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Friday 30th December 2022
Baa Bar CEO awarded OBE in New Year Honours list
Baa Bar CEO awarded OBE in New Year Honours list: Elaine Clarke, founder and chief executive of Liverpool hospitality group Baa Bar, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list. Clarke has enjoyed a career that has spanned more t … view
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Wednesday 28th December 2022
Former TRG chairman Alan Jackson passes away
Former TRG chairman Alan Jackson passes away: Alan Jackson, the former executive chairman of The Restaurant Group (TRG), has passed away. Jackson, 79, worked for Whitbread for 18 years between 1973 and 1991 – he was one of the most respected … view
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Saturday 24th December 2022
Almost 400 pubs close in England and Wales in 2022
Almost 400 pubs close in England and Wales in 2022: More than 32 pubs disappeared from communities in England and Wales each month in 2022 as rocketing energy bills and staffing pressures forced businesses to shut for the final time. New analy … view
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Friday 23rd December 2022
Exclusive: Tahir Group becomes largest KFC operator in London after deal for Barack Group
Exclusive – Tahir Group becomes largest KFC operator in London after deal for Barack Group: Tahir Group, the Starbucks and German Doner Kebab franchisee, has taken its estate of KFC sites past the 40-mark after acquiring the Barack Group of … view
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Friday 23rd December 2022
Propel Friday News Briefing
This is the final Propel newsletter of 2022. We would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers a happy and healthy Christmas and new year

Story of the Day: 

Icelandic superfood bar concept loo … view
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Thursday 22nd December 2022
Pret abandons vegetarian venture as novelty of meat-free branches wears off
Pret abandons vegetarian venture as novelty of meat-free branches wears off: Pret A Manger is axing almost all of its vegetarian-only stores as the novelty of meat-free branches wears off. The company is to shut or rebrand 75% of its Vegg … view
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Thursday 22nd December 2022
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Mamma Dough business placed on market: London better pizza business Mamma Dough has been placed on the market after falling into administration, Propel has learned. It is understood Williams & Partners has been appointed by the joint admi … view
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Wednesday 21st December 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Esquires Coffee co-founder set to launch Korean cuisine concept in UK, aiming for 100 sites here by 2032: Doug Williamson, who co-founded Cooks Global Foods-owned Esquires Coffee in 1993, is set to launch Korean cuisine concept StickBug … view
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Tuesday 20th December 2022
Update: Decision on energy bill support for businesses postponed, alcohol duty frozen for extra six months
Decision on energy bill support for businesses postponed: A decision on extending help for businesses facing soaring energy bills will not be made until the new year, the Treasury has said. Currently wholesale gas and electricity prices h … view
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Tuesday 20th December 2022
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Crussh placed on the market: London-based healthy food and juice brand Crussh has been placed on the market after appointing advisors to assess its options, Propel has learned. The business, which operates 12 sites across London and the s … view
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Monday 19th December 2022
Update: Alcohol duty set to be frozen for extra six months, Martyn's Law for venue security to cover all of UK
Alcohol duty set to be frozen for extra six months: Alcohol duty will be frozen until August in a major boost for the hospitality sector. Alcohol levies were due to be increased on 1 February, but chancellor Jeremy Hunt will delay that mo … view
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Monday 19th December 2022
Propel Monday News Briefing
Foodservice inflation hits record 21.5% but expected to begin levelling off: Foodservice price inflation reached a record 21.5% in November, but is now expected to begin levelling off. It marks a tenth consecutive month of double-digit in … view
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Monday 19th December 2022
Foodservice inflation hits record 21.5% but expected to begin levelling off
Foodservice inflation hits record 21.5% but expected to begin levelling off: Foodservice price inflation reached a record 21.5% in November, but is now expected to begin levelling off. It marks a tenth consecutive month of double-digit inflati … view
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Friday 16th December 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Reaching an inflection point, looking at the Brightside of life, puritanism rising, protecting culture in a growing business, evolution as a tool to not only survive but thrive, a case for employee-led benefits
Auth … view
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Friday 16th December 2022
Exclusive: Liberation Group boosts presence in UK mainland with Cirrus Inns merger
Exclusive – Liberation Group boosts presence in UK mainland with Cirrus Inns merger: Channel Islands and West Country brewer and retailer Liberation Group is to further boost its presence in the UK mainland, including operating in London for … view
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Friday 16th December 2022
Update: Fulham Shore warns on expected fall in trading, Hollywood Bowl, consumer confidence, delivery sales
Fulham Shore expects trade in the final quarter to behind rest of the year, to pull back on rate of openings: Fulham Shore, the Franco Manca and The Real Greek owner, has said due to the current challenges facing the sector, including the … view
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Friday 16th December 2022
Propel Friday News Briefing
SSP paid £1.75m for 25 ex-AMT Coffee sites, six more sold to Gourmet Coffee Bar & Kitchen: SSP Group paid £1.75m to buy out of administration 25 AMT Coffee sites, while a further six were subsequently acquired by the Gourmet Coffee Bar … view
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Thursday 15th December 2022
Update: Admiral Taverns reports FY turnover of £152.8m on back of successful integration of Hawthorn Leisure
Admiral Taverns reports FY turnover of £152.8m on back of successful integration of Hawthorn Leisure: Admiral Taverns, the Proprium-backed business, which operates circa 1,550 predominantly wet-led community pubs, has reported group turnover … view
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Thursday 15th December 2022
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Gilkes – 2022 revenue set to surpass 2019, new openings have exceeded expectations: Charlie Gilkes, co-founder of the Inception Group, has told Propel the 13-strong company's revenue for 2022 is set to surpass its 2019 level, helped by … view
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Wednesday 14th December 2022
Legal Briefing

