Kevin Georgel

Private equity firms bidding for Admiral

12 Jul 2017

A number of private equity bidders are in the running to acquire Admiral Taverns, the c800-strong Cerberus-backed pub group.

The Fleece, Addingham

Punch/Heineken disposals revealed

11 Jul 2017

The full list of 30 pubs to be sold to assuage competition concerns over Heineken’s proposed acquisition of 1,900 Punch pubs has been revealed.


Aprirose acquires M&B portfolio; creates new pubco

04 Jul 2017

Aprirose is to acquire a 73-strong portfolio of pubs from M&B which it will use to launch a new pub group

London Fields

Carlsberg UK to acquire London Fields Brewery

03 Jul 2017

Carlsberg UK is set to announce it has acquired the Hackney-based London Fields Brewery business

Ole & Steen owner acquired in multi-million pound deal

30 Jun 2017

FSN Capital to sell its majority stake in Lagkagehuset, the Danish bakery chain and operator of the Ole & Steen brand in the UK, to Nordic Capital

Charlie McVeigh

Draft House completes Grand Union deal

29 Jun 2017

The Draft House has completed the acquisition of the six-strong Grand Union Group business, for an undisclosed sum

CMA rules on Punch/Heineken deal

13 Jun 2017

The Competition and Markets Authority has said Heineken’s proposed acquisition of 1,900 Punch pubs would reduce competition in 33 local areas.

Stonegate investment package sold for £23m

05 Jun 2017

A package of 13 freehold pubs has been sold off-market by Aprirose Real Estate Investors to BlackRock, in an off-market deal, for £23m.

Covent Garden members club freehold sold for c£9.3m

02 Jun 2017

The building housing the Library Members Club in London’s Covent Garden, has been acquired by a privately owned overseas investment company

Adventure Bar to launch JV with Bourne Capital

02 Jun 2017

Adventure Bar Group has secured its sixth site and finalised the operating model for its fifth opening, MCA has learnt.

Carluccio's new generation store

Dealing with tricky transitions

17 Jul 2017 | By Dominic Walsh

Taking over the reins from a long-standing company chief is always a challenge for the incoming executive. Dominic Walsh compares what happened at YO! Sushi with the situation at Carluccio’s

Admiral Taverns

Inside Track: Admiral intentions

13 Jul 2017

Do the bids for Admiral Taverns show that after years in the shadows of managed pubs and casual dining, that tenanted pubs are now back at the centre of M&A activity? MCA deputy editor James Wallin looks at why the segment is so attractive for investors at the moment, what a bid for Admiral could mean for the wider sector and who could be next.

david campbell wagamama

Inside track: Next in line

12 Jun 2017

A plethora of changes at the top across some of the UK’s leading and up-and-coming eating and drinking-out groups has thrown up questions on the role of succession planning in the sector and whether private-equity groups are increasingly questioning existing growth strategies and those they have backed to implement them in the face of a challenging trading environment. Mark Wingett gets the thoughts of leading recruitment executives.


Keeping the Express on track

02 Jun 2017

The season of changes at the top of the UK’s leading restaurant brands continued earlier this week with the abrupt departure of Richard Hodgson as chief executive of PizzaExpress. Mark Wingett examines his time at the helm of the UK’s largest casual dining brand and why the company’s future growth is increasingly dependent on its expansion plans in the Far East.


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.

Leon John Vincent

Investment deal raises stakes for Leon

25 May 2017

Leon’s new investors previously turned a concept described as a “meat-eater’s mecca” into a successful chain in the US and will hope to do the same with the UK-based health-focused, fast food concept. Mark Wingett looks at the new investment and talks to Leon co-founder John Vincent about taking nothing for granted



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