Marston's

Marston’s festive sales up 4.8%

27 Jan 2015

Marston’s has announced it saw sales grow 4.8% over the festive fortnight with a 12.5% hike on Christmas Day, as it holds its Annual General Meeting today.

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Parliament

MPs vote against bid to tighten pub planning laws

26 Jan 2015

The Parliamentary vote to stop pubs being converted or demolished without planning permission has been narrowly defeated.

Randall & Aubin

Randall & Aubin plans international franchise

27 Jan 2015

The managing director of acclaimed Soho seafood restaurant Randall & Aubin has told M&C Report he is in talks to launch a franchise in the UK and abroad.

G1 appoints new ops director

27 Jan 2015

G1 Group, the Scottish leisure operator led by Stefan King, has appointed Mike Horan, formerly of Ha Ha Bar & Grill and The Living Room, as its new operations director, M&C Report has learnt.

David and Paul

New Moon lays out expansion plans

27 Jan 2015

The New Moon Pub Company, the venture led by Paul Newman and David Mooney, is planning to open a further three Liverpool venues after securing its first site in the city

Jacques Borel and Tim Martin

Tim Martin responds to Rob Willock riposte

27 Jan 2015

Tim Martin, chairman of JD Wetherspoon, has written an open letter to Rob Willock, group editor of M&C Report and editor of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, in response to his article last week.

Wahaca

Wahaca closes in on City site

27 Jan 2015

Wahaca, the Capricorn Ventures-backed Mexican street food concept, is closing in on a further site in central London, in Bishopsgate, M&C Report understands.

Ed's Victoria Centre

Ed’s strengthens property team

27 Jan 2015

Ed’s Easy Diner, the Andrew Guy-led chain, has strengthened its property team with the appointment of former Little Chef property director Chris Cotton as its new property and development manager, M&C Report understands.

Robinson's The Airport

Robinson’s: First managed house is evolutionary step

27 Jan 2015

William Robinson, joint managing director of Robinsons, has hailed the company’s return to managed pubs as the “next evolutionary step in our history”.

Hospitality sector struggles to retain managers

27 Jan 2015

High staff turnover is cited is being blamed for a lack of skilled managers in the hospitality and tourism sectors, a new report suggests

Inside Track

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Winners and losers of M&C20 in 2014

26 Jan 2015

Analyst Will Brumby, of Langton Capital, looks back over the past year of the M&C20 index and highlights Domino’s and Patisserie Valerie among the big winners and Punch and Enterprise among the losers

Ralph Findlay

Backing the great British pub

23 Jan 2015

Ralph Findlay talks about the most powerful brand in the sector – the British pub – and why high-volume business models mean there’s always a place for innovation

TGI Friday's

Feeding a casual-dining demand

21 Jan 2015

A year of rapid change in the casual-dining sector in 2014 is likely to be followed by even more activity in the year ahead, as group transactions continue unabated and consolidations fuel a pent-up demand. Cenkos Securities’ Simon French reports

Rugby watching

Caught in the maul

19 Jan 2015

It is not a technical term, but the word that many operators have used to some up their thoughts on the next 12 months is mental. Competition will continue to be fierce with all the on-going challenges that brings with it

Breddos Tacos (Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney)

Street food focus: Breddos Tacos

16 Jan 2015

In the second of our monthly street food spotlights, Street Feast organiser Adam Layton shares his thoughts on Breddos Tacos and the changing face of Mexican street food

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