Frankie and Bennys

TRG lfls fall 1.8%

26 May 2017

The Restaurant Group saw like-for-like sales slide again in the 20 weeks to 21 May.

Pret CEO Clive Schlee

Pret FY sales up 15%

27 Apr 2017

Pret A Manger, the Bridgepoint-backed chain, saw sales rise 15% to £776.2m in the year to 29 December with like-for-like sales growing 4.8%. EBITDA grew 11% to £93.2m.

Marstons MD Richard Westwood

Marston’s: Charles Wells; pub deals; pricing and lodges

18 May 2017

MCA talks to Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay and managing director of Marston’s Beer Company, Richard Westwood, on the back of the £55m acquisition of Charles Wells.

Greggs lfls up 3.6%

18 May 2017

Greggs has reported a “good start to the year” with company-managed shop like-for-like sales in the first 19 weeks up 3.6% 

SSP says rail strikes hit H1 sales

18 May 2017

SSP, the travel concessions operator, has reported UK like-for-like sales growth of 1.9% for the six months to 31 March but said strike action has hit sales at railway stations.

Marston’s sees H1 lfl growth across estate

18 May 2017

Marston’s grew like-for-like sales in its Destination and Premium arm by 1.6% in the 26 weeks to 1 April.

Tortilla appoints new FD

17 May 2017

Tortilla has reported that its like-for-like sales are up 9% in the year to date on the back of strong like-for-like sales last year

C&C FY revenue down 6.9%

17 May 2017

Magners producer C&C Group saw group net revenue fall 6.9% to €559.5m for the year to 28 February with net revenue from core brands down 2.1%.

M&B H1 lfls up 1.6%

17 May 2017

Mitchells & Butlers grew like-for-like sales 1.6% in the 28 weeks to 8 April, with a 1.9% increase for the first 33 weeks of the year.

​Patisserie Holdings H1 EBITDA up 15.6%

17 May 2017

Patisserie Holdings has reported a 15.6% increase in EBITDA to £12.2m for the six months to 31 March 2017


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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