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​Whitbread H1 group lfls up 7%

21 Oct 2014

Whitbread has this morning reported a 7% rise in group like-for-like sales for the six months to 28 August 2014, driven by a 6.1% rise in like-for-like sales across Costa in the UK and a 3.1% climb in sales in its restaurants division

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Young’s completes 580 Group deal

17 Oct 2014

Young’s has completed the acquisition of 580 Limited, the operator of four pubs in prime London locations, for £10.4m

Jacques Borel

Borel willing to withdraw alcohol from VAT cut demands

21 Oct 2014

Jacques Borel has admitted that withdrawing alcohol from his fight to cut VAT may be a ‘realistic concession’

Mitch Tonks secures fourth Rockfish site

21 Oct 2014

Mitch Tonks is to open the fourth site under his Rockfish seafood brand in Brixham, Devon, as part of plans to grow the brand to 15 restaurants

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Sourced Market lines up three new sites

21 Oct 2014

Sourced Market, the hybrid casual dining-farmers market concept at London’s St Pancras Station, has lined up three permanent London sites and will be involved in two pop-ups this winter, M&C Report has learnt

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Brew eyeing estate of 10

21 Oct 2014

Brew, the London-based all day café concept, is looking to grow its estate to between eight and 10 sites over the next year before looking to expand outside of London, M&C Report has learnt

Jimmy’s subsidiaries in administration

21 Oct 2014

East & West Restaurants Ltd and East & West Restaurants South Ltd, both subsidiaries of Jimmy’s World Grill and Jimmy Spices, have been placed into administration

Bradford retains Curry Capital title

21 Oct 2014

Bradford has been named the Curry Capital of Britain as part of National Curry Week with Brighton and Birmingham coming in second and third places

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Lobster Kitchen to open "niche" cluster in London

21 Oct 2014

A new restaurant concept called Lobster Kitchen is opening in London’s Fitzrovia at the end of October as part of plans to grow a “niche group” within the capital, M&C Report has learnt

Entrepreneur to open five eateries at Preston Guild Hall

21 Oct 2014

The Villa Group, a Lancashire restaurant group, is investing in excess of £2m in Preston Guild Hall where it will open two restaurants, two bars and a coffee shop as part of plans to regenerate the entertainment venue

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The things young people want most from brands

21 Oct 2014

Natalie Waterworth, the digital content marketer, blogger and millennial engagement expert, discusses how content marketing can be utilised to generate greater engagement amongst millennials

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Is crowdfunding just equity for punks?

20 Oct 2014

Judging from the number of businesses which have jumped on its bandwagon to raise capital for growth, it’s clear that crowdfunding is – at the moment – as hot as pulled pork, says Paul Hemming, partner and head of Corporate Finance at Zolfo Cooper


Now serving up great memories

17 Oct 2014

Whitbread restaurants was founded in the wake of the financial crisis hitting the UK. But, with a strategy of creating great food and memories, the company is now enjoying good times. Paul Flaum, managing director, tells the story

It’s a funny old business running Yummy

17 Oct 2014 | By Mel Flaherty

Tim Foster, ‘head of mischief’ at Yummy pubco, talks to Mel Flaherty about his childhood influences and adult acceptance of his shortcomings

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Burgers will continue to burgeon

13 Oct 2014

Predicting that the end is nigh for the UK’s burger-joint appetite is akin to a 30-year-old suggestion that McDonald’s was just a fad – but the key lies in making the marketing sustainable, says Tim Lowthe

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