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Friday 30th April 2021
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Ain’t nothing going on but the rent [consultation], attracting talent via our EVP, time to embrace multi-channel hospitality, a positive force for the industry
Authors: Robin Rowland, Ann Elliott, Katy Moses, Glyn … view
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Friday 30th April 2021
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Reduction in EU workers puts squeeze on recruitment: A significant reduction in EU nationals working in the sector has put the squeeze on recruitment, according to new research. The findings by software provider Fourth showed recruitment … view
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Thursday 29th April 2021
McDonald’s reports global like-for-likes up 7.5% in first quarter with strong UK growth, results surpass 2019 levels
McDonald’s reports global like-for-likes up 7.5% in first quarter with strong UK growth, results surpass 2019 levels: McDonald’s has reported global like-for-likes were up 7.5% in its first quarter ending 31 March 2021 – with the UK … view
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Thursday 29th April 2021
Parkdean to invest further £70m in its parks amid staycation boom
Parkdean to invest further £70m in its parks amid staycation boom: Parkdean Resorts, which operates 67 caravan, lodge, cabin, glamping and camping holiday resorts, is forecasting a year of rapid recovery in 2021 and is to make a further … view
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Thursday 29th April 2021
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Sector bosses battling staff shortages ahead of indoor reopening: Sector bosses are battling staff shortages as they prepare to welcome customers back indoors next month. In London and the south east, where the shortage is most acute, the … view
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Wednesday 28th April 2021
US-based Tao Group Hospitality acquires Hakkasan Group
US-based Tao Group Hospitality acquires Hakkasan Group: US-based Tao Group Hospitality has acquired Hakkasan Group, creating a “premium hospitality powerhouse that includes a global portfolio of brands and properties with significant po … view
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Wednesday 28th April 2021
Starbucks reports full sales recovery in the US
Starbucks reports full sales recovery in the US: Starbucks has reported a full sales recovery in the US with like-for-like sales up 9% in its Second Quarter, ended 28 March. Chief executive Kevin Johnson said: “I am very pleased with ou … view
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Wednesday 28th April 2021
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Seasoned restaurateurs to launch concept focused on flatbread in London, plans up to 30 sites in next three years: A new restaurant concept focused on flatbread is to launch in London – with plans for 30 sites over the next three years … view
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Tuesday 27th April 2021
Whitbread plans £350m investment after 71.4% sales hit during pandemic
Whitbread plans £350m investment after 71.4% sales hit during pandemic: Whitbread has reported total sales in its 2021 financial year were down 71.4% year-on-year reflecting the impact of restrictions and closure of hotels and restaurant … view
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Tuesday 27th April 2021
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Interactive football and entertainment concept spanning 30,000 square foot to launch at The O2 this summer: A 30,000 square foot interactive football and entertainment concept is to launch at The O2 in London this summer. Toca Social aims … view
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Monday 26th April 2021
Boris Johnson shelves covid passports for pubs and restaurants
Boris Johnson shelves covid passports for pubs and restaurants: The Daily Mail has claimed Boris Johnson has shelved plans to introduce covid passports in pubs and restaurants this summer. The newspaper reported: “The Prime Minister has … view
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Monday 26th April 2021
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Shell to explore evolving F&B offer across nationwide forecourt estate: Petrol forecourt operator Shell has begun exploring its options to evolve the food and beverage offer across circa 130 of its sites in the UK, Propel has learned. Wri … view
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Sunday 25th April 2021
Weekend Press Roundup – all the leisure stories
Hornby – early signs were that The Restaurant Group “can turn the corner” after the restructuring: Andy Hornby, chief executive of The Restaurant Group said that the early signs were that the company “can turn the corner” after … view
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Friday 23rd April 2021
Risk appoints experienced senior team to lead Curious Brewery
Risk appoints experienced senior team to lead Curious Brewery: Risk Capital Partners (RCP) has marked the completion of its purchase of Curious Brewery by appointing a new management team to lead the business into the next phase in its develop … view
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Friday 23rd April 2021
Exclusive – Pret receives £185m cash injection from shareholders, completes further refinancing
Exclusive – Pret receives £185m cash injection from shareholders, completes further refinancing: Pret A Manger, the JAB Holdings-backed chain, has received a cash injection of £185m from shareholders and completed another refinancing … view
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Friday 23rd April 2021
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Call for evidence on commercial rents, ‘public health’ goes back to its day job, supply matters, London’s heart has started beating again
Authors: Kate Nicholls, Paul Chase, David Read, Julia Wilkinsonview
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Friday 23rd April 2021
Scotland’s biggest pub operator expects half its pubs will re-open next Monday
Scotland’s biggest pub operator expects half its pubs will re-open next Monday: Scotland’s biggest pub operator, Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars, expects around 50% of its 230 pubs in Scotland to reopen on 26 April. With half its pubs … view
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Friday 23rd April 2021
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Operators urge government to adopt Australia’s rent relief scheme, UKHospitality’s Kate Nicholls plea for responses: Operators are urging the government to adopt Australia’s rent relief scheme to help businesses survive beyond the e … view
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Thursday 22nd April 2021
