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French: TRG and M&B should merge

18 Sep 2014

Leading analyst Simon French has proposed the merger of The Restaurant Group Plc (TRG) with Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) to create the UK’s pre-eminent eating and drinking out group sayingTRG has earned the opportunity at creating something bigger

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Cuschieri leaves Marston’s Board

18 Sep 2014

Marston’s, the brewer and pub operator, has announced the retirement of Rosalind Cuschieri from its Board effective from 27 January 2015 on the day of the Annual General Meeting

Las Iguanas confirms double opening

18 Sep 2014

Las Iguanas, the casual dining concept backed by Bowmark Capital, has confirmed the opening of two new restaurants in Edinburgh in September and Derby in October to bring the total estate to 37

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Camerons grows managed estate

18 Sep 2014

Camerons, the Hartlepool brewer and pub operator, has bought another site for its managed estate

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TGI rewards top employees

18 Sep 2014

TGI Friday’s UK has recognised 100 of its most hard working employees at a ceremony in Liverpool

Walkabout staff complete charity bike ride

18 Sep 2014

Staff at Walkabout, the Intertain-owned bar brand, have raised £4,650 by cycling from Liverpool to Manchester

Southampton confirms late-night levy

18 Sep 2014 | By Ellie Bothwell

Southampton City Council is the seventh local authority to rubber-stamp proposals for a late-night levy


Government to back toughening of licence reviews

18 Sep 2014

The Government is set to advise councils to include data such as A&E admissions and complaints about sleep deprivation or light pollution as evidence in licence reviews, M&C Report’s sister title the Publican’s Morning Advertiser understands

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Pub recruitment grows sharply

18 Sep 2014 | By James Wallin

Pubs dominated the growth in hospitality recruitment in the last quarter with a 50% hike, according to a new report

ASK and Zizzi auction 'could reach £200m'

18 Sep 2014

Private equity firm Cinven is looking to raise up to £200m from the sale of Gondola Group restaurant brands ASK Italian and Zizzi, according to The Times

Inside Track

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I’ll have five on it

18 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

It’s little more than a year since it arrived in the UK, but US burger phenomenon Five Guys is on the cusp of becoming a national player. Mark Wingett talks to UK managing director John Eckbert and director of operations Marcel Khan about the past year, expansion plans and the paradox at the heart of its success


​​Risking it regionally

15 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

The race for operators to spread out of London and the south-east is well and truly on. Does that run the risk of regional property bubbles being formed during the next 12 to 18 months?


Proper food that’s going places

12 Sep 2014

Chop’d was founded in 2004 on the principles of offering busy people the choice of healthy food on the go. Ten years and nine stores later, Ruth Williams finds co-founder and chief executive Eddie Holmes is preparing to roll-out three formats of the store that embody those principles

Simon Mullins of Salt Yard

The enlightened restaurateur

12 Sep 2014 | By Mel Flaherty

Simon Mullins is not only passionate about food and drink, he also has a passion for the people who work for him. The Salt Yard Group boss opens up to Mel Flaherty

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Martin hits out at corporate governance

12 Sep 2014

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has criticised bad paractice in corporate governance in an article alongside the company’s full-year results announcement

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