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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    Bile-ridden, rude and downright nasty


    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’


    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


    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.

  • Carluccio's new generation store

    Dealing with tricky transitions


    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

  • Jamie Oliver

    Jamie opens a can of worms


    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

  • Ed's Victoria Centre

    Back on track


    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

  • Opinion

    Work ethic has reaped rewards


    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

  • Rooney Anand

    New year’s business honours


    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

  • Stephen Goodyear of Young's

    Young's at heart of M&A theory


    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

  • Ed's Easy Diner

    Fear factor in market revival


    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


    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

  • Andy Harrison

    Lowdown on the low-key CEOs


    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

  • Opinion

    Why this role play is not for me


    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

  • David Buttress of Just Eat

    Just Eat float is hard to digest


    The online takeaway service Just Eat has achieved great things in its time and is allowing takeaways nationwide to compete with the likes of Domino’s Pizza and Pizza Hut. However, Dominic Walsh cannot take its £1.5bn IPO seriously. He also asks what’s going on with Orchid’s sale process

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    Exile's over for Graham Turner


    Dominic Walsh assesses the return to business of Graham Turner, the new executive chairman of Novus Leisure, and recent statements made by Gondola CEO Harvey Smyth

  • Jamie Oliver

    Pukka future for Jamie’s Italian


    He may not have Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin stars, but Jamie Oliver’s more down to earth approach to food is looking increasingly likely to turn the Essex-born chef with the boyish banter into the global phenomenon his foul-mouthed rival once dreamed of creating for himself

  • Opinion

    Bruce’s a bonus for industry


    Dominic Walsh takes a look at the entrepreneurial skills of David Bruce…

  • Opinion

    Steady as she goes


    Dominic Walsh talks to Domino’s Pizza’s chief executive Lance Batchelor…

  • Opinion

    Why did Whiteside jump ship?


    When the Stock Exchange announcement flashed up about the resignation of Roger Whiteside…