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Colder August fails to chill eating and drinking-out