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Costa growth strategy realistic

22 Oct 2014

The managing director of Costa Coffee has insisted the brand’s growth strategy is realistic and that the growing resilience of competitors Café Nero and Starbucks is not a concer

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Spirit to move up value chain

22 Oct 2014

The launch of Spirit Pub Company’s new concept Golden Oak Inns will move its estate up the value chain

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Average leisure spend down 6% year-on-year with drinking out worst affected

22 Oct 2014

September saw average household spend on eating out rise 7% year-on-year while the figure for drinking out dropped 6%.

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Arc Inspirations secures new funding

22 Oct 2014

Arc Inspirations, the Leeds-based bar operator, has secured £3m of new funding as its looks to open 20 venues by 2017

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McDonalds reports global fall in sales for Q3

22 Oct 2014

Positive UK sales was one of the few bright spots in a bleak third quarter update from McDonalds.

Heineken reports beer volumes down 4.7%

22 Oct 2014

Heineken reported beer volumes down 4.7% across Western Europe with revenues down 4.1% in Q3.

Wafflemeister to step up expansion plans

22 Oct 2014

Wafflemeister, the Belgian waffle specialist, is to ramp up its UK expansion with plans for a further 10-15 sites over the next 12 months

TCG to offer pubs bespoke menus

22 Oct 2014

Managed pub operator TCG has designed bespoke menus for its pubs under the Good Honest Food initiative.

M&B chair Bob Ivell to head up Carpetright

22 Oct 2014

Mitchells & Butlers chairman Bob Ivell has been announced as the new chair of Carpetright plc.

CPL launches allergen e-learning course

22 Oct 2014

CPL Online has launched a new e-learning course aimed at preparing operators for new allergen laws.

Inside Track

New category treads a fine line

22 Oct 2014 | By Kerstin Kuhn

Never happy to stand still, the restaurant industry is continually redefining itself. Kerstin Kuhn looks at the latest sub-sector to emerge – that of fast fine outlets

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The things young people want most from brands

21 Oct 2014

Natalie Waterworth, the digital content marketer, blogger and millennial engagement expert, discusses how content marketing can be utilised to generate greater engagement amongst millennials

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Is crowdfunding just equity for punks?

20 Oct 2014

Judging from the number of businesses which have jumped on its bandwagon to raise capital for growth, it’s clear that crowdfunding is – at the moment – as hot as pulled pork, says Paul Hemming, partner and head of Corporate Finance at Zolfo Cooper


Now serving up great memories

17 Oct 2014

Whitbread restaurants was founded in the wake of the financial crisis hitting the UK. But, with a strategy of creating great food and memories, the company is now enjoying good times. Paul Flaum, managing director, tells the story

It’s a funny old business running Yummy

17 Oct 2014 | By Mel Flaherty

Tim Foster, ‘head of mischief’ at Yummy pubco, talks to Mel Flaherty about his childhood influences and adult acceptance of his shortcomings

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