Starbucks reports strong UK improvement

25 Apr 2014

Starbucks has said that is has seen a strong improvement in the performance of its UK operation since the start of the year, aided by its enhanced breakfast offer, healthier options and an “improved economic environment”

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Starbucks reports first drop in UK sales

25 Apr 2014 7:56

Starbucks suffered its first ever drop in UK sales last year, a period in which the company became the subject of criticism over its tax affairs

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Holbrook to become Wagamama CFO

25 Apr 2014 7:54

Wagamama has appointed Jane Holbrook, formerly of Soho House Group and Bramwell Pub Company, as its new chief financial officer

Camino to focus on tapas bar concept

25 Apr 2014 7:52

Camino, the tapas restaurant concept, is “actively and enthusiastically” looking for sites to open ten tapas bars that will be smaller than its existing three restaurants that will be smaller units more in keeping with traditional Spanish restaurants

Bill’s on track for 25 openings this year

25 Apr 2014 7:50

Bill’s, the Richard Caring-backed restaurant chain, is on target for opening 25 restaurants this year with sites in Eastbourne, Worcester and Bury St Edmonds opening within the next six weeks

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Patisserie Valerie moves closer to NI debut

25 Apr 2014 7:48

Patisserie Holdings, which earlier this week confirmed plans to float on AIM, has said it plans to open up to nine shops in Northern Ireland under its core Patisserie Valerie branD

D’Acampo expands My Pasta Bar

25 Apr 2014 7:46

My Pasta Bar, the new fast-casual Italian restaurant fronted by TV chef Gino D’Acampo, has secured a further three sites to take its estate to five by the end of June, M&C Report has learnt

Labour targets zero-hours 'abuses'

25 Apr 2014 7:44

Employers on zero-hour contracts would have an automatic right to a fixed-term contract after 12 months with a company under Labour Party proposals to be announced by leader Ed Miliband today

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Heineken Q1 UK volumes fall

25 Apr 2014 7:42

Heineken saw UK volumes fall in the first quarter of 2014 largely due to the timing of Easter and “unfavourable weather conditions early in the quarter”

Zaks eyes nationwide franchise pipeline

25 Apr 2014 7:41

Zaks, the Norfolk-based American diner which is part of Blue Sky Leisure group, is planning to grow its franchise network to two this year and up to four next year with the concept going nationwide

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Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker - the results

14 Apr 2014

M&C Report, in partnership with Zolfo Cooper, the leading financial advisory firm, has created the Profit Tracker to chart the growth of the most successful privately-owned operators within the vibrant pub, restaurant and quick-service sector



To invest or not to invest...

22 Apr 2014

Private equity has provided the finance for most growth concepts on the UK’s pubs and restaurants scene. So what makes a great private-equity investment? Electra Partners’ Bill Priestley gives his view

Thinking globally, acting locally

17 Apr 2014

More and more restaurant operators are adopting sustainable business practices. Kerstin Kuhn focuses on US fast-casual brand Sweetgreen

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Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker - ones to watch

17 Apr 2014

M&C Report profiles four operators who missed out on this year’s Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker list, which tracks companies with the fastest growing profits in the UK’s eating and drinking out sector, by falling outside the scope of the methodology. However, they are expected, with a fair wind, to make their bows next year


Q1 trading overview

14 Apr 2014

M&C Report talks to major pub, bar and restaurant groups about trading in the first quarter of 2014. The consensus is that Q1 was as good as or better than expected, and operators are largely optimistic about the year ahead

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Opening the door to opportunity

11 Apr 2014

As the UK economy continues to recover, Hill Campbell Partners’ Paul Campbell says this is the perfect time for restaurant entrepreneurs to make their mark

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