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Saturday 30th December 2023
Investment firm Breal Group acquires Purity Brewing Co
Investment firm Breal Group acquires Purity Brewing Co: London investment firm Breal Group – which has so far this year acquired D&D London, Brew by Numbers, Black Sheep Brewery, Brick Brewery and Vinoteca – has acquired the assets of … view
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Sunday 24th December 2023
Update: Beds & Bars, 23.5 Degrees, Masala Zone and Manorview results
Beds & Bars in ‘robust financial shape’ as it reports record turnover and Ebitda and returns to profit, ‘UK uncompetitive to invest in’: The pan-European hostel company Beds & Bars, led by Keith Knowles, has said it is in “robus … view
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Friday 22nd December 2023
Update: JW Lees results, Spaghetti House, Bunsik, SSP Group et al
JW Lees MD – government needs to start to think differently about how it invests in sector, reports record turnover of £88m: William Lees-Jones, managing director of Manchester brewer and retailer JW Lees, has said the government “ne … view
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Friday 22nd December 2023
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Riding the waves – UK hospitality’s transformative four years, happiness through hospitality, what’s on the menu from COP28, a tale of two breakfasts
Authors: Mark Bentley, Glynn Davis, Stephen Nolan, Ann Elli … view
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Friday 22nd December 2023
Propel Friday News Briefing
Exclusive – WatchHouse secures $10m funding as it targets more than 500 sites globally by 2033: Specialty coffee concept WatchHouse has completed a $10m (£7.9m) Series A fundraising round to continue the company’s rapid growth in the … view
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Friday 22nd December 2023
Terry Harrison to step down as Busaba MD
Terry Harrison to step down as Busaba MD: Terry Harrison is to step down as managing director of Busaba, the ten-strong Thai chain founded by Alan Yau, and will leave the business next March, Propel has learned. Harrison, a former director at … view
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Thursday 21st December 2023
Andy Hornby to remain as CEO of Wagamama owner TRG as £506m takeover deal completes
Andy Hornby to remain as CEO of Wagamama owner TRG as £506m takeover deal completes: Andy Hornby is to remain as chief executive of Wagamama owner The Restaurant Group as the company confirmed the sale of the business to US private equit … view
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Thursday 21st December 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Pizza Pilgrims experiences three consecutive weeks of record sales during ‘exceptional’ December, appoints new operations director to support growth plans: Pizza Pilgrims, the pizzeria brand, has experienced three consecutive weeks of … view
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Wednesday 20th December 2023
Update: Tortilla trading, inflation falls to lowest level for two years, Universal Studios plots UK theme park
Tortilla ‘excited’ by future growth opportunities but ‘subdued consumer confidence impacting demand across the eating out market’: Tortilla, the UK’s largest fast-casual Mexican restaurant brand, has said it is excited about its futu … view
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Wednesday 20th December 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
NWTC ‘well-positioned with a clear growth strategy’, FY revenue tops £70m, CFO to step down: Rod McKie, executive chairman of the Graphite Capital-backed pub restaurant group The New World Trading Company (NWTC), has told Propel the … view
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Tuesday 19th December 2023
Update: Knoops trading, interest rates, property company merger talks
Knoops ‘positioned for higher profits in FY2024 with trading continuing to be strong’: Luxury hot chocolate shop brand Knoops has said it is “positioned for higher profits in FY24” with trading continuing to be strong. It comes as … view
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Tuesday 19th December 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Giggling Squid – site Ebitda margin back to pre-pandemic levels, turnover tops £73m: Andy Laurillard, co-founder of Giggling Squid, the Thai restaurant brand backed by the Business Growth Fund, has told Propel that the group’s site E … view
