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    Brewdog: An open “rant” on the impact of our Government’s new points-based immigration scheme


    Brewdog COO David McDowell pens and open “rant” on the impact of the Government’s proposed points-based immigration system on the hospitality industry.

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    Food standards - should I care?


    David Read, Prestige Purchasing’s Chairman explains why food standards will become a major battleground for trade during 2020, and why this should matter to foodservice operators.

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    A Novel Idea: No. 9 A better game


    Every month, Marcel Khan, chief executive of Thunderbird Fried Chicken, reads a book (so you don’t have to) and applies insight into the sector based on what he’s learned between the covers and beyond. This month: The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek.

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    2019 – a year of rising input prices for food and drink


    Prestige Purchasing’s chairman David Read looks back on an expensive year for operators, and discusses the outlook for food and drink costs in 2020.

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    Analysts’ verdict: Liberum and Peel Hunt on Loungers


    Both Liberum and Peel Hunt have upwardly revised their full year estimates for Loungers, following the AIM-listed business’ positive interim statement yesterday (4 December).

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    Focus on: French casual dining chains


    For a country associated with such a long established and fine cuisine tradition, it might be considered a little surprising that French food does not have a stronger restaurant chain presence in the UK, but perhaps the two elements of individual flair and multi-site brand consistency are indeed, polemically opposed.

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    Analysts’ verdict: Berenberg on Mitchells & Butlers


    Mitchells & Butlers shares are due a “pause for breath” believes analyst Berenberg.

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    Chestnut Group: Passion project


    By tapping into the East Anglian opportunity, Chestnut Group founder Philip Turner has managed to double the size of his business in the past year. He talks to Georgi Gyton about his passion for the region and the next stage of Chestnut’s growth.

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    The transformational potential of rebranding and remodelling


    Embarking on a rebranding or remodelling programme may seem like a sure-fire way to reinvigorate your business, but there are many aspects to consider if you want to get it right, explains brand strategy consultant Ian Dunstall.

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    Analysts verdict: Berenberg on Domino’s


    Despite improvement in its share price since its Q3 update last month, major challenges still remain for Domino’s Pizza, according to analysts Berenberg.

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    JP Morgan, Goodbody and Morgan Stanley on Mitchells & Butlers


    Leading analysts share their views on Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) full year financial results, and how they stack up against forecasts.

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    American dreamers


    A fresh wave of American concepts have crossed the pond in recent years, and more are on their way. Why is the UK so appealing to US brands, and do we still want them? 

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    The profitable Pickup paradox


    At first glance, Deliveroo’s latest development, called Pickup, is a perfect paradox. Normally Deliveroo only fails to deliver when one of its more myopic drivers fails to find the right front door, now it’s being built into the business model. How can a business literally named after delivery not deliver?

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    School of Woky


    In just a few years former Masterchef contestant Larkin Cen has created a mini-empire in Bristol and is eying an opening in Cardiff. He can now be considered one of the UK’s most exciting Chinese chefs.

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    Elite approach


    Martial Chaussy, owner of Kent pub operator Elite Pubs, talks expansion plans, Brexit, the power of pizza and its growing people focus, with Jo Bruce.

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    Steve Holmes: ‘If you wind the clock forward, people will eat out more than ever’


    Relevant operators can grind out profit growth, but it’s not an easy time, Azzurri Group’s Steve Holmes has told MCA.

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    Detangling digital transformation


    Companies that have embraced digital transformation have the ability to plug in technology overnight, without significant cost, to identify what will drive a commercial return, without hampering operations. The benefit to our industry is entirely transformational, says Fourth’s group chief technical officer Christian Berthelsen.

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    Change is happening everywhere


    Seismic shifts are sweeping through the sector thanks to a combination of M&A, technological developments and consumer behaviour. Who knows what’s going to happen next?

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    Paul UK: ‘The brand has huge untapped potential’


    The development of a franchise operation for Paul UK is high up on the agenda for its new chief executive Mark Hilton. He talks exclusively to MCA about the development of its new café format, current performance and tapping into the evening day part.

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    Turtle Bay: ‘We keep away from industry noise’


    Turtle Bay has had a quiet two years, but with reinforcements to the senior team and turnover approaching £70m, the Caribbean social concept looks to be making moves for a sale. In a rare interview, founder Ajith Jayawickrema explains how the bar and restaurant brand has the potential for 100 sites – but not necessarily under his stewardship.