McDonald's

McDonald's voted most admired restaurant/pub company in UK

18 Dec 2014

McDonald’s has topped the list of the most admired restaurant or pub companies in Britain and been named in the top 10 across all sectors.

Top Stories

Gambling Commission to appeal GK bingo appeal

19 Dec 2014 | By Ellie Bothwell

The Gambling Commission is looking to appeal the First-Tier Tribunal’s decision to allow Greene King a bingo licence, in order to stop commercial gambling “spreading to pubs”.

Head of Steam, Liverpool

JDW acquires Head of Steam in Liverpool

19 Dec 2014

JD Wetherspoon has secured its fifth site in Liverpool – the Head of Steam at Lime Street station.

Las Iguanas strengthens pipeline

19 Dec 2014

Las Iguanas, the Bowmark Capital-backed group, will open three new sites next March as it targets openings a minimum of eight units in its financial year

Giraffe MK

Giraffe to further consolidate London estate

19 Dec 2014

Giraffe, the Tesco-owned restaurant concept, is planning to further consolidate its London estate, including exploring the sale of its original site in Hampstead

BAO to open first permanent site

19 Dec 2014

BAO, the award-winning Taiwanese street food concept, is opening its first restaurant at Lexington Street Soho in spring 2015

Jamaica Blue launches in UK

19 Dec 2014

FoodCo, the parent company of Muffin Break, has launched a new franchise concept in the UK called Jamaica Blue with the first cafe opening in Cambridge

Wok&Go Cambridge

Wok & Go expands pipeline in UK and abroad

19 Dec 2014

Wok & Go has lined up four new stores as part of its ongoing target to open 10 UK stores a year

Irving St site let to Caffe Concerto sold for £14.4m

19 Dec 2014

A private Qatari investor has acquired 17-18 Irving Street, near Leicester Square, which is set to house a new Caffe Concerto, for £14.4m

Operators sign up for Wirral scheme

19 Dec 2014

Nando’s and Harvester are amongst the operators to have signed up to open at Croft Retail and Leisure Park in Bromborough on the Wirral

Inside Track

Hugh Osmond

Deal of the year can’t be topped

19 Dec 2014

Dominic Walsh reveals the outstanding M&A deal and gives us a rundown of the companies and individuals that deserve awards for their achievements this year

Michael Ibbotson of Provenance Inns

Mastering the art of delegation

17 Dec 2014

Provenance Inns has grown from just one pub four years ago to seven and counting, leading to a complete overhaul of how the award-winning company operates. Co-founder Michael Ibbotson tells James Wallin how he has coped with such rapid growth and talks about his plans for the future.

CBRE

What does MRO mean for the pub sector?

16 Dec 2014

The Pubs team at CBRE give their views on the inclusion of a market rent only option in the pubs code and look at opportunities and challenges for the pub sector:

Parliament

MRO leads changes for 2015

15 Dec 2014 | By Mark Wingett

The last 12 months has witnessed some seismic changes in the UK’s eating and drinking-out market, probably the most significant and far reaching will be the Parliamentary vote for a market rent only (MRO) clause for tied tenants in the pubs code.

Christian Townsley

Special plans brewing up north

12 Dec 2014 | By Jessica Mason

Christian Townsley co-owner of North Bar, which operates a range of six bars in and around Leeds, talks to Jessica Mason about his plans to open a brewery

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