All MCA Insight articles in September 2019

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  • Sajid Javid

    Upping the NLW threatens “double whammy” for the industry


    Sayid Javid has announced plans to raise the National Living Wage from its current rate of £8.21 to £10.50 inside five years. Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference, the chancellor also revealed plans to lower the age threshold in order for employees to qualify for the NLW from 25 to 21, saying the move would “help the next generation of go-getters to get ahead”. But UKHospitality CEO Kate Nicholls said the announcement ”threatens a double whammy

  • Deliveroo

    Delivery versus in-house: What’s the difference in price?


    I had a Deliveroo from Pho the other day. As nice as the Vietnamese curry always is, I was charged £11.25 for a dish that costs £10.50 in their Guildford restaurant. This started a small chain reaction of looking at other Pho price differentials, and then a few other restaurant chains. At Pho, the use of higher prices on Deliveroo was pretty much universal. Starter prices were typically 20p-30p dearer on dishes that mainly range between £4.95-£6.95, equating to a 4-6% premium on delivery.

  • Richard Caring

    Caring appoints Robinson CFO as Lawrence departs


    Richard Caring has appointed Chris Robinson, formerly of Berry Bros. & Rudd wine merchants and Tesco, as chief financial officer across his main restaurant businesses, MCA can reveal.

  • Creams

    Creams appoints new execs in readiness for growth


    Dessert café Creams has made several new appointments to its executive leadership team as it readies itself for the next stage of growth.

  • Jamie's Italian interior

    Jamie’s profits plunge following restaurant collapse


    Jamie Oliver has revealed the scale of the impact the collapse of his restaurant group had on his overall business interests. Pre-tax profits at his businesses, made up of Jamie Oliver Holdings, Jamie Oliver Licensing and Jamie’s Italian International, almost halved by 46%, from £14.4m to £7.8m. The business said its profits were “impacted by exceptional costs of £9.9m in the year related to the restaurant group.”

  • Emma McClarkin BBPA

    BBPA appoints new chief executive


    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has appointed Emma McClarkin as its new chief executive, replacing Brigid Simmonds who steps down on 11 October.

  • Chapel Down vineyard

    Chapel Down loses £1.7m amid investment drive


    Chapel Down Group has reported year on year combined sales up 21% to £6.744m, for the six months to 30 June.

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    Spragg: ‘If you get your proposition right, you are going to win’


    Despite the struggling seen in the casual dining sector, “if you get your proposition right, you are going to win”, believes James Spragg, chief executive, Casual Dining Group.

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    Brits spend £70 average on a night out


    Consumers are spending an average of £70.69 on a night out – including drinks at home, transport and food and drinks out, the latest Deltic Night Index reveals

  • C2W Q3
    MCA Concepts to Watch

    Concepts to Watch Q3 2019


    Quarterly updates on the new concepts, brand developments and ideas that you need to be aware of, and which MCA’s analysts think are most relevant.

  • Justin Phillimore CEO Charles Wells

    Phillimore to step down from Wells & Co


    Wells & Co has announced CEO Justin Phillimore is stepping down at the end of the year after 13 years with the business.

  • Mr Ji, Old Compton Street

    Mr Ji confirms Soho launch


    Taiwanese fried chicken vendor, Mr Ji, is set to launch its UK debut site in Soho this November, at 72 Old Compton Street.

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    Elysium looks to expand Pavilion concept with two sites in pipeline


    Elysium Group has acquired two further sites for the expansion of its pan-Pacific concept Pavilion Lounge & Restaurant.

  • TiPJAR

    TiPJAR begins rollout with Honest


    TiPJAR, the tip solutions platform from BrewDog retail director James Brown and Rosa’s Thai co-founder Alex Moore, has begun rolling out to restaurants, beginning with Honest Burgers.

  • Aside

    Former Aside unit taken for veg bistro Naïfs


    The former Aside unit in Peckham has been taken for a new vegan/vegetarian bistro concept Naïfs

  • Vegano & Truffled Funghi Pizza

    Gusto launches virtual pizza brand


    Gusto Italian has launched a virtual pizza delivery brand called Pizza Repubblica from its Leeds restaurant on Greek Street.


    Brewhouse & Kitchen: ‘Pubs are starting to think more like restaurants’


    Brewhouse & Kitchen’s head of food and innovation, Tommy Knight, reveals to Food Spark’s Sarah Sharples some of the dishes coming to the new menu in October, how he is using spent grains to make nachos and the possibility of a beer doughnut ice cream sandwich.

  • Greg&Tom-Polo

    Slim Chickens: ‘We now want to do a whole lot more’


    The UK is not short of US-imported fast casual restaurant concepts – Five Guys, Wahlburgers, Shake Shack and Wingstop to name just a few contemporary examples.

  • Baton Berisha (1)

    The Ivy Collection gears up for record five new openings in November


    The Ivy Collection managing director Baton Berisha has told MCA how the company is gearing up for a record month with five new openings in November.

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    Jens Hofma on rollouts, financials and innovation


    Pizza Hut Restaurants was subject to a management buy-out last year, led by CEO Jens Hofma. Speaking at MCA’s Restaurant Conference, he discusses the problems with fast rollouts, how it is possible to over-innovate, and why the customer is not always right.