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Carroll: Hawthorn targeting 1,000-plus estate

20 Jul 2017

Gerry Carroll, chief executive of Hawthorn Leisure, has said that the group’s ambition is to eventually own and operate a business of between 1,000 and 2,000 pubs

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Five Guys further strengthens pipeline

19 Jul 2017

Five Guys, the US better burger brand, has further strengthened its openings pipeline for this year, by securing a handful of further sites, including a former Ed’s Easy Diner site in London.

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Bids due for Handmade Burger Co sites

19 Jul 2017

Bids are due in later today for the former Handmade Burger Coompany business, which went into administration earlier this month, MCA understands.


Wahaca appoints new MD

17 Jul 2017

Wahaca has appointed Mark Turner, formerly of Camden Brewery and Innocent Drinks, as its new managing director

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Rosa’s appoints Adair as MD

17 Jul 2017

Rosa’s has appointed Gavin Adair, formerly of Wahaca, as its new managing director, ahead of its next stage of development

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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

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.

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.



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The Restaurant Conference 2017

The Restaurant Conference 2017

This year’s conference will draw on expertise and insight from both inside and outside the industry to provide solutions to these issues and a road map for the future of the market. 

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