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Thursday 31st August 2023
Update: The Wolseley Hospitality Group reports record results, Pret fined after worker trapped in freezer
The Wolseley Hospitality Group reports record revenue and Ebitda as it returns to profit: The Wolseley Hospitality Group has reported revenue increased 60.7% to a record £53,674,320 for the year ending 31 December 2022 compared with £33 … view
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Thursday 31st August 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Exclusive – TOCA Social aiming for 20-30 UK sites as it confirms Westfield White City opening, footfall already past 2022 levels as business ‘just scratching the surface of demand in London’: Alex Harman, president of TOCA Social, has t … view
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Wednesday 30th August 2023
Toca Social to open at Westfield London for third UK site
Toca Social to open at Westfield London for third UK site: Toca Social, the interactive football bar concept, has unveiled plans for its third UK location, at Westfield London, continuing its journey of growth and expansion. It follows the suc … view
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Wednesday 30th August 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Insomnia Cookies UK MD – our ambition is to have a national presence: Ben Lacey, UK managing director of Insomnia Cookies, which launched here this week, has told Propel that the brand’s ambition is to have a “national presence across th … view
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Tuesday 29th August 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Itsu plans to double size of UK estate, exploring further European territories: Itsu, the healthy Asian food chain founded by Julian Metcalfe, plans to more than double its current circa 80-strong UK estate and told Propel it believes there ar … view
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Tuesday 29th August 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Confidence high amongst hospitality leaders despite ongoing cost and staffing challenges: Optimism among Britain’s hospitality leaders has risen for the third quarter in a row, the new Business Confidence Survey from CGA by NIQ and Four … view
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Tuesday 29th August 2023
Confidence high amongst hospitality leaders despite ongoing cost and staffing challenges
Confidence high amongst hospitality leaders despite ongoing cost and staffing challenges: Optimism among Britain’s hospitality leaders has risen for the third quarter in a row, the new Business Confidence Survey from CGA by NIQ and Four … view
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Sunday 27th August 2023
Exclusive: Pizza Hut UK franchisee reports 16.8% lfl sales growth in 2023, ‘constructive’ refinancing talks expected to be complete by Christmas
Exclusive: Pizza Hut UK franchisee reports 16.8% lfl sales growth in 2023, ‘constructive’ refinancing talks expected to be complete by Christmas, close partnership with franchisor to reignite growth, new openings to include Itsu e … view
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Sunday 27th August 2023
Update: Pizza Hut and Dishoom results
Pizza Hut’s future in doubt as debt crisis looms: Pizza Hut’s UK restaurant business has plunged into a debt crisis as it grapples with the fallout from soaring inflation. The US giant’s biggest British franchise, with more than 4,0 … view
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Friday 25th August 2023
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Narrative, narrative, narrative: a CEO imperative, alcohol and the origins of hospitality, in search of service 
Authors: Elliott Goldstein, Phil Mellows, Glynn Davis 

