Dominic Walsh

Dominic Walsh has covered the leisure and drinks sectors for The Times for 20+ years and writes exclusively for MCA in business to business press. He previously worked at the Guardian and Sunday Business, having studied classics (and golf) at the University of St Andrews.

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    Dominic Walsh: Rent, Landlords, and Wild Times at Dominos

    2020-05-15T07:29:00

    For years, Domino’s Pizza was a cash machine for all involved. Management notched up some serious bonuses and incentives by delivering the goods year after year, while long-standing shareholders such as Nigel Wray and Colin Halpern, who is also the group’s vice chairman, coined it as the share price rose inexorably. Also happy were the franchisees, many of whom went from pizza maker to millionaire entrepreneur in as long as long as it took to establish their new shop – not a lengthy process in those days.

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    Dominic Walsh on Wetherspoon and Cote

    2020-04-17T07:44:00

    Tim Martin likes to plough his own unique furrow. From his penchant for attending City results presentations in chinos - or even shorts – to his mullet hairstyle and his love of rubbing the establishment up the wrong way, the JD Wetherspoon founder loves nothing better than to fan the flames of controversy. Among the issues that have particularly got his juices going over the years have been the euro, taxes, corporate governance and, of course, Brexit. On most of these subjects Martin has managed to navigate a course that has burnished his “man of the people” credentials, firmly established during 41 years of serving the cheapest food and drink in town.

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    Dom Walsh: A growing sense of the surreal

    2020-03-17T08:41:00

    It seems bizarre, but when I wrote my last column only a month ago, coronavirus was still pretty much a Chinese issue that seemed a long way removed from mainland Europe, let alone the UK. The subjects I touched on included the rise of vegan food, Dry January and the rise and rise of Greggs.

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    Dom Walsh on Heineken succession stories

    2020-02-17T08:21:00

    The retirement of Jean-François van Boxmeer as chief executive of Heineken looked like a carefully managed process, as you would expect of the brewer of the lager that refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach. The succession appears to have come down to two long-serving senior executives of the Dutch brewing group and whoever missed out was inevitably not going to be hanging around for long.

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    New year, new prospects ahead

    2020-01-17T07:56:00

    Dom Walsh looks at the prospects for hospitality in the year ahead. 

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    The Dom Walsh Awards

    2019-12-11T08:17:00

    Our monthly columnist from The Times hands out his annual awards to brands and operators who have made the past 12 months newsworthy – for better or for worse…

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    Change is happening everywhere

    2019-11-18T08:45:00

    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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    Bile-ridden, rude and downright nasty

    2019-10-11T08:07:00

    I have previously used this column to express my astonishment at the extraordinary level of abuse aimed at Jamie Oliver over the failure of his UK restaurant business.

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    ‘TRG now has a future’

    2019-09-12T07:12:00

    The legacy of Andy McCue’s truncated time as chief executive of The Restaurant Group is, as well all know, the £559m acquisition of Wagamama. When the deal squeaked through last year, there was widespread scepticism over the longevity of its stellar like-for-like sales growth.

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    Steering in a new direction

    2017-11-10T08:27:00

    The shock exit of Gaucho Group’s long-serving CEO Zeev Godik yesterday, hot on the heels of a change of chairman, has left a number of questions unanswered. Dominic Walsh looks back at Godik’s long tenure and asks what the news means for the sector.

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    Dealing with tricky transitions

    2017-07-17T07:51:00

    Taking over the reins from a long-standing company chief is always a challenge for the incoming executive. Dominic Walsh compares what happened at YO! Sushi with the situation at Carluccio’s

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    Jamie opens a can of worms

    2017-01-13T15:58:00

    News this month that Jamie Oliver was to shut six of his restaurants was met with a wave of criticism of the celebrity chef and the suggestion that Brexit might have played a part. Dominic Walsh reports

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    Back on track

    2016-09-12T08:11:45.943

    Dominic Walsh explores the fall from grace of Ed’s Easy Diner and ponders whether the travails of recent months have done any lasting damage to this business, whilst at the same time asking whether there is merit in a future link up between Stonegate and Mitchells & Butlers

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    Work ethic has reaped rewards

    2016-07-08T16:34:00

    The rags to riches story of Comptoir Libanais founder Tony Kitous is inspirational – and, as Dominic Walsh discovers, he is worthy of such good fortune. But the Algerian still has big plans including the openings of more Comptoirs and Shawas, using the £8m war chest gleaned from a recent IPO

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    New year’s business honours

    2016-01-15T16:03:00

    In a busy year, Dominic Walsh has reported on many aspects of the business world. Now he takes stock of what’s happened within the past 12 months and gives his awards accordingly

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    Young's at heart of M&A theory

    2015-06-15T07:24:00

    There has been movement in the acquisitions market, talk of a flotation and likely responses to the market rent-only option (MRO) recently, and Dominic Walsh thinks there may be more on the horizon

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    Fear factor in market revival

    2015-02-16T07:31:00

    Although a return to activity is something to be championed, Dominic Walsh is taking the positivity with a pinch of salt after spotting a few signs that not everything in the garden is rosy.

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    M&A market back with a boom

    2014-10-10T15:54:00

    Two potential deals are keeping City gossip hot at the moment, but they are very different types of bid. One company is categorically saying no to an offer while silence rules the other tender, Dominic Walsh tells all

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    Lowdown on the low-key CEOs

    2014-08-11T06:57:00

    Some chief executives are happy to shout about their success while others do pretty much everything to stay out of the limelight. Dominic Walsh investigates

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    Why this role play is not for me

    2014-05-27T08:19:00

    Industry figures need to understand that, to build their profile and that of their company, relationships with journalists have to be a two-way street, argues Dominic Walsh

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