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Large pub groups focus on ‘efficient-to-operate’ units to offset operational pressures

Large pub groups focus on ‘efficient-to-operate’ units to offset operational pressures

The operational pressures now heaped on large pub groups is prompting many to focus on “purpose-built” sites that they can control more closely when seeking expansion.   That’s according to property specialist Christie & Co, which has released its latest assessment of the pub market following a busy first six to seven months. Paul Chaplin,

Cost, convenience and choice play pivotal role in attracting Brits to dine

Value for money, convenience and healthy choices have become crucial for attracting British customers, says new research from one of the UK’s largest food wholesalers, Bidfood. Bidfood’s consumer views study has unveiled that Brits are eating out less frequently than last year, with 45% actively reducing their leisure spending. According to the report, a range

Takeaways coin in more than restaurant groups for the first time after dramatic profits swing

The top 100 takeaway businesses in the UK are now more profitable than their counterparts in the traditional restaurant sector, it has been claimed.  Analysis from finance specialist Funding Options shows that profits at the UK’s top takeaway businesses increased 13% from £160m to £180m last year. That contrasted sharply with the top 100 UK

Restaurant groups ‘suffer in the heat’ as June brings 2% decline in trading

Britain’s pubs enjoyed a mini sales boom in June thanks to the hot weather and the start of the World Cup, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker confirm. But while the country’s managed pub and bar groups saw collective like-for-like sales rise 2.8% against last June, restaurant groups were suffering in the heat

INSIGHT: 5 headline trends shaping pub, bar and restaurant supply in the UK market

The number of restaurants in Britain fell by 0.4% in the year to March, according to the latest Market Growth Monitor from CGA and Alix Partners. This decline comes amid fears among many operators of oversupply of sites in the market and is a sign of the challenges that are currently faced by casual dining operators,

Brexit “more of an excuse than a reason” for restaurant chain struggles

Brexit is not the primary cause of restaurant chain struggles in 2018 despite it routinely being offered up as an excuse by businesses, a survey has concluded.   Digital ordering technology provider Preoday polled nearly 700 individuals and found that 69% of professionals working for pubs, bars and restaurants said Brexit was “more of an