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A whopper of an opportunity?

20 Nov 2017

Mark Wingett takes a closer look at Bridgepoint’s decision to invest in resurrecting Burger King UK; what the changes at the top of Caffe Nero mean; and how this week’s expected IPO by City Pub Company has history on its side.

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Danes refreshing new places

17 Nov 2017

Danish bakery Lagkagehuset has already conquered its homeland and is rapidly building up a presence in the UK, as well as eyeing new international outposts. James Wallin met UK operations director Alastair Gordon to find out how this Danish export is bringing home the bacon

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Just popping out for a while

13 Nov 2017 | By Mark Wingett

You are always told to never push your luck, or as my dad used to say “don’t kick the arse out of it”, so after seven years in the privileged position of editor of MCA, it is time make sure I heed that advice and move onwards and upwards in the wider William Reed family.

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Don’t blink

13 Nov 2017

Mark Wingett examines some of the recent boardroom changes and what they mean in a wider context, and looks at possible problems ahead at the St James’s Market development

The generation game - how to win with Centennials

10 Nov 2017

Are you ready to win the hearts of the new, digital-first, value-focused and brand-disloyal generation? Just when you thought you’d successfully navigated the Millennial minefield and emerged unscathed, in marches a new breed of digital natives. Is your business ready to take them on? Asks Vodafone through its Your Ready Business forum

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What now for Busaba?

10 Nov 2017 | By Mark Wingett

In 2008, Phoenix Equity Partners signed a deal to back restaurant entrepreneur Alan Yau, investing £21.5m in the rollout of the then three-strong Busaba Eathai casual dining chain. Next June will mark the 10th anniversary of that deal and if the company hopes to finally exit the now 15-strong group by then you wonder if it will get anywhere near recouping that initial investment.

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Steering in a new direction

10 Nov 2017 | By Dominic Walsh

The shock exit of Gaucho Group’s long-serving CEO Zeev Godik yesterday, hot on the heels of a change of chairman, has left a number of questions unanswered. Dominic Walsh looks back at Godik’s long tenure and asks what the news means for the sector.

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Reasons to be cheerful

30 Oct 2017

Reports of high profile backers looking to exit their investments in the sector, or at least limit their exposure to it, are sadly becoming more frequent. However, Mike Hinchliffe, of law firm Addleshaw Goddard, says there is still plenty of cause for optimism that private equity will continue to support the sector in various ways. He also points to lessons the industry can learn from the experiences of the retail sector in 2008.

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Analysts corner: Survival of the fittest

25 Oct 2017

Leading analyst Douglas Jack, at Peel Hunt, says the story of investing in the leisure sector is “survival of the fittest”.

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The morning after the bar brawl

18 Oct 2017

After several months of twists and turns, the pursuit of Revolution Bars Group came to an end yesterday….. for now. With no real winner from this situation, what lies in store for the three main protagonists in this saga and what does that mean for M&A activity in the sector? James Wallin investigates, as well as showing that this story did ultimately have one happy ending.

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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

Timing at the bar

16 Oct 2017

It’s a buyer’s market out there at the moment, or so we are told, so why is one of the sector’s most influential and successful investors currently looking to sale his stake not one, but two, of his investments?

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​Five minutes with… Charlie Carroll, Flat Iron

06 Jan 2017

This week, MCA takes five minutes with Flat Iron founder Charlie Carroll

Five minutes with….. Tim Martin, JDW

28 Oct 2016

This week, MCA takes five minutes with JD Wetherspoon founder and chairman, Tim Martin

James Robson, founder of Mews of Mayfair

Five minutes with James Robson, founder of Mews of Mayfair

21 Oct 2016

What’s your main business priority over the next 12 months?

Five minutes with…. Clive Watson, City Pub Co

07 Oct 2016

This week, MCA spends five minutes with City Pub Co chairman Clive Watson to discuss Brexit, IPOs, why doing the simple things well can lead to the best experience and why he admires Drake & Morgan and John Lewis.

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Shake Shack UK strengthens senior team

17 Nov 2017

Shake Shack has strengthened its UK management team, MCA has learnt.

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Scarfe departs St Austell

17 Nov 2017

St Austell is searching for a new people director after the departure of Jackie Scarfe, MCA understands.

McCue ups TRG stake

17 Nov 2017

Andy McCue, chief executive of The Restaurant Group (TRG) has upped his stake in the Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito operator

Clay to replace Haigh at Asahi UK

15 Nov 2017

Asahi UK has announced managing director Gary Haigh is to retire with sales director Tim Clay to lead the business.

Page advising Made of Dough

14 Nov 2017

David Page, the chairman of Fulham Shore, the owner of the Franco Manca and The Real Greek brands, is advising Made of Dough on its expansion strategy,

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