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Friday 29th April 2022
Friday Opinion

Subjects: Help us put an end to the hospitality recruitment crisis forever,  the war on food and drink resumes, saying ‘I do’ to pub nuptials

Authors: Mark McCulloch, Paul Chase, Glynn Davis

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Friday 29th April 2022
Update: Merlin CEO Nick Varney to retire, Nightcap Q3 update, higher prices, empty shop numbers
Nick Varney to step down as CEO of Merlin Entertainments: Merlin Entertainments has announced that Nick Varney, its chief executive, intends to retire. Varney has a 12-month notice period during which the company said it will identify hi … view
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Friday 29th April 2022
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London’s hospitality sector edges back as sales and footfall rise in Britains city centres: London’s pubs, bars and restaurants are gradually returning towards pre-covid-19 levels of visits after two years of disrupti … view
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Friday 29th April 2022
London’s hospitality sector edges back as sales and footfall rise in Britain’s city centres
Londons hospitality sector edges back as sales and footfall rise in Britain’view
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Thursday 28th April 2022
McDonald's first-quarter results, Leonardo DiCaprio joins Neat Burger as strategic investor as it launches fundraise
McDonald’s reports global like-for-likes up 11.8% in first quarter with strong UK growth: McDonald’s has reported global like-for-likes were up 11.8% in its first quarter ending 31 March 2022 – with the UK seeing “strong” growth … view
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Thursday 28th April 2022
Update: Whitbread reports strong current trading momentum, but pub restaurants experience slower recovery
Whitbread reports strong current trading momentum, pub restaurants seen slower recovery: Whitbread has this morning reported “sustained outperformance in UK with strong current trading momentum”. The Premier Inn owner reported a “st … view
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Thursday 28th April 2022
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Global bakery brand Paris Baguette plans ‘significant push’ into UK, eyes 250 sites: South Korean-born bakery brand Paris Baguette, which operates just under 4,000 sites worldwide, plans a “significant push” into the UK, and initi … view
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Wednesday 27th April 2022
Exclusive: Roger Wade to step down as CEO of Boxpark
Exclusive – Roger Wade to step down as CEO of Boxpark: Roger Wade is to step down as chief executive of Boxpark, the multi-award-winning hospitality and leisure operator he founded more than a decade ago, Propel has learned. Wade, the former … view
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Wednesday 27th April 2022
Exclusive: Amber Taverns appoints advisors as its gears up to review its options
Exclusive – Amber Taverns appoints advisors as its gears up to review its options: Amber Taverns, the wet-led, freehold community pub operator, has appointed advisors as its gears up to review its options, which could include a sale of the c … view
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Wednesday 27th April 2022
Update: City Pub Group confident that 2022 trading will exceed 2019 by the end of Q2, to acquire Mosaic Pubs next year
City Pub Group confident that 2022 trading will exceed 2019 by the end of Q2, to acquire Mosaic next year: City Pub Group, which owns and operates 41 premium pubs across southern England and Wales and a further three development sites, h … view
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Wednesday 27th April 2022
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Burger King becomes first UK QSR brand to use reusable packs: Burger King UK is to trial reusable and returnable packaging, in support of its efforts to slash single-use plastic from its restaurants by 2025. The company has partnered with … view
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Tuesday 26th April 2022
Update: Loungers, Nightcap, Costa, Barkby Group
Loungers announces record sales for the 52 weeks to 17 April 2022: Loungers, the operator of 164 Lounge cafe-bars and 31 Cosy Club restaurant-bars, has announced record sales for the 52 weeks ending 17 April 2022. The company said: “Our sig … view
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Tuesday 26th April 2022
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JD Wetherspoon set to invest £750m over next decade on new pubs and extensions, Lloyds performing better than rest of estate: JD Wetherspoon has said it expects to invest about £75m a year in opening new pubs and enlarging existing ones … view
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Monday 25th April 2022
Burger King eyes additional 200 UK restaurants as it plots £600m London float
Burger King eyes additional 200 UK restaurants as it plots £600m London float, full-year revenue jumps 68%: Burger King is eyeing an additional 200 restaurants in the UK over the next four years, after “significant under-penetration” in … view
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Monday 25th April 2022
Update: Just Eat, night-time tzars, AB InBev, Bourne Leisure, job vacancies, Chapel Down
Activist urges investors to move against Just Eat Takeaway’s board: Just Eat Takeaway.com (JET) is set for a showdown with investors at next week’s annual meeting, with one top shareholder alleging that the company misled shareholder … view
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Monday 25th April 2022
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Black Sheep Coffee to enter US market this year, UK estate to reach 100 sites, plans drive-thru format: London-based speciality coffee shop operator Black Sheep Coffee plans to make its debut in the US before the end of the year and has s … view
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Friday 22nd April 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: In defence of calories on menus, making delivery profitable, soul food in London’s West End
Authors: Ann Elliott, Glynn Davis, Julia Wilkinson

