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Wagamama continues European expansion

26 May 2017

Wagamama has secured a site in Milan, where it hopes to open a number of sites this year, and is also aiming to add three more in Madrid in 2017, MCA has learnt.

Tank & Paddle

Novus set to roll out Tank & Paddle concept

26 May 2017

Novus Leisure is to roll out Tank & Paddle, its wood-fired pizza and craft beer concept

Frankie and Bennys

TRG lfls fall 1.8%

26 May 2017

The Restaurant Group saw like-for-like sales slide again in the 20 weeks to 21 May.

Patrick Dardis

Young’s FY managed lfls up 4.7%

25 May 2017

Young’s has reported like-for-like sales up 4.7% in its managed houses for the 53 weeks to 3 April.

Three Cheers Pub Co

EiG announces Three Cheers as latest Managed Expert

24 May 2017

Ei Group, formerly Enterprise Inns, has announced that its next managed operator partnership will be with Three Cheers Pub Co – the London-based gastro pub operators.

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Young’s: From dray horses to digital revolutionaries

26 May 2017

Young’s chief executive Patrick Dardis talks to MCA about regional expansion; plans to ramp up investment; it’s digital ambitions and the trends the group is seeing in its customer base.

Food for thought

18 May 2017

The restaurant sector has performed well in recent years with market growth underpinned by long-term demographic and consumer trends. But market conditions have become more competitive, consumers are facing pressure on their real incomes from rising inflation and cost pressures are increasing. A more cautious outlook on the sector is justified, argues David Chubb, Partner, Middle Markets, at PwC

BrewDog- more than just lucky punks

11 Apr 2017

BrewDog’s announcement of a £231m investment form a US private equity firm at the weekend prompted praise and dismay in equal order. It is the latest in a series of moves by the Scottish brewer and pub operator which has seen them accused of relinquishing their ‘punk’ status and becoming part of the establishment. James Wallin asks whether the self-proclaimed rebels really have sold out and what the latest chapter in the BrewDog story can tell us about crowdfunding and the craft beer ...

Following the crowd

27 Mar 2017

Over the past few years crowdfunding has gone from a curiosity to a major source of finance for businesses looking to scale up. Analyst Geof Collyer examines the statistics behind this phenomenon and how it is impacting on the eating and drinking out sector.

10 things to consider in light of Brexit

24 Jun 2016

Dan Tench and Alicia Videon of international law firm Olswang set out ten things companies should be considering in light of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union



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