Narrative, narrat … view

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Friday 25th August 2023
Propel Friday News Briefing
Christou – no reason Pret can’t reach 1,500 sites in UK, SSP to begin rolling brand out in Asia: Pano Christou, chief executive of Pret A Manger, the JAB Holdings-backed business, has said there was no reason why the brand couldn’t … view
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Thursday 24th August 2023
Subway agrees circa $9.5bn sale to Roark Capital
Subway agrees circa $9.5bn sale to Roark Capital: Global sandwich chain Subway has announced it has agreed a deal, believed to be valued at circa $9.5bn (£7.52bn), to be sold to US-based firm Roark Capital, which already owns restaurant … view
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Thursday 24th August 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Pret ups loyalty play, increases Club Pret discount to 20% and launches worldwide: Pret A Manger, the JAB Holdings-backed business, has announced an expansion of its subscription offer from 5 September that will see the discount for … view
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Thursday 24th August 2023
Pret ups loyalty play, increases Club Pret discount to 20% and launches worldwide
Pret ups loyalty play, increases Club Pret discount to 20% and launches worldwide: Pret A Manger, the JAB Holdings-backed business, has announced an expansion of its subscription offer from 5 September that will see the discount for Club … view
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Wednesday 23rd August 2023
Exclusive: Breal Capital acquires Vinoteca out of administration
Exclusive: Breal Capital acquires Vinoteca out of administration: The future of London-based wine bar, shop and restaurant concept Vinoteca has been secured following a sale of the business and its assets to an entity owned by London-based inv … view
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Wednesday 23rd August 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Five Akhi’s wants to ‘grow as big as Fireaway’ following investment from fast-growing pizza brand’s owner: Five Akhi’s director Ravi Parmar has told Propel the business wants to “grow as big as Fireaway” following investment … view
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Tuesday 22nd August 2023
Itsu reports 59% increase in FY sales, partners with Scoffs Group, plans 20 sites next year
Itsu reports 59% increase in FY sales, partners with Scoffs Group, plans 20 sites next year: Itsu, the healthy Asian food chain founded by Julian Metcalfe, has reported a 59% increase in sales to £138m in the year to the end of 2022, as it sa … view
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Tuesday 22nd August 2023
Update: Subway, Domino’s Cake Box et al
Roark Capitals closes in on $9.6m Subway acquisition: Roark Capital, which owns restaurants Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings, is nearing a deal to buy sandwich chain Subway for about $9.6bn, the Wall Street Journal has reported, and a deal … view
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Tuesday 22nd August 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
US doughnut brand set for UK debut later this year as it targets 25 sites here by 2026: US doughnut brand Duck Donuts is set to make its UK debut later this year ahead of wider plans to open 25 sites here by the end of 2026, Propel has le … view
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Monday 21st August 2023
Propel Monday News Briefing
Star Pubs & Bars looking to add 100 more Just Add Talent pubs by 2026: Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars is looking to add another 100 pubs to its Just Add Talent (JAT) managed operator business by 2026. It wants to increase the JAT model f … view
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Monday 21st August 2023
Star Pubs & Bars looking to add 100 more Just Add Talent pubs by 2026
Star Pubs & Bars looking to add 100 more Just Add Talent pubs by 2026: Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars is looking to add another 100 pubs to its Just Add Talent (JAT) managed operator business by 2026. It wants to increase the JAT model from i … view
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Friday 18th August 2023
Michel Roux Jr to close Le Gavroche after more than 55 years
Michel Roux Jr to close Le Gavroche after more than 55 years: Michel Roux Jr has announced the closure of Le Gavroche at its Upper Brook Street site, in London’s Mayfair, where the restaurant has operated for more than 55 years. The res … view
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Friday 18th August 2023
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Blowing the frugal bugle, rooms for improvement, being female friendly without trying too hard
Authors: Katherine Doggrell, Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott

