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Friday 5th August 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The rise of the self-service kiosk, planning for tough times, playing the long game 
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott, Sarah Travell

The rise of the self-service kiosk by Glynn Davisview

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Friday 5th August 2022
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Friday 5th August 2022
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Nicholls – further business failures will become inevitable without prompt government action: Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, has said further business failures across the sector will become inevitable without prompt ac … view
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Thursday 4th August 2022
Results: Gordon Ramsay, CenterParcs, Hydes, Redcat buys Jamaica Inn
Gordon Ramsay reports increased losses during second year of pandemic: Gordon Ramsay Restaurants has reported increased losses in the year to 31 August 2021. The company opened ten restaurants in the year – taking the total estate to 35 … view
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Thursday 4th August 2022
Update: Nightcap trading update, Just Eat, energy bills
Nightcap reports 23.6% like-for-like sales increase at year-end: Bar and nightclub operator Nightcap has reported it ended its financial year on 3 July with a 23.6% like-for-like sales increase. The company stated: “31 of the 34 group … view
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Thursday 4th August 2022
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Watt – cost pressures have the potential to destroy more businesses than the pandemic: James Watt, co-founder and chief executive of Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog, has said the current inflationary pressures the sector is facing … view
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Wednesday 3rd August 2022
Baton Berisha to leave D&D London to take up a position as CEO of ‘rival restaurant group’
Baton Berisha to leave D&D London to take up a position as CEO of ‘rival restaurant group’: D&D London has announced its managing director Baton Berisha will be leaving the business to take up a position as chief executive of a “ri … view
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Wednesday 3rd August 2022
Update: Henry McGovern, Domino’s, Just Eat and D&D London
Gail’s backers raise €500m fund backed by Abu Dhabi: Food industry entrepreneurs Henry McGovern and Steven Winegar, who’ve backed brands including bakery concept Gail’s and pasta chain Vapiano, have raised €500m (£418m) to inve … view
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Wednesday 3rd August 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Krispy Kreme to launch Insomnia Cookies brand in UK: Krispy Kreme, owned by European investment company JAB Holdings, is to launch its late-night bakery brand Insomnia Cookies in the UK, Propel has learned. Krispy Kreme acquired a majorit … view
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Tuesday 2nd August 2022
Comptoir Group CEO and chairman step down
Comptoir Group CEO and chairman step down: Comptoir Group, the Comptoir Libanais and Shawa brand operator, has announced chief executive Chaker Hanna and chairman Richard Kleiner have stepped down with immediate effect. It comes after the … view
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Tuesday 2nd August 2022
Update: Greggs and Revolutions Bars results, Gary Usher
Greggs reports like-for-like sales up 12.3%: Greggs has reported total sales up 27.1% to £694.5m in the first half of 2022. First half like-for-likes sales 12.3% higher than comparable period in 2019. Pre-tax profit was £55.8m compared … view
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Tuesday 2nd August 2022
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Pavli – pub groups need to be producing like-for-like sales growth of 29% to stand still on 2019 profit numbers: Paul Pavli, former managing director of Punch Taverns and sector consultant, has argued pubs would currently need to be gen … view
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Tuesday 2nd August 2022
NTIA calls for government support after one fifth of nightclubs lost in last three years
NTIA calls for government support after one fifth of nightclubs lost in last three years: The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has called for government support after releasing figures showing one fifth of nightclubs have been lost in … view
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Monday 1st August 2022
Nightcap to open Bar Academy led by JJ Goodman
Nightcap to open Bar Academy led by JJ Goodman: Bar operator Nightcap is to launch the Nightcap Bar Academy as its dedicated training hub. The Academy will be led by creative director and winner of the 2008 World’s Best Bartender award, JJ G … view
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Monday 1st August 2022
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Hub Box reports record FY Ebitda, explores funding options: Hub Box, the south west-based burger and barbecue concept led by Richard Boon, is exploring different funding options and talking to potential investors after it posted record Eb … view
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Friday 29th July 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The MUP medicine didn’t work so up the dose, prix fixe menus are efficient and make economic sense, small is better when it comes to pubs with rooms
Authors: Paul Chase, Glynn Davis, Mark Marshall
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Friday 29th July 2022
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Ex-Bill’s MD Scott Macdonald to oversee new pub venture backed by Sir Tony Gallagher: Scott Macdonald, the former managing director of Bill’s and Polpo, is to oversee the Lionhearth Group, a new pub venture backed by property develope … view
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Thursday 28th July 2022
Rockfish plans expansion after buying its suppliers to create integrated supply chain
Rockfish plans expansion after buying its suppliers to create integrated supply chain: Rockfish, the nine-strong seafood restaurant group led by Mitch Tonks, is planning expansion and after moving to create greater control over its supply … view
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Thursday 28th July 2022
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State of Play Hospitality secures $10m investment from Flight Club-owner Red Engine: State of Play Hospitality, the Toby Harris-led group, is to accelerate the expansion of the Flight Club brand in North America after securing $10m (£8.3 … view
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Thursday 28th July 2022
State of Play Hospitality secures $10m investment from Flight Club-owner Red Engine
State of Play Hospitality secures $10m investment from Flight Club-owner Red Engine: State of Play Hospitality, the Toby Harris-led group, is to accelerate the expansion of the Flight Club brand in North America after securing $10m (£8.3m) of … view
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Wednesday 27th July 2022
Rising inflation forces McDonald’s UK to put up prices on some menu items, first Cheeseburger price rise in 14 years
Rising inflation forces McDonald’s UK to put up prices on some menu items, first Cheeseburger price rise in 14 years: McDonald’s UK has announced it will raise the price of some of its menu items due to rising inflation, including increasi … view
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Wednesday 27th July 2022
Update: Marston’s, Everyman, Coca-Cola
Marston’s reports like-for-likes down 2% versus 2019, fixes energy costs: Marston’s has reported total like-for-like sales for the 42-week period to 23 July were down 2% versus the 2019 financial year. The company stated: “As previo … view
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Wednesday 27th July 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
McDonald’s reports global like-for-likes up 9.7% in second quarter, end of VAT benefit impacts UK comps: McDonald’s has reported global like-for-likes were up 9.7 % in its second quarter ending 30 June 2022, but said the end of the VA … view
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Tuesday 26th July 2022
Hospitality drives Britain’s city centre recovery in the first half of 2022