Oakman Group reports like-for-like sales up 33.4% in first full week of trading
Oakman Group reports like-for-like sales up 33.4% in first full week of trading: The Oakman Group, which was recently rebranded following its acquisition of six Seafood Pub Company sites, has reported like-for-like sales up 34.3% in the f … view
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Thursday 22nd April 2021
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Leon co-founder John Vincent backing new Thai venture Burning Rose: Leon co-founder John Vincent has partnered with Australian entrepreneur Dennis Turner and former Deliveroo global head of restaurant strategy Cengiz Rahmioglu to launch a … view
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Wednesday 21st April 2021
JD Wetherspoon to re-open a further circa 139 pubs to have 533 open
JD Wetherspoon to re-open a further circa 139 pubs to have 533 open: Wetherspoon is to open a further 44 pubs in England on Monday, 26 April. The company opened 394 of its pubs in England on Monday, 12 April. The new pub openings include … view
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Wednesday 21st April 2021
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Access Group acquires CPL Learning: Software company The Access Group has acquired training company CPL Learning. It will be incorporated into The Access Group’s hospitality division. The addition of CPL Learning to the Access Hospitali … view
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Wednesday 21st April 2021
Access Group acquires CPL Learning, Itsu, Just Eat
Access Group acquires CPL Learning: Software company The Access Group has acquired training company CPL Learning. It will be incorporated into The Access Group’s hospitality division. The addition of CPL Learning to the Access Hospitali … view
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Tuesday 20th April 2021
Eataly unveils full details of UK debut site
Eataly unveils full details of UK debut site: Italian food market and restaurant chain Eataly has unveiled the full details of its long-awaited UK debut site in London’s Bishopsgate, which will launch with a soft opening on 29 April. First m … view
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Tuesday 20th April 2021
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Miso Group plans UK rollout of technology-led Middle Eastern-inspired concept, launches delivery venture: Miso Group, co-founded by Canadian chef Adria Wu, is planning a UK rollout of a technology-led Middle Eastern-inspired concept and h … view
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Monday 19th April 2021
Exclusive – Woods to step down as Wagamama CEO, to hand role over to internal successor Thomas Heier
Exclusive – Woods to step down as Wagamama CEO, to hand role over to internal successor Thomas Heier: Emma Woods is to step down as chief executive of Wagamama, The Restaurant Group-owned (TRG) brand, to pursue her non-executive caree … view
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Monday 19th April 2021
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Trade bodies again call for three-month extension to business rates cancellation over fear of businesses being ‘unviable’: Sector trade bodies have again called for a three-month extension to the business rates cancellation as a surve … view
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Monday 19th April 2021
Trade bodies again call for three-month extension to business rates cancellation over fear of businesses being ‘unviable’
Trade bodies again call for three-month extension to business rates cancellation over fear of businesses being ‘unviable’: Sector trade bodies have again called for a three-month extension to the business rates cancellation as a surve … view
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Sunday 18th April 2021
John Vincent – this is a sad day for me but Leon will flourish under EG Group ownership
John Vincent – this is a sad day for me to part company with Leon but brand will flourish under EG Group ownership: John Vincent, co-founder of natural fast food brand Leon, has said it is a sad day for him to part company with the business … view
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Sunday 18th April 2021
Weekend Press Roundup – all the leisure stories
Asda brothers snap up fast food chain Leon in £100m deal: The billionaire brothers who own supermarket giant Asda have struck a secret deal to snap up fast food chain Leon for up to £100 million. Mohsin and Zuber Issa are understood to … view
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Friday 16th April 2021
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Hospitality versus no shows, the dine-in experience at home – breathing new life into takeaways, the Lyons share, creating a localised offer with responsive short-term tactics to get long-term results 
Authors: A … view
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Friday 16th April 2021
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Healthy eating concept Choppaluna plans UK rollout: Hero Brands, which operates the German Doner Kebab brand, plans to expand its healthy eating concept Choppaluna across the UK, after the success of its debut site that launched in London … view
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Thursday 15th April 2021
Deliveroo reports fourth quarter of growth acceleration
Deliveroo reports fourth quarter of growth acceleration: Deliveroo has reported growth accelerated for the fourth consecutive quarter, with group orders up 114% year-on-year to 71 million and gross transaction value up 130% year-on-year t … view
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Thursday 15th April 2021
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Backer of Bird restaurant brand acquires half of former Dining Street business: Crown Partnership, the backer of fried chicken and waffle chain Bird, is understood to have secured more than half of sites operated by Dining Street, the com … view
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Wednesday 14th April 2021
Legal Briefing

Open but fighting for justice by Michelle Hazelwood

The team at John Gaunt and Partners has been incredibly eager to get back to our favourite venues. We sat cold, but smiling, in our local pub garden, The Stag in Sheffield, for a celebr … view
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Wednesday 14th April 2021
Hawthorn looks to IPO as a standalone business
Hawthorn looks to IPO as a standalone business: Community pub company Hawthorn has today unveiled plans to list on the stock market as a standalone quoted business, heralding the return of a tenanted and leased pub group to the London sto … view
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Wednesday 14th April 2021
