Graffiti Spirits testing water with Shoreditch pop-up

04 Apr 2017

Graffiti Spirits hopes to use a pop-up residency of mezcal and tequila concept El Bandito in Shoreditch as a springboard for a permanent site in the capital.

The Forge on market for £4.5m

31 Mar 2017

The Forge, the purpose-built live music and arts venue in Camden, is set to close this week after eight years

Menagerie bar plans UK-wide expansion

28 Mar 2017

Mengarie, the Manchester-based bar concept, is set for further expansion after securing new investment

Revolution confirms Belfast plans

28 Mar 2017

Revolution Bars Group has confirmed it will open its first venue in Northern Ireland with the launch of a Revoluciòn de Cuba in Belfast

Burning Night raises £4m in P2P loan campaign

24 Mar 2017

Burning Night Group, the Leeds based bar operator, has raised more than £4m in a peer to peer lending campaign due to close tonight.

Lola Lo

Johnson on Eclectic: New concepts, disposals and Smash rollout

23 Mar 2017

Luke Johnson has told MCA there is further work to do within Eclectic Bars Group, which could involve re-branding sites and introducing new concepts.

Smith: Novus continues to make significant progress

21 Mar 2017

Toby Smith, chief executive of Novus Leisure, has told MCA that the company has continued to make significant progress

Brighton Pier Group H1 revenue up 61%

21 Mar 2017

Brighton Pier Group, the parent company of Eclectic Bars Group, has updated on its strategy to rationalise its bar group and integrate the two sides of the business.

Be At One confirms second Leeds opening

17 Mar 2017

Be At One has confirmed it will open a further site in Leeds, the first time it will have opened a second venue in a city outside of London

Sugar Hut launches franchise opportunity

10 Mar 2017

Sugar Hut has launched a franchise opportunity as it looks to expand further nationally and internationally

Duncan and Charlie of Inception Group

Inception eyes a bright future

21 Oct 2016

The Inception Group has made a name for itself with its colourful approach to bars and restaurants, but its latest venture sees a more grown-up approach to healthy eating. Co-founder Charlie Gilkes talks to James Wallin about how all operators need to put the emphasis on experience


Competitive socialising

19 Sep 2016

Living in a culture in which people are constantly afraid of missing out, consumers are demanding experiences that deviate from the mainstream. Can the sector evolve to meet this demand for more experiential events and in the process underpin a renaissance in the UK’s late-night sector?

Eclectic Bar Group Sakura Reading

He’s Eclectic

15 Jul 2016

Last year the future looked bleak for listed late-night operator Eclectic Bar Group as it suffered a slump in sales from its core student market. But with the involvement of Luke Johnson came an unexpected new direction, a restructure and a resultant upturn in sales. Lee Nicolson – the recently appointed managing director of Eclectic – talks to James Wallin about partying, ping pong and piers.

Peter Marks of Luminar

Bringing late nights back to life

17 Dec 2015

Since rescuing the country’s largest nightclub operator from administration four years ago, Peter Marks has sets about re-establishing its position at the heart of the late-night sector. With a new identity, new brands and a reinvested, reinvigorated estate, what does the future hold for the Deltic Group? James Wallin finds out

Be At One

Sector snapshot: Complement don’t compete

07 Oct 2015

Steve Locke, co-founder of leading cocktail bar operator Be At One, gives his seven reasons why bar operators, and his own company in particular, remain best placed to take advantage of the growing cocktail sector

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