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Friday 28th April 2023
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Whatever happened to the J-shaped curve, let’s look beyond the headlines, pass the parcel, South Korea was good for the Seoul
Authors: Phil Mellows, Mark Bentley, Sarah Travell, Ann Elliott

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Friday 28th April 2023
Update: McManus Pub Co FY results, food inflation, business confidence
McManus Pub Co reports encouraging H1 trading performance: McManus Pub Company has reported an encouraging trading performance in the first 26 weeks of its current financial year, with like-for-like sales holding up well and on par with t … view
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Friday 28th April 2023
Propel Friday News Briefing
Time Out Market to develop transport hub model: Time Out Market has appointed Lagardère Travel Retail as its exclusive partner to support the expansion of its food and cultural market concept to travel hubs. Time Out Market said it is co … view
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Thursday 27th April 2023
Update: TRG under fire from second shareholder, Punch Pubs, Future Fund, The Printworks
Another TRG shareholder intends to vote against the company’s remuneration policy: Irenic Capital Management, which claims to be a “substantial shareholder” of The Restaurant Group (TRG), has said it also intends to vote against th … view
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Thursday 27th April 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Fuller’s to transfer 23 pubs from managed to tenanted: Fuller’s is to transfer 23 of its managed pubs across to its tenanted division, Propel has learned. Propel understands three pubs have already moved and a further 20 will transfer … view
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Thursday 27th April 2023
Hospitality Rising helps boost appeal to work in sector
Hospitality Rising helps boost appeal to work in sector: New research from sector recruitment initiative Hospitality Rising, in partnership with research consultancy KAM, has demonstrated a positive shift in the way the industry is perceived. … view
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Wednesday 26th April 2023
Chotto Matte reveals global expansion plans
Chotto Matte reveals global expansion plans: Chotto Matte, the Nikkei cuisine concept founded by Kurt Zdesar, has outlined further global expansion plans. The Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant launched in Soho in 2013, introducing London to … view
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Wednesday 26th April 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Pret to expand loyalty offer into food: Pret A Manger, the JAB Holdings-backed business, is stepping up its loyalty offer with the launch of Club Pret – expanding its existing coffee subscription to cover all freshly made food, snacks a … view
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Wednesday 26th April 2023
Pret to expand loyalty offer into food
Pret to expand loyalty offer into food: Pret A Manger, the JAB Holdings-backed business, is stepping up its loyalty offer with the launch of Club Pret – expanding its existing coffee subscription to cover all freshly made food, snacks a … view
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Tuesday 25th April 2023
McDonald’s reports global like-for-likes up 12.6% in first quarter with strong UK growth
McDonald’s reports global like-for-likes up 12.6% in first quarter with strong UK growth: McDonald’s has reported global like-for-likes were up 12.6% in its first quarter ending 31 March 2023 – with the UK seeing “strong” growth. Chi … view
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Tuesday 25th April 2023
Oasis criticises TRG CEO’s ‘disproportionate’ £674,450 base salary
Oasis criticises TRG CEO’s ‘disproportionate’ £674,450 base salary: Shareholder Oasis Management has criticised The Restaurant Group (TRG) chief executive Andy Hornby’s “disproportionate” £674,450 base salary as it said the … view
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Tuesday 25th April 2023
Update: Loungers H2 lfls up 11.8%, Whitbread results, Deliveroo, recruitment issues
Loungers reports H2 lfl sales growth of 11.8%: Cafe bar operator Loungers has reported growth of 11.8% in one year like-for-like sales for the 28 weeks to 16 April 2023. The company said it continued to deliver industry-leading like-for-l … view
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Tuesday 25th April 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Boo eyes 300 UK sites and overseas expansion as it makes international debut, appoints former Amazon UK project manager as first operations director: Better burger brand Boo has told Propel it is eyeing 300 UK sites and overseas expansion … view
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Monday 24th April 2023
Exclusive: Yard Sale Pizza eyes national roll-out, Vue International results, Tapas Revolution bought for £235,000
Exclusive – Yard Sale Pizza sees potential to grow into UK-wide business: Yard Sale Pizza, the restaurant and delivery business that includes sector investor Paul Campbell as non-executive director, has told Propel it sees the potentia … view
