Analysts corner: JDW

15 Sep 2017

Leading analysts have welcomed a positive set of results from JD Wetherspoon this morning, saying its strong start to the year may indicate “significant market share shifts”.

Analyst corner: UBS on Greggs

15 Sep 2017

Analysts at UBS have said that they see significant store roll-out potential beyond the formal Greggs management target

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Analyst corner: Barnfather on Greene King

13 Sep 2017

Leading analyst Anna Barnfather at Liberum has said that the recent sales slip at Greene King should be put into context

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Costa shares down on growth concerns

13 Sep 2017

Shares in Costa owner Whitbread fell yesterday after analyst Citigroup downgraded the company

Analysts corner: Greene King

08 Sep 2017

Leading analysts have given their view on Greene King’s trading update this morning.

Analysts corner: Brumby on casual dining

08 Sep 2017

Jack Brumby, of Langton Capital, gives his view on a “full house of casual dining profit warnings, how we got here and identifies who are the winners and losers.

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Liberum: Potential grassroots of the TRG strategy working

06 Sep 2017

The leisure team at analyst Liberum said it sees the potential grassroots of TRG’s strategy working

Analyst corner: Rollo on Whitbread & SSP

05 Sep 2017

Leading analyst Jamie Rollo at Morgan Stanley has said he sees Whitbread performing well into year end

Analysts corner: Jack on TRG

01 Sep 2017

Leading analyst Douglas Jack, of Peel Hunt, has given his further thoughts on The Restaurant Group’s H1 trading update. He said that that with expansion and prices being cut, and opportunities for cost savings being used up, like-for-like sales rises are needed more than ever.

‘Limited attraction’ for investors in pub sector

01 Sep 2017

Analysts at HSBC have said there are limited attractions for investors in the pub sector and expressed concern generally about the sector

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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

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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