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FEJ POWER LIST 2018: Business Leaders

FEJ POWER LIST 2018: Business Leaders

The ‘Business Leaders’ category, sponsored by Charvet, pays tribute to the figureheads piloting some of the most prominent brands in the UK foodservice sector. The decisions they make, the investments they sanction and the projects they green-light all start off a chain of events that leads to the way thousands of restaurants — and kitchens —

POWER LIST 2018, BUSINESS LEADERS: Mark Derry, Executive Chairman, Brasserie Bar Co

Mark Derry is a seasoned restaurant industry campaigner who has steered Brasserie Bar Co through solid growth and consolidated its place in the premium end of the casual dining market. With 19 French brasseries and 17 pub brasseries to its name, the business has pulled off the difficult trick of developing two businesses that are

POWER LIST 2018, BUSINESS LEADERS: Richard Morris, Managing Director, Tortilla

Fast-growing Mexican restaurant chain Tortilla has proved it is as adaptable as any by implementing new operational models to reflect the way in which the UK foodservice market is changing. The company has shown a canny ability to innovate its core kitchen and store design to accommodate local trends, as reflected by the launch of

POWER LIST 2018, BUSINESS LEADERS: Tom Crowley, CEO, Boparan Restaurant Group

Former Giraffe Restaurants managing director Tom Crowley stepped into the Boparan Restaurant Group hotseat two years to replace veteran Joe Teixeira and he has steered the company through a new phase of growth. After inheriting seven brands and more than 100 sites, not to mention a solid franchise business, Tom has set to work establishing

POWER LIST 2018, BUSINESS LEADERS: Duncan Garrood, CEO, Bill’s Restaurants

Duncan Garrood has just stepped down from Bill’s Restaurants to embark on a new venture, but he’s had a busy year in the hotseat.  By his own admission, he had to make some tough decisions when he took over the job following the sudden departure of Mark Fox at the start of this year. But

POWER LIST 2018, BUSINESS LEADERS: Simon Emeny Chief Executive, Fuller’s

Simon Emeny said last year that he could not recall a time when the industry faced such an array of additional cost pressures as the burden of rates rises, National Living Wage increases and the Apprenticeship Levy all took hold. Fast forward 12 months and while there is still a notable level of caution being

POWER LIST 2018, BUSINESS LEADERS: Ralph Findlay, CEO, Marston’s

The Marston’s empire continues to gain scale under the guidance of Ralph Findlay, who has turned the company into one of the UK’s most envied pub operators and independent brewers during his 17 years in charge. Now numbering 1,568 pubs nationally, the company expects to open a further 15 pub restaurants and bars, and six

POWER LIST 2018, BUSINESS LEADERS: Jane Holbrook, CEO, Wagamama

Wagamama has so far kept its head while many of those around it in the casual dining market have lost theirs, reporting an 11% rise in sales for the most recent quarter for which results are available. The high street favourite now turns over £300m a year, with both domestic and international expansion very much

POWER LIST 2018, BUSINESS LEADERS: David Page, Chairman, Fulham Shore

David Page is very much British restaurant royalty having enjoyed a glittering 40-year career in the industry that has seen him lead PizzaExpress as it floated on the stock exchange and establish The Clapham House Group. He is now pulling up trees with Fulham Shore, the group that owns the Franco Manca and The Real

POWER LIST 2018, BUSINESS LEADERS: Alasdair Murdoch, CEO, Burger King

Former Gourmet Burger Kitchen chief Alasdair Murdoch is leading a renaissance of Burger King’s UK operation after a Bridgepoint-backed group of industry stalwarts gained the rights to the master franchise last year and acquired one of its largest UK franchisees at the same time. With the fast food chain still showing good profitability and buoyed