Greggs FY profits 'to exceed expectations' as lfls rise

15 Sep 2014

Greggs, the bakery chain headed by Roger Whiteside, has reported a significant improvement in recent trading with like-for-like sales up 5.4% for the 11 weeks to 13 September, and said it expects full-year profits to be “materially ahead of our previous expectation”.

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ALMR honours the best of the late-night sector

15 Sep 2014 | By Ellie Bothwell

The winners of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers Late Night Awards were announced at the second annual Dusk ‘til Dawn ceremony yesterday

Fifteen Rileys branches to close after group folds

15 Sep 2014

Fifteen branches of snooker bar operator Rileys are to close following news that the company has been placed in administration

JD Wetherspoon embraces beer cans

Investment holding back craft beer canning

15 Sep 2014

Canning of craft beer in the UK is being held back by lack of facilities and investment, according to Paul Kruzycki of Ales by Mail who said brewers are in a race to can their beers

Mews of Mayfair gains highest sustainability award

15 Sep 2014

Mews of Mayfair, the collection of restaurants run by James Robson, has been awarded three stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association – the highest rating it awards

Fayre & Square introduces 'healthier' kids' pizzas

15 Sep 2014

Fayre & Square, Spirit Pub Company’s family pub restaurant brand, is introducing a range of “healthier” pizzas for its children’s menu

Heineken pic, Foster's Radler

Heineken: sale to SABMiller is “non-actionable”

15 Sep 2014

Heineken has dismissed the prospect of being acquired by SABMiller, describing the latter’s takeover proposal as “non-actionable”.

Chapel Down raises further £440k

15 Sep 2014

Chapel Down, the Kent-based winemaker and brewer has raised an additional £440,000 through a new share placing, to go alongside its crowdfunding scheme, taking the total sum raised to £2.4m

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Ping Pong FY lfls grow 3.9%; losses widen

14 Sep 2014

Ping Pong, the London-based dim sum chain, saw like-for-like sales rise 3.9% in the year to 30 March 2014 although pre-tax losses widened from £295,606 to £1.5m

Wetherspoon motorway pub

JDW: new sites, Ireland, VAT, property, Scotland

12 Sep 2014

M&C Report takes a closer look at the full-year results for JD Wetherspoon to 27 July from a presentation by chief executive  John Hutson and finacial director Kirk Davis 

Inside Track


​​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

Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon

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

McDonalds restaurant

Tipping point on pay

08 Sep 2014 | By Dominic Rushe

When New York’s restaurant staff took to the streets two years ago they were voiceless workers hoping to get heard. Now they have grown into a movement at a tipping point that will have a profound impact on the hospitality industry and its workers

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