Blowing the frugal bugle by Katherine … view

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Friday 18th August 2023
Update: Sunday pub opening hours, Soho House, Everyman, JD Wetherspoon et al
Government backs pubs to open earlier for Women’s World Cup final: The government is encouraging councils in England to get pubs open earlier on Sunday ahead of the Lionesses’ first ever World Cup final. Operators and trade industries yes … view
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Friday 18th August 2023
Propel Friday News Briefing
Managed group sales rose 7.8% in July for tenth successive month of year-on-year growth: Britain’s managed restaurant, pub and bar groups overcame widespread challenges to record a ninth successive month of year-on-year sales growth in … view
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Friday 18th August 2023
Managed group sales rose 7.8% in July for tenth successive month of year-on-year growth
Managed group sales rose 7.8% in July for tenth successive month of year-on-year growth: Britain’s managed restaurant, pub and bar groups overcame widespread challenges to record a ninth successive month of year-on-year sales growth in June, … view
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Thursday 17th August 2023
Loungers appoints Lucy Knowles as new Cosy Club MD
Loungers appoints Lucy Knowles as new Cosy Club MD: Cafe bar operator Loungers has appointed Lucy Knowles as the new managing director of its Cosy Club brand. Knowles previously held the same role at London bar chain Corney & Barrow, late … view
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Thursday 17th August 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Emilias Crafted Pasta founder – there is huge demand and potential for the brand: Andrew Macleod, founder of London-based Italian pasta restaurant concept Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, has told Propel there is huge demand a … view
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Wednesday 16th August 2023
Update: Jamie Oliver results, inflation falls, late-summer rail strikes to cost sector more than £150m
Jamie Oliver’s restaurant and food businesses reports turnover and profit boost as they rebound from covid, pays total dividends of £6.8m: Jamie Oliver’s restaurant and food businesses have reported a boost in turnover and profit as … view
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Wednesday 16th August 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Döner Shack repositioning ‘almost complete’ and ‘already yielding great results’: Sanjeev Sanghera, founder of Berlin fast casual kebab concept Döner Shack, has “almost completed” its repositioning and it is “already yield … view
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Tuesday 15th August 2023
Hall & Woodhouse reports trading in 2023 ‘very encouraging’ with strong like-for-like sales growth across estate
Hall & Woodhouse reports trading in 2023 ‘very encouraging’ with strong like-for-like sales growth across estate: Dorset brewer and retailer Hall & Woodhouse has said trading in 2023 is “very encouraging”, with strong like-for-like sal … view
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Tuesday 15th August 2023
Rescue deal on table for Vinoteca
Rescue deal on table for Vinoteca: A deal to rescue wine bar, shop and restaurant concept Vinoteca is being worked on after the business filed a court notice of its intention to appoint administrators, Propel understands. The five-strong, … view
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Tuesday 15th August 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Marks – 2023 has seen a stark tail-off unlike any I have ever known, it will take us longer to get to where we want to be: Rekom UK chairman Peter Marks has told Propel that 2023 has seen a “stark tail-off unlike any I have ever known … view
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Monday 14th August 2023
Exclusive: The Everywhere Group set to launch crowdfund, projected to deliver £17m revenue in 2024
Exclusive: The Everywhere Group set to launch crowdfund for more than ten new immersive experiences, projected to deliver £17m revenue in 2024: Immersive production company The Everywhere Group (TEG) is set to launch a crowdfund to help … view
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Monday 14th August 2023
More than a third of Brits reduce amount of times they go on night out due to increased living costs
More than a third of Brits reduce amount of times they go on night out due to increased living costs: More than a third of Brits (34.9%) have reduced the amount of times they go on a night out since the autumn, according to a new survey by lat … view
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Monday 14th August 2023
Propel Monday News Briefing
Purezza aiming to raise up to £5m to expand in London and explore international growth, brings in Dishoom co-founder as NED: Vegan pizzeria Purezza has told Propel it is aiming to raise up to £5m in a new funding round to expand in Lond … view
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Friday 11th August 2023
Friday Opinion
Subjects: When exclusivity works against inclusivity, on a lighter and crispier note, a path to quality and quantity candidates
Authors: Glynn Davis, Phil Mellows, Matthew de la Hey

When exclusivit … view

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Friday 11th August 2023
Propel Friday News Briefing
Canadian pancake brand aiming for 25 UK sites by 2025 and eventual 100-plus estate, set to introduce dessert cafe concept: Canadian pancake brand Fluffy Fluffy has told Propel it is aiming for 25 UK sites by 2025 as it works towards an ev … view
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Thursday 10th August 2023
Caffe Nero reports sales reach 112% of pre-covid levels in its fourth quarter
Caffe Nero reports sales reach 112% of pre-covid levels in its fourth quarter: Caffe Nero has reported robust trading for the three months to 31 May 2023 – the final quarter of its financial year – including strong like-for-like sales grow … view
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Thursday 10th August 2023
Update: Deliveroo and Leon results
Deliveroo reports profitability ahead of expectations with adjusted Ebitda of £39m in H1, proposes £250m capital return to shareholders: Deliveroo has reported profitability ahead of expectations in the first half of 2023, with adjusted Ebit … view
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Thursday 10th August 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Bavarian-based brewer and operator plans UK launch: Paulaner Franchise & Consulting, a subsidiary of Paulaner, the Bavarian brewery established in 1634 in Munich, is looking to launch its restaurant and bar concepts in the UK, Propel has … view
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Wednesday 9th August 2023
Legal Briefing

