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Wednesday 24th July 2024
Weather cools Euros effect as hospitality groups record 2.9% sales growth in June
Weather cools Euros effect as hospitality groups record 2.9% sales growth in June: Britain’s managed hospitality groups recorded year-on-year sales growth of 2.9% in June 2024, the latest CGA RSM Hospitality Business Tracker reveals. Th … view
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Tuesday 23rd July 2024
Fuller’s reports like-for-likes up 5.3%, margins recovering as inflationary pressures ease
Fuller’s reports like-for-likes up 5.3%, margins recovering as inflationary pressures ease: Fuller’s has reported like-for-like sales were up 5.3% for the 16 weeks to 20 July 2024 as “our trading momentum continues” while margins … view
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Tuesday 23rd July 2024
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
The Alchemist – seeing growth in key trading days, midweek activity slower in regional cities, secures Monument site: Simon Potts, chief executive of bar and restaurant brand The Alchemist, has told Propel that current trading is “oka … view
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Monday 22nd July 2024
Propel Monday News Briefing
Döner Shack – potential in US is ‘huge’, pushing to get something open by first quarter of 2025: Fast casual kebab concept Döner Shack has told Propel the potential for the brand in the US is “huge” and it is pushing it make i … view
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Saturday 20th July 2024
JW Lees reports record year as pre-tax profit more than doubles
JW Lees reports record year as pre-tax profit more than doubles, “feels like we’re back to some form of business as usual”: Manchester brewer and retailer JW Lees has reported a record year with revenues up 9% to £96.8m for the 12 month … view
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Saturday 20th July 2024
Center Parcs targeting wellness market as it reports profit dip, activist investor builds stake in Starbucks
Center Parcs targeting wellness market as it reports pre-tax profit dip amid ‘challenging external environment’: Center Parcs is tapping into the wellness market as it reported a fall in annual pre-tax profit amid a “challenging ext … view
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Friday 19th July 2024
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Don’t let the supermarkets eat your lunch, a taxonomy of pub crawls, a ringing endorsement – resilience makes profit
Authors: Michael Ingemann, Phil Mellows, Lizzie Ryan

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Friday 19th July 2024
Propel Friday News Briefing
Maguro Group set to expand regional footprint as part at least three new Bunsik openings this year after launching franchise programme: Maguro Group has told Propel it is set to expand its regional footprint as part at least three new Bun … view
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Thursday 18th July 2024
Club Pret shake-up, Toca Social US expansion, Boxpark to exit Shoreditch
Pret to shake up Club Pret subscription offer: Pret A Manger is shaking up its Club Pret subscription scheme. Currently, subscribers receive five free drinks a day for £30 a month. However, from 3 September, subscribers will receive 50% … view
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Thursday 18th July 2024
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Benito’s owner sets out expansion plans, launches new pizza concept, adds Bruce Isaacs to board: Elangeni Hospitality Group (EHG), the owner of Benito’s, has set out plans to open a further 12 sites under the Mexican brand over the co … view
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Wednesday 17th July 2024
Sector welcomes new policies outlined in King’s Speech, Nightcap shareholders back plans to go private
Sector welcomes new policies outlined in King’s Speech: The sector has welcomes several new policies outlined in the King’s Speech today (Wednesday, 17 July). Among the policies announced by the Labour government are Bills addressing … view
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Wednesday 17th July 2024
Update: Wagamama launches first-ever loyalty programme
Wagamama launches first-ever loyalty programme: Wagamama, The Restaurant Group-owned brand, has launched ‘soul club’, its first-ever loyalty programme. The business said that soul club is a unique platform where members can redeem fre … view
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Wednesday 17th July 2024
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Exclusive – James Horler to step down as CEO of Ego: James Horler is to step down as chief executive of Ego Restaurants, of which Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) agreed to acquire the remaining 60% last June, Propel has learned. Horler has de … view
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Tuesday 16th July 2024
More than 130 companies now signed up to have unlimited Propel Premium access
More than 130 companies now signed up to have unlimited Propel Premium access: More than 130 companies have now paid to ensure their staff have unlimited access to Propel Premium Club, a 30% increase since the start of the year when the s … view
