Brasserie Bar Co (Raymond Blanc and Mark Derry)

​Brasserie Bar Co begins pubs expansion

22 Jul 2014

The White Brasserie Company has secured three more sites for openings before the end of the year and appointed a new operations director to aid its expansion drive

Top Stories

World Cup blamed for subdued leisure spending in June

23 Jul 2014

Household spending on leisure fell by 6% in June, a decrease of £12 from the previous month thanks to a “stay at home World Cup”, according to the Greene King Leisure Tracker

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Flat Q2 sales for McDonald’s

22 Jul 2014

McDonald’s reported relatively flat like-for like sales both in the UK and internationally with just 1% growth for the second quarter up to June 30, 2014

'Active dining' concept ​Aveqia launches fundraising bid

22 Jul 2014

Aveqia, the concept from Michelin Star chef David Berggren that involves groups of customers preparing and eating a meal for themselves, has launched a fundraising bid on Crowdcube to raise £300,000 by selling 10% of the business in order to expand

SSP City Bar and Grill

SSP names new North America CEO

22 Jul 2014

SSP, the travel concessions operator, has announced the appointment of Michael Svagdis of Compass Group to the role of chief executive of its North American division

Max Property Group to sell property portfolio

22 Jul 2014

Max Property Group, the property vehicle of Nick Leslau and Mike Brown that owns a number of pubs, is to sell its entire property business to Marina Topco (Jersey) Limited, a company controlled by real estate firm Blackstone

Esquires

Esquires co-founder to head UK arm

22 Jul 2014

Doug Williamson, co-founder of international franchise coffee shop operator Esquires, has returned to head the UK arm of the business as it looks to accelerate expansion over the coming years, M&C Report has learnt

Boost Juice Brighton

​Boost co-founder: juice bars 'not just a craze'

22 Jul 2014

Boost Juice Bars UK co-founder Richard O’Sullivan told M&C Report that he rejects claims the juice bar market is a passing craze, as the company reports a 15% rise in like-for-like sales across its estate in the first half of 2014

Bella Italia

Bella Italia to rollout Gelato Carts

22 Jul 2014

Tragus, the Apollo Global Management-backed group, is to rollout “Gelato Carts” into all of its c90-strong Bella Italia restaurants as part of the new look for the brand

Boost Juice eyes new concept

Boost Juice Bars operator eyes new F&B launch

22 Jul 2014

TD4 Brands, operator of the Boost Juice Bars brand, plans to launch a new F&B concept into the UK market in the next 12 to 18 months, M&C Report has learnt

Inside Track

Itsu

Shopping around for the right mix

21 Jul 2014

Shopping nowadays is as much ‘experience-based’ as it is ‘needs-based’. While online offers the best value and convenience, shopping centres will always have the upper hand from an experiential point of view. At least for the time being argues Richard O’Sullivan, the co-founder and CEO of Boost Juice Bars UK, who previously co-founded the 100-plus retail chain, Millie’s Cookies

Craft Beer Co

Honing his craft

18 Jul 2014

Craft Beer Co has grown to be a leading player in the craft beer bar scene in recent years. Managing director Martin Hayes discusses the past, present and future of the company, and offers his take on craft beer in general

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Little brother comes of age

16 Jul 2014

Just over a year on from joining YO! Sushi, the group’s new CEO Vanessa Hall talks to Mark Wingett about the brand, its people and the opportunities ahead

Tortilla

Q2 trading update

15 Jul 2014

M&C Report talks to pub, bar and restaurant groups about trading in the second quarter of 2014, with reflections on the first six months of the calendar year. The consensus is that the strong first quarter had broadly continued in Q2, aided to some extent by the weather and sporting fixtures, and operators are largely optimistic about the year ahead

Spirit bar staff

Rising stars needed to beat talent timebomb

14 Jul 2014

The ability to attract and retain new talent is one of the eating and drinking-out industry’s most significant challenges. Many school and university leavers continue to believe that the sector is not a viable career path for them to embark on

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