Sports Bar and Grill

Stonegate acquires Sports Bar & Grill

14 Sep 2017

Stonegate Pub Company has acquired Bar Holdings – the company behind Sports Bar & Grill.

Aspall

Molson Coors ‘in bid for Aspall’

14 Sep 2017

Molson Coors has been linked with a bid for cider manufacturer Aspall.

Dougal Sharp, Innis & Gunn

US PE firm eyes Innis & Gunn stake

05 Sep 2017

A US private equity firm L Catterton is in talks to acquire a 27.9% stake in  Innis & Gunn

David Forde

Heineken completes Punch deal

30 Aug 2017

Heineken has welcomed the completion of its acquisition of 1,900 Punch pubs.

DWF: Just Eat and Hungryhouse tie-up is “doomed to fail”

25 Aug 2017

A leading lawyer has said that the proposed tie-up between Just Eat and Hungryhouse “appears doomed to fail”

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Punch deal to complete this month

18 Aug 2017

The Competition and Markets Authority has accepted the latest undertakings from Heineken, paving the way clear for its acquisition of 1,900 Punch pubs.

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Aprirose secured £22m facility for M&B deal

18 Aug 2017

Aprirose, the real estate investment company, secured a £22m facility from Metro Bank to facilitate its acquisition of 73 Mitchells & Butlers pubs last month.

Applegreen acquires seven UK sites for £21m

03 Aug 2017

Applegreen, the Ireland-based forecourt operator, has acquired a package of seven sites from the Carsley Group for £21m.

Revolution new look

Stonegate makes £100m bid to acquire Revolution Bars

31 Jul 2017

Revolution Bars Group has confirmed it has received a conditional proposal from Stonegate to acquire the company , which values it at c£100m.

Little Chef interior

Euro Garages invested £16m on Little Chef deal

27 Jul 2017

Euro Garages spent c£16m acquiring the Little Chef business from the Kout Food Group earlier this year

Why so Sirieix?

22 Sep 2017

The Galvin at Windows GM, star of the small screen, industry champion and prolific fundraiser has a new book, Secret Service, out next month. With so many plates spinning, how does the country’s most recognisable front-of-house man manage to prevent it all from crashing down, asks Sophie Witts

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How food delivery services are moving into airports

22 Sep 2017

Queues at airport restaurants and food outlets are a common sight, especially at peak travel times, as transport hubs around the world deal with surging numbers of travelers. In response, a new batch of pick-up and delivery services has arrived on the scene to offer time-poor passengers an alternative to holding out for on-board plane food

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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

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Tunnel vision

18 Sep 2017

It’s heads down, gritted-teeth tough out there at the moment for the majority of the UK’s eating and drinking-out market, and there aren’t many signs that things are going to pick up soon. Also what next for Byron?

Andy McCue, The Restaurant Group

TRG brand weakness exposed

13 Sep 2017

In his first year as chief executive of The Restaurant Group, Andy McCue, has made good progress, but are his hands ultimately tied by the weakness of the group’s core brands? Dominic Walsh discusses this dilemma as well as examining the successful takeover of Admiral Taverns and a Deliveroo deal that never was

Peter Hansen at The Pub Conference

Why tenanted pubs are back in fashion

11 Sep 2017

The past few weeks have seen two huge deals in the tenanted and leased pub sector – with Punch and Admiral Taverns both getting new owners. In a period of great uncertainty, why do investors feel certain of success in a segment whose death has often been exaggerated. Peter Hansen, founder of Sapient Corporate Finance.

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