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  • Morris Greenberg

    International operators still see opportunity in London


    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.

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    Going Global: All gone to look for America


    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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    Analysts corner: Peel Hunt on the modern leisure generation


    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.

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    Can US sensation The Halal Guys conquer the UK?


    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.

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


    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.

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    Mark out of ten: Peely Peely Appealing


    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.

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    Time for a chain reaction?


    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.

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    A no-brainer of sorts


    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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    Burger King – Still in McDonald’s shadow?


    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.

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    Analysts corner: Domino’s


    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.

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    Mamma's boys


    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.

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    Analysts corner: The Restaurant Group


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

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    Feeding back


    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

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


    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.

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    Loungers – the one and only?


    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

    A Novel Idea: No. 7 Diversity of Thought


    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

    The real winners and losers from Theresa May’s deal


    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

    A road less travelled


    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.

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    Culture of consistency


    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.

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


    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.