Hawthorn completes Nectar deal

22 Oct 2014

Hawthorn Leisure has completed the acquisition of Nectar Taverns, the operator of 25 pubs in the north west, in a deal understood to be valued at £10m.

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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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Customers willing to use technology if it cuts waiting times

22 Oct 2014

A new survey has revealed the extent of customers’ frustrations with food not arriving quickly but has suggested that technology could be the solution.

Papa John's GB reports 15% rise in turnover

22 Oct 2014

Papa John’s UK arm has reported a 15% rise in turnover to £32.7m for 2013 and said it has grown its number of stores to more than 250.

Krombacher Pils reports sales growth of 48% to September

22 Oct 2014

Krombacher Pils is continuing its growth in the UK with volume sales up 48% year-on-year for the first nine months of 2014.

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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.

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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