where people can trade in apples for cider: London craft cider producers Hawkes has launched a campaign where people can trade in their apples for cider. The company has started the #appledonor campaign where people take their apples to the Hawkes Ciderhouse at Arch 361 in Winchelsea Road, east London, and receive a percentage of cider in return. The idea behind the Urban Orchard cider is to use as many handpicked urban apples as possible, ones that might typically go to waste. Hawkes has also teamed up with social enterprise The Open Orchard Project, which is helping the company on its picks and plans with its own orchard early next year at Mudchute Farm, near Canary Wharf. Founder of Hawkes Simon Wright said: “Our approach to cider making goes well beyond the liquid itself. For us, the people, communities and enterprises behind the apples play an even more important role.”

Burger King invites McDonald’s to collaborate on pop-up restaurant for Peace Day:
Burger King has invited rival McDonald’s to collaborate on a one-day pop-up restaurant in the US for Peace Day. Miami-based Burger King has asked Oak Brook-based McDonald’s to come together for the restaurant in Atlanta — halfway between the two companies’ hometowns on 21 September. Under the proposal, the pop-up would serve a one-day hybrid of the company’s two signature burgers: the McWhopper, reports Nation’s Restaurant News. Taking the best ingredients from McDonald’s Big Mac and Burger King’s Whopper, the burger would be the “culinary mashup of a lifetime” that would inspire guests with “the mouthwatering taste of peace”. Proceeds would benefit the organisation Peace One Day. In an open letter to McDonald’s, published in full-page ads in The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times, Burger King offered the collaboration as a way to draw attention to Peace One Day’s attempt to create an annual day of global unity. McDonald’s chief executive Steve Easterbrook responded with a tweet and Facebook post that called the idea “inspiration for a good cause” and added: “We’ll be in touch.” Burger King has created a website showing proposed packaging, uniforms and a restaurant design that splits trademark colours and logos in half.

Speaker programme confirmed for The Bar and Nightclub Conference: The full speaker programme has been confirmed for The Bar and Nightclub Conference, which is being held on Tuesday, 27 October at Bafta Piccadilly. Speakers are: Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), Phil Tate, chief executive of CGA Strategy, Simon Chaplin, director and head of leisure and development at Christie + Co, Trevor Watson, executive director of Davis Coffer Lyons, Graeme Bunn, director of Fleurets, Glendola Leisure managing director Alex Salussolia, Riz Shaikh, co-founder of the Columbo Group, Dave Henkes, vice-president of Technomic, Peter Marks, chief executive of Deltic Group, Exeat Leisure founder Stephen Thomas, Tokyo Industries founder Aaron Mellor, Reuben Harley, chief executive of Eclectic, Alex Hazzard, co-founder of the Burning Night Group, leading licensing barrister Philip Kolvin QC, Luke Johnson, of Risk Capital Partners and Adam Marshall, founder of Grand Union Group. The conference, the first stand-alone event for this part of the market, examines the key issues affecting the market with contributions from key figures within the sector. Tickets are free for operators and cost £145 for ALMR supplier members and £195 for ALMR non-suppliers. Tickets can be booked by emailing Jo Charity on

Technomic and Propel partner for UK and US foodservice trends and direction conference:
Insights and research firm Technomic is partnering Propel for a full-day conference looking at UK and US foodservice trends and perspectives. The event is on Friday, 18 September at One Moorgate Place in London and attendees will also get a free copy of Technomic’s Top 500 US Chain Restaurant Report and the UK’s leading 100 foodservice brands worth a combined £800. Technomic’s vice-president Dave Henkes will give an industry update on UK foodservice and compare it with the US as well as providing forecasts and beverage trends in both markets. Fellow vice-president Darren Tristano will examine best practice in menu, concept and service among growth concepts as well as looking at consumer demands. Technomic’s Patrick Noone will provide insights on current UK trending menu flavours and preparations and consumer priorities and attitudes. Paul Damico, group president of Focus Brands – which operates several fast-food concepts in the US including Schlotzsky’s Bakery & Café and Moe’s Southwest Grill – will share best practices around creating a unique positioning, culture and growth strategy. Propel managing director Paul Charity will also lead a discussion of senior executives about current consumer trends, menu and beverage trends. Those taking part are: Jon Yantin, commercial director of the ONE Group, Chris Gerard, founder of Innventure, James Nye, managing director of Anglian Country Inns and Ben Levick, director of operations, TCG Group. Tickets are priced £295 plus VAT for operators and £495 plus VAT for suppliers and are available by emailing
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