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Monday 24th April 2023
Prezzo to close 46 sites as part of broader strategic review
Prezzo to close 46 sites as part of broader strategic review: Prezzo, the Cain International-backed Italian dining group, has said it will close 46 lossmaking sites, putting around 810 workers at risk of redundancy. The brand said the clo … view
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Monday 24th April 2023
Punch Pubs appoints Russell Danks as new Laine Pub Co MD
Punch Pubs appoints Russell Danks as new Laine Pub Co MD: Punch Pubs & Co has announced changes to its executive team, including the appointment of Russell Danks as the new managing director of its 60-strong Laine Pub Company. Danks’ appoint … view
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Monday 24th April 2023
Update: Brighton Pier Group results, Greene King research, tourism tax survey
Brighton Pier Group – trading in 2023 has seen a general decline in consumer confidence: The Brighton Pier Group has reported that current total group sales for the first three months to the end of March 2023 were down 11% on a like-for-like … view
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Monday 24th April 2023
Propel Monday News Briefing
Like-for-like sales see slowest growth so far this year as costs bite: Like-for-like sales at Britain’s leading managed restaurant, pub and bar groups in March were 1.4% ahead of last year’s levels, the new Coffer CGA Business Tracker … view
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Monday 24th April 2023
Like-for-like sales see slowest growth so far this year as costs bite
Like-for-like sales see slowest growth so far this year as costs bite: Like-for-like sales at Britain’s leading managed restaurant, pub and bar groups in March were 1.4% ahead of last year’s levels, the new Coffer CGA Business Tracker show … view
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Sunday 23rd April 2023
Itsu eyes further retail growth as Justin King named non-executive chairman of grocery arm
Itsu eyes further retail growth as Justin King named non-executive chairman of grocery arm: Itsu, the healthy Asian food chain, has appointed Justin King, the former chief executive of Sainsbury’s, as the new non-executive chairman of its gr … view
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Friday 21st April 2023
Wadworth appoints Simon Townsend as non-executive chairman, first person outside family to hold position
Wadworth appoints Simon Townsend as non-executive chairman, first person outside family to hold position: Independent brewer and pub company Wadworth has appointed Simon Townsend, former chief executive of Ei Group, as its new non-executive ch … view
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Friday 21st April 2023
Friday Opinion
Subjects: We’re missing a trick on recruitment, the alchemy of study tours, how we can learn from the way Starbucks learn, let’s stop talking about personalisation and start delivering it
Authors: Katy Moses, Myles Doran, … view
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Friday 21st April 2023
Update: Parkdean Resorts, SimpsInns and Merlin Attractions
Parkdean Resorts agrees £600m debt refinancing, to accelerate growth plans: Parkdean Resorts, the UK’s largest holiday park operator, has agreed a £600m refinancing of its senior debt, with funds managed by Ares Management’s Europea … view
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Friday 21st April 2023
Propel Friday News Briefing
Berkeley Inns begins building London presence, eyes six-strong estate: Berkeley Inns, the award-winning Derbyshire gastropub operator, has begun building its estate in London after securing a second site in the capital. The Howard Thacker … view
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Thursday 20th April 2023
Update: Deliveroo reports Q1 lfl revenue up 11% and sales up 6% in UK & Ireland, reflecting improved offering
Deliveroo reports ‘resilient’ first quarter with lfl revenue up 11% and sales up 6% in UK & Ireland, reflecting improved offering to customers: Deliveroo has reported a “resilient” first quarter of 2023, with like-for-like revenue … view
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Thursday 20th April 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Chaiiwala ‘conservatively’ looking at 500 stores in the UK, turned down offers for the business: Street food cafe franchise Chaiiwala is “conservatively” looking at 500 stores in the UK on top of its current 85-strong estate, incl … view
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Wednesday 19th April 2023
Exclusive: Camile Thai puts UK restaurant operations into liquidation
Exclusive – Camile Thai puts UK restaurant operations into liquidation: Ireland’s leading Thai restaurant brand Camile Thai has failed in its attempts to expand into England and has placed its UK operations into liquidation, Propel ha … view
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Wednesday 19th April 2023
Technology Briefing

CULTURE: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT & THE KEY ROLE TECHNOLOGY CAN PLAY TO FORGE IT

