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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11:  A Deliveroo rider cycles through central London on July 11, 2017 in London, England. A recent government review looking at the 'Gig Economy', the 'Taylor Review' has suggested that all work in U.K. should be fair. Deliveroo's co-founder and CEO, Will Shu has said that his company will pay additional benefits to its 15,000 UK riders if the laws change.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Deliveroo smashes all records before it to claim top tech title

Deliveroo smashes all records before it to claim top tech title

Deliveroo has topped an annual ranking of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies. The food delivery specialist heads Deloitte’s 2017 ‘UK Technology Fast 50 winners’ list with a four-year revenue growth of 107,117%, a new record for a company appearing in the chart. In comparison, the average four-year growth rate recorded for the Deloitte UK

Des élèves choisissent leurs plats pour déjeuner à la cantine du collège de la Chataigneraie, le 20 Juin 2011 à Autun. Ce collège expérimente un nouveau rythme scolaire où des classes "pilotes" suivent des cours classiques le matin et participent à des activités sportives et culturelles l'après midi.  AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

UK contract catering market contains 66 ‘high-class’ acquisition targets, study reveals

A study of over 600 contract caterers has identified a group of 66 firms that present the most appealing acquisition prospects for those looking to expand in the sector. Plimsoll’s latest report into the largest 620 contract catering companies operating in the UK identified a total of 66 “high-class” acquisition targets which would enable prospective

Burger King restaurant

Master franchise for Burger King UK falls into private equity hands

Private equity group Bridgepoint has struck a deal to take control of the Burger King brand in the UK in a bid to inject the brand with a new lease of life. The firm, which also owns international coffee chain Pret a Manger in the UK, confirmed it has reached an agreement with Burger King Europe GmbH to

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Sainsbury’s trials takeaway pizza service in British supermarket ‘first’

Sainsbury’s is trialling a hot pizza pre-ordering service in three of its stores in what it claims is a ‘first’ for British supermarkets. During the trial, customers will be able to order a personalised takeaway pizza by telephone and pick it up in-store just 30 minutes later. Customers can order a 10- or 14-inch pizza

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British foodservice industry to grow by 83 million visits in 2018

The British foodservice industry should grow by an additional 83 million visits in 2018 (up +0.7% on 2017), despite stagnant wage growth and high inflation.   New forecasts, released yesterday by the NPD Group, also suggest that in 2019 visits in the eat-out or out-of-home (OOH) market could grow by a further 93 million (up

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 13:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs onto the field to warm up before their game against the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium on November 13, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Sodexo splashes big with £500m takeover of rival caterer

Sodexo has shaken up the contract catering market by splashing out $675m (£513m) to acquire sports and leisure catering specialist Centerplate from private equity firm Olympus Partners. The acquisition doubles the size of Sodexo’s sports catering business in one move. Centerplate is the fourth largest operator by revenues in the US sports and leisure market,

Mark Teed, food strategy & implementation manager

Star Pubs hires former Greene King food man to shape the kitchens behind its 1,000-strong estate

Star Pubs & Bars’ drive to provide licensees with the right kitchen equipment and support will now be led by a new face with extensive experience of the pub sector, it has emerged.  Pub sector expert Mark Teed has joined the 1,000-strong group as its new food strategy and implementation manager, which will involve leading

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Operators face new margin crisis from imminent changes to energy tariffs

Operators have been warned that imminent energy price rises driven by changes in UK regulations is set to slash margins by as much as 0.5%. Foodservice outlets are already under pressure from rates increases and higher operating costs, but the financial challenges could toughen further due to new environmental taxes and changes to the charging

LONDON - FEBRUARY 24:  Police officers stand guard outside of an entrance to Britain's Houses of Parliament with large concrete blocks providing extra protection in the foreground on February 24, 2005 in London, England. The Prevention of Terrorism Bill will be further scrutinized by the Commons on Monday before passing to the Lords. Prime Minister Tony Blair has defended his controversial anti-terror proposals which include detaining suspects under house arrest without trial. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Kitchen cleaner wins pay-out after slipping on liquid oozing from problematic ovens

Commercial ovens that were leaking “brown fatty liquid” for the best part of five years have been blamed for a slip incident that saw a House of Commons cleaner awarded thousands of pounds in compensation this week.    Central London County Court heard that Kiplin Gayle injured his back and elbow when he slipped on