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Honest secures £17m refinance deal

22 Feb 2018

Honest Burgers has secured an increased funding package from its banking partner Santander to help fund its growth pipeline

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Knight: ‘We have got a fight on our hands’

21 Feb 2018

Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group chief executive Jon Knight has admitted the group has “got a fight on its hands” and hinted that franchising in non-high street locations would be a key part of its turnaround plan.

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Café Rouge to launch Stack & Grill delivery brand

21 Feb 2018

Café Rouge is to launch a new delivery brand called Stack & Grill as it looks to get its ”slice of the delivery market”.


Vapiano announces three London openings

20 Feb 2018

Vapiano is to double its London estate with three new openings in 2018, MCA understands.

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Jamie Oliver’s restaurants saw 28% business rates hike

19 Feb 2018

The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has seen business rates rise 28% across its estate in the last year, according to analysis by Colliers.

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An Honest Approach

09 Feb 2018 | By Mark Wingett

This year is set to be significant for Honest Burgers as it gears up to expand its offer into the regions. Its co-founders explain how, in a crowded and unpredictable market, they see honesty as the best policy.

Alex Dumphy, Addleshaw Goddard

What backers want to hear

07 Feb 2018

With high-profile cases of restructuring and site closures becoming more common across the eating-out sector, what does this mean for investment? Alex Dumphy, of law firm Addleshaw Goddard, examines what operators can do to ensure lenders remain on-side during turbulent times for the sector.


Fox foots bill for lack of exit

31 Jan 2018

Mark Fox yesterday became the latest sector head to leave his post, as the shareholders of Bill’s, the Richard Caring-backed chain, seemingly lost patience in their search for an exit and looked to ex-Punch chief executive Duncan Garrood to lead the c80-strong business

Graeme Snith, AlixPartners

The new normal

29 Jan 2018

After a tumultuous year across the eating and drinking-out sector, 2018 is likely to represent the establishment of a ‘new normal’ in terms of trading conditions. AlixPartners managing director Graeme Smith talks to James Wallin about the likely winners and losers of this new era

The Dom Walsh Awards

18 Jan 2018

The past 12 months has seen a raft of senior operators depart their roles; high-profile brands stumble on their growth plans but others discover new avenues for expansion. Dominic Walsh presents his annual awards, including deal of the year; top brand; biggest shock, his pick for hero to zero and the year’s worst rebrand

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