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​​​Restaurants and hotels outperform recovering economy

25 Jul 2014

Restaurants and hotels were the UK economy’s star performers as UK finally overtook its pre-recession GDP peak last quarter

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Pub rents fall as a proportion of turnover

25 Jul 2014

Average dry rents on new pub leases from the four largest tenanted pub companies are up sharply this year, but have fallen as a proportion of projected turnover, as the market stages a steady recovery

M&B puts Irish expansion on hold

25 Jul 2014

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) is understood to have shelved its current plans to expand in Ireland, The Irish Examiner reports, despite having identified a number of sites in the country including locations in Cork and Dublin

Caring takes King’s Road site

25 Jul 2014

Richard Caring, the serial restaurant sector investor, is believed to have secured the former Henry J Beans site in London’s Chelsea

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Pub beer sales grow by fastest rate this century

25 Jul 2014 | By Noli Dinkovski

A second consecutive beer duty cut, the World Cup and a late Easter are all believed to have played their part in a 2.6% jump in beer volume sales for April to June, says the British Beer & Pub Association

Brewers Fayre to complete Chef’s Counter rollout

25 Jul 2014

Whitbread will complete the roll out of its Chef’s Counter format across its entire c140-strong Brewers Fayre estate by the end of this August

Chatime plans nationwide expansion

25 Jul 2014

Chatime, the bubble tea concept, is planning to open 23 franchised stores by the end of 2017 with openings lined up for Nottingham, Oxford, Birmingham and London’s Portabello Road within the next two months, M&C Report has learnt

Kipferl raises £125k for expansion

25 Jul 2014 | By Lauren Houghton

London’s Austrian coffee house and restaurant concept Kipferl raised £125K through crowdfunding platform CrowdBnk in less than three hours, leaving it set to open its second site in the capital

Bagelman eyes franchise route for growth

25 Jul 2014

Bagelman, Brighton and Hove’s four-strong bagel concept, has launched a franchise scheme and opened a flagship store at Brighton railway station

​Graydon to take up Table Table ops role

25 Jul 2014

Spencer Graydon, the former operations director of Peach Pub Company, will assume a similar role overseeing Whitbread’s Table Table brand

Inside Track

Brighton pier

Brighton: buying some cool

25 Jul 2014 | By Jessica Mason

Brighton has gone from a grubby seaside town to gaining an exclusive status that’s almost on a par with London. Jessica Mason looks at what makes this city tick and how to make a business succeed

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


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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