RCapital and Boparan not in Byron talks

14 Dec 2017

RCapital and Boparan Restaurant Group have both distanced themselves from the current sales process for Byron

Westfield subject of £18.5bn bid

12 Dec 2017

French property group Unibail-Rodamco has made a bid for the owner of Westfield shopping centres, in a potential deal worth $24.7bn (£18.5bn).

Hammerson to acquire Intu

06 Dec 2017

Shopping centre landlord Hammerson has reached agreement to acquire rival Intu in a deal that values the latter at £3.4bn.

Luke Johnson

Brighton Pier Group acquires mini-golf operator

05 Dec 2017

Brighton Pier Group – the Luke Johnson-chaired owner of Eclectic Bars – has agreed to acquire Lethington Leisure Ltd – operator of six Paradise Island Adventure Golf sites, for £10.5m.

Gavin George of InnBrighton

Laine acquires Distinct Group

04 Dec 2017

Laine Pub Company, the Brighton and London based operator, has acquired the four-strong Distinct Group, taking to a 60-strong estate.

Patrick Dardis

Young’s ‘could spend £100m on group deal’

17 Nov 2017

Young’s chief executive Patrick Dardis has told MCA it’s “probably about time” the company made a group acquisition and said it has the firepower to spend £100m plus on a deal.


Bids sought for Byron

16 Nov 2017

A sale of Byron could take place before the end of the year, after the process to find a new owner of the c70-strong chain was understood to have been sped up

Burger King Garden Grill

Bridgepoint to back Burger King UK

14 Nov 2017

Bridgepoint, the private equity backer of Pret A Manger, has agreed to acquire the master franchise rights for Burger King UK

CMA indicates Tesco/Booker merger does not raise concerns

14 Nov 2017

The Competition & Markets Authority has provisionally concluded that Tesco’s bid to acquire Booker does not raise competition concerns.


Pret signs deal with Autogrill to roll out across US and Europe

14 Nov 2017

Pret A Manger has announced a partnership with international travel concessions operator Autogrill to open sites in major airports and train stations across America and Europe.

Vegan food

Momentum in vegan trend merits greater recognition

04 Dec 2017

Veganism is one of the UK’s fastest growing lifestyle trends, but how can operators capitalise on its popularity and what is currently stopping them? MCA’s Steve Gotham reports.

Robin Rowand, YO! Sushi CEO

A new slice of the action

28 Nov 2017

Robin Rowland is now stepping aside at YO! Sushi to let Richard Hodgson, the former chief executive of PizzaExpress, build on a strong foundation and momentum. He has tried to pass the baton on before, but this time everything looks set fair for it to work out for everyone involved

There’s nothing worse than a grumpy CEO

24 Nov 2017

Against the backdrop of a challenging business environment, where markets are more judgmental and unforgiving, how important is the tone that the CEO sets within an organisation, asks Tim Clouting, Partner at Savannah Group.

Little Chef

Big deal for Little Chef

22 Nov 2017 | By Lawrence Wosskow

The glory days of Little Chef may be behind it, but it remains one of the most famous brands in the history of the UK’s eating-out scene. Lawrence Wosskow was a key figure in the Little Chef story – having owned the company in the 2000s, but his route to acquiring the brand was anything but easy

Burger & Lobster interior

A whopper of an opportunity?

20 Nov 2017

Mark Wingett takes a closer look at Bridgepoint’s decision to invest in resurrecting Burger King UK; what the changes at the top of Caffe Nero mean; and how this week’s expected IPO by City Pub Company has history on its side.

Ole & Steen

Danes refreshing new places

17 Nov 2017

Danish bakery Lagkagehuset has already conquered its homeland and is rapidly building up a presence in the UK, as well as eyeing new international outposts. James Wallin met UK operations director Alastair Gordon to find out how this Danish export is bringing home the bacon

MCA's commentators and opinion makers