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POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Keith Bird, Chief Operating Officer, Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK)

POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Keith Bird, Chief Operating Officer, Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK)

As an operations executive, you want to be working for a brand that is constantly looking to expand and evolve itself, and that’s certainly the case for Keith Bird. It’s been a momentous year for Gourmet Burger Kitchen as it has pushed on with site growth to edge past the 70-store mark and taken back

POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Andrew Guy, Chief Executive Officer, Ed’s Easy Diner

Social media has become a major battleground for contemporary burger chains as they have quickly come to realise that the way to a customer’s heart is through their mobile phone. Just ask Ed’s Easy Diner, which is surfing the crest of the digital wave after revealing that more than 100,000 people have now downloaded its

POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Chaker Hanna, Chief Executive Officer, Comptoir Libanais

Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean restaurant chain Comptoir Libanais is aiming to open 50 restaurants over the next five years after strong interest from institutions saw it raise £16m in a recent IPO. Under the stewardship of Chaker Hanna, the chain continues to see its stock rise and he is confident that the LSE filing heralds

POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Karen Forrester, Chief Executive, TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays celebrates 30 years in the UK market this year and business is as buoyant as it has ever been. The opening of the first ever branch on Birmingham’s Hagley Road in 1986 seems a lifetime ago now — especially since no fewer than 75 restaurants have followed. The firm makes no secret of

POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Robert Beacham, Co-owner, Le Bistrot Pierre

When Le Bistrot Pierre arranged a multimillion pound development capital financing deal three years ago to help it double the number of outlets by 2017, it sent out a clear message to the market that it was planning to expand more aggressively than at any point in its 22-year history. With that project three-quarters of

POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Tracey Matthews, Chief Operating Officer, Gaucho Group

A boardroom reshuffle at casual dining specialist Gaucho Group has deservedly led to Tracey Matthews taking on new responsibilities at the company following her success as managing director of the Gaucho brand. In her new post, she has an expanded role that also encompasses sister business CAU and will work closely with the senior management

POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Nabil Mankarious, Managing Director, Franco Manca

The pizza market is inhabited by some established names but Franco Manca’s small footprint kitchens and shrewd business model have allowed it to go toe-to-toe with the biggest brands and emerge victorious. Nabil Mankarious, managing director of the sourdough pizza specialist’s parent Fulham Shore, which also owns The Real Greek, is a veteran of the

POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Alex Scrimgeour, Chief Executive Officer, Côte

Restaurant group Côte is embarking on a fresh wave of store expansion following its sale to new private equity investors last year, with some reports claiming the chain changed hands for as much as £250m. Either way, former owner CBPE Capital was delighted to realise a 2.9 x return on its original investment, while new

POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Mark Selby, Co-founder, Wahaca

Wahaca is the first restaurant chain in the UK to be certified as a CarbonNeutral company and ever since opening its first site in Covent Garden in 2007 it has challenged itself to ensure that each of its 23 branches has the lowest environmental impact possible. That has meant developing some of the greenest kitchens