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Not missing a trick

24 Apr 2017

Franco Manca translates as “Franco’s missing”, but under the careful watch of industry veteran David Page, you could hardly accuse the pizza concept from passing up any chances to stay ahead of the category it has been shaking up since its launch in 2008. Mark Wingett takes a look at the winner of the Best Concept Award at this year’s Retailers’ Retailer of the Year Awards and parent company Fulham Shore.

Wagamama’s silver anniversary

21 Apr 2017

Wagamama first opened for business, in Bloomsbury, London, on 22 April 1992. To mark its 25th anniversary this weekend, chief executive David Campbell sent a message to the company’s growing family of 169 restaurants in 20 territories worldwide

Peter Hansen at The Pub Conference

Where are the next M&A deals?

18 Apr 2017

The Government has thrown many obstacles at pub operators from Brexit, the introduction of the national living wage, the market-rent-only (MRO) option and a new tax on soft drinks. Peter Hansen gives us his expert view on the market and his advice on the possibility of future M&A activity

Hungry Horse exterior

Pub brands ring changes on regional menu pricing

10 Apr 2017

MCA’s Menu Tracker has given Steve Gotham the opportunity to look at the latest menu releases by top leading pub chains Hungry Horse and JD Wetherspoon

David McDowall, managing director of BrewDog Bars, Publican Awards 2015 winner, discusses the next stage of the fast-growing brand's development

BrewDog: From young pup to big beast

03 Apr 2017

Known for its unorthodox approach to fundraising and marketing in its early days, 10 years down the line craft beer brewer BrewDog has matured into a successful international company. But, that doesn’t mean the firm has become more conformist, as ‘navigator’ David McDowall explains to Mel Flaherty

Wildwood

Market towns not so Tasty

30 Mar 2017

The sobering full-year update from Tasty, the Kaye family-backed operator of the Wildwood and Dim T brands earlier this week, was the first one that I think gave a truer reflection of where the market actually is, with the real hard yards set to kick in

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.

Vivek Singh

Spicing up the Indian restaurant scene

03 Mar 2017

After showing Londoners the luxurious side of Indian cuisine, The Cinnamon Group’s Vivek Singh has set his sites in premium casual dining with Cinnamon Bazaar.

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​Five minutes with… Charlie Carroll, Flat Iron

06 Jan 2017

This week, MCA takes five minutes with Flat Iron founder Charlie Carroll

Five minutes with….. Tim Martin, JDW

28 Oct 2016

This week, MCA takes five minutes with JD Wetherspoon founder and chairman, Tim Martin

James Robson, founder of Mews of Mayfair

Five minutes with James Robson, founder of Mews of Mayfair

21 Oct 2016

What’s your main business priority over the next 12 months?

Five minutes with…. Clive Watson, City Pub Co

07 Oct 2016

This week, MCA spends five minutes with City Pub Co chairman Clive Watson to discuss Brexit, IPOs, why doing the simple things well can lead to the best experience and why he admires Drake & Morgan and John Lewis.

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Bartram steps down from POD

21 Apr 2017

Tim Bartram has stepped down as chief financial officer/chief operating officer of POD

Vachhani steps down as Big Easy FD

20 Apr 2017

Mayuri Vachhani has stepped down as finance director of Big Easy Restaurants

The Alchemist appoints FD

20 Apr 2017

The Alchemist has further strengthened to management team with the appointment of Victoria Stewart as its finance director

Smith swaps Byron for Flat Iron

20 Apr 2017

Fred Smith has stepped down as head of food at Byron, to join Flat Iron, the Piper-backed, ‘single-steak’ dining concept

Pure appoints FD

19 Apr 2017

Pure, the healthy, food-to-go concept, has appointed Doug Benzie as its new finance director

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