Hospitality drives Britain’s city centre recovery in the first half of 2022: Solid sales growth in restaurants, pubs and bars has helped Britain’s regional city centres to recover their vibrancy in the first six months of 2022, t … view
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Tuesday 26th July 2022
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Sector operating costs up to 55.2% of turnover before rent – highest level since 2007: Operating costs across the UK’s hospitality sector have increased to 55.2% of turnover before rent – the highest since 2007, according to the lat … view
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Monday 25th July 2022
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Macellaio RC founder set to bring new seafood concept to London this autumn, plans northern expansion and overseas franchise: Macellaio RC founder Robert Costa is planning to bring a new seafood concept to London later this year, before e … view
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Saturday 23rd July 2022
Stonegate invests £4m in Peckwater Brands, group ‘continues to trade well
Stonegate invests £4m in Peckwater Brands, group ‘continues to trade well’: Stonegate Group, the UK’s largest pub operator, invested £4m to acquire its minority stake in Peckwater Brands, the virtual brand company, Propel has learned. … view
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Friday 22nd July 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Why team costs and wage percentages must be micro-managed, technology’s game-changing role in tackling supply chain fragility, can you feel socially included without alcohol, a window into the future 
Authors: An … view
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Friday 22nd July 2022
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Game Changers Investments to back Erpingham House expansion: Game Changers Investments (GCI) has invested in plant-based restaurant business Erpingham House, Propel has learned. GCI plans to roll out the business along with sister concept … view
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Thursday 21st July 2022
Red Mist Leisure founders launch new venture New Dawn Pubs
Red Mist Leisure founders launch new venture New Dawn Pubs: The founders of Red Mist Leisure, the south east pub group, which is now owned by Red Lion Holdings, have launched a new venture called New Dawn Pubs. Mark Robson, chair of the Britis … view
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Thursday 21st July 2022
Update: Fulham Shore, M&B, Fuller’s, Mission Mars, future of shopping centres and Alison Brittain
Fulham Shore – now regularly taking more than £2m per week in net group revenues, current trading in line with expectations: Fulham Shore, the Franco Manca and The Real Greek operator, has said it is now regularly taking more than £2m per … view
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Thursday 21st July 2022
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Poke House appoints advisors to assess investment options: Poke House, Europe’s largest poké restaurant chain, has appointed advisors to assess its investment options as it looks to further accelerate its growth. The brand, which has m … view
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Wednesday 20th July 2022
JKS to pay first apprentices £18,000 per annum
JKS to pay first apprentices £18,000 per annum: JKS Restaurants, led by Karam, Jyotin and Sunaina Sethi, is to launch a new Apprenticeship Academy, in September, in which apprentices will receive £18,000 per annum. The company said The … view
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Wednesday 20th July 2022
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Hospitality groups' like-for-like sales up 5% in June but inflation bites, strongest month of growth in 2022: Like-for-like sales at Britain’s top managed restaurant, pub and bar groups were 5% ahead of pre-covid levels in June, the lat … view
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Wednesday 20th July 2022
Hospitality groups' like-for-like sales up 5% in June but inflation bites, strongest month of growth in 2022
Hospitality groups' like-for-like sales up 5% in June but inflation bites, strongest month of growth in 2022: Like-for-like sales at Britain’s top managed restaurant, pub and bar groups were 5% ahead of pre-covid levels in June, the latest C … view
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Tuesday 19th July 2022
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Roux Waterside Inn reports record pre-tax profit, plans culinary school and museum dedicated to founder Michel Roux: Roux Waterside Inn, the three Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray founded by the late Michel Roux in 1972, has recorded a … view
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Monday 18th July 2022
Hospitality food costs soar up to 40% as supply chain fragility hits operators hard
Hospitality food costs soar up to 40% as supply chain fragility hits operators hard: Food costs for hospitality businesses have soared by up to 40% as supply chain fragility hits operators hard, according to new research. A new report by … view
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Monday 18th July 2022
Update: Tortilla, Deliveroo, Barkby Group, new business loan scheme et al
Tortilla first-half lfls up 19%, new sites performing well: Tortilla, the fast-casual Mexican restaurant group, has reported a 19% increase in like-for-like sales in the six months to 3 July 2022 compared with the same period in 2019, with gro … view
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Monday 18th July 2022
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One in seven pub business no longer viable as BII calls for government support with cost-of-living crisis escalating: One in seven pub operators have said their business is no longer viable as the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) cal … view
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Sunday 17th July 2022
Starbucks puts UK division up for sale
Starbucks puts UK division up for sale: Starbucks is exploring a potential sale of its UK operations as it faces rising costs and competition from newer operators. The Sunday Times reported the world’s largest coffee chain has asked its … view
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Friday 15th July 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: A week is a long time in politics, London-centric businesses must look to the regions, implementing a sustainability strategy across a nationwide business, turning sunshine into sales 
Authors: Paul Chase, Glynn Da … view
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Friday 15th July 2022
Exclusive: Steve Easterbrook invests in Clean Kitchen Club
Exclusive – Steve Easterbrook invests in Clean Kitchen Club: Steve Easterbrook, the ex-chief executive of McDonald’s, PizzaExpress and Wagamama, has invested in Clean Kitchen Club, the fledgling plant-based, fast-food concept, Propel … view
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Friday 15th July 2022
Propel Friday News Briefing
Foodservice inflation tops 10% for fourth successive month, not expected to fall below 7% before second quarter of next year: Inflation in the foodservice sector topped 10% for the fourth successive month in May, the new edition of the CG … view
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Friday 15th July 2022
Foodservice inflation tops 10% for fourth successive month, not expected to fall below 7% before second quarter of next year
Foodservice inflation tops 10% for fourth successive month, not expected to fall below 7% before second quarter of next year: Inflation in the foodservice sector topped 10% for the fourth successive month in May, the new edition of the CGA by … view
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Thursday 14th July 2022
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Collins – 400-site target for Lounge brand is conservative when compared to typical peer set, FY22 openings produced average weekly sales of £30,600: Nick Collins, chief executive of café bar operator Loungers, has said the historic t … view
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Wednesday 13th July 2022
Costa CEO Jill McDonald to join McDonald’s as president of largest international markets, including UK
Costa CEO Jill McDonald to join McDonald’s as president of largest international markets, including UK: Costa Coffee chief executive Jill McDonald is to step down to become the president of McDonald’s international operated markets segment … view
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Wednesday 13th July 2022
Legal Briefing

