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Wednesday 31st August 2022
BrewDog to shut six UK sites as co-founder James Watt lambasts ‘zombie’ government over lack of support on escalating costs
BrewDog to shut six UK sites as co-founder James Watt lambasts ‘zombie’ government over lack of support on escalating costs: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog is to close six of its UK sites as escalating costs and the lack of governmen … view
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Wednesday 31st August 2022
Update: Just half of Britain's ten biggest cities in growth, Fulham Shore trading, JD Wetherspoon et al
Just half of Britain's ten biggest cities in growth as sales momentum slows: Out-of-home food and drink sales are in growth in just half of Britain’s ten biggest city centres, the latest Top Cities report from CGA and Wireless Social shows. … view
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Wednesday 31st August 2022
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UKHospitality calls for urgent government support, sets out five-point action plan: UKHospitality has called on the government for urgent support if thousands of hospitality businesses are to avoid collapse this winter in the face of soar … view
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Tuesday 30th August 2022
Update: Energy prices forcing pubs to the brink of closure; night-time economy at risk of collapse
Thousands of UK pubs ‘face closure’ without energy bills support: Thousands of pubs face closure without urgent government support to soften the blow from soaring energy bills, the beer industry has said, putting jobs at risk in a se … view
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Tuesday 30th August 2022
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UKHospitality – 10,000 sector businesses are at risk: UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls has warned 10,000 sector businesses could close permanently in the next 18 months as energy costs bite. An estimated 500,000 hospitality j … view
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Friday 26th August 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The mess we’re in part two, using loyalty programmes can help avoid ‘sneakflation’, the key to understanding Generation Z drinking culture, how to make the most of a winter of sport
Authors: Paul Chase, Glynn … view
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Friday 26th August 2022
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Moore – bottom line is challenging but we’re being careful not to pass it on to customers: Red Engine co-founder Steve Moore admits current cost pressures are making the bottom line challenging, but insists the company is being carefu … view
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Thursday 25th August 2022
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The Ned makes slow recovery on pre-pandemic performance with turnover more than halved: The Ned, the City of London mega-venue and private members’ club operated by Soho House that offers 250 bedrooms, ten restaurants, 17 bars, a spa an … view
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Wednesday 24th August 2022
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Loungers co-founder Jake Bishop invests in Foodstuff: Jake Bishop, co-founder of cafe bar operator Loungers, has invested in delivery business Foodstuff and joined its board as a non-executive director, Propel has learned. Bishop, who co- … view
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Tuesday 23rd August 2022
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Story of the Day:

