All MCA Insight articles in April 2020

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  • Le Pain Quotidien

    Le Pain Quotidien enters administration


    The Belgian coffee chain, suffering from reduced footfall in London, is understood to have closed seven sites across the capital

  • Frankie & Benny's exterior

    TRG announces £340m debt package


    The Restaurant Group has agreed a £220m Term Loan Facility and a £120m Revolving Credit Facility with its existing lenders

  • Mathew Price Uber

    Uber Eats ‘as strong as ever’


    UK general manager Matthew Price says moves by Honest Burgers, Joe & The Juice and PizzaExpress’ to join Uber Eats is a “vote of confidence” in the platform.

  • alasdairmurdoch

    Alasdair Murdoch: High street ‘over’ without rent compromise


    High street operators cannot be expected to pay pre-covid-19 rents when only open for delivery, Burger King UK CEO Alasdair Murdoch has told MCA.

  • Manahatta

    Wolstencroft: ‘Without certainty on rent and social distancing we can’t move forward’


    The industry urgently needs some clarity from Government on rent and social distancing measures before it can consider moving forward, Martin Wolstencroft has told MCA.

  • Pret, St Christopher's Place

    Pret to open another 20 shops in London on Friday


    Pret will reopen 20 more shops in London on Friday, following a successful trial where it reopened ten shops in the capital. As before, all the outlets will be open for collection and delivery only. Pret said since reopening ten shops on 16 April it had “found a way to operate shops safely and in line with government guidance”.

  • High street

    Rent payments biggest industry challenge with ‘no one route forward’


    Rent payments are the biggest immediate challenge facing the industry, but operators are split in their view of the most viable solution, CGA’s latest Business Confidence Survey has suggested. 

  • burger king

    What it’s like to operate in lockdown part 3: Burger King


    Burger King UK opened a further eight sites for delivery yesterday, with more to follow in the coming weeks. Discussing the move, CEO Alasdair Murdoch tells MCA how the company has developed a new safety-first operating system,  and why being early puts the brand on the front foot against its competitive rivals. 

  • SDM Cornershop image

    Seven Dials launches online initiative and delivery service


    Seven Dials landlord, Shaftesbury, has launched an online initiative to keep consumers connected to the site through the lockdown period.

  • High street

    Industry sees 21.3% sales drop in first quarter


    The hospitality industry saw sales decline by 21.3% in the first quarter of 2020, new figures from the UK Hospitality Quarterly Tracker reveal.

  • Deliveroo rider

    Deliveroo to make 367 redundancies, furloughs 50


    Deliveroo is set to make 367 employees redundant as it struggles with demand during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Wetherspoon interior

    Wetherspoon raises £141m


    JD Wetherspoon has raised funds of £141m through the placing of 15,668,430 new ordinary shares, which it will use to secure the business through the coronavirus crisis.

  • Kate Nicholls 055

    UKH: Rent resolution cannot be left to the market


    Government will have to intervene “to bring both sides together” if a long-term equitable agreement is to be reached between landlords and businesses on rent, Kate Nicholls, UK Hospitality CEO has said.

  • TGI Friday

    TGI’s to trial ‘kerbside’ click-and-collect with delivery relaunch


    TGI Friday’s will trial an all-new click-and-collect service next week as it explores “new revenue streams to help make the business viable” through the coronavirus crisis, chief executive Robert B Cook has told MCA.

  • KFC new design

    KFC to have 100 delivery sites open next week


    KFC has announced plans to open a further 80 sites for delivery, which will bring its UK total to 100 by Monday next week.

  • Richard Morris and Brandon Stephens, Tortilla

    Stephens: ‘Adapt delivery to family demographic’


    With the delivery demographic changing amid the coronavirus crisis, operators looking to adapt should develop a family offering, Brandon Stephens, Tortilla founder, told attendees at MCA’s online event, The Conversation.

  • pret a manger

    Pret: What it's like to operate in a lockdown


    There are three main reasons for reopening. Firstly, we wanted to find a way to support the NHS and essential workers during this difficult period. Since we temporarily closed, we’ve received several requests from hospitals and healthcare workers wanting access to freshly prepared food. That’s why we’ve initially chosen Pret shops located near hospitals to reopen for takeaway and delivery only.

  • Paul

    Paul: What it’s like to operate in a lockdown


    We re-opened because, fundamentally, we’ve been operating as a bakery for 130 years offering bread to the local community, and we felt we needed to try and maintain that heritage. We’ve added to that by offering essentials like milk, and we’ve recently started adding flour and yeast, because there are shortages of that. We’re really trying to make the essentials available for people struggling to access supermarket delivery slots.

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    Government looks to extend JRS for hospitality


    Government is “actively looking” at extending the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme for hospitality but would like to take other areas of the economy off the scheme where possible, Kate Nicholls, UK Hospitality CEO has said.

  • Zizzi

    ​Bridgepoint sets up £3m covid-19 hardship fund


    Bridgepoint, the backer of Burger King, Azzurri Group, Market Halls and Deliveroo, has set up a £3m hardship fund to support charities and communities affected by Covid-19.