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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.


DoCaSa acquires Tap Coffee

20 Mar 2018

The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs (DoCaSA), the speciality coffee shop concept, has strengthened its presence in London, after taking on the Tap Coffee business, MCA understands.

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Macellaio RC founder teams up with Ranieri

20 Mar 2018

Macellaio RC founder Roberto Costa has teamed up with Italian chef Simona Ranieri for a new gluten, sugar and dairy free restaurant concept, MCA has learnt.

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JDW H1 lfls up 6.1%

16 Mar 2018

JD Wetherspoon has reported a 6.1% rise in like-for-like sales for the 26 weeks to 28 January.

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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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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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