Snowfox Group sales up 60% in first seven months of 2022, remains on track for a further uplift in Ebitda profits for financial year: Snowfox Group, which owns the YO!, Taiko and Bento brands, has repo … view
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Tuesday 23rd August 2022
Exclusive: Snowfox Group sales up 60% in first seven months of 2022, remains on track for a further uplift in Ebitda profits for financial year
Exclusive – Snowfox Group sales up 60% in first seven months of 2022, remains on track for a further uplift in Ebitda profits for financial year: Snowfox Group, which owns the YO!, Taiko and Bento brands, has reported sales growth of … view
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Monday 22nd August 2022
NQ64 secures £2.5m from ThinCats to accelerate expansion
NQ64 secures £2.5m from ThinCats to accelerate expansion: NQ64, the immersive retro arcade bar concept backed by Imbiba, has received £2.5m in funding from ThinCats, in order to accelerate its openings pipeline. Founded in 2019 by Andy Hayga … view
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Monday 22nd August 2022
Update: Cineworld, Tim Martin and Nightcap
Cineworld reports possible Chapter 11 restructuring: Cineworld has responded to media speculation this morning by reporting it is considering a Chapter 11 restructuring. It stated: “In response to media speculation, Cineworld is today … view
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Monday 22nd August 2022
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Reilley – if we had to enter into a hedge on energy today it would cost an extra £17m: Alex Reilley, executive chairman of cafe bar operator Loungers, has said if the circa 200-strong business had to enter into a hedge on its energy co … view
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Friday 19th August 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Plenty of positives during tough times for the sector, why apprenticeships work at any age, now is the time for pubs to add rooms, Pubs Code has become cumbersome and costly
Authors: Ann Elliott, Jill Whittaker, Gly … view
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Friday 19th August 2022
Update: The Alchemist and 3Sixty results, consumer confidence hits record low
The Alchemist trading circa 6% up on 2019 levels, full-year turnover above pre-pandemic performance at £55m: Simon Potts, chief executive of bar and restaurant group The Alchemist, has told Propel the business is trading circa 6% up on … view
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Friday 19th August 2022
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Döner Shack appoints new global franchise director as it plans 150 UK sites over next five years: Döner Shack, the fast casual kebab concept, has appointed Nil Naik as its new global franchise director to develop its expansion globally, … view
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Thursday 18th August 2022
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Number of licensed premises stabilises in second quarter but costs crisis threatens recovery: Britain’s licensed sector has stabilised in the second quarter of 2022, the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA by NielsenIQ and AlixPartn … view
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Wednesday 17th August 2022
Update: Cineworld, Nightcap and inflation hits 10.1%
Cineworld evaluating various strategic options to strengthen balance sheet with recent admissions ‘below expectations’: Cineworld has said it is evaluating various strategic options to strengthen its balance sheet with recent admissio … view
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Wednesday 17th August 2022
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Mounting costs and supply problems hitting industry businesses hard, menu prices set to keep rising: Hospitality businesses face a damaging combination of mounting costs and supply problems, CGA and Fourth’s new Business Confidence Surv … view
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Tuesday 16th August 2022
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Like-for-like sales remain flat amid market turbulence, ‘not realistic for businesses to survive at these levels’: Like-for-like sales at Britain’s top managed pub, bar and restaurant groups remained flat in July against pre-covid l … view
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Tuesday 16th August 2022
Like-for-like sales remain flat amid market turbulence
Like-for-like sales remain flat amid market turbulence, ‘not realistic for businesses to survive at these levels’: Like-for-like sales at Britain’s top managed pub, bar and restaurant groups remained flat in July against pre-covid l … view
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Monday 15th August 2022
Exclusive: Itsu partners with McDonald’s former largest UK franchisee, Wembley lined up for first site
Exclusive – Itsu partners with McDonald’s former largest UK franchisee, Wembley lined up for first site: Itsu, the healthy Asian food chain, has signed a new development partnership with Atul Pathak, formerly the UK’s largest McDonald … view
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Monday 15th August 2022
Update: Sector warns of mass winter closures as energy bills soar 300%
Sector warns of mass winter closures as energy bills soar 300%: Pub, restaurant and hotel chiefs have warned the industry could face mass closure this winter without “urgent” support from the government. In a joint letter to Boris Jo … view
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Monday 15th August 2022
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Lane7 eyes 15 openings over next 18 months, plans London opening: Boutique bowling company Lane7, which runs 11 bowling alleys across Britain and made sales of £26m last year, is planning to open about 15 venues over the next 18 months. … view
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Sunday 14th August 2022
Kelly’s Deli reports UK turnover and profit surge after expansion, reports best year internationally
Kelly’s Deli reports UK turnover and profit surge after expansion, reports best year internationally: Kelly’s Deli, the sushi kiosk business founded by South Korean Kelly Choi, has reported UK turnover rose by 138% to £56,426,035 (2020: … view
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Friday 12th August 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Pre-order is a major missed opportunity for foodservice companies, the mess we’re in, customer experience has never been so important, the importance of hospitality in workspaces of the future
Authors: Glynn Davis … view
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Friday 12th August 2022
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Salt Bae’s Nusr-Et London posts turnover of £7m from just over three months of trading: Nusr-Et London, the Knightsbridge-based restaurant from Turkish restaurateur Nusret Gökçe, generated turnover of £7m last year, which included j … view
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Thursday 11th August 2022
The Groucho Club sold to Ewan Venters’ Artfarm business
The Groucho Club sold to Ewan Venters’ Artfarm business: Artfarm, the independent hospitality business run by the former Fortnum & Mason chief executive Ewan Venters, has acquired London’s iconic Groucho Club, in a deal believed to be … view
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Thursday 11th August 2022
Update: Wendy’s potential in the UK remains “vast”; first six franchisees approved
Wendy’s potential in the UK remains “vast”, bullish on the UK despite pressure on consumers, first six franchisees approved: Todd Penegor, chief executive of Wendy’s, the third-largest quick service restaurant chain in the US, has said … view
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Thursday 11th August 2022
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Clean Kitchen Club seeking to be the ‘plant-based McDonald’s’ as crowdfund tops £2m: Clean Kitchen Club, the fledgling plant-based, fast-food concept, has said it is seeking to be the “plant-based McDonald’s” as its crowdfund … view
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Wednesday 10th August 2022
Legal Briefing

To me, to you – The House of Lords and the government by Luke Elford

There are many ways the Licensing Act 2003 could be improved, but it is unfortunate the sector is currently watching an endless and depressing game of ping pong betwe … view
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Wednesday 10th August 2022
Update: Deliveroo sees growth slow in Q2 as losses widen, Nicholls – one in five sector businesses could have been lost in five years
Deliveroo sees growth slow in Q2 as losses widen, Lord Wolfson to step down as director: Deliveroo has reported that market conditions softened in Q2 compared to Q1, which it believes reflected the impact of increased consumer headwinds, … view
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Wednesday 10th August 2022
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Lord – hospitality sector in deeper trouble now than during the pandemic: Pubs, restaurants and bars are seeing outgoings triple, and are in deeper trouble now than during the pandemic, Sacha Lord, the night-time economy adviser for Gre … view
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Tuesday 9th August 2022
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Kerridge – we won’t be able to solve sector issues until the government puts its hands up and admits Brexit’s gone wrong: Chef Tom Kerridge has said until the government admits that Brexit hasn’t worked, the issues facing the hosp … view
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Monday 8th August 2022
Update: Two-thirds of UK’s top restaurants in the red, average price of a hotel room rises to record high
Two-thirds of UK’s top restaurants in the red after Brexit, covid and inflation: Debt repayments, staff shortages and rising energy bills have pushed almost two-thirds of the UK’s top 100 restaurants into the red, according to researc … view
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Monday 8th August 2022
Propel Monday News Briefing
Costa taking ‘disciplined approach’ to US expansion after opening debut site: The Coca-Cola Company has told Propel it is taking a “disciplined approach” to expanding Costa Coffee in the US, after opening its first site in the Sta … view
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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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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
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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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