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Jamie’s brings in advisors to consult on future strategy

17 Oct 2017

Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has brought in an external advisor to work with its new management team to help steer it through its next phase

Rudy’s sets out expansion target

20 Oct 2017

Rudy’s, the Manchester-based pizza concept, is planning to open four new sites over the next 12 months across the North of England

Blanchard joins Reiss

20 Oct 2017

Jonathan Blanchard, who recently stepped down from Carluccio’s, has returned to the retail sector as chief financial and operating officer of fashion brand Reiss

Whitbread builds Bar + Block pipeline

20 Oct 2017

Whitbread is to further strengthen its pipeline for its Bar + Block format, with an opening lined up in Leamington Spa

Wells plans third Antipodea

20 Oct 2017

Antipodea, the all-day dining restaurant concept from Jason Wells, is opening a third site in Richmond

Fordham: I’m leaving Benito’s Hat in good shape

20 Oct 2017

Ben Fordham, the co-founder and departing managing director of Benito’s Hat, has told MCA he is happy to be leaving the business in good shape

Comptoir agrees £2.7m sale and leaseback deal

20 Oct 2017

Comptoir Group has agreed the sale and leaseback of its north London central processing unit for £2.7m.

1760 restaurant and Lily's Bar to launch in Manchester

20 Oct 2017

British restaurant concept 1761 and Champagne bar Lily’s Bar are set to launch in Manchester.

Wong reveals details of Bloomberg Arcade concept

20 Oct 2017

Andrew Wong has confirmed details of the new concept he is set to launch next spring at the new Bloomberg Arcade development in the City

Denny’s confirms new UK launch plans

20 Oct 2017

US chain Denny’s has confirmed it is to try a further launch in the UK, after signing a franchise deal to open an initial 10 sites

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Assured Azzurri

17 Oct 2017

While the majority of the casual dining sector, especially Italian-focused concepts, are coming under increasing pressure, the Azzurri Group, the operator of ASK Italian, Zizzi and Coco di Mama, continues to grow and outperform the market. On the back of its full-year results, Mark Wingett has a closer look at the business and talks to chief executive Steve Holmes

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​Numbers add up for Ibérica

06 Oct 2017

From data analysis of its portfolio to an appreciation for British rivals, founder of Ibérica, Marco Fernandez Pardo, is carving through the choppy water of Brexit – something he believes will take the UK ‘down the toilet’. Finn Scott-Delany speaks to the Spanish economist

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For better or worse

26 Sep 2017

After a few months of searching, Hutton Collins, the backer of better burger chain Byron, has decided to stick with what it knows, in appointing Simon Cope as its new chief executive. It will now be down to Cope to plot a steady course to take the brand back to where it was – one of the sector’s key growth brands

Why so Sirieix?

22 Sep 2017

The Galvin at Windows GM, star of the small screen, industry champion and prolific fundraiser has a new book, Secret Service, out next month. With so many plates spinning, how does the country’s most recognisable front-of-house man manage to prevent it all from crashing down, asks Sophie Witts

Lessons from the front line

25 Aug 2017

International Market Management specialises in working with restaurant brands in setting up overseas. In the first of a series, founder Jasper Reid poses the question, why go abroad at all?

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