All MCA Insight articles in April 2019

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  • Vinoteca

    Vinoteca on brink of insolvency


    The wine bar concept has filed for protection from its creditors, in a move that may result in the closure of its five sites across the capital

  • Chloe Combi
    Analysis & Insight

    Q&A to Z


    In the first of a new series of columns, Generation Z expert, Chloe Combi, answers questions posed by MCA readers about how to best connect with young consumers. In her first article, Chloe discusses Gen Z’s attitudes towards promotions, co-working spaces and transgender toilets.

  • Agreement

    MCA’s publisher William Reed acquires stake in CGA


    MCA’s publisher William Reed has acquired a stake in insight business CGA, joining The Nielsen Company as minority investors.

  • X-9024
    Analysis & Insight

    Simple Simmons


    Lonsdale-backed bar group Simmons has spent the past 12 months getting its house in order and is now ready to kick off the next stage of its growth plan. Georgi Gyton spoke to chief executive Nick Campbell about its journey since entering the world of private equity and why keeping it simple doesn’t have to mean boring.

  • Dodo Walsall

    Dodo Pizza opens third UK site, in Walsall


    Dodo Pizza, the Russian quick service brand, has opened its third UK site, in Walsall, MCA understands.

  • Crosstown City

    Crosstown lines up two more


    Crosstown, the artisan doughnut and speciality coffee concept, has lined up two more sites, which will take it to 11 physical stores over all.

  • Green King Logo

    Analysts corner: Greene King


    Following Greene King’s full year results announcement yesterday, analysts from Hargreaves Lansdown and Goodbody give their reactions on the numbers.

  • Analysis & Insight

    Stadiums missing out on F&B spend


    Football stadiums are missing out on an opportunity for an enhanced food and drink offer, with match-day spend in the UK lower than other Western nations, a report by Oracle has found.

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    The Savoy appoints first director of restaurants


    The Savoy has appointed Anne Lomas as the hotel’s first director of restaurants.

  • News

    X-Upper sausage restaurant to close after four months


    X-Upper, the sausage specialist restaurant concept in Islington, is closing after four months.

  • News

    Pophams Bakery doubles up


    Artisan viennoiserie specialist, Pophams Bakery, is set to launch its second site at 197 Richmond Road in Hackney, in June.

  • Big Mamma

    Big Mamma Group confirms second UK opening


    Big Mamma Group, the Paris-based Italian restaurant concept, has lined up its second opening in the UK.

  • News

    Black Sheep Brewery acquires Arc bar


    Black Sheep Brewery, the Yorkshire-based business chaired by ex-Punch director Andy Slee, has acquired the Arc Inspirations site, Kith & Kin, in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.

  • Department of Coffee

    Toby Smith appointed Coffeesmiths CEO


    Toby Smith, who recently stepped down as chief executive of Novus Leisure, has joined Coffeesmiths Collective UK, the operator of Department of Coffee, as chief executive. Coffeesmiths Collective operates over 130 outlets in the UK including its own bakery and roastery. The company’s flagship brand, the Department of ...

  • Big Mac with Bacon

    Veggie Wraps and Big Macs with Bacon boost McDonald’s sales


    Menu innovations have helped to drive growth for McDonald’s UK and Ireland in Q1 of 2019.

  • Parliament

    Pubs Code review launched


    The Government has launched its promised review of the Pubs Code and the effectiveness of the adjudicator.

  • PizzaExpress Langham Place, Oxford Circus exterior

    PizzaExpress underlying lfls flat in 2018


    PizzaExpress has reported flat like-for-like sales in 2018, with group turnover up 1.6% to £543m.

  • Sushi Daily

    Sushi Daily partners with Debenhams


    Sushi Daily is to launch a partnership with Debenhams at its Manchester store next month, MCA understands.

  • News

    Diageo exploring ‘third space opportunities’


    Diageo has detailed plans to grow in ‘third space’ outlets that blend hospitality and retail, as well as food delivery apps.

  • Karen Turton
    Analysis & Insight

    Soft skills development is vital for multi-unit managers


    Promoting a general manager to one with multi-unit responsibilities is not always as straight forward a process as operators may think, if the employee is to perform at their best. Former Turtle Bay operations director and founder of Purple Story, a people-focused consultancy, Karen Turton discusses why soft skills are so important in the experience economy.