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C&C given Spirit bid deadline

22 Dec 2014

C&C Group, the drinks group behind Magners, has been given a deadline of 5pm on 6 January to clarify its position on Spirit Pub Company

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Beer sales expected to rise in 2014

21 Dec 2014

After five years of decline, volume sales of beer for 2014 are expected to rise 1.3% to 4.24bn litres, according to new research from Mintel.

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Eating-out spend up in November

22 Dec 2014

Eating-out spend saw year-on-year growth in November, with the average household increasing spend by £3 (4%) to £76, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker

LCC secures sixth site

19 Dec 2014

London Cocktail Club, the concept backed by Raymond Blanc, has secured its sixth site in London’s Islington

Busaba up to 12

19 Dec 2014

Busaba Eathai, the casual-dining Thai restaurant group, has opened its 12th site at The O2 in Greenwich

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Bodean’s launches delivery service

19 Dec 2014

Bodean’s, the London-based barbecue smokehouse concept, is launching its delivery service this weekend.

La Bottega appoints new director of operations

19 Dec 2014

La Bottega, the Italian deli and café concept, has appointed Nicolas Gaillot, formerly of Villandry, as its new head of operations

App launched for "digital" drinks

19 Dec 2014

A mobile app that lets people buy drinks for friends anywhere in the world has been launched, called One From Me

On-trade alcohol sales down 3% in 2014

19 Dec 2014

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s market report shows on-trade alcohol sales fell 3% in 2014 with sparkling wine and champagne the only growth areas.

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Recovery for M&C20

19 Dec 2014 | By Will Brumby

The Santa rally is finally upon us… The markets rallied strongly this week following last week’s oil and commodities driven sell-off. The M&C20, which outperformed on the way down, has less ground to recover and so underperformed the All-Share this week, which finished up 2.3% and the M&C20 up 1.1%

Inside Track

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Creating positive memories

22 Dec 2014

Steven Pike, managing director of HospitalityGEM, explains the importance of offering a memorable service to guests, managing consistency across multiple sites, and how operators can maximise the impact of the guest experience, particularly at New Year

Tortilla Camden

Mexican standout

19 Dec 2014

There is a Mexican war going on in London at the moment with a number of operators fighting for the burrito pound. New Tortilla managing director Richard Morris talks to Mark Wingett about staying ahead of the pack.

Hugh Osmond

Deal of the year can’t be topped

19 Dec 2014

Dominic Walsh reveals the outstanding M&A deal and gives us a rundown of the companies and individuals that deserve awards for their achievements this year

Michael Ibbotson of Provenance Inns

Mastering the art of delegation

17 Dec 2014

Provenance Inns has grown from just one pub four years ago to seven and counting, leading to a complete overhaul of how the award-winning company operates. Co-founder Michael Ibbotson tells James Wallin how he has coped with such rapid growth and talks about his plans for the future.

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What does MRO mean for the pub sector?

16 Dec 2014

The Pubs team at CBRE give their views on the inclusion of a market rent only option in the pubs code and look at opportunities and challenges for the pub sector:

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