Peter Drucker (1909-2005) was a legendary management consultant and writer and one of the most widely-known and influential thinkers on management. Today, his w … view
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Wednesday 19th April 2023
Update: Just Eat Takeaway, Cake Box and Popeyes
Just Eat Takeaway reports Q1 sales down 6% in UK & Ireland, efforts to improve profitability ‘running ahead of plan’: Just Eat Takeaway has reported first quarter sales down 6% in UK & Ireland, but chief executive Jitse Groen said eff … view
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Wednesday 19th April 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Sixes secures debut US site, looking at 100 sites across the country: Sixes, the cricket-based competitive socialising concept from the founders of Mac & Wild, has secured its debut site in the US, in Dallas. The concept, which has opene … view
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Tuesday 18th April 2023
Exclusive: Mitchells & Butlers to acquire remaining stake in Ego Restaurants
Exclusive – Mitchells & Butlers to acquire remaining stake in Ego Restaurants, ‘firepower to accelerate expansion’: Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), the All Bar One, Harvester and Miller & Carter operator, is to acquire the remaining 60% stake … view
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Tuesday 18th April 2023
Hakkasan owner set to be acquired by Mohari Hospitality in $550m deal
Hakkasan owner set to be acquired by Mohari Hospitality in $550m deal: Mohari Hospitality, a global luxury real estate investment firm founded by online poker entrepreneur Mark Scheinberg, has agreed to acquire Tao Group Hospitality, the owner … view
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Tuesday 18th April 2023
Update: City Pub Group, Fat Duck Group, McDonald’s, Cineworld and Red Oak Taverns
City Pub Group Q1 lfls up 13%, company now ‘in the best shape it’s ever been’: City Pub Group, the owner and operator of 43 premium pubs across southern England and Wales, has reported an encouraging trading performance in first thr … view
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Tuesday 18th April 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Afrikana strikes ten-site multi franchise deal with French operator as it targets 20-strong estate by end of 2023: African restaurant concept Afrikana has struck a ten-site multi franchise deal with a French operator as it targets a 20-st … view
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Monday 17th April 2023
Exclusive: master franchise rights for PF Chang’s in UK acquired by Pizza Hut franchisee
Exclusive – master franchise rights for PF Chang’s in UK acquired by Pizza Hut franchisee: The master franchise rights for US brand PF Chang’s in the UK have been acquired by Zaf Holdings, a current Pizza Hut delivery franchisee, Propel … view
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Monday 17th April 2023
Propel Monday News Briefing
Cost of doing business key concern for sector – energy bills up 111% on average: The cost of doing business, with energy bills up 111% on average and employee costs up 13% in 2022, remains the key concern across the hospitality sector, … view
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Friday 14th April 2023
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Evolving from surviving to thriving, food for thought, British brands abroad – the rise of restaurant internationalisation, why we need a rethink on the productivity crisis
Authors: Graeme Smith and Craig Rachel, … view
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Friday 14th April 2023
Propel Friday News Briefing
Roberts – maturing UK franchise market provides greater scope for international expansion: The maturing of the UK’s food and beverage franchising market is set to provide greater opportunities for international growth, David Roberts, … view
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Friday 14th April 2023
Foodservice price inflation slowly easing but remains above 20%
Foodservice price inflation slowly easing but remains above 20%: Year-on-year food inflation fell slightly to 20.6% in February 2023, the new CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index reveals. The figure is below the record high of 22.9% in Decembe … view
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Thursday 13th April 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Chaiiwala has ‘more than 100 partners’ waiting to expand the business in US: Street food cafe franchise Chaiiwala is to make its move into the US and has “more than 100 partners” waiting to expand the brand across the country. Spe … view
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Wednesday 12th April 2023
Legal Briefing

Anticipation, alerts and action by Michelle Hazlewood

On 23 April, we celebrate St George’s Day as usual, but this year brings a twist of something new and unknown. At 3pm, the UK will be the witness to a test of a digital modern-day k … view
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Wednesday 12th April 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Pub menu inflation growing at faster pace than customer expectations: Pub menu inflation is growing at a faster pace than customer price expectations, according to new research. A pub sector menu pricing review from more than 3,000 manage … view
