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Billingham: Griffiths a 'strong candidate' for Punch CEO

19 Sep 2014

Punch Taverns chief operating officer Neil Griffiths is a “strong candidate” for the role of chief executive, and the group would look at candidates with retail skills from inside and outside the pub sector, executive chairman Stephen Billingham has told M&C Report

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​Wagamama distances itself from rapid expansion reports

19 Sep 2014

Wagamama, the Duke Street Capital-backed chain, is understood to have distanced itself from reports that it’s looking to open 50 restaurants this year

River Cottage looks east

19 Sep 2014

River Cottage Canteen, the restaurant group headed up by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, is looking to expand in the south east to build its pipeline of restaurants from the south west

Ribble Valley Inns CEO Chapman departs

19 Sep 2014

Wayne Chapman has stepped down from his role as chief executive at Ribble Valley Inns and Northcote Group after 18 months in the role

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Giraffe CFO Viner departs

19 Sep 2014

Paul Viner has left his role as chief financial officer at Giraffe, the Tesco-owned restaurant operator

WSTA chief: 2% duty cut 'not asking for the world'

19 Sep 2014 | By Robyn Black

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is reaching out to pubs and bars to help achieve a 2% cut in duty in the next budget


Essenden to trial new signage and facias

19 Sep 2014

Essenden, the tenpin bowling operator, is introducing new signage and facias at a number of sites as part of a series of “selected” refurbishments, chief executive Nick Basing has told M&C Report

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Grand Union names new FD

19 Sep 2014

Grand Union, the London bar group, has appointed John Byrne, former group finance director of Beds & Bars, as its new finance director, M&C Report has learnt

Cake Boy to expand in London and abroad

19 Sep 2014

Cake Boy, a Battersea cafe run by high profile patissier Eric Lanlard, is looking to expand with second site in London and interest coming from overseas, reports M&C Report’s sister title, British Baker

Southampton confirms late-night levy

19 Sep 2014 | By Ellie Bothwell

Southampton City Council is the seventh local authority to rubber-stamp proposals for a late-night levy

Inside Track

The food delivery revolution

19 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

Co-founder of high-quality food delivery firm Deliveroo, William Shu, talks to M&C Report editor Mark Wingett about why London residents need a speedy service that offers great meals to their door

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I’ll have five on it

18 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

It’s little more than a year since it arrived in the UK, but US burger phenomenon Five Guys is on the cusp of becoming a national player. Mark Wingett talks to UK managing director John Eckbert and director of operations Marcel Khan about the past year, expansion plans and the paradox at the heart of its success


​​Risking it regionally

15 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

The race for operators to spread out of London and the south-east is well and truly on. Does that run the risk of regional property bubbles being formed during the next 12 to 18 months?


Proper food that’s going places

12 Sep 2014

Chop’d was founded in 2004 on the principles of offering busy people the choice of healthy food on the go. Ten years and nine stores later, Ruth Williams finds co-founder and chief executive Eddie Holmes is preparing to roll-out three formats of the store that embody those principles

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The enlightened restaurateur

12 Sep 2014 | By Mel Flaherty

Simon Mullins is not only passionate about food and drink, he also has a passion for the people who work for him. The Salt Yard Group boss opens up to Mel Flaherty

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