Revolution Bars Group

Revolution shareholders reject Stonegate bid

17 Oct 2017

Revolution Bars Group shareholders have voted against Stonegate’s £101.5m bid for the company.

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Jamie’s brings in advisors to consult on future strategy

17 Oct 2017

Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has brought in an external advisor to work with its new management team to help steer it through its next phase

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Sector lfls declined 0.9% in September

16 Oct 2017

Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants saw like-for-like sales decline 0.9% in September

Neil Rankin

Temper plans Covent Garden opening

13 Oct 2017

Chef Neil Rankin is in advanced talks on a site in Covent Garden, for what is set to be the third Temper site

Nisha Katona

Mowgli in talks for London site

13 Oct 2017

Mowgli founder Nisha Katona has decided to take to take her Indian street food concept to London and is in negotiations on a site in Soho, MCA has learnt.

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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

The trouble with crowdfunding

29 Jun 2017

Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular way to raise funds. But what’s the success rate for crowdfunded startups in food and drink? And is there adequate protection or are punters just punks? Edward Devlin, deputy finance editor at The Grocer, reports.

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