All Handmade Burger Co articles

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    Steve Gotham: Recovering confidence and and accelerating growth in 2020


    Encouragingly for most, MCA predicts that 2020 will see stronger net physical increases in store portfolios across the majority of leading operators.MCA’s Operator Data Index includes over 350 branded operators with five or more outlets at December 2019. These stretch across the full spectrum of the market and account for close to 27,000 outlets which claimed modest overall year on year growth of just under 1% in 2019. We are expecting this growth rate to double to 2% in December 2020, with over 500 net new outlets to open, equating to 11 per week.

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    Handmade Burger Co in administration again with all 18 sites closed


    Handmade Burger Co. has gone into administration for a second time, with all 18 restaurants closing.

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    New year, new prospects ahead


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

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    Bun fight


    Competition in the premium burger space is at an all-time high. Some are concentrating on getting the basics right, while others are expanding menus with novelty items. Restaurant Magazine’s Joe Lutrario investigates

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    Burger battleground in Covent Garden


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham examines the fierce competition for the patty pound in one of London’s busiest markets and asks whether Covent Garden can be viewed as a microcosm of the wider market.

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    Nudo launches new Pan Asian concept


    Nudo, the North East-based noodle restaurant and sushi bar group, has launched a new restaurant concept, Umai Mi, in Newcastle’s Eldon Square.

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    Honest Burgers reports FY EBITDA increase


    Honest Burgers, the Active Partners-backed chain, has reported a rise in both restaurant EBITDA and Group EBITDA in the year ended January 2018, driven by the opening of seven new restaurants, including the first out of London locations in Reading and Cambridge

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    Analysis & Insight

    Casual dining: The middle ground


    In a challenging climate for the casual-dining sector, what is the health of those operators in the middle ground? MCA’s director of insight Steve Gotham analyses some key players using a range of MCA’s analytic tools

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    An Honest Approach


    This year is set to be significant for Honest Burgers as it gears up to expand its offer into the regions. Its co-founders explain how, in a crowded and unpredictable market, they see honesty as the best policy.

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    MCA’s Big Fat Review of the Year


    From Admiral’s acquisition to Zizzi’s tie-up with Sainsbury’s, we present a potted history of 2017

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    Poll shows UK's appetite for burgers remains unsated


    Despite the financial troubles facing Byron, GBK and Handmade Burger Co consumers still want to see more burger restaurants in the UK, research by German insight company Dalia reveals.

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    Tunnel vision


    It’s heads down, gritted-teeth tough out there at the moment for the majority of the UK’s eating and drinking-out market, and there aren’t many signs that things are going to pick up soon. Also what next for Byron?

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    Handmade sold for under £1.5m


    Handmade Burger Co was acquired out of administration for less than £1.5m.

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    Essex-based newco put forward as Handmade Burger Co buyer


    A newly-formed company has emerged as the possible buyer of the majority of the former Handmade Burger Co estate

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    Buyer found for Handmade Burger estate


    The joint administrators of the ex-Handmade Burger Co business have announced that they have found an undisclosed buyer for 20 of the group’s former 29 sites

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    Bids due for Handmade Burger Co sites


    Bids are due in later today for the former Handmade Burger Coompany business, which went into administration earlier this month, MCA understands.

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    Analysis & Insight

    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

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    Byron appoints new COO


    Bryon has appointed Nick Young, former chief executive of Aubaine, as its new chief operating officer

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    Byron puts four sites on the market


    Byron, the Hutton Collins-backed group, has placed four of its sites on the market

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    Inside Track: Bun fight


    Too many burger chains? Too many food and drink outlets? Too many bad location decisions? Or just too many headwinds to cope with? You could probably make an argument for one, two or all of the aforementioned reasons for the sad demise of Handmade Burger Co. What is for sure is that it will have sent a further shiver down the collective spine of a sector already facing up to 12-18 months of fighting in the trenches ahead of it. Mark Wingett reports