In defence of calories on menus by An … view

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Friday 22nd April 2022
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Managed groups’ like-for-like sales up 4% in March on pre-pandemic levels but inflation holds down growth, bars strongest performers: Britain’s managed restaurant, pub and bar groups saw like-for-like sales increase 4% in March on pre … view
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Friday 22nd April 2022
Managed groups’ like-for-like sales up 4% in March on pre-pandemic levels but inflation holds down growth
Managed groups’ like-for-like sales up 4% in March on pre-pandemic levels but inflation holds down growth, bars strongest performers: Britain’s managed restaurant, pub and bar groups saw like-for-like sales increase 4% in March on pre … view
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Thursday 21st April 2022
Leon-owner EG Group plans to create 32,000 jobs over next five years, ups average hourly pay to £10.05 in UK
Leon-owner EG Group plans to create 32,000 jobs over next five years, ups average hourly pay to £10.05 in UK: EG Group, the owner of Leon, has announced plans to create more than 32,000 jobs globally over a five-year period, driven by a “su … view
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Thursday 21st April 2022
Landsec to offer hospitality more flexible leased models
Landsec to offer hospitality more flexible leased models: Property landlord Landsec has launched a new product offering for retail and hospitality brands, developed in response to rising demand from digital natives and the rapidly evolvin … view
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Thursday 21st April 2022
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Just Eat Takeaway considers selling US arm Grubhub as orders fall: Just Eat Takeaway is considering selling off its Grubhub arm after reporting a decline in orders compared with bumper levels during covid lockdowns. The company only agree … view
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Wednesday 20th April 2022
UKHospitality – beefed up powers for CMA should help stamp out fake reviews
UKHospitality – beefed up powers for CMA should help stamp out fake reviews: The government is to give the Competition and Markets Authority enhanced powers – these include, for the CMA’s Digital Markets Unit, creating enforceable … view
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Wednesday 20th April 2022
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Number of licensed premises in Britain down 9,200 since start of pandemic: The number of licensed premises in Britain has fallen by 9,200 since the start of the pandemic – a net decline of 8% of all sites, the latest Market Recovery Mon … view
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Wednesday 20th April 2022
Number of licensed premises in Britain down 9,200 since start of pandemic
Number of licensed premises in Britain down 9,200 since start of pandemic: The number of licensed premises in Britain has fallen by 9,200 since the start of the pandemic – a net decline of 8% of all sites, the latest Market Recovery Mon … view
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Tuesday 19th April 2022
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NPD Group – strong value for money and a multi-channel approach key to success in 2022 and beyond, lunch visits take biggest hit: Strong value for money and a multi-channel approach will be the keys to succeeding in 2022 and beyond, Set … view
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Tuesday 19th April 2022
Rekom – appetite for nights out is as high as ever, people going out earlier, acquires Southampton business
Rekom – appetite for nights out is as high as ever, people going out earlier, acquires Southampton business: Peter Marks, executive chairman of Rekom UK, the UK’s largest nightclub operator, has told Propel the British public’s appe … view
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Sunday 17th April 2022
D&D London back on the market after failed sale talks, Hall & Woodhouse returns to profit
D&D London back on the market after failed sale talks, Berisha to take MD role: Restaurant operator D&D London has been placed back on the market after talks with UK-based investment firm Montecito Equity Partners, over a deal that would … view
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Thursday 14th April 2022
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Sethi – JKS set to focus on Thai cuisine, central London rental levels back to pre-covid levels: Jyotin Sethi, co-founder of JKS Restaurants, has told Propel that the next cuisine the business will look to focus on is Thai, and that it … view
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Wednesday 13th April 2022
Legal Briefing

