Dominic Walsh

MCA Insight

Dominic Walsh has covered the leisure and drinks sectors for The Times for 20 years and writes exclusively for M&C Report 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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  • Steering in a new direction

    10 Nov 2017

    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.

  • Dealing with tricky transitions

    17 Jul 2017

    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 opens a can of worms

    13 Jan 2017

    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

  • Back on track

    12 Sep 2016

    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

  • Work ethic has reaped rewards

    08 Jul 2016

    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

  • New year’s business honours

    15 Jan 2016

    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

  • Young's at heart of M&A theory

    15 Jun 2015

    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

  • Fear factor in market revival

    16 Feb 2015

    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.

  • M&A market back with a boom

    10 Oct 2014

    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

  • Lowdown on the low-key CEOs

    11 Aug 2014

    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

  • Why this role play is not for me

    27 May 2014

    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

  • Just Eat float is hard to digest

    10 Apr 2014

    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

  • Exile's over for Graham Turner

    18 Oct 2013

    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

  • Pukka future for Jamie’s Italian

    21 Jun 2013

    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

  • Bruce’s a bonus for industry

    12 Apr 2013

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

  • Steady as she goes

    08 Mar 2013

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

  • Why did Whiteside jump ship?

    15 Feb 2013

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

  • Accentuating the positives

    20 Dec 2012