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Monday 18th December 2023
Hollywood Bowl results, former Marston's CEO Andrew Andrea to join C&C Group as CFO
Hollywood Bowl sees potential to grow business to at least 130 sites by 2035 as it reports record revenue of £215.1m: Hollywood Bowl Group, the UK’s largest ten-pin bowling operator, has said there is potential to grow the business in the U … view
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Monday 18th December 2023
Propel Monday News Briefing
10,000 hospitality businesses ‘hang in the balance’ without rates support: New analysis shows that thousands of Scottish hospitality businesses will be left unsupported, if rates relief isn’t included in the Scottish Budget. The Fra … view
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Monday 18th December 2023
10,000 hospitality businesses ‘hang in the balance’ without rates support
10,000 hospitality businesses ‘hang in the balance’ without rates support: New analysis shows that thousands of Scottish hospitality businesses will be left unsupported, if rates relief isn’t included in the Scottish Budget. The Fraser o … view
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Saturday 16th December 2023
Government publishes its long-awaited tipping code of practice
Government publishes its long-awaited tipping code of practice: The government has published its long-awaited code of practice on tipping, which will come into effect on 1 July 2024. The Tipping Act was granted Royal Assent on 2 May 2023. It a … view
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Friday 15th December 2023
D&D founder Des Gunewardena to return with City of London venue
D&D founder Des Gunewardena to return with City of London venue: Des Gunewardena, co-founder and former chief executive of restaurant group D&D London, is to open a new restaurant and bar venue at The Royal Exchange, in the City. Guneward … view
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Friday 15th December 2023
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Hospitality wrapped: a year in review, the importance of offering value this Christmas, Christmas rostering, the power of ‘Spoons
Authors: Kate Nicholls, Menashe Sadik, Alastair Scott, Phil Mellows
< … view
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Friday 15th December 2023
Propel Friday News Briefing
Big Table Group CEO – I’d be gobsmacked if at least one TRG brand didn’t stay and grow: Alan Morgan, chief executive of the Big Table Group, has told Propel the would be “gobsmacked” if at least one of the brands from The Restau … view
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Thursday 14th December 2023
Update: KFC UK FY trading, sector tech investment, SSP
KFC reports 3% decline in FY turnover: KFC UK and Ireland has reported a 3% decline in turnover for the year to 25 December 2022, as it said its performance was impacted by the cost-of-living crisis. Turnover for the period stood at £284 … view
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Thursday 14th December 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Rekom UK – people spending less on a late-night out, being less spontaneous, consuming less alcohol: For the first time in over a year, people are spending less on a late night out, according to the quarterly survey by late-night operat … view
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Thursday 14th December 2023
Rekom UK: People spending less on a late-night out, being less spontaneous, consuming less alcohol
Rekom UK – people spending less on a late-night out, being less spontaneous, consuming less alcohol: For the first time in over a year, people are spending less on a late night out, according to the quarterly survey by late-night operat … view
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Wednesday 13th December 2023
Exclusive: Fulham Shore appoints Marcel Khan as new CEO, Mission Mars FY lfl sales up 15%
Exclusive – Fulham Shore appoints Marcel Khan as new chief executive: Fulham Shore – the operator of the Franco Manca and The Real Greek brands – has appointed Marcel Khan, formerly of Nando’s and Five Guys, as its new chief execu … view
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Wednesday 13th December 2023
Legal Briefing