Covid easements to end and what that means for hospitality by Luke Elford

In my experience, developments in licensing are like buses – you hang around for ages and then several come along at once. One perfect example of this is the lat … view
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Wednesday 9th August 2023
Tipjar wins trademarking court battle with Twitter
Tipjar wins trademarking court battle with Twitter: Cashless tipping platform Tipjar has won its trademarking court battle with social media giant Twitter, which recently rebranded as X. In a ruling by the Munich Court in Germany, Tipjar secur … view
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Wednesday 9th August 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Flip Out owner signs master franchise agreements in Europe and India: We Do Play, the owners of the UK’s largest adventure park operator Flip Out, has signed two new master franchisor agreements to support its international expansion st … view
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Tuesday 8th August 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
EL&N seeking investment partner, plans to operate 200-plus units globally: Cafe and lifestyle brand EL&N, the 32-strong London-based business, is seeking an investment partner to aid its ambition to grow to 200-plus sites globally over th … view
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Monday 7th August 2023
Propel Monday News Briefing
Popeyes UK CEO – average weekly sales remain way above our expectations, taking our time with franchising: Tom Crowley, chief executive of Popeyes UK, the fast-growing quick service restaurant chicken brand, has told Propel that average … view
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Saturday 5th August 2023
Punch reports all three divisions delivering like-for-like sales growth
Punch reports all three divisions delivering like-for-like sales growth: Punch Pubs & Co, the Fortress Investment Group-backed business, has reported that all three of its divisions (leased and tenanted, management partnership and Laine Pub Co … view
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Friday 4th August 2023
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Letter from Detroit part two, the challenge of going out for the older generation, the future of hospitality is data-led, ten takeaways for better sustainability practice
Authors: Matthew Kirby, Ann Elliott, Mark Be … view
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Friday 4th August 2023
Update: Papa John’s acquires more UK sites, Subway sale process, XP Factory, services, food inflation
Papa John’s adds a further 27 sites to new UK company-owned business: Papa John’s has added a further 27 sites to its recently launched company-owned estate in the UK, bringing its total ownership to 118 restaurants, as it looks to im … view
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Friday 4th August 2023
Propel Friday News Briefing
Papa John’s CEO – we’re confident we can improve sales and profitability within our UK market: Rob Lynch, president and chief executive of Papa John’s, has said while the business knows there will be macroeconomic challenges ahead … view
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Thursday 3rd August 2023
Exclusive: Future of True North Brew Co secured following pre-pack sale
Exclusive – Future of True North Brew Co secured following pre-pack sale: The future of Sheffield-based True North Brew Co has been secured following a sale out of administration in a deal which safeguards around 325 jobs. The business, whic … view
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Thursday 3rd August 2023
Update: Wingstop UK has record sales week, Tom Kerridge, Shaftesbury H1, greenwashing
Wingstop CEO – UK reports record sales week, business well-positioned for growth: Michael Skipworth, president and chief executive of Wingstop, has said the brand’s UK business has set a record sales week, and that the brand’s inter … view
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Thursday 3rd August 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Sourdough South secures first The Stable site since acquisition: Sourdough South, operator of the Three Joes concept, has secured the first site under The Stable brand since it acquired the business from Fuller’s in June 2020, Propel ha … view
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Wednesday 2nd August 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Currie – Greggs working hard to offer great value, to focus expansion on transport hubs and supermarkets: Roisin Currie, chief executive of food-to-go operator Greggs, has said “inflation is cooling but it is still out there,” and t … view
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Tuesday 1st August 2023
Popeyes UK strikes £50m partnership with TDR Capital to drive next phase of growth
Popeyes UK strikes £50m partnership with TDR Capital to drive next phase of growth: Popeyes UK, the fast-growing QSR chicken brand, has secured £50m of additional funding from leading private equity firm TDR Capital, to accelerate its succes … view
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Tuesday 1st August 2023
Update: Greggs and Domino’s H1s, Adnams, AG Barr, MrBeast lawsuit
Greggs H1 lfl sales up 16%: Food-on-the-go retailer Greggs has reported a 16% increase in like-for-like sales across its company-managed shop estate for the 26 weeks to 1 July 2023. Total sales for the period were £844m (H1 2022: £694.5 … view
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Tuesday 1st August 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Horler – I think there is potential to have more than 80 Ego sites across the UK, trading ahead of budget: James Horler, founder of the Mitchells & Butlers (M&B)-owned Ego brand, has told Propel he believes there is potential to have mo … view
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Tuesday 1st August 2023
Restaurant groups' delivery and takeaway sales return to year-on-year growth
Restaurant groups' delivery and takeaway sales return to year-on-year growth as price rises drive increase: Delivery and takeaway sales at Britain’s leading managed restaurant groups in June were 4% ahead of the same month in 2022, CGA … view
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