Navigating complex opportunities by Michelle Hazlewood and Luke Elford

Just when we thought we had a glimmer of normality and stability, the situation has become quite complicated. Hospitality has been faced with complex legislation rela … view
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Wednesday 13th April 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
PizzaExpress sees “massive change” in workforce demographic, 40% now under 20: PizzaExpress has seen a “massive change” in the demographics of its workforce, with 40% now under 20 years old. Speaking at Propel’s recent Multi Clu … view
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Wednesday 13th April 2022
Arc Inspirations to accelerate growth with £19m BGF investment
Arc Inspirations to accelerate growth with £19m BGF investment: Leeds-based multi-site operator Arc Inspirations is set to accelerate its growth after securing significant investment from BGF for a significant minority stake in the Martin Wol … view
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Tuesday 12th April 2022
Swingers aims for £550m valuation and growth to 17 sites within three years
Swingers aims for £550m valuation and growth to 17 sites within three years: Swingers, the crazy golf brand owned by London-based Institute of Competitive Socialising, has outlined its expansion plans for the next three years as it forec … view
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Tuesday 12th April 2022
Update: Deliveroo, Adnams and Pret
Deliveroo reports ‘solid growth’ in first quarter with UK and Ireland orders up 20%: Deliveroo has reported ‘solid growth’ in the first quarter of 2022 with gross transaction value (GTV) up 12% year-on-year in constant currency … view
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Tuesday 12th April 2022
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Portobello Starboard secures £40m to help expand portfolio: Portobello Starboard, the new acquisition platform backed by private equity firm Zetland Capital and operated by Portobello Brewery, has secured a £40m loan from OakNorth Bank … view
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Tuesday 12th April 2022
Year-on-year inflation in foodservice sector hit 10.2% in February, further increases ‘inevitable’ that ‘could create conditions worse than covid’
Year-on-year inflation in foodservice sector hit 10.2% in February, further increases ‘inevitable’ that ‘could create conditions worse than covid’: Year-on-year inflation in the foodservice sector hit 10.2% in February 2022, with … view
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Monday 11th April 2022
Update: Tortilla, Nightcap and Fentimans
Tortilla reports like-for-likes up 20.1% year-to-date, sees runway for growth to 200 sites: Tortilla, the UK’s largest fast-casual Mexican restaurant brand, has reported like-for-like growth of 20.1% year to date, which the company sai … view
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Monday 11th April 2022
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Minor – long-term growth plan for Corbin & King will be ‘sustainable, measured and responsible’: Dillip Rajakarier, group chief executive of Minor International, which took full control of Corbin & King at the start of the month, ha … view
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Friday 8th April 2022
Exclusive: Ghetto Golf operator secures £5m investment from Imbiba
Exclusive – Ghetto Golf operator secures £5m investment from Imbiba: Big Fang Collective, the Liverpool-based entertainment venue operator that owns the Ghetto Golf brand, has received a £5m investment from sector investor Imbiba, to aid i … view
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Friday 8th April 2022
Friday Opinion

Subjects: Hoping for the end of public health authoritarianism, using every last cut, the craft of expansion, better together