Anticipating and reflecting by Tim Shield

As I got to work crafting this month’s Legal Briefing, I took a moment to revisit the one I composed a year ago, just before Christmas 2022. My goal was to assess the developments over the past … view
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Wednesday 13th December 2023
Update: Christmas trading, The Breakfast Club, Ottolenghi, Olive Tree
UK hospitality has mixed feelings about Christmas cheer and what comes next: Christmas – normally the busiest period for UK restaurants, bars and pubs – has been the source of little festive cheer for the hospitality sector in recent … view
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Wednesday 13th December 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Number of London sites in Harden’s Top 100 restaurants falls to all-time low as ‘destination dining in scenic locations’ triumphs: The number of London sites in Harden’s Top 100 restaurants has fallen to all-time low, with only 36 … view
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Wednesday 13th December 2023
Number of London sites in Harden’s Top 100 restaurants falls to all-time low
Number of London sites in Harden’s Top 100 restaurants falls to all-time low as ‘destination dining in scenic locations’ triumphs: The number of London sites in Harden’s Top 100 restaurants has fallen to all-time low, with only 36 … view
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Tuesday 12th December 2023
Domino’s prepared to buy second brand to keep its ‘world class franchisees’ investing within the company
Domino’s prepared to buy second brand to keep its ‘world class franchisees’ investing within the company: Domino’s has said it is prepared to buy a second brand to keep its franchisees investing in the company. Chief executive Andrew R … view
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Tuesday 12th December 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Parogon in legals on next two sites as it prepares to ‘stretch its geography’ and enter town centres: Staffordshire operator Parogon is in legals on its next two sites as it prepares to “stretch our geography” and enter town centr … view
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Monday 11th December 2023
Propel Monday News Briefing
Fireaway set to launch crowdfunding campaign, looking to raise £2m to aid further growth, plans 30 openings in 2024: Fast pizza brand Fireaway, the Mario Aleppo-led business, is to launch a crowdfunding campaign later this month, to expa … view
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Friday 8th December 2023
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Seeking frequency over loyalty, the City is reinventing itself for the better, the no-show must not go on, the power of January
Authors: Ann Elliott, Glynn Davis,  Olivia FitzGerald, view
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Friday 8th December 2023
Propel Friday News Briefing
Morgan – we can get Banana Tree to a Las Iguanas-sized business in 18-24 months: Alan Morgan, chief executive of the Big Table Group, has told Propel he believes the company can grow its fast-casual pan-Asian brand Banana Tree to a “L … view
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Thursday 7th December 2023
Update: Leon, McDonald's and Comptoir Group
Leon looking to open new restaurants, review existing estate and explore new formats, Asda buyout ‘opportunity to further expand brand’: Leon has said it is looking to open new restaurants, review its existing estate and explore new format … view
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Thursday 7th December 2023
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Wendy’s UK MD – kiosk usage sees 30% uplift to 90% since introduction with 18% higher spend than at the counter, aiming for 50-50 split of drive-thru and in-line stores: Wendy’s UK & Europe managing director Michael Clarke has told … view
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Wednesday 6th December 2023
KFC UK to acquire EG Group’s 218-strong franchise business
KFC UK to acquire EG Group’s 218-strong franchise business: KFC is to acquire 218 restaurants from EG Group, its largest franchisee in the UK and Ireland, for an undisclosed sum. KFC said the transaction represents a “significant opportuni … view
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Wednesday 6th December 2023
Update: Ten Entertainment, KFC, Various Eateries, Hostmore et al
Ten Entertainment agrees terms on circa £300m takeover: Ten Entertainment Group, one of Britain’s biggest tenpin bowling venue operators, has agreed terms and conditions on a circa £300m takeover by US firm Trive. The business said: … view
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Wednesday 6th December 2023
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Big Table Group opens pop-up site focused on fast-casual concepts, Banana Tree to trial breakfast offer: The Big Table Group – the operator of Las Iguanas, Banana Tree, Café Rouge and Bella Italia – has opened a short-term pop-up in … view
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Tuesday 5th December 2023
Propel spotlights ten operators exploring 'white space'
Premium subscribers to receive ten videos from up-and-coming operators as they explore ‘white space’ opportunity: Premium subscribers are to receive access to ten videos from up-and-coming operators as they explore the “white space” op … view
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Tuesday 5th December 2023
Drake & Morgan results, Häagen-Dazs to relaunch franchised ice cream shops in UK
Drake & Morgan experiencing record Christmas bookings as full-year turnover increases to £43.3m: Drake & Morgan, the London bar and restaurant group backed by Bowmark Capital, has said it has experienced record Christmas bookings ac … view
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Tuesday 5th December 2023
Marston’s and SSP results, Various Eateries confirms £12m fundraise
Marston’s lfl sales up 7.4% since September, Christmas bookings tracking well and ahead of last year: Marston’s has said its like for like sales are up 7.4% since September and that Christmas bookings are tracking well and ahead of last ye … view
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Tuesday 5th December 2023
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
UKHospitality – worker shortages will worsen under new immigrations plans: UKHospitality has warned that the worker shortages experienced by sector businesses over the last few years will only worsen under new government immigrations pl … view
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Monday 4th December 2023
Propel Monday News Briefing
‘Gail’s Artisan Bakery the most profitable part of our business’ as it averages one opening a fortnight over two years: The parent company of Gail’s Artisan Bakery, which also runs a wholesale business called The Bread Factory and … view
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Sunday 3rd December 2023
The sector’s big challenge – balancing short-term tactics with long-term brand building

The sector’s big challenge – balancing short-term tactics with long-term brand building

By James Hacon, founder of Think Hospitality
 
Each summer I have the privilege of talking to the great and good of restaura … view
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Saturday 2nd December 2023
JKS Restaurants raises new funding to aid expansion plans
JKS Restaurants raises new funding to aid expansion plans: JKS Restaurants has completed a fundraising round from an investor consortium comprising high net worth individuals and family offices from the UK, US, Middle East and Asia, as it plan … view
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Friday 1st December 2023
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Rockets, feathers and the price of trust, trading times, maintaining habits, tangled trends 
Authors: David Read, Glynn Davis, Alastair Scott, Phil Mellows

Rockets, feathers and the pric … view

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Friday 1st December 2023
Propel Friday News Briefing
Exclusive – Greene King to trial two new concepts as it continues to create a balanced portfolio: Brewer and retailer Greene King is trialling two new concepts as part of its continuing plans to create a balanced brand portfolio, Propel … view
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