The naughty list – facing enforcement by Tim Shield

We are (and have been for some months now) in a time of contradiction in the licensing world. On one hand, the vast benefits the leisure industry provides the country with has finally … view
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Wednesday 14th December 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Döner Shack aiming for up to 20 openings in 2023, taking first steps into European and US markets: Döner Shack, the Berlin fast casual kebab concept, has told Propel it is aiming for up to 20 UK openings in 2023 and is taking its first … view
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Tuesday 13th December 2022
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Laurillard – we are starting to think about extra growth legs, planning to open a site a month from April: Andy Laurillard, co-founder of Thai restaurant brand Giggling Squid, has said the company plans to open another 20 sites over the … view
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Monday 12th December 2022
Propel Monday News Briefing
Indoor virtual clay pigeon shooting experience Clays secures investment from Imbiba: Clays, the indoor interactive clay shooting experience concept, has secured new investment from serial sector investor Imbiba to aid its further growth, … view
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Friday 9th December 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: If any sector can make a success of this Christmas it’s hospitality, be like Ben Stokes and believe in your team, investing in pubs will help secure their future, cutting out the middle men
Authors: Kate Nicholls, … view
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Friday 9th December 2022
Propel Friday News Briefing
Kaspa’s founder sees runway for up to 500 UK sites and plans international expansion: Kaspa’s founder Azhar Rehman sees a runway for up to 500 UK sites for the dessert concept, with his next roll-out focused on smaller stores and kios … view
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Thursday 8th December 2022
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Urban – train strikes set to cost us between £4m and £5m, we moved both food and drink pricing by about 5% this year: Phil Urban, chief executive of Mitchells & Butlers, has said the train strikes scheduled to take place next week are … view
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Wednesday 7th December 2022
Update: M&B sees encouraging start to new financial year with lfl sales growth of 6.5%
M&B sees encouraging start to new financial year with lfl sales growth of 6.5%: Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has reported an encouraging start to its new financial year, with like-for-like sales growth of 6.5% in the last ten weeks (9.2% gro … view
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Wednesday 7th December 2022
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Andrea – we need visibility on energy support to make pricing decisions, introducing one-off cost-of-living supplement payment: Andrew Andrea, chief executive of Marston’s, has said that the business needs visibility on further suppor … view
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Tuesday 6th December 2022
Update: Marston’s, SSP and Time Out results, fresh rail strikes announced
Marston’s like-for-like sales up 4% in final 10 weeks of FY22, sets out £1bn turnover target: Marston’s has reported that its like-for-like sales were up 3% versus 2019 and up 4% versus 2021 in final 10 weeks of FY2022, whilst curren … view
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Tuesday 6th December 2022
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
US burger, shake and craft beer concept Black Tap set for second attempt at UK launch, eyes up to 20 sites: US burger, shake and craft beer concept Black Tap is set to make a second attempt to launch in the UK, Propel has learned. Gilling … view
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Monday 5th December 2022
Restaurant Marketer & Innovator Awards 2023 finalists revealed
Restaurant Marketer & Innovator Awards 2023 finalists revealed: Finalists have been announced for the fifth Restaurant Marketer & Innovator Awards, staged by Propel and Think Hospitality to recognise success in marketing and innovation in the … view
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Monday 5th December 2022
Coming in January 2023 for Premium subscribers – the Who’s Who of UK Food & Beverage
Coming in January 2023 for Premium subscribers – the Who’s Who of UK Food & Beverage: Propel is to add a fifth major database to its Premium service in January 2023. The Who’s Who of UK Food & Beverage will be the first time full profile … view
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Monday 5th December 2022
Update: Punch Pubs chief says owners support growth plans, rail strikes set to go ahead, Brasserie Bar begins acquiring freeholds of existing estate
Punch Pubs chief says owners supportive of growth plans, welcomes ‘working from pub’ trend, wants to see more experiential pubs: Clive Chesser, chief executive of Punch Pubs, has said owners Fortress support his plan to invest and to … view
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Monday 5th December 2022
Propel Monday News Briefing
Mission Mars to invest £30m over the next three years, eyes Albert’s Schloss openings in London and Las Vegas: Mission Mars, the Rudy’s Neapolitana Pizza and Albert’s Schloss operator, plans to invest £25m-£30m over the next thre … view
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Monday 5th December 2022
Energy costs set to sink UK pubs and brewers without extension of bill relief scheme
Energy costs set to sink UK pubs and brewers without extension of bill relief scheme: Pubs and breweries will face major financial losses and many will be forced to close if the energy bill relief scheme is not extended for them beyond 31 … view
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Friday 2nd December 2022
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Scotland – back to the future, how to stay on track, minimum wage, people metrics at the heart of hospitality success
Authors: Paul Chase, Amber Staynings, Alistair Scott, Hayley Kyle

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Friday 2nd December 2022
Propel Friday News Briefing
Hush wins landmark court case against landlord over new lease option: Hush Collection, the London restaurant group, which includes the Cabana, Hush and Haché brands, has won a landmark court victory against a landlord over an option on a … view
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Thursday 1st December 2022
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Collins – we’ve taken more price than we have done historically, nothing so far to suggest dramatic shift in consumer behaviour: Nick Collins, chief executive of café bar operator Loungers, has told Propel the business has “taken m … view
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