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Tuesday 16th July 2024
Exclusive: Mark McQuater-chaired Deckhouse concept secures new investment, hires James Spragg as MD
Exclusive – Mark McQuater-chaired Deckhouse concept secures new investment, hires James Spragg as MD: Deckhouse, the new all-day dining cafe and bar concept chaired and backed by Mark McQuater, the former chief executive of Revolution a … view
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Tuesday 16th July 2024
Update: Brewhouse & Kitchen raises funds for next stage of growth, Mash Inns
Brewhouse & Kitchen FY lfl sales down 0.9%, completes rights issue to raise funds for its next stage of growth: Brewhouse & Kitchen, the UK’s largest brewpub group, has reported a 0.9% decline in like-for-like sales for the year to 30 S … view
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Tuesday 16th July 2024
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Plan Burrito appoints advisors as it eyes national and international expansion, including 500 UK sites: Burrito franchise Plan Burrito has appointed advisors to assist with its next stage of growth as it eyes national and international ex … view
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Monday 15th July 2024
Propel Monday News Briefing
Pizza Hut launches ‘major brand reset’ and new handcrafted range: Pizza Hut has launched a “major brand reset” alongside a new range of handcrafted pizzas. It said all team members have been retrained in “the art of handcrafte … view
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Monday 15th July 2024
Pizza Hut launches ‘major brand reset’ and new handcrafted range
Pizza Hut launches ‘major brand reset’ and new handcrafted range: Pizza Hut has launched a “major brand reset” alongside a new range of handcrafted pizzas. It said all team members have been retrained in “the art of handcrafted”, … view
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Friday 12th July 2024
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Space invaders, kitchens and tech, navigating the crater of scale – how AI can help restaurateurs overcome scaling risks
Authors: Katherine Doggrell, Alastair Scott, Conor Sheridan

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Friday 12th July 2024
Exclusive: portfolio of pubs operated by Antic placed into administration
Exclusive – portfolio of pubs operated by Antic placed into administration: A 13-strong portfolio of London-based pubs operated by Antic have been placed into administration, Propel has learned. Steve Absolom and Will Wright from Interp … view
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Friday 12th July 2024
Propel Friday News Briefing
Ocean Basket ready to franchise in the UK after refining model, 50 sites here a ‘very conservative’ estimate: Ocean Basket, the South African seafood-focused casual dining brand, has told Propel it is ready to franchise in the UK afte … view
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Thursday 11th July 2024
Exclusive: future of Hub Box secured following pre-pack sale
Exclusive – future of Hub Box secured following pre-pack sale: The future of Hub Box, the south west-based burger brand, has been secured following a sale of the ten-strong business, via a pre-pack administration, to a new company led by the … view
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Thursday 11th July 2024
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Exclusive – Fatto a Mano secures new investment to aid further growth: Fatto a Mano, the independent pizza concept founded in Brighton in 2015 by Rupert Davidson and Dav Sahota, has secured new investment, including from Middleton Enter … view
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Thursday 11th July 2024
Exclusive: F1 Arcade completes $130m financing round to aid expansion
Exclusive – F1 Arcade completes $130m financing round to aid expansion: Kindred Concepts, the parent company of F1 Arcade, the Formula 1-licensed experiential brand, has completed a $130m (£101.2m) growth financing raise to aid its furthe … view
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Wednesday 10th July 2024
Legal Briefing

The results are in – what’s next by Michelle Hazlewood

What a week! The general election has ushered in the first change of government in 14 years, a monumental shift in the political landscape. The British Grand Prix has also brough … view
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Wednesday 10th July 2024
Update: JD Wetherspoon, Krispy Kreme, Paul, SSP and Gym Group results
JD Wetherspoon lfl sales up 5.8% in last ten weeks, with year-to-date lfl sales up 7.7%, secures new £840m banking agreement: JD Wetherspoon has said its like-for-like sales have increased by 5.8% in the ten weeks to 7 July 2024, compared to … view
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Wednesday 10th July 2024
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Loungers – ‘open-minded’ to acquisition opportunities, determined to double-down on Lounge performance: Alex Reilley, chairman of café bar operator Loungers, has told Propel that on the back of the group’s new management structur … view
