RCapital and Boparan not in Byron talks

14 Dec 2017

RCapital and Boparan Restaurant Group have both distanced themselves from the current sales process for Byron

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Pubs now opening at faster rate than restaurants

14 Dec 2017

Managed pub and bar companies are now opening new sites at a faster rate than casual dining groups, the latest figures have shown.

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Emeny sets out priorities for term as BBPA chair

14 Dec 2017

Simon Emeny, the chief executive of Fuller’s has set out his priorities for his term as chairman of the British Beer & Pub Association.

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Burning Night to launch high-end destination bar concept

12 Dec 2017

Burning Night Group, the Leeds based operator, is working on a multimillion-pound destination bar concept with fashion designer Tiziano Mazzilli, MCA has learnt.


Bird secret survey lays bare delivery shortcomings

08 Dec 2017

BIRD, the fried chicken restaurant concept, commissioned a survey into consumer experiences of its food via home delivery, which co-founder Paul Hemings said laid bare the issues with the fast-growing segment, MCA can reveal.

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Analysts corner: Survival of the fittest

25 Oct 2017

Leading analyst Douglas Jack, at Peel Hunt, says the story of investing in the leisure sector is “survival of the fittest”.

Timing at the bar

16 Oct 2017

It’s a buyer’s market out there at the moment, or so we are told, so why is one of the sector’s most influential and successful investors currently looking to sale his stake not one, but two, of his investments?

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Banking on future growth

20 Sep 2017

The Business Growth Fund (BGF) has come a long way, far further than many imagined possible. Founded to support small and mid-sized emerging businesses during a difficult economic climate in 2011, it is now arguably the UK’s most active provider of growth capital


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

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