Mowgli strengthens management team

22 Jun 2017

Mowgli, the Liverpool-based Indian street food restaurant, has strengthened its management team with appointment of Matthew Peck, formerly of Byron, as its new finance director.

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Pho promotes Smith to MD

16 Jun 2017

Pho, the Vietnamese restaurant group run by Stephen and Juliette Wall, has promoted its finance director Mark Smith to the role of managing director, MCA understands.

Eclectic to open second Coalition in Reading

25 Jun 2017

Eclectic Bars, the night-time subsidiary of Brighton Pier Group, is set to launch a second edition of its nightclub concept Coalition in Reading.

Tombo to open third site

23 Jun 2017

Poké and matcha concept, Tombo, is to launch a third site next month, in the heart of Fitzrovia.

Revere interested in further group deals

23 Jun 2017

Colin Sadler, managing director of Marston’s premium arm, Revere, has told MCA that the success of the integration of the Pointing Dog pubs has given the group confidence to look at other small group deals.

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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.

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Rowland’s YO! renaissance

22 May 2017

Robin Rowland describes the moment he stepped back in as chief executive of YO! Sushi as the world starting again. Over the past 16 months, he has made sure that the brand he will have served for 18 years this year, returned to its core values, or RUCC (Respectful, Unconventional, Colourful and Confident) and with it has come the company’s mojo and an uptick in performance. Mark Wingett reports

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Coping mechanism

19 May 2017

With Simon Cope installed as Byron’s new managing director, does the appointment and continued search for a chief executive throw up more questions than it answers?

Food for thought

18 May 2017

The restaurant sector has performed well in recent years with market growth underpinned by long-term demographic and consumer trends. But market conditions have become more competitive, consumers are facing pressure on their real incomes from rising inflation and cost pressures are increasing. A more cautious outlook on the sector is justified, argues David Chubb, Partner, Middle Markets, at PwC

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