Big investors are urging Chorion to split its late-night bars and intellectual-property divisions into two separately-quoted businesses.

Chorion is the biggest on-trade operator in London's West End, with many venues having lucrative 3am licences.

It also owns the rights to Enid Blyton's Noddy and Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot character.

The company, whose chairman is John Conlan, is expected to reveal strong trading figures this week.

The Sunday Telegraph 18/03/01

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