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  • Clive Schlee

    Change is afoot


    This year has already seen the departure of a fair few long-standing chief executives in the eating and drinking out sector, with the news that Clive Schlee will be stepping down from his role at Pret after 16 years sure to have caused a few surprised expressions yesterday. MCA’s deputy editor Georgi Gyton looks at the legacy he will leave, and what his departure may mean for Pret. Featuring additional commentary from MCA contributing editor Peter Martin.

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    Wine glass half empty?


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham discusses why wine is losing out to other alcohol categories and suggests that lack of innovation may be to blame.

  • Gareth Bath Curious

    Leap of faith


    The difference between punk idealists BrewDog and Chapel Down’s Curious Brewery is not quite as vast as one might believe. Gareth Bath explains what’s happening with his new calling. The Morning Advertiser’s Stuart Stone reports.

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    Analysts corner: Greene King


    Following the brewer and pub operator’s full year results announcement yesterday, leading analysts from Liberum, Peel Hunt and Hargreaves Lansdown give their views on what the results mean.

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    Your next deal: five ways to prepare from Day 1


    After completing a private equity deal, going back to day to day business as usual would be a mistake. Founders should start preparing for a profitable exit from day one, writes Paul Morris, head of growth advisory at BDO

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    The leading edge in IT and digital marketing


    As part of our Agenda series of roundtable discussions, MCA – in partnership with US-based digital marketing solutions leader Punchh – brought together marketing and IT directors from diverse, sector-leading UK operators for a debate on tech and digital marketing. Hosted by James Wallin, here are the highlights from the day.

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    Keeping it healthy – no guarantee to staying alive…


    MCA’s market insight director Steve Gotham delves deeper in the problems faced by the likes of healthier eating chains Pod, Filmore & Union and Vital Ingredient, and discovers that it’s not all black and white when it comes to value for money.

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    Give lease a chance


    New leasing standards will foster greater transparency and comparability for retail, leisure and hospitality operators, writes RSM’s Fred Larquetoux

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    Harts Group: madmen or visionaries?


    Last year Harts Group opened four venues at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross. Despite lower than expected footfall at the development, the group has doubled down with a fifth, Parrillan. So are the trio behind it madmen or visionaries? Restaurant magazine editor Stefan Chomka reports.

  • Delivery

    Unwrapping delivery


    The media is not short of analysis of why Amazon has shut its US restaurant delivery business – and what it could mean for the long-term shape of delivery globally, writes Peter Martin.

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    Northern soul


    Liverpool has a hot new destination for eating out with the opening of Duke Street Food & Drink Market this week in a 100-year-old refurbished warehouse.

  • Foxlow

    The not so fantastic Foxlow


    Following the demise of Hawksmoor’s secondary brand, MCA director Steve Gotham looks at the sensitivty of spend per head, and how value for money perceptions critically vary at different price points

  • Opinion

    OK computer


    Labelled by some as the flat white economy, the growth of freelance work culture, particular in the Millennial-dominated digital industries, has led to a familiar site in coffee shops – heads buried in laptops, eking out cups of coffee.

  • Opinion

    Creating a buzz


    Kenny Blair, managing director of Buzzworks Holdings, which features in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2019, talks to Jo Bruce about people power, expansion plans and being a family business while still striving to value every voice. 

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    Dispensing with tradition


    Having shaken up the stuffy wine bar industry with its innovative sample-based concept, Vagabond is readying V2.0 for regional expansion. A year on from securing backing from Imbiba, founder Stephen Finch talks to MCA’s Finn Scott-Delany about why the concept is so tricky to mimic.

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    Subway subpar?


    At more than 2,500 outlets, Subway is the biggest foodservice brand in the UK by site numbers. But how is the franchised business performing? MCA director of insight Steve Gotham delves into the data.

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    Reputation and rumours


    The success rate of former CEOs at Mitchells & Butlers in getting the business to fly has been questionable, but has Phil Urban cracked it? In his latest monthly column Dominic Walsh discusses how far the operator has come over the past four years – and those PizzaExpress rumours.

  • Opinion

    A postcard from Pembrokeshire


    Not one to let his holiday get in the way of fodder for his columns, MCA market insight director Steve Gotham, gauges the offerings for those on staycation in southwest Wales and highlights some of the more interesting concepts he ate at, in the name of research.

  • Holly Davies

    ’A brand that has been around for a certain amount of time can be both a gift and a curse’


    The Restaurant Group’s director of product innovation talks to Sarah Sharples at MCA’s sister title Food Spark about dish development at Frankie & Benny’s, why innovation is key to fighting casual dining woes and her hopes for sustainable eating.

  • Foxlow

    No disgrace in getting things wrong


    With several well-known names joining the ranks of closures in the past month, MCA contributing editor Peter Martin discuss the impact of choice on the market and why sometimes it’s important to just give something a go.