Finance News

Alberts Schloss

BGF in Mission Mars talks

17 Jul 2018

Business Growth Fund is believed to be in talks to invest in Mission Mars

Deltic Group's Pryzm brand

Delitc reports lfls up 4.9% in FY results

17 Jul 2018

The Deltic Group has reported like-for-like growth of 4.9% for the full year to 24 February 2018.

Beer garden

Pub like-for-likes up 2.8% in June; restaurants down 1.8%

16 Jul 2018

Like-for-like sales in managed pubs were up 2.8% last month, compared with June 2017, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker.


Draft House deal gives paws for thought on BrewDog

27 Mar 2018

Yesterday’s announcement that BrewDog had acquired the 14-strong Draft House estate is the latest twist in the endlessly entertaining story of the Scottish upstart. MCA editor James Wallin discusses what this means for wider perceptions of BrewDog, as well as the implications for Draft House as a brand.

Peter Marks

Marks’ theory on Revolution

15 Aug 2017

Deltic Group chief executive Peter Marks talks to MCA about the group’s proposal to merge with Revolution Bars Group to create a 125-strong “powerhouse” late-night operator.


In the mixer

01 Aug 2017

When Revolution Bar Group’s shares plummeted nearly 40% back in May it felt very much like a case of when, rather than if, Stonegate Pub Company would make its move for the Mark McQuater-led bar chain. With that steep decline in share price in mind, Stonegate’s 200p a share offer looks likely to lead to a positive outcome for all involved

Admiral Taverns

Inside Track: Admiral intentions

13 Jul 2017

Do the bids for Admiral Taverns show that after years in the shadows of managed pubs and casual dining, that tenanted pubs are now back at the centre of M&A activity? MCA deputy editor James Wallin looks at why the segment is so attractive for investors at the moment, what a bid for Admiral could mean for the wider sector and who could be next.

Peter Hansen at The Pub Conference

Where are the next M&A deals?

18 Apr 2017

The Government has thrown many obstacles at pub operators from Brexit, the introduction of the national living wage, the market-rent-only (MRO) option and a new tax on soft drinks. Peter Hansen gives us his expert view on the market and his advice on the possibility of future M&A activity

GBK exterior

M&A activity – 2016 a year in review

24 Jan 2017

2016 was another eventful year in the restaurant and bars sector. Despite some strong headwinds, a steady flow of deal activity has continued over the last 12 months. BDO M&A specialists Tom Barnard and Eleanor Moulsdale take a look at the deals that shaped 2016 and who will be the movers and shakers over the next 12 months.

Punch Falcon pub The Constitution, Pimlico

Heineken hopes to be first to the Punch

14 Dec 2016

Heineken’s bid for Punch would see the Dutch brewer and pub operator take on 1,900 pubs – with Patron Capital retaining the remaining 1,300 in the estate, MCA understands.

Austin Whelan

Third Whelans to open, with fourth lined up

17 Jul 2018

Pub operator Austin Whelan is to open his third Whelans pub, in Kingston, this week with a fourth lined up to open in August.

Mark Crowther, Liberation Group CEO

Like-for-likes up 8% at Liberation Group

17 Jul 2018

Liberation Group has posted an 8% increase in like-for-likes (lfls) sales for the past 10 weeks.


Iberica scraps openings, doubles down on core estate

17 Jul 2018

Iberica, the Spanish restaurant group, has dropped plans for two new sites as it plans to “double down” on its existing estate, MCA has learnt.

Real Eating Co

Real Eating Co focuses on small format, high footfall sites

17 Jul 2018

The Real Eating Company, the South East based group, is looking to double up in Southampton as it looks to further shift its business model away from full service restaurants to grab and go, MCA has learnt.


Bubbacue ceases trading after CVL

17 Jul 2018

Bubbacue, the North Ireland-based barbecue concept from Boojum Burrito founder John Blisard, has ceased operating.

See more...



Upcoming Events

The Restaurant Conference from MCA

The Restaurant Conference - 19 Sept 2018 - London

What is the next chapter for restaurant brands? Looking beyond the headlines on the casual dining sector, we will look at what growth looks like for a restaurant brand in 2018. Join the conversation with Karen Jones, Prezzo; Jon Knight, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group; Dennis Deare, Miller & Carter; Zoe Bowley, PizzaExpress; and many more… View agenda and book >

View all upcoming events