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  • Morris Greenberg
    Opinion

    International operators still see opportunity in London

    2019-04-17T07:20:00Z

    Never-ending confusion over Brexit and news of CVAs being agreed by restaurant operators has not tainted overseas operators’ view that London is a land of opportunity, says Morris Greenberg, managing director, CDG Leisure.

  • Opinion

    Going Global: All gone to look for America

    2019-04-16T08:04:00Z

    In the first of a two-part column on international expansion, Jasper Reid looks at the big prize for many operators – cracking the US – with some help from the A-Team of operators.

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    Opinion

    Analysts corner: Peel Hunt on the modern leisure generation

    2019-04-15T07:10:00Z

    Douglas Jack and Ivor Jones take a deeper look at the leisure industry, the consumer trends making waves and the external influences fuelling upward cost pressures, and theorise about what we might see in the future.

  • GyroSandwich
    Opinion

    Can US sensation The Halal Guys conquer the UK?

    2019-04-12T07:43:00Z

    MCA’s sister title Food Spark talks to Jan van Delden, partner at franchisee ITICO UK, about The Halal Guys’ entry into Britain’s fast-casual food market.

  • Waffles has increased in popularity as a breakfast item
    Opinion

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s – and McDonald’s and Costa and…

    2019-04-12T07:40:00Z

    With breakfast now the second most popular day-part behind lunch, MCA’s market insight director Steve Gotham discusses what, and who, has been driving its growth, and what we could see in the future.

  • McDonald's interior
    Opinion

    Mark out of ten: Peely Peely Appealing

    2019-04-12T07:39:00Z

    In his latest column for MCA, Mark McCulloch – the brand and marketing guru behind Supersonic Inc – considers McDonald’s Peely Peely TV campaign, as the fast food operator slowly ditches their most famous game-paign and goes more McDigital.

  • Young people eating and talking in a casual dining restaurant
    Opinion

    Time for a chain reaction?

    2019-04-11T07:42:00Z

    CVAs offer a lifeline for struggling chains. But long-term, can the very notion of a ‘quality chain’ survive this current casual dining crisis? In his monthly column for MCA’s sister-title Restaurant, Tony Naylor shares his, perhaps controversial, views.

  • Dominic-Walsh-The-Times-MCA-Insight-Commentator
    Opinion

    A no-brainer of sorts

    2019-04-11T07:41:00Z

    In his latest monthly column Dominic Walsh digests the news of Steve Richards’ departure from Casual Dining Group with mixed emotions although concluding, after some consideration, that it makes sense. He goes on to ponder the future of Fuller’s following its boardroom shake-up.

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    Opinion

    Burger King – Still in McDonald’s shadow?

    2019-04-10T07:26:00Z

    Eighteen months after Bridgepoint acquired the UK master franchise rights for Burger King, how is the brand performing in its long-fought rivalry with McDonald’s? MCA market insight director, Steve Gotham, looks at what consumer data can tell us.

  • Domino's
    Opinion

    Analysts corner: Domino’s

    2019-04-09T07:16:00Z

    Domino’s alleged disputes with its franchisees have been making headlines of late, with chief executive David Wild even accused of misleading the City. Analyst at Berenberg give their views on how the situation may play out for them in terms of future performance.

  • Victor Lugger & Tigrane Seydoux - Gloria Trattoria London Shoreditch
    Opinion

    Mamma's boys

    2019-04-09T07:14:00Z

    French restaurant group Big Mamma has burst onto the London restaurant scene with the bright and bold Gloria. With a second restaurant on the cards, its two founders have big plans for the capital.

  • Wagamama
    Opinion

    Analysts corner: The Restaurant Group

    2019-04-08T07:24:00Z

    Berenberg shares its views on how The Restaurant Group is faring at the beginning of what is an important year for the business.

  • Peach MD Hamish Stoddart Herds for Growth
    Opinion

    Feeding back

    2019-04-08T07:21:00Z

    An increasing number of hospitality operators are going beyond just fundraising with a more hands-on approach to charity and community projects. Jo Bruce looks at some of the companies putting social engagement at the heart of their businesses

  • Farmer J
    Opinion

    Farmer J on its winning dishes – and the ones they had to rethink

    2019-04-05T07:50:00Z

    Founder Jonathan Recanati talks to MCA’s sister title Food Spark about how menu development works at the Imbiba-backed fast-casual chain and what he thinks of the current healthy food market.

  • Loungers interior
    Opinion

    Loungers – the one and only?

    2019-04-05T07:49:00Z

    This week, Loungers announced its much-anticipated intention to float. One line in the accompanying documentation caught the eye of MCA market insight director, Steve Gotham – that Loungers is “the only growing all-day operator of scale in in the UK with a strong reputation for value for money”. He delves into MCA’s wealth of data to determine whether this claim stacks up.

  • Marcel Khan
    Opinion

    A Novel Idea: No. 7 Diversity of Thought

    2019-04-04T07:46:00Z

    Every month, Marcel Khan, chief executive of Thunderbird Fried Chicken, reads a book (so you don’t have to) and applies insight into the sector based on what he’s learned between the covers and beyond. This month: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

  • Tim Martin
    Opinion

    The real winners and losers from Theresa May’s deal

    2019-04-04T07:45:00Z

    JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin gives his view on the latest Brexit developments, claiming that if Theresa May’s deal is eventually approved, “the public will shun EU suppliers - and UK companies which promoted Project Fear”.

  • Steve Gotham
    Opinion

    A road less travelled

    2019-04-03T06:59:00Z

    A true entrepreneur knows the value of a calculated risk, but is the eating and drinking out sector in danger of playing it too safe in the current climate? MCA market insight director Steve Gotham looks at some examples of where a brave operator could swim against the tide.

  • Hospitality worker GettyImages
    Opinion

    Culture of consistency

    2019-04-02T07:38:00Z

    A strong culture is often cited as the backbone to any hospitality business but is there a risk of it being neglected when in expansion mode? MCA’s deputy editor Georgi Gyton looks at the importance of culture and how operators can retain it as they grow. Includes commentary from LEON, Hard Rock Café, Urban Pubs & Bars and Hawksmoor.

  • Football manager
    Opinion

    Where there's a will: The power of true grit

    2019-04-02T07:37:00Z

    Jon Midmer, of global executive search firm JMA, looks at what sporting examples can teach business about the importance of grit – which he defines as a combination of sustained determination, supreme resilience, strength of character and a visceral will to win.