John Lewis to cut restaurant jobs as part of restructuring

24 Feb 2017

John Lewis plans to cut hundreds of jobs in a reorganisation of its soft furnishings business and changes to the way it operates its in-store restaurants

Britvic CEO joins Persimmon board

24 Feb 2017

Housebuilder Persimmon has added Simon Litherland, chief executive of soft drinks company Britvic, to its board

Keating takes MD role at West Cornwall Pasty Co

23 Feb 2017

West Cornwall Pasty Co has appointed Tony Keating, the former CEO of SSP UK & Ireland, as its new managing director

Enrique Tomas plans UK expansion

23 Feb 2017

Enrique Tomas has appointed James Picton as its executive director for the UK, as it targets opening 25 new sites here

CPL restructures board

23 Feb 2017

CPL Training Group has announced a restructure of its board.

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Byrons

Inside track: Byng bows out from Byron

08 Dec 2016 | By Mark Wingett

Tom Byng will step down from Byron, the brand he founded in 2007, early next year to “pursue various exciting ventures”. He leaves a concept he created as a now £80m-turnover business, with backer Hutton Collins turning to a new chief executive and chairman, both of which are experienced in operating established brands, that they hope will now cement Byron’s credentials as a national brand and one that eventually has an international presence.

Walkabout

Come together

28 Nov 2016

The UK’s eating and drinking out sector is facing an uncertain 12 months. The phrase ‘perfect storm’ is now frequently peppering conversations across the sector, as operators face an array of tax hikes, economic headwinds and the destabilisation presented by Brexit. Now - more than ever - is the time for the sector to come together with one clear message to Government. Mark Wingett shares his view that ultimately that argument should focus on one key issue - people.

Iqbal Wahhab

Charity sucks

17 Nov 2016

Restaurateur and charity patron Iqbal Wahhab writes for MCA about the relationship between businesses and charity.

Bar & Beyond, Deltic

A design for nightlife

11 Nov 2016

Successful design is the result of pointing a mirror at your target market and reflecting back what they want to see, according to restaurants, bars and clubs designer Aidan Keane. But how do you reach that magic point? Confidence and cojones are key to such success

The merchants of Venice

03 Nov 2016

With the opening of their Venetian restaurant in St James’s Market this month, Salt Yard Group’s Simon Mullins and Ben Tish continue their move into unfamiliar territory. Stefan Chomka reports

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Retailers' Retailer Awards 2017

Retailers' Retailer Awards 2017

7 March 2017 - Described as the UK’s eating and drinking-out sector’s “Oscars” and the event that is in every leading operator’s diary, this year’s Retailers’ Retailer of the Year Awards will take place on the 7th March 2017.

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