Emma Thorne, former investment manager at Phoenix Equity Partners, backer of Busaba Eathai and Gaucho, has set up a new venture, HK Dining Partners, which is looking to provide strategic advice and operational support to branded food service operators with Asia growth ambitions. Thorne has teamed up with Simon Miller-Jones, who has spent the last 20 years advising, operating and investing in some of Honk Kong’s most successful restaurant concepts, to launch the venture. Miller-Jones said: “We can help prospective market entrants with market information, feasibility studies, business planning assistance, help with opening/operating their own outlets, finding/vetting/monitoring franchise or joint venture partners, tapping into investment capital, HK/China/Asia roll-out plans and exit strategies. “We aim to remain a small, niche consultancy offering personalised and flexible services to a select portfolio of proven western brands.”