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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​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.

Handmade Burger secures funding package

01 Oct 2014

Handmade Burger Company has secured a new £400,000 funding package from Lloyds to support plans to open four new sites

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VAT Club members 'would agree re-investment promise'

01 Oct 2014 | By James Wallin

Jacques Borel says “most” of his VAT Club members would sign a contract with Government binding them to re-investing the proceeds from a tax cut

Kained Holdings continues expansion

01 Oct 2014

Kained Holdings, the Scotland-based operator, will open its fourth site in Glasgow next month and is already lining up a fifth project in the city

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One in five young adults are vegetarian or vegan

01 Oct 2014

One in five 16 to 24 year-olds in the UK follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, significantly more than the 12% figure for the UK adult population as a whole, according to new figures from Mintel

Inside Track

Itsu

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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Deal of the decade?

23 Sep 2014 | By John Harrington

What lies behind Greene King’s approach for Spirit Pub Company, what complications does it bring and what does it tell us about the current state of the pub market? John Harrington speaks to the experts

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