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JD Wetherspoon still losing £3m a week despite return of beer gardens, Scottish reopening plan ‘meaningless’ given indoor alcohol ban and curfew: The impact of trading restrictions on the sector has been highlighted in both England a … view
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Tuesday 13th April 2021
Revolution Bars Group to launch experiential seaside fairground-inspired bar and ‘community hub for entrepreneurs’ concepts
Revolution Bars Group to launch experiential seaside fairground-inspired bar and ‘community hub for entrepreneurs’ concepts: Revolution Bars Group is to launch an experiential seaside fairground-inspired bar with pizza offer and a “ … view
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Tuesday 13th April 2021
Update: Covid passports, Just Eat, Deliveroo, BrewDog, Revolution Bars Group
Pubs and restaurants fear covid passports would cut profits by a quarter: Businesses fear that covid passports would slash pub and restaurant profits by a quarter, according to a new survey. According to The Telegraph, a survey of members … view
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Tuesday 13th April 2021
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Sessions Market secures new investment, strengthens head office team: Sessions Market, the food hall concept backed by Imbiba and led by former Deliveroo managing director Dan Warne, has secured further investment and strengthened its hea … view
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Monday 12th April 2021
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S&P – most pub operators will take up to three years to rebuild finances to 2019 levels, larger companies have better recovery prospects: Most pub operators will take up to three years to rebuild their financial profiles to 2019 levels, … view
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Sunday 11th April 2021
Weekend Press Roundup – all the leisure stories
Two-thirds of pubs lack outdoor space to open on Monday: Two-thirds of pubs cannot open on Monday (15 April) because they lack the outside space to serve customers safely, it has emerged. Pubs, cafes and restaurants in England can open fo … view
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Friday 9th April 2021
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Checkpoint Britain, taking the silver linings in a year like no other, the third place, investment opportunities
Authors: Paul Chase, Thomas Kidd and Tobias Jackson, Glynn Davis, Graeme Smith

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Friday 9th April 2021
Loungers secures 12-month extension to bank facilities; taking phased approach to reopening
Loungers secures 12-month extension to bank facilities; taking phased approach to reopening: Cafe bar operator Loungers has announced it has secured a 12-month extension to the bank facilities it secured last April, which now provides the … view
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Friday 9th April 2021
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WatchHouse to ramp up openings, secures first regional site, plans international launch: Edition Capital-backed coffee concept WatchHouse plans to open a further six sites in the UK by the end of this year, including its first regional la … view
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Thursday 8th April 2021
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Neds Noodle Bar in fundraising talks, opening sixth site with Milton Keynes launch: London-based Neds Noodle Bar is in fundraising talks as it looks to accelerate its growth through its franchise model. Co-founder James Breslaw told Prope … view
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Wednesday 7th April 2021
Update: Tasty, Deliveroo, Time Out, covid passports, Marston’s et al
Kaye brothers to step down from Tasty board, company continuing to work on various strategic options available: Wildwood operator Tasty has said brothers Adam and Sam Kaye, who played key parts in the creation of the business, in which th … view
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Wednesday 7th April 2021
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Judge rules in favour of expedited resolution to why hospitality can’t open at same time as non-essential retail: A judge has ruled that the legal action seeking to reopen indoor hospitality at the same time as non-essential retail will … view
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Tuesday 6th April 2021
Papa John’s to make pub debut in Staffordshire
Papa John’s to make pub debut in Staffordshire: Papa John’s is to be available from a pub for the first time. The company has teamed up with Staffordshire-based pub the Saracen’s Head, to offer customers pizza with their pint. From … view
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Tuesday 6th April 2021
Exclusive – Wasabi founder to launch Pelicana in the UK
Exclusive – Wasabi founder to launch Pelicana in the UK: Wasabi founder DongHyun Kim has acquired the UK franchise rights to South Korean fried chicken brand Pelicana and is planning four openings this year. Pelicana is South Korea’s … view
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Tuesday 6th April 2021
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Government refuses to shut door on ‘vaccine passports’ for pubs and restaurants as outdoor hospitality gets go-ahead to reopen next week: The government has not shut the door on pubs and restaurants having to ask customers to … view
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Sunday 4th April 2021
Government to ditch plans to force customers to show vaccine passports when they visit the pub
Government to ditch plans to force customers to show vaccine passports when they visit the pub: Prime minister Boris Johnson has ditched plans to force customers to show a vaccine passport every time they go into a pub or restaurant. Acco … view
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Friday 2nd April 2021
Friday Opinion
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Friday 2nd April 2021
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Thursday 1st April 2021
As many as 30,000 sites could close if the government does not stick to lockdown lifting plan
As many as 30,000 sites could close if the government does not stick to lockdown lifting plan: Up to 30,000 pubs, bars and restaurants will close if ministers do not stick to the roadmap out of lockdown, UKHospitality has warned. Thousand … view
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Thursday 1st April 2021
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Byron set to open its first new site for five years: Better burger brand Byron is set to open its first new site for five years as part of its expansion plans, Propel has learned. It is understood the new site, which is believed to be loc … view
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