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Tuesday 11th April 2023
Cost-of-living crisis is catching up with spending habits on a night out
Cost-of-living crisis is catching up with spending habits on a night out: The cost-of-living crisis is catching up with spending habits on a night out, as consumers adopt a more budget conscious mindset when it comes to their social habits, ac … view
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Tuesday 11th April 2023
Update – Black Sheep Brewery reviews options, Hollywood Bowl reports record H1 revenue
Hollywood Bowl reports record H1 revenue: Hollywood Bowl, the UK’s largest ten-pin bowling operator, has reported record first half group revenue of £111.1m, up 10.9% vs H1 FY2022. The business said that it had experienced 3.5% like-for-lik … view
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Tuesday 11th April 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Puccino's looking to expand into new sectors as it seeks to grow to 125 sites by 2028: Travel hub coffee brand Puccino's is looking to expand into new sectors as it seeks to grow to 125 sites by 2028. The company recently opened its 38th … view
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Tuesday 11th April 2023
Brits cutting back on eating out, near 60% increase in pub closures
Brits cutting back on eating out, only 8% planning to celebrate King's Coronation in pubs and bars: Brits are cutting back on eating out, and only 8% are planning to celebrate the King's Coronation in pubs and bars in May, according to th … view
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Thursday 6th April 2023
Exclusive: Tapas Revolution undergoes restructure
Exclusive – Tapas Revolution undergoes restructure: Spanish Restaurant Group, the owner of the Tapas Revolution brand, has finalised a restructuring and has been acquired by Tapas Bidco, a new vehicle led and owned by the brand’s form … view
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Thursday 6th April 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Fulham Shore shares climb 30% after agreeing takeover, ‘vote of confidence in restaurant segment’: Shares in Fulham Shore, the Franco Manca and The Real Greek operator, climbed 30% in afternoon trading to 13.90p, after the business ag … view
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Wednesday 5th April 2023
Fulham Shore to be acquired in c£93m deal by global food company Toridoll
Fulham Shore to be acquired in c£93m deal by Japanese investment firm Toridoll: Fulham, Shore, the Franco Manca and The Real Greek operator, has announced it has received a recommended cash offer by Great Sea Kitchens Limited, a newly-incorpo … view
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Wednesday 5th April 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Morley’s chicken shop reaches 100-site landmark as it looks to ramp up expansion through franchising and eyes possible global growth: Morley’s chicken shop has reached the 100-site landmark as it looks to ramp up its expansion through … view
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Tuesday 4th April 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Exclusive – St Austell Brewery enters exclusive venture with directors of London’s ETM Group: South west brewer and pub company St Austell Brewery has entered into a joint venture with the directors of ETM Group, Propel has learned. … view
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Monday 3rd April 2023
Prezzo returns to profitability following strong second half performance ahead of pre-pandemic levels
Prezzo returns to profitability following strong second half performance ahead of pre-pandemic levels: Prezzo, the Cain International-backed Italian dining group, has returned to profitability following a strong second half performance ah … view
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Monday 3rd April 2023
Update: Cineworld, McDonald's, fewer people eating out, UK remains Europe's largest coffee market
Cineworld ends sales process for UK and US businesses as it enters into restructuring agreement: Cineworld has ended the sales process for its UK and Ireland and US divisions as it announced it has entered into a restructuring support ag … view
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Monday 3rd April 2023
Propel Monday News Briefing
Roxy Leisure plans six sites over next two years for new family bowling concept and ‘no limit thereafter’, new smaller venue concept in pipeline: Roxy Leisure, the operator of the Roxy Lanes and Roxy Ball Room concepts, has told Prope … view
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Sunday 2nd April 2023
Oakman back to strong growth but ‘converting sales to level of profit planned much more difficult’, two new sites to open this summer
Oakman back to strong growth but ‘converting sales to level of profit planned much more difficult’, two new sites to open this summer: Oakman Group said it has returned to strong growth in recent days following a weather-affected Febr … view
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