TGI Friday

Three PE firms left in the bidding for TGI

28 Nov 2014

Charterhouse Capital Partners is one of three private equity groups left in the running to acquire the UK arm of TGI Friday’s

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Harvey Smyth

Bridgepoint in exclusive talks to acquire ASK & Zizzi

28 Nov 2014

Bridgepoint is understood to be in exclusive talks to acquire ASK Italian and Zizzi from Gondola Group, in a deal believed to be valued at c£225m

Home Office publishes its guidance on renewing personal licences

28 Nov 2014

The Home Office has published its guidance outlining how publicans need to renew personal licences, but has not yet provided the new application form or set a date for when the deregulation of the licences will come into force.

Bowling

All Star Lanes posts FY loss due to defalcation

28 Nov 2014

All Star Lanes reported a pre-tax loss of £1.84m in the year to 29 December 2013, a period in which it identified losses due to defalcation

Late Knights reveals site for its £3.8m pub/bakery hybrid

28 Nov 2014

Late Knights Brewery has confirmed to M&C Report that it has secured £3.8m lottery funding for its innovative hybrid project in Catford.

Bill's

Bill’s to double up in Cardiff

28 Nov 2014

Bill’s, Richard Caring-backed group, has secured its second site in Cardiff, in the city’s Mermaid Quay area

SmokeStak

Street food focus: Smokestak

28 Nov 2014

In the first of our monthly spotlights on the UK street food industry Jonathan Downey, partner in the nomadic night market Street Feast, tells us about the slow-smoked joys of Smokestak

Analyst corner: Sahill Shan on Marston’s

28 Nov 2014

Sahill Shan of N + 1 Singer has reinforced his Buy recommendation for Marston’s.

M&C20 Index 28 November

Recovery begins for M&C20

28 Nov 2014

In what was a fairly busy week for leisure company reports, the M&C20 was up 30 points to 1,217 outperforming the All Share Index which saw a 0.1% decline to 1,039 points, says Will Brumby of Langton Capital

Stephen Billingham of Punch Taverns

Punch's Billingham gets new appointment

28 Nov 2014

Punch Taverns executive chairman Stephen Billingham has appointed a non-executive director of Anglian Water Services.

Inside Track

US trends for the year ahead

28 Nov 2014 | By Kerstin Kuhn

From the big debate over tips to the inexorable rise in the influence of new technology, Kerstin Kuhn gazes into her crystal ball to reveal the secrets to come in 2015

St Austell

The craft of brewing

26 Nov 2014

The craft beer revolution sweeping the US has inspired a new generation of British brewers. But you don’t have to be a micro brewery to be a true ale innovator, says St Austell’s brewing director Roger Ryman

Tommyfield Pub and Hotel in Kennington

The real prescription for a healthy pub

25 Nov 2014

Breaking the beer tie means less investment, more pub closures and a vicious cycle of decline, not a virtuous circle of growth, argues David Forde, UK managing director of Heineken

Greggs at Spar in Brumby Corner

At your convenience

24 Nov 2014

The UK’s eating out market is in a state of flux. Everybody wants to be part of it, most want to be fast casual. Every piece of research tells us that consumers increasingly want speed of transaction and instant gratification. Who better to meet that need than your new rival, the local convenience store or should that be c-restaurant?

Serving small and thinking big

21 Nov 2014

Having proved itself as the new kid on the recession block, the Koh Group and its Thai tapas concept is ready to come of age. Andy Lennox talks to Ruth Williams

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