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Jamie Oliver

Barbecoa debts revealed

15 Mar 2018

Barby Ltd, the holding company for Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa brand, owed £3m to approximately 150 unsecured creditors and £3.7m to HSBC, the administrators’ report shows.

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Deliveroo has 'no plans to replace restaurants'

14 Mar 2018

Deliveroo has denied it plans to its replace restaurants partners, after a business plan seen by MCA appears to show a long-term ambition to move into food production.

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NWTC wins four at Publican Awards

14 Mar 2018

New World Trading Company (NWTC) was once again the big winner at last night’s Publican Awards, operated by MCA’s sister title, the Morning Advertiser.


Wasabi secures £30m bank funding; appoints FD

13 Mar 2018

Wasabi, the sushi and bento chain, has secured a £30m revolving credit facility from HSBC to fund further growth and has appointed a new finance director.


Oakman to raise £10.2m for further growth

13 Mar 2018

Oakman Inns is in the process of raising a further £10.2m in debt and equity to fund further growth in 2018/19.


Potential bidders circle Azzurri

12 Mar 2018

The Azzurri Group, the Bridgepoint-backed operator of ASK and Zizzi, has received approaches from a number of private equity firms.

Las Iguanas gears up for international launch

21 Mar 2018

Las Iguanas is set to make its international debut this summer with openings in Gibraltar and South Africa

NewRiver buys first pubs since 2015

21 Mar 2018

NewRiver, the UK REIT and owner of 335 pubs, has acquired its first pubs since 2015 and is considering a further individual 100 sites as well as group deals, MCA has learnt.

Amber, Bundobust and Mowgli named in NRB Top 50

21 Mar 2018

The leading players and founders behind Amber Taverns, Bundobust and Mowgli Street Food were among the new entrants in the NRB Top Fifty power list 2018

Jamie Oliver brings in transformation partner

21 Mar 2018

The Jamie Oliver Group has appointed KBS Albion, the creative transformation partner, to work on customer-led product and service innovation projects

Mercer swaps EAT for Coco di Mama

21 Mar 2018

Tom Mercer has stepped down from EAT to join Coco Di Mama, as its first head of people.

Romano steps down as Harry Ramsden’s brand director

21 Mar 2018

Frank Romano has stepped down as brand director of Harry Ramsden’s, the Boparan Restaurants Group (BRG)-owned brand

Wagamama launches walk out payment app

21 Mar 2018

Wagamama has launched an app giving customers a “walk out” payment option after a trial at selected restaurants.

Wrapchic lines up three more

21 Mar 2018

Wrapchic, the Indian wrap grab and go concept, has lined up three new sites, MCA has learnt.

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Simon Longbottom

On a walkabout with Stonegate

21 Mar 2018

Stonegate chief executive Simon Longbottom talks to Georgi Gyton about the company’s strategy of building a presence in city and town centres through its stable of brands and formats.

Carluccio's new generation store

Hold your Italian stallions

05 Mar 2018

This weekend Carluccio’s became the latest business to come under the spotlight. The wider press is smelling more CVA blood and before we talk another sector business down that route, Mark Wingett asks whether we should hold our horses a minute on this one?


Sing when you’re winning

05 Mar 2018

Press coverage of the eating out sector has not made the easiest reading of late, however beyond the much-debated headwinds and the travails of selected brands, the sector remains replete with success stories. Ahead of this week’s Retailers’ Retailer of the Year awards, James Wallin highlights just a few.

Brewhouse and Kitchen

Sector must rally behind new apprenticeship platform

02 Mar 2018

With Apprenticeship Week approaching, Brewhouse & Kitchen executive chairman Kris Gumbrell takes aim at overpriced university courses, and calls for the industry to rally behind an apprenticeship platform to solve the skills gap

David Abramson

Rebalancing the landlord/tenant relationship

02 Mar 2018

As pressures mount on operators, their relationships with landlords are becoming increasingly important. But, are both sides speaking the same language? David Abramson, chief executive of leisure property consultant Cedar Dean, discusses.

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