Entertainment spend up 10.8% in February

08 Mar 2017

Consumers spent 4% more year-on-year in February with entertainment spend up 10.8%.

Restaurants help boost strong UK GDP for 2016

27 Jan 2017

UK GDP increased by an estimated 0.6% in Q4 2016, driven by a strong performance in the service sector, with hotels and restaurants singled out for performing particularly well, according to the latest data released by the ONS.

Fundamental’ Brexit effect on food and drink prices expected

06 Dec 2016

Brexit will have a fundamental impact on food and drink prices, with foodservice inflation expected to rise by 3.4% in 2017 alone, David Read, chief executive of Prestige Purchasing has warned.

CBI expects faster growth in next quarter

28 Nov 2016

The latest figures from the CBI have shown “a modest increase” in business volumes in the consumer services sector but with expectations of faster growth in the next three months.

Food prices suffer biggest fall

05 Oct 2016

Food prices in Britain saw their biggest ever fall in September while overall shop prices fell at a slower rate compared to the previous month

Brexit uncertainty hits UK business

11 Jul 2016

Uncertainty around Brexit has dragged UK business output and optimism to three-year lows, according to new research from BDO

Consumer spending growth at weakest level

11 Jul 2016

Consumer spending grew at the weakest rate seen in over two years in the run-up to the EU referendum

Consumer spending continues to be weak

11 May 2016

Consumer spending suffered a second successive weak month of growth in April, rising just 1.9% year-on-year as economic headwinds

Star managed pub The Eagles Corner

We’ve had our fill Phil

21 Mar 2017

Celebrating the Great British pub, via its evolution, generational shifts, The Publican Awards, the possibility of a food-led tipping point, on-going legislation, some pubs located in Surrey, the Chancellor Phillip Hammond, and the cost of a new car park…

The price is right. Or is it?

20 Mar 2017

During MCA’s Food to Go conference last month there was a lot of talk about London and ‘the regions’. This is how we have been conditioned to think about the UK and in many ways it limits us

Stonegate

The form horse

17 Mar 2017

Seven years on from its creation, Stonegate Pub Company continues to disprove the notion that you cannot thrive as a wet-led, late-night bar operator. The TDR Capital-backed group is now garnering deserved sector-wide recognition for its approach to developing complementary town and city-centre concepts and engaged teams

Why ‘real’ leaders have never been more important

16 Mar 2017

Yves Van Durme, human capital partner at Deloitte Consulting, looks at the demand for ‘real’ leaders in business. Not just captains of industry but chief executives who are able to personify their brands and can create narratives which fit into the context of wider business and social-economic challenges

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the ALMR, chairs a panel of late night bar operators discussing the future of the sector

Budget shows sector voices are being heard

10 Mar 2017

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, dissects the details of this week’s Budget announcements and its impact on the sector.

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