Strikes, safeguarding and strategies by Michelle Hazlewood

As we see Boris begrudgingly leave his post, Britain faces yet more uncertainty. Recently, instability has appeared to be a reoccurring theme. At the end of last month, we witnes … view
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Wednesday 13th July 2022
Update: Loungers record year, JDW improving like-for-likes
Loungers reports record year, lfls up 17.9%: Cafe bar operator Loungers has reported a record year, with sales of £237.3m in the 52 weeks to 17 April 2022, adjusted Ebitda of £53.6m, and 27 new sites opened. Pre-tax profit for the perio … view
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Wednesday 13th July 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Hornby – the grab-and-go space is going to be at the most resilient end of the sector, doesn’t rule out further acquisition: Andy Hornby, chief executive of The Restaurant Group (TRG), has said the next two years is going be very toug … view
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Tuesday 12th July 2022
The Restaurant Group acquires Barburrito for £7m
The Restaurant Group acquires Barburrito for £7m: The Restaurant Group (TRG), the Wagamama and Brunning & Price owner, has acquired the 16-strong burrito bar chain Barburrito, for £7m, with an initial expansion plan to double the existi … view
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Tuesday 12th July 2022
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Starbucks sets out need to reinvent company, with partners’ well-being a priority: Starbucks founder Howard Shultz has set out the need to reinvent the company because he believes it’s not designed for the future. Schultz unveiled his … view
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Monday 11th July 2022
Update: Hostmore and Domino’s
Fridays operator reports trading in line with expectations: Hostmore has reported trading at Fridays, the cocktail-led bar and restaurant brand, 63rd+1st, and the fast casual dining brand Fridays and Go, in line with expectations. The co … view
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Monday 11th July 2022
Propel Monday News Briefing
The Alchemist to make international debut next year after lining up Berlin site: Bar and restaurant group The Alchemist is to make its international debut next year, after agreeing on a site in Berlin, Germany, Propel has learned. The Sim … view
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Friday 8th July 2022
Friday Opinion

Subjects: Converting political chaos into economic order for hospitality, pricing in pubs must take a long-term view, why Grace is a true leader, covering all bases

Authors: Kate Nicholls, Elton Mouna, Ann Elliott, Sarah Travellview

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Friday 8th July 2022
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Harding – we could have 200 Ocean Basket sites in the UK: Grace Harding, chief executive of Ocean Basket, has said the business could eventually have 200 sites in the UK. The South African casual dining brand that focuses on seafood mad … view
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