Fulham Shore warns of “challenging market”

15 Dec 2017

Fulham Shore has reported revenue up 41% to £27.5m for the six months to September, with headline EBITDA increasing from £3.8m last year to £4.5m.

Vianet reports H1 growth despite 550 pub closures

05 Dec 2017

Vianet has said that pub closures lead to a reduction of c550 sites for its beer flow monitoring business in the six months to 30 September.

SIBA acquires controlling stake in Flying Firkin

05 Dec 2017

The Society of independent Brewers (SIBA) has acquired a majority shareholding in Flying Firkin Distribution Ltd (FFD).

Fever-Tree launches US arm

05 Dec 2017

Fever-Tree, the mixers producer, has announced the establishment of a North American office and the appointment of Charles Gibb as the group’s North American chief executive.

Marston’s FY managed lfls up 0.9%

30 Nov 2017

Marston’s has reported like-for-like sales in its managed division Destination & Premium, up 0.9% for the year to 30 September.

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GK Pub Company lfls down 1.4% in H1

30 Nov 2017

Greene King has reported on a challenging first half of the year in which like-for-like sales in its managed Pub Company division fell 1.4%.

Low sugar products driving FY value growth for Britvic

29 Nov 2017

Britvic has welcomed the return of value growth ahead of volume in the UK soft drinks market.

Shaftesbury: Demand for sites still outstripping supply

28 Nov 2017

Landlord Shaftesbury has said that the West End still remains relatively unaffected by pressures on consumer confidence.

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EiG completes £50m ‘Green Loan’ from Lloyds

27 Nov 2017

Ei Group has become the first company outside the commercial real estate sector to complete a loan with Lloyds Bank’s Green Lending initiative, after securing a £50m facility.

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Patisserie Holdings FY EBITDA up 15.7%

27 Nov 2017

Patisserie Holdings has reported EBITDA for the year to 30 September up 15.7% to £25.6m.


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.

Steve Holmes, CEO Azzurri Group

Azzurri hails transformational year

30 Nov 2015

The Azzurri Group, operator of ASK, Zizzi and Coco di Mama, has hailed 2015 as a transformational 12 months for the group, after reporting a 16.5% increase in EBITDA to £31.8m for the year to 28 June


Q2 trading update

15 Jul 2014

M&C Report talks to pub, bar and restaurant groups about trading in the second quarter of 2014, with reflections on the first six months of the calendar year. The consensus is that the strong first quarter had broadly continued in Q2, aided to some extent by the weather and sporting fixtures, and operators are largely optimistic about the year ahead


Q1 trading overview

14 Apr 2014

M&C Report talks to major pub, bar and restaurant groups about trading in the first quarter of 2014. The consensus is that Q1 was as good as or better than expected, and operators are largely optimistic about the year ahead

Tim Bacon

Venturing forward

19 Jan 2014 | By Mark Wingett

If I had to put forward one man who could dominate the UK’s eating and drinking-out scene over the coming 12 months, I would be hard pressed to look past Tim Bacon, the chief executive of Living Ventures

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