Authors: Paul Chase, Glynn Davis, Sarah Travell, Mike Strange


Hoping for the end … view

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Friday 8th April 2022
Update: Minor on Corbin & King dispute, Nightcap, Hollywood Bowl
New Wolseley owner accuses co-founder of causing ‘last resort’ sale: The Thai hotel group that won full control of London’s Wolseley and Delaunay restaurants last week has accused co-founder Jeremy King of refusing its offer to rec … view
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Friday 8th April 2022
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Campbell – inflation will be the next big challenge, but good teams and businesses will rise to it: Sector investor Paul Campbell believes inflation will be hospitality’s next big challenge – and one that it could take the rest of t … view
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Thursday 7th April 2022
Exclusive: McDonald’s takes control of largest UK franchisee
Exclusive – McDonald’s takes control of largest UK franchisee: McDonald’s has taken control of its largest UK franchisee, the Appt Corporation, after completing a deal to buy out founder Atul Pathak’s shares, Propel has learned. The Ha … view
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Thursday 7th April 2022
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Difficult market conditions ‘a temporary pause’, hospitality sector remains ‘attractive for investors’: Difficult market conditions caused by the cost-of-living crisis, inflation, the reversion of VAT to 20% and the war in Ukraine … view
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Wednesday 6th April 2022
Update: Calorie labelling, covid illnesses hit business, services rebound
Diners in England will see calories on menus when they eat out from today: Restaurants, cafes and takeaways in England with more than 250 staff must print how many calories are in meals on their menus, websites, and on delivery platforms … view
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Wednesday 6th April 2022
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Albion & East to add multiple sites in coming two years, in double digit like-for-like growth: Albion & East, the Imbiba-backed, London-based bar business, plans to have an estate of at least nine sites by the end of June 2024, and report … view
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Tuesday 5th April 2022
Neyba launches £15m fundraise to aid expansion across London
Neyba launches £15m fundraise to aid expansion across London: Neyba, the “multi-cuisine kitchen and grocer” concept from Burger & Lobster founder Misha Zelman, is looking to raise £15m, to underpin plans to expand across London. The … view
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Tuesday 5th April 2022
Update: Pret Index, Starbucks, heightened risk of insolvency
Pret – Demand for airport coffee soars amid travel rebound: For the first time since the outbreak of covid-19, sales of Pret A Manger espressos and croissants at London’s airports are higher than they were before the crisis. Bloomber … view
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Tuesday 5th April 2022
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More than half of consumers’ say calorie labelling laws will influence choice of food and restaurant: More than half of consumers have said their eating habits and choice of restaurant will be influenced by new calorie labelling laws, a … view
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Monday 4th April 2022
Update: Fulham Shore update, consumer confidence falls, BrewDog, gender pay gap
Fulham Shore expects to FY figures to be “comfortably ahead” of expectations: Fulham Shore, the owner of Franco Manca and The Real Greek, has said that it expects to report that revenue, Ebitda and adjusted headline Ebitda for the fi … view
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Monday 4th April 2022
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Parogon Pub Group aims to double portfolio over next three years with £15m investment, launches £5,000 ‘finder’s fee’ incentive: Staffordshire-based Parogon Group, which operates nine pubs in the region, plans to double its portfo … view
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Friday 1st April 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Tough times ahead for restaurants, give government credit where credit’s due, the City is still the place to be, introducing alcohol-free innovation
Authors: Ann Elliott,  Philip Smith, Glynn Davis, Jez Manterfie … view
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Friday 1st April 2022
KSL invests in Pig Hotels, Jeremy King to leave Corbin & King
KSL invests in The Pig Hotels, plans further sites: Denver-based private equity firm KSL Capital Partners has acquired a stake in The Pig Hotels, the eight-strong, rural boutique hotels group led by Robin Hutson, for an undisclosed sum. … view
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Friday 1st April 2022
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Red Engine boss – we could easily do 100 Flight Clubs and Electric Shuffles, trading getting back to pre-pandemic levels: Red Engine chief executive Steve Moore has told Propel he believes the company can take both its concepts – Flig … view
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