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Spirit: Growth plans, 'posh local', premium, leased innovation

24 Apr 2014

M&C Report takes a closer look at Spirit Pub Company’s half-year results to the 1 March, reports from a presentation featuring chief executive Mike Tye and finance director Paddy Gallagher, and talks to Tye

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Spirit H1 PBT grows 11%; managed lfls up 4.8%

24 Apr 2014 7:14

Spirit Pub Company has reported an 11% rise in pre-exceptional pre-tax profits to £22m in the 28 weeks to 1 March, with like-for-like sales up 4.8% in its managed sites and like for like net income up 2.6% in the leased business

‘Largest’ Costa Coffee to open on M6

24 Apr 2014 16:43

Costa Coffee is opening its largest outlet, by volume of sales, at Roadchef’s Norton Canes service station on the M6 that anticipates weekly sales in excess of £100k

TCG online presence boosts pubs' sales

24 Apr 2014 16:42

TCG, the operator of 69 pubs, has reported a rise in online bookings after driving up its website traffic by 1500% as part of a three-month project to boost the website’s visibility in search engines

Orchid online bookings reach 2,000 in first month

24 Apr 2014 13:43

Orchid has said 2,000 online reservations, producing 10,000 covers, were made in the first month since it launched an online booking system for almost all its pubs

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JDW to set Olympic benchmark for training

24 Apr 2014 13:01

JD Wetherspoon has announced that it is aiming to train all 32,000 of its front-line staff in customer service using the WorldHost training programmes

Chapel Down profits fall 83%, beer sales grow

24 Apr 2014 12:24 | By James Wallin

English winemaker Chapel Down saw profits fall from £414k to £68k last year but highlighted strong beer sales and a good harvest in 2013

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St Austell eyes expansion for coffee brand

24 Apr 2014 7:59

St Austell Brewery is looking at plans to introduce its Brewer & Bean coffee brand into the company’s tenanted pubs and potentially its freetrade business, M&C Report has learnt

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Loungers confirms Percy as new FD

24 Apr 2014 7:58

Loungers, the Bristol-based café/bar group, has confirmed the appointment of Andrew Percy, formerly of Peach Pub Company, as its new finance director

Livebait founder to launch new Greek concept

24 Apr 2014 7:57

Theodore Kyriakou, the founder of the Livebait and The Real Greek brands, is to open a new Greek restaurant and food store concept in London’s King’s Cross

Inside track

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Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker - the results

14 Apr 2014

M&C Report, in partnership with Zolfo Cooper, the leading financial advisory firm, has created the Profit Tracker to chart the growth of the most successful privately-owned operators within the vibrant pub, restaurant and quick-service sector



To invest or not to invest...

22 Apr 2014

Private equity has provided the finance for most growth concepts on the UK’s pubs and restaurants scene. So what makes a great private-equity investment? Electra Partners’ Bill Priestley gives his view

Thinking globally, acting locally

17 Apr 2014

More and more restaurant operators are adopting sustainable business practices. Kerstin Kuhn focuses on US fast-casual brand Sweetgreen

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Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker - ones to watch

17 Apr 2014

M&C Report profiles four operators who missed out on this year’s Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker list, which tracks companies with the fastest growing profits in the UK’s eating and drinking out sector, by falling outside the scope of the methodology. However, they are expected, with a fair wind, to make their bows next year


Q1 trading overview

14 Apr 2014

M&C Report talks to major pub, bar and restaurant groups about trading in the first quarter of 2014. The consensus is that Q1 was as good as or better than expected, and operators are largely optimistic about the year ahead

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Opening the door to opportunity

11 Apr 2014

As the UK economy continues to recover, Hill Campbell Partners’ Paul Campbell says this is the perfect time for restaurant entrepreneurs to make their mark

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