Be At One

H1 lfls up 9% at Be At One

01 Oct 2014

Be At One has reported a 9% increase in like-for-like sales for the 26 weeks to 28 September and secured a further regional site in Oxford

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Domino’s UK Q3 lfls up 12.9%

02 Oct 2014

Domino’s Pizza Group has reported a 12.9% increase in like-for-like sale across its UK estate in the 13 weeks to 28 September 2014, with sales up 11.8% year-to-date

Vapiano Bankside

FY profits almost double for ​Vapiano

01 Oct 2014

Vapiano, the Italian fresh casual dining group, saw pre-tax profits almost double from £373,633 to £760,778 in 2013 on turnover up 14.4% to £7.5m

Stonegate unveils new menu for locals arm

01 Oct 2014

Stonegate Pub Company is adding pulled pork, beer and Bourbon and piri piri chicken with chilli slaw to the new menu for its 69-strong local pubs arm

More spent on drugs and prostitution than beer and wine

01 Oct 2014 | By James Wallin

New figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have claimed that UK consumers spend more every year on illegal drugs and prostitution than beer and wine

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​Costa trials next generation high street format

01 Oct 2014

Costa is trialling a next generation high street format, which has a more “independent operator” feel, in two locations in the UK

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Enterprise agrees new £138m revolving credit facility

01 Oct 2014

Enterprise Inns has announced that it has agreed the terms of a partial refinancing of its 2018 bonds, and agreed terms to replace its existing bank facility with a new £138m revolving credit facility on improved terms

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Welcome Break eyes Starbucks drive thru rollout

01 Oct 2014

Welcome Break plans to roll out Starbucks drive thrus to another 10 sites, with Harry Ramsden’s and Subway also set to be added to most of the 27-strong estate, M&C Report has learnt

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Fulham Shore seeking further acquisitions

01 Oct 2014

Fulham Shore, the David Page-led investment vehicle, is looking to operate up to three distinct restaurant businesses under its ownership

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JDW’s Davis to become Greene King CFO

01 Oct 2014

Kirk Davis, the current finance director at JD Wetherspoon, is to join rival Greene King from the start of next year as its new chief financial officer.

Inside Track

Unbranded managed pubs – the ‘Cinderella Segment’

01 Oct 2014

At the ‘Pub Ball’ there has been one ‘Cinderella’ not yet invited. One whose attributes have yet to be fully appreciated but who may achieve recognition and success after a period of obscurity and neglect. This is the area of the smaller, unbranded managed pub, argues advisory firm CBRE


The king of convenience

30 Sep 2014 | By Stefan Chomka

When Julian Metcalfe launched Pret a Manger in 1986 he changed the way people lunched and built one of the UK’s most successful fast-casual food chains in the process. Now the legendary restaurateur hopes to emulate that success with the national – and international – rollout of Itsu

Street Kitchen

Talent spotting

29 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

Over the next 18 months the industry  is set to experience a sustained level of M&A activity, including a number of big ticket deals, but it is mining for “investment gold” at the other end of the business lifecycle that is increasingly moving to the top of the agenda for sector investors in the rush for the next big thing

Meet Generation Z: Your customers of tomorrow

26 Sep 2014

We’re entering a new era in marketing; the dawn of “Generation Z” – aged between 5 - 19 years old and considered by many to be the ‘holy grail’ of consumers, this market are your future customers

Mine’s a Pint (Shop)

25 Sep 2014

Richard Holmes, former ops manager at Leon and co-owner of Pint Shop in Cambridge talks expansion, staff training and inspiring concepts

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