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Household leisure spend grows 12% in July

20 Aug 2014

Household spending on leisure grew 12% to £202 in July, with the good weather causing the amount spent on drinking out to grow 14% to £45.84 while eating out spend rose 5% to £75.71, according to the Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker

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Five Guys to double up in Glasgow

19 Aug 2014

Five Guys, the popular US burger chain, is understood to have already secured its second site in Scotland

Scots spend more on eating and drinking out

20 Aug 2014

Households in Scotland are “slightly more sociable” than their counterparts elsewhere in Britain, spending on average 3% more on leisure activities in the six months to July, the Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker reports

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Draft House reports sharp growth in EBITDA and sales

19 Aug 2014

Draft House, the London-based craft beer bar concept, saw EBITDA before opening expenses grow 163% to £251,620 in the eight months to June 2014, while year-on-year sales increased 29% to £3.2m

Stuart Bateman

Batemans FY profits slide

19 Aug 2014

Batemans, the Lincolnshire brewer and pub operator, saw pre-tax profits slide 29.9% to £168,135 in the 12 months to 31 January 2014 in what it called “another challenging year”.

Ricker plans US smokehouse concept

19 Aug 2014

Will Ricker, founder of Ricker Restaurants, is looking to launch a new concept based on a traditional US smokehouse, in the UK

UGOT builds pipeline, eyes funding options

19 Aug 2014

UGOT, the frozen yoghurt and healthy food concept co-founded by millionaire film maker and entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, has lined up a series of new openings and is in discussions about its finance options, M&C Report has learnt

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McDonald’s confronts junk food image

19 Aug 2014

McDonald’s is making a further attempt to change the perceptions of its food

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Billingham 'to relinquish exec chairman role'

19 Aug 2014

Stephen Billingham is to relinquish his role as executive chairman of Punch Taverns once the company completes the restructure of its debts, according to The Times

French fast food chain to make UK debut

19 Aug 2014

Pomme De Pain, the French sandwich chain, is to make its debut in the UK in London later this month

Inside Track


Northern exposure

19 Aug 2014 | By Stefan Chomka

A few years ago, if you’d asked a successful London restaurateur about their plans to move up north you would have probably received a response bordering on surprise and indignation. Today things couldn’t be more different

A range of different operators’ entry, exit and typical price points

Solving the pricing conundrum

18 Aug 2014

Consumers may feel constrained by the fact that wages still haven’t overtaken inflation but, as Simon Stenning executive director at Allegra Foodservice reveals, that shouldn’t prevent operators from tweeking menu pricing to maximise spend

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Feasting on a US fraternity model

15 Aug 2014 | By Mel Flaherty

The frat-house concept so beloved by American educational institutions may never have caught on over here, but that hasn’t stopped entrepreneur Jez Hall using it to full effect at his Earlham Street Clubhouse

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The ‘whole population’ approach to alcohol statistics

13 Aug 2014

In the following extract from his new book Culture Wars and Moral Panic, author Paul Chase, a director of CPL Training and commentator on licensing law and alcohol policy, explores the government’s use of alcohol statistics in developing policy

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Lowdown on the low-key CEOs

11 Aug 2014 | By Dominic Walsh

Some chief executives are happy to shout about their success while others do pretty much everything to stay out of the limelight. Dominic Walsh investigates

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