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    Weekend press round-up, 12-13 October


    Weekend press round-up, 12-13 October Sector growth Restaurant, café and bar groups among top mid-market private firms Pret A Manger, Nando’s Caffe Nero and Novus Leisure have been listed among the top 250 mid-market private companies in an index published in the Sunday Times. They are included in the ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 5-6 October


    Company results and news Gondola places large order for PizzaExpress in China The company that owns PizzaExpress is in talks with potential partners in Beijing as it seeks to step up the pace of its international expansion. Gondola Group, which is controlled by Cinven, the private equity firm, has ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 21-22 September


    Restaurants Itsu plans expansion and possible stake sale The founder of itsu has drawn up ambitious plans to expand the Asia-inspired healthy food chain outside London and could sell a minority stake in the business to fund its growth. Julian Metcalfe, who founded Pret A Manger as well as itsu, ...

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    Cote takes Odin’s


    Cote, the Richard Caring-backed chain, which is currently involved in a sales process, has secured Odin’s, the former Langan’s Restaurant site in London’s Marylebone

  • Weekend Press

    Weekend press round-up, 31 August-1 September


    Restaurants Cote tempts new suitor Richard Caring is edging closer to a deal to sell his Cote brasserie chain for about £100m. CBPE, the private equity firm that was once part of Close Brothers investment bank, is in talks to buy the 45-strong chain. It has leapfrogged Bridgepoint, a rival ...

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    Bank Holiday weekend press round-up, 24-26 August


    Restaurants Food police lose fight to outlaw rare beefburgers Beefburgers cooked rare can remain on restaurant menus after a judge rejected claims by food watchdogs that they are a health risk. A wine bar and restaurant chain had been told to stop serving the burgers unless they took certain safety ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 17-18 August


    Pubs Irish Nationwide took €130m hit on loan deal with UK pubs chain Irish Natiowide Building Society (INBS) took a gigantic hit of €130m on a single client by agreeing to a bizarre loan restructuring for one of its biggest clients in the summer of 2007 as the society ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 10-11 August


    Weekend Press 10-11 August Companies and markets The sun shines on pubs and Spirit rises The belated arrival of summer has offered some salvation to Britain’s beleaguered brewing and pub industry. The shares have now thrown off the shackles and, along with the rest of the stock ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 27-28 July


    Weekend press round-up, 27-28 July Pubs and bars M B has found its balance again It is now almost two years since billionaire Joe Lewis moored his mega-yacht by Tower Bridge and declared he’d like to swallow pub company Mitchells Butlers in its entirety. Lewis owned 25%, so ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 20-21 July


    Companies and markets Make mine a Marston’s This week four of the nation’s biggest pub owners will reveal their financial results, writes Danny Fortson in his Inside the City column. They include Mitchells Butlers, the company behind the All Bar One chain, and JD Wetherspoon. In ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 13-14 July


    Restaurants Where does all the cash come from? “It’s been horrendous, but we’re a different company now,” says Stuart Gillies, who runs Ramsay’s restaurant firm. He does the numbers, while Ramsay does the nosh. “Everything we do is new.” They are moving home. “This office costs £500,000 ...

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    Weekend press roundup, 6-7 July


    Restaurants Gregg Wallace thinks he has the recipe for success Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace has put new funds into his South-West London restaurant, Wallace Co, in order to boost its performance. The investment is part of an improvement plan put in place by Wallace, who earlier this year ...

  • Weekend Press

    Weekend press round-up, 29-30 June


    Restaurants Burger battle heats up as Five Guys and Shake Shack arrive in UK A tweeted picture of George Osborne tucking into a takeaway from the upmarket chain Byron late at night while completing details of the spending review may have prompted ridicule this week, but the chancellor ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 22-23 June


    Food-on-the-go Pret A Manger seeks £375m debt refinancing Pret A Manger is seeking to raise a new £375m loan to refinance existing debt and pay a dividend to private equity owner Bridgepoint. The London-based firm has mandated HSBC, Rabobank, ING Bank, RBS, Bank of Ireland, BNP Paribas and ...

  • Weekend Press

    Weekend press round-up 15-16 June


    Financial results and company news Drinks wizard Walsh to chair caterer Compass Paul Walsh, the mastermind behind the success of Diageo, the drinks giant, is to become chairman of Compass as the extraordinary reshuffle of the FTSE 100’s leadership gathers pace. Walsh, 58, has been lined up ...

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    Weekend press roundup, 8-9 June


    Roadside services Betting tycoon takes punt on giving lorry drivers a break from open road The man who built Betfred from a single bookies in Salford to a nationwide chain is taking a gamble on motorway services and plans to open truck stops nationwide over the next five years. Only ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 1-2 June


    Weekend Press 1-2 June Financial results and company news Pub reform newswill cut tax revenues Pub companies will convert to tax-efficient trusts if Government reforms go ahead, in a move that will deprive the Treasury of tens of millions of pounds in revenue. Enterprise Inns, Britain’s biggest pub company, ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 25-27 May


    Please see below our roundup of this weekend’s newspapers: Pubs Britain’s pubs face lost decade The pub industry faces a lost decade with sales unlikely to hit 2007 levels for at least another five years despite the government’s efforts to reduce the cost of beer in the ...