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UK coffee shop market to grow by 5.3%

16 Jan 2018

The total UK coffee shop market is set to exceed 31,400 outlets by 2022, with a turnover of £13bn, Allegra World Coffee Portal has forecast.

Des Gunewardena

Gunewardena hails 'flight to quality' in December trading

16 Jan 2018

Des Gunewardena has credited a “flight to quality” to D&D London’s strong December trading.

Jamie Oliver

Jamie’s confirms it is exploring restructure

12 Jan 2018

The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has confirmed that it is exploring plans to restructure its Jamie’s Italian restaurant estate in the UK.

Byron

Byron FY losses hit £10m

12 Jan 2018

The CVA proposal document for Byron shows that the company’s like-for-likes sales declined to -17% at one stage

The Stable

The Stable rides choppy trading with specialist offer

17 Jan 2018

Richard Cooper has told MCA his final calendar year at the helm of The Stable had been challenging, but had surpassed expectations.

BrewDog airport

BrewDog to open first airport pub

17 Jan 2018

BrewDog has secured a unit for its first airport bar and has a second in the pipeline.

Vagabond in investment talks

17 Jan 2018

Vagabond, the award-winning wine shop and deli concept, is in investment talks as it plans to open four further sites this year

Mangobean plans 15 sites this year, signs new

17 Jan 2018

Mangobean, the coffee shop franchise, is planning to open 15 stores this year under a string of new agreements, MCA has learnt.

Cineworld UK retail sales up 7.1% in 2017

17 Jan 2018

Cineworld saw UK retail revenue grow 7.1% in the year to 31 December.

Barburrito signs partnership with TRG

17 Jan 2018

Barburrito has announced a new partnership with The Restaurant Group (TRG) which will see it launch sites in UK airports

Hill steps down from Salt Yard board

17 Jan 2018

Steve Hill, the former chief executive of Wagamama and Las Iguanas, has stepped down from the board of the Salt Yard Group

Fazenda founders to launch Catalan-influenced restaurant

17 Jan 2018

The founders of Fazenda, the Brazillian ‘rodizio’ concept, are set to open a Catalan-influenced restaurant in Manchester

Nando's opens recording studio

17 Jan 2018

Nando’s has opened a recording studio in the basement of its Soho restaurant.

McDonald's makes sustainable packaging pledge

17 Jan 2018

McDonald’s has pledged all its packaging worldwide will come from sustainable sources by 2025.

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Going out spending down 4pp

Are you adding value? Part 1

15 Jan 2018 | By Mark Wingett

With the next quarterly rent call at the end of March looming, the sector is set to enter a crucial period, one that could lead to it fundamentally changing, with businesses questioning their position in it, their own values and value.

Gaucho sign

Saddled with a tough task

12 Jan 2018

Asked last year what book he had read that had inspired him, Oliver Meakin, the incoming, new chief executive of Gaucho and CAU picked Jack Welch’s 4E’s of Leadership. Speaking about why the book resonated with him he said: “as a leader, I believe it is important to have huge energy, to be able to energise an organisation, to be able to execute and have the edge to make the tough decisions”. Within his new role, he will need to call on all three of those principles

Carluccio's new generation store

Landmark gambles on new playmaker

10 Jan 2018

As it enters its eighth year of owning Carluccio’s, the Dubai-based Landmark Group has decided to make a key substitution, bringing in Mark Jones, the outgoing chief executive of Goals Soccer Centres and former head of Mecca Bingo, in a move it hopes will steady the ship and move it towards an eventual exit.

The great 'scam' of international franchising

05 Jan 2018

Overseas licensing is seen as a natural next step for brands who have established themselves in their home market. But operators should beware that the pavements of foreign markets are not necessarily paved with gold and great care should be taken in finding the right partner. In his latest column, Jasper Reid examines the issue.

Five Guys kitchen

The path of Khan

02 Jan 2018

Four and a half years ago, the US better burger brand Five Guys entered the UK market and hasn’t looked back since. Mark Wingett quizzes the company’s first UK employee and now brand development director Marcel Khan about the concept’s journey and what comes next.

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