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Tuesday 9th July 2024
Loungers recent lfl sales up 5% following record year for revenue, profits and site openings
Loungers recent lfl sales up 5% following record year for revenue, profits and site openings: Café bar operator Loungers has reported like-for-like sales are up 5% over past 11 weeks, driven by the performance of new openings, following recor … view
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Tuesday 9th July 2024
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Mission Mars CEO – we’ve got our staff turnover close to 55%, we think there is room for ten Albert’s Schloss in the UK: Roy Ellis, chief executive of Mission Mars, the Business Growth Fund-backed operator of Albert’s Schloss and … view
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Monday 8th July 2024
Exclusive: Azzurri Group to bring US brand Dave’s Hot Chicken to the UK
Exclusive – Azzurri Group to bring US brand Dave’s Hot Chicken to the UK: Azzurri Group, the hospitality investment platform which operates ASK Italian, Zizzi, Coco di Mama and Boojum, has signed a deal to launch Dave’s Hot Chicken, … view
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Monday 8th July 2024
Mission Mars FY revenue tops £71m, Rudy’s H1 FY24 lfl sales up 17%
Mission Mars FY revenue tops £71m, Rudy’s H1 FY24 lfl sales up 17%: Mission Mars, the Business Growth Fund-backed operator of Albert’s Schloss and Rudy’s Pizza Napoletana, has reported strong levels of growth across both brands, with gr … view
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Monday 8th July 2024
Update: Britvic agrees terms for sale to Carlsberg, Marston’s to dispose of 40% stake in brewing JV
Britvic agrees terms for sale to Carlsberg in deal which values it at up to £4.1bn, expected to be completed by first quarter of 2025: Soft drink maker Britvic has agreed terms for a sale to Carlsberg in a deal which values it at up to £4.1b … view
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Monday 8th July 2024
Propel Monday News Briefing
Exclusive – Toridoll takes full control of Marugame Udon Europe, Capdesia and Keith Bird exit: Toridoll Holdings Corporation has assumed full control of Marugame Udon Europe after the succesful exit of Capdesia Group, four years after t … view
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Friday 5th July 2024
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The change election, the impact of Euro 2024 on UK hospitality – a closer look, a pub and a man back from the dead
Authors: Kate Nicholls, Mark Bentley, Phil Mellows

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Friday 5th July 2024
Update: Sector's message to new Labour government, Vue and Time Out Market
Sector warns new Labour government – ‘the real work begins now’: Sector leaders have warned the Labour government: “the real work begins now.” Labour has swept to power with a landslide victory that sees Sir Keir Starmer become … view
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Friday 5th July 2024
Propel Friday News Briefing
Exclusive – Czech fast-food brand aiming for at least 200 UK sites as it seeks partners to expand here, plans to launch by next spring: Czech fast-food brand Bageterie Boulevard is aiming for at least 200 UK sites as it seeks partners t … view
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Thursday 4th July 2024
Cineworld set to axe dozens of British cinemas as part of restructuring plan
Cineworld set to axe dozens of British cinemas as part of restructuring plan: Cineworld is drawing up plans to axe dozens of British cinemas as part of a restructuring plan that would also include extensive rent cuts. Sky News reports that the … view
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Thursday 4th July 2024
Update: Benugo and Pizza Union results, Marston's appoints new chair
Benugo reports record turnover and profit: Benugo, the operator of deli cafes and catering in high-profile venues, has reported turnover increased to a record £123,501,000 for the year ending 27 December 2023 compared with £98,668,000 t … view
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Thursday 4th July 2024
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Exclusive – Honest Burgers co-founders invest in pizza concept Breadstall, plan roll out: Philip Eeles and Dorian Waite, two of the co-founders of Honest Burgers, have invested in Breadstall, the London-based, biga-style pizza business, … view
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Wednesday 3rd July 2024
Exclusive: Hawksmoor kicks off process exploring future funding options
Exclusive – Hawksmoor kicks off process exploring future funding options: Steakhouse concept Hawksmoor is understood to have officially kicked off a process to explore its future funding options, which could involve a sale of the award … view
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Wednesday 3rd July 2024
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
MFA Bowl chair and CEO acquires Triple Two brand, plans 30-strong business: Mehdi Afshar, the chairman and chief executive of MFA Bowl, has acquired the Triple Two coffee business out of administration, with plans to grow a 30-strong esta … view
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Tuesday 2nd July 2024
Update: Sides surpasses £1m weekly revenue, Bistrot Pierre accounts
Sides surpasses £1m weekly revenue, targets 20-strong restaurant estate: Sides, the food business from YouTube collective Sidemen, has surpassed the £1m weekly revenue mark for the first time, following the launch of its new tie-up with … view
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Tuesday 2nd July 2024
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
GDK CEO – I wouldn’t dismiss any opportunity for us to acquire some corporate stores: German Doner Kebab (GDK) chief executive Simon Wallis has told Propel that the company is open to the idea of acquiring equity stores in the future. GD … view
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Monday 1st July 2024
Update: San Carlo Group reports record turnover of £76.9m
San Carlo Group reports record turnover of £76.9m: San Carlo Group has reported turnover increased to a record £76,949,811 for the year ending 30 September 2023 compared with £68,942,784 the previous year. The company – which operate … view
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Monday 1st July 2024
Propel Monday News Briefing
Jones the Grocer planning at least 22 sites here after making UK debut, targeting university towns and high streets as well as travel hubs: Dubai-based artisan café, bakery and deli concept Jones the Grocer has told Propel it is planning … view
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Friday 28th June 2024
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Transition to net zero – opportunity not altruism, tackling the strain head on – why are hospitality businesses now some of the best places to work, set it and forget it – how template rotas make labour management effortless, … view
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Friday 28th June 2024
Update: Nightcap to go private, Tasty FY results, Adnams
Nightcap sets out plans to go private: Nightcap – owner of the Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group, Dirty Martini and the Barrio Familia group of 46 bars – has set out plans to go private after deciding its current public market v … view
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Friday 28th June 2024
Propel Friday News Briefing
Exclusive – Cote recent lfls up 5%, cover growth returning: Côte, the French brasserie brand backed by the Partners Group, has said it is “excited by current trading”, with like-for-like sales performance ahead 5% across its last t … view
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Thursday 27th June 2024
Update: Various Eateries H1 lfl revenues down, Island Poke
Various Eateries H1 lfl revenues down on back of wet weather and cost increases: Various Eateries, the Hugh Osmond-backed business, has reported that its like-for-like revenues for the 26-week period ending 31 March 2024 were slightly do … view
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Thursday 27th June 2024
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Exclusive – KFC franchisee Adil Group to acquire 40-strong former Caskade restaurants estate: KFC franchisee Adil Group will acquire 40 former Caskade restaurants, adding to its portfolio of 73 existing KFC restaurants across the countr … view
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Wednesday 26th June 2024
Update: Jean-Michel Orieux named new Comptoir Group chair
Jean-Michel Orieux named new Comptoir Group chair: Jean-Michel Orieux, former managing director of Paul UK and chief executive of Ping Pong, has been named the new non-executive chair of Comptoir Group, the owner of the Comptoir Libanais … view
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Wednesday 26th June 2024
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Many prices falling as foodservice inflation hits a 28-month low: Year-on-year foodservice inflation fell to 4.6% – the lowest figure recorded in 28 months, according to the latest Foodservice Price Index (FPI) report from Prestige Purc … view
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Wednesday 26th June 2024
Many prices falling as foodservice inflation hits a 28-month low
Many prices falling as foodservice inflation hits a 28-month low: Year-on-year foodservice inflation fell to 4.6% – the lowest figure recorded in 28 months, according to the latest Foodservice Price Index (FPI) report from Prestige Purchasin … view
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Tuesday 25th June 2024
Tortilla acquires second largest fast-casual Mexican restaurant group in Europe – Fresh Burritos
Tortilla acquires second largest fast-casual Mexican restaurant group in Europe – Fresh Burritos: Tortilla, Europe’s largest fast-casual Mexican restaurant brand, has acquired Fresh Burritos, the second largest fast-casual Mexican res … view
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Tuesday 25th June 2024
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Sbarro to open UK’s first dedicated pizza drive-thru, up to six further openings planned in 2024: US pizza-by-the-slice brand Sbarro, which is being rolled out in the UK by EG Group, is to open Britain’s first dedicated drive-thru for … view
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