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Jamie Oliver

Holder steps down as Jamie’s CFO

20 Apr 2018

Crispin Holder has stepped down as chief financial officer of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group just six months after joining and two months after its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) process, MCA has learnt.

Pizza Hut exterior

Pizza Hut Restaurants closing in on management buyout

20 Apr 2018

Pizza Hut Restaurants, the 260-strong business led by Jens Hofma, is set to confirm over the next few days that it has completed a management buyout.

Lawson Mountstevens, managing director of Star Pubs & Bars

Heineken mulls brand-led bars

20 Apr 2018

Star Pubs & Bars managing director, Lawson Mountstevens, has told MCA that the now 2,900-strong group plans to develop bars centred around some of its key drinks brands.

Marcel Khan

Khan steps down from Five Guys

18 Apr 2018

Marcel Khan, who played a key role in the launch of US burger brand Five Guys in the UK, its subsequent expansion to over 80 sites here and its move into Continental Europe, has stepped down from the business, MCA has learnt.

Crussh's latest rebrand saw LFLs rise on average by 28%

Crussh confirms partnership with SSP

17 Apr 2018

Crussh, the healthy food and juice chain, has confirmed it has partnered with SSP to open in travel hubs across the UK and internationally.

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Latest Operator Opinion


A restaurant in denial

20 Apr 2018

Continuing on its mission to make wine more accessible to the masses, Vinoteca is now gearing up for its first regional opening. Georgi Gyton met the founders to find out more

Pret CEO Clive Schlee

Pret’s restless psyche

16 Apr 2018

Last month Clive Schlee celebrated 15 years as chief executive of Pret A Manger, and was named Retailers’ Retailer of the Year at MCA’s annual industry awards. To celebrate both milestones, Schlee shared his thoughts with James Wallin on the expansion of Pret and its closeness to customers.

Will AI be a game-changer for the eating and drinking-out sector?

06 Apr 2018

Georgi Gyton looks at the potential impact AI could have on the eating and drinking-out sector.

Perhaps they are on to something

03 Apr 2018

Unsolicited bids for the Azzurri Group, a tenanted pub sector rife with M&A speculation and an acquisitive BrewDog, sector consolidation is back on the agenda, and not just for those looking to pick up the fallout from the current round of Company Voluntary Arrangements


No lounging around

28 Mar 2018

Loungers will today open its 100th Lounge site (see news story below) and set out plans for further growth. Co-founders Alex Reilley and Jake Bishop each give their take to MCA on what it feels like to reach that mark

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