All MCA Insight articles in October 2013

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  • News

    BBPA calls for licensing flexibility during Brazil World Cup


    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is calling on the Government to offer greater flexibility on licensing hours for opening and closing weekends of the World Cup 2014

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    Bramwell placed in administration


    Bramwell Pub Company, the 185-strong managed operator, which was formerly Barracuda, has been placed in administration

  • News

    Admiral launches social media course


    Admiral Taverns, the tenanted pub operator, has launched face-to-face social media course for its licensees, aimed at engaging with customers and driving people into pubs

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    Analysis & Insight

    Beer sales show record growth, despite decline in pubs


    UK beer sales experienced the biggest quarter-on-quarter increase this century in Q3, with sales up 5.2% - although pub beer sales fell 1.2% across the three months

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    Welcome Break to add Subway and Harry Ramsden’s


    Welcome Break, the motorway services operator, is to add Subway and Harry Ramsden’s to its list of brands before the end of the year, M&C Report understands

  • News

    Leisure sector gears up for IPOs


    The first significant moves in what is expected to be a return of IPO action in the leisure sector were made yesterday, with Merlin Entertainments valued at between £2.8bn and £3.3bn for its upcoming flotation and Everyman Cinema at £30m

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    Starbucks warns on 2014 profits


    Starbucks has warned that profits for its next year will fall below expectations despite reporting a 13% rise in net revenues to $3.8bn in Q4

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    Jack: Spirit buoyed by Flaming Grill Lite


    Leading analyst Douglas Jack has issued a Buy recommendation for Spirit Pub Company, highlighting its “attractive growth prospects” and pointing out that trials of its Flaming Grill Lite offshoot are achieving double the company’s return hurdle rate

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    Aikens plans Kitchen at St Katharine Docks


    Tom Aikens, the high-end chef, is understood to have become the latest operator to sign up to open at St Katharine Docks, as part of Max Property’s plans to transform central London’s only marina into a more food and drink-led leisure destination

  • News

    PCL Transport MD launches restaurant concept


    Joe Ricotta, the managing director of PCL Transport, one of the UK’s leading chilled distribution specialists, has launched a new Italian restaurant concept, called Nonna’s Kitchen, M&C Report understands

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    Excellent summer lifts AB InBev UK


    AB InBev has reported a 4.2% rise in volumes including cider in the UK in Q3, citing the impact of the “excellent summer weather”

  • News

    Eat appoints supply chain director


    Eat, the sandwich shop chain, backed by private equity firm Lyceum Capital, has appointed its first supply chain director as it continues the upgrade programme of its estate

  • News

    Anand George to launch new concept


    Anand George, the multi-award-winning chef, is to open his second site in Cardiff, M&C Report understands

  • News

    Le Manoir top-rated restaurant


    Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford has been named the top-rated restaurant by travel website TripAdvisor

  • News

    Rank to appeal after £30.8m VAT ruling


    Rank Group plans to appeal after the Court of Appeal overturned a ruling that led to HM Revenue & Customs returning £30.8m to the bingo club and casino operator in overpaid VAT on gaming machines, in a case that could have wider ramifications for the pub industry

  • News

    Ever So Sensible launches fish & chips concept


    Ever So Sensible Restaurants has teamed up with Castle Rock Brewery to launch a new fish & chips in Nottingham’s Castle Pub

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    Enterprise considering a cap on tied price rises


    Enterprise Inns is considering whether to introduce a contractual commitment to limit potential increases in tied drinks prices for its pub tenants

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    Pub tenant campaigners lobby Government on statutory code


    A campaign group for the interests of pub tenants has written to Business, Innovation & Skills Secretary Vince Cable to explain why a market rent-only option for tenants is not a “complex and radical idea

  • News

    Fuller's refubs Bath pubs


    Fuller’s, the London-based brewer and pub operator, is to re-open two pubs in Bath following refurbishments

  • News

    Realpubs founders look to launch evolved offer


    Nick Pring and Malcolm Heap, the founders of Realpubs which was acquired by Greene King two years ago for £53.1m, will look to launch an evolved offer of their previous business when they launch their currently unnamed new company next year in London