Georgia Cronin

Georgia Cronin has been a news reporter at MCA since 2019 after graduating with a first class Masters degree in English and critical thinking . As well as covering the news she also writes interviews with leading industry figures, issues-based longreads and news analysis.

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    Pizza Express to cut further 1,300 jobs


    Pizza Express will cut 1,300 roles across its estate as it looks to reduce its UK team. With job losses expected at all of its 370 sites, the business has said it has had to make the difficult decision as a result of declining footfall since September and poor city centre trade. The reduction will take place through a combination of voluntary and compulsory redundancies, and it is hoped the newly downsized team will place the business in a better position to prepare for 2021 and beyond.

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    Flat Iron set for Marylebone


    Steak concept Flat Iron is to open its ninth restaurant next month in London’s Marylebone.

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    German Doner Kebab CEO Imran Sayeed: ‘We want to be a household name’


    Not too long ago, even the most committed fast-causal enthusiast may not have heard of German Doner Kebab.

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    UK Hospitality calls for further support in Wales


    Hospitality businesses in Wales need further support if they are to survive the winter, UK Hospitality Cymru has warned.

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    Heineken reports modest sales growth as on-trade continues to struggle


    Heineken has reported UK beer volume returned to modest growth in its third quarter as off-trade sales boosted dips in the on-trade.

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    Sacha Lord: Wet-led community pubs ‘completely shot’


    Manchester’s wet-led pubs are “completely shot” under tier 3 and “many will not reopen again,” the city’s Night Time Economy Advisor Sacha Lord has warned. Speaking at MCA’s The Conversation, Lord cited the wet-led sub-sector as his “greatest concern” and said that given that the city has been operating under at least tier 2 restrictions in all but name for the past three months, large-scale closures and redundancies are now “inevitable.”

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    Scotland to ease alcohol restrictions


    Pubs and restaurants in areas subject to Scotland’s lower three tiers will be able to serve alcohol indoors again from Monday next week, the first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

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    Trade bodies call for a freeze in late-night levy payments


    Hospitality trade bodies have called on government to freeze late-night levy payments as some late-night businesses have been required to continue payments despite lockdown and curfew restrictions.

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    BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin: ‘We have to get to pain point before government will listen’


    The government’s communication with and about the industry “has slipped” and needs to be improved, MCA’s The Conversation has heard. Speaking at the event, British Beer and Pub Association CEO Emma McClarkin said that following the conclusion of the Eat Out to Help Out initiative in August, there was a “distinct shift” in government’s consultation and dialogue with the industry, so now “it’s almost like we have to get to pain point before they’ll start to listen to us.”

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    Government attempts to narrow business lunch exemption


    The government has attempted to narrow the so-called household mixing ‘loophole’ of business lunches, warning restaurants against utilising the exemption to fill tables.

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    Whitbread “well placed” to enhance UK market position despite losses


    Whitbread has said it is “well placed” to enhance its market leadership position in the UK despite a significant dip in revenue for its H1 trading period.

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    Hospitality trade bodies propose workable framework ahead of Scottish debate


    Trade bodies representing Scotland’s hospitality sector have proposed a workable ‘strategic framework’ for the industry ahead of today’s scheduled debate on the country’s plan for the next six months.

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    Revolution launches CVA


    Revolution Bars Group has launched a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) to reduce the size of its estate and rental cost base.

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    Ibérica closes two sites in CVA


    Spanish restaurant chain Ibérica has undergone a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), leading to the closure of two restaurants.

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    Sturgeon confirms five-tiered strategy for Scotland


    Scotland will enter a five-tier coronavirus alert system next month, with a degree of forced hospitality closure in the top two tiers, first Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

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    Caffè Nero considers CVA


    Caffè Nero is exploring a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) as it looks to respond to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus crisis, Sky News reports. Last month it was reported the business had hired KPMG to look at negotiating rent cuts, and whilst it is yet to make a final decision about the CVA it is expected in the coming weeks.

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    Hawksmoor welcomes business bookings


    Steak restaurant chain Hawksmoor has confirmed it will welcome business lunches in its tier 2 and 3 sites.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Sunak splits the sector


    From “hugely generous” to “nowhere near enough”, industry response to the chancellor’s latest round of business support was mixed to say the least. Speaking in the Commons yesterday (22 October), Sunak highlighted that the extent of the new funding – which will include £2,100 grants for businesses and an improved Short Time Work Scheme – was predicated on talks with hospitality operators and trade bodies earlier in the day, who informed the chancellor of a “significant fall in consumer demand, causing profound economic harm to their industry.” In light of the unsustainable position in which thousands of hospitality businesses under tier 2 restrictions have found themselves in recent weeks, he added that he made “no apology” for “responding to changing circumstances” - but does this ‘unapologetic’ response go far enough?

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    KFC to create 5,400 jobs


    KFC UK and Ireland has announced plans to create a further 5,400 jobs following a surge in takeaway demand through the coronavirus crisis, Sky News reports.

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    Costa franchise eyes expansion


    A Costa Coffee franchise based in the North of England has announced plans to expand after securing a substantial financing facility from HSBC.

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