All MCA Insight articles in December 2013

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  • News

    Corbin, King and Longden become OBEs


    Restaurant entrepreneurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, and Pub is the Hub founder John Longden, have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list

  • Giraffe Tesco Cheshunt

    Giraffe to expand at speed


    Giraffe, the Tesco-owned restaurant group, has said it is well placed to “perform strongly and expand at speed” following its acquisition by the retailer

  • Parliament

    Tesco CEO calls for obesity law


    Philip Clarke, chief executive of Tesco, has told the Government to bring in a law to tackle obesity and that legislation might be required to “level the playing field” with restaurants, takeaways, cinemas and other retailers

  • Belushi's

    Olympics hits Beds & Bars


    Beds & Bars said the London Olympics caused its UK accommodation income to fall 8.5% in the year to 31 March, although there was growth in its mainland Europe business.

  • News

    West Berkshire Brewery launches share offer


    West Berkshire Brewery (WBB), the independent brewer, which is chaired by brewing and pub entrepreneur David Bruce, is to launch a share offer in the New Year

  • News

    Hydes targets acquisitions; swings into the black


    Hydes, the Manchester-based brewer and pub operator, plans to trial a value dining concept and says it is “actively seeking” acquisitions for its managed arm

  • Wetherspoons logo

    JDW January Sale to last three weeks


    JD Wetherspoon, the managed operator, is to reduce the duration of its annual January Sale promotion by one week when it returns next month

  • Searcys restaurant

    EBITDA grows for Searcys parent


    The parent company of Searcys, the upmarket bar and restaurant operator and caterer that is currently on the market, saw EBITDA grow from £1.7m to £2.3m in the year to 30 June

  • Weekend Press

    Caprice secures Covent Garden site


    Caprice Holdings, the restaurant group led by Richard Caring, is set to open an all-day restaurant in Covent Garden next year

  • News

    Downey sells Redhook to Iberica


    Jonathan Downey, owner of the Rushmore Group, has completed the sale of his Redhook site in London’s Farringdon, to Iberica, the Spanish restaurant chain

  • Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon

    Martin warns of high street blight


    JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin has warned that pub closures risk creating a “high street blight”

  • News

    Thomas Hardy PBT slips in ‘challenging’ year


    Thomas Hardy Holdings, the contract brewer and drinks packaging company, has reported a 6.7% fall in full-year pre-tax profits to £1.7m in what it called a “challenging but rewarding year”

  • Fruit machine

    AWP tie ban risks creating 'Wild West free-for-all'


    Pub gaming machine suppliers have written to the Government expressing serious concerns about plans to ban the AWP tie, with one predicting a “Wild West-style free-for-all” as rogue suppliers target pubs

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    All Bar One eyes airport debut


    Mitchells Butlers (M B) is in talks to open a first site under its All Bar One brand at Birmingham Airport, M C Report understands

  • News

    Tapas Revolution secures Shoreditch site


    Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy has secured a further site for his Tapas Revolution concept in London’s Shoreditch

  • News

    Arabica to launch restaurant venture


    The team behind the Arabica Food & Spice Company is to launch a new restaurant venture, Arabica Bar & Kitchen, in London’s Borough Market next April

  • News

    Las Iguanas nets £20k-worth of toys for charity


    Las Iguanas, the Bowmark Capital-backed chain, has netted £20k of toys for good causes through its Christmas Present Fund

  • News

    New JV to develop Broadgate for mixed use


    Property owner British Land has formed a joint venture with GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, to develop the leisure, retail and office space in the Broadgate complex in the Liverpool Street area of East London

  • Analysis & Insight

    Gift voucher use grows


    Sales of gift cards and vouchers grew 13% in Q3 2013, a new report shows

  • News

    BII adds new award categories


    The BII is to introduce three new categories as part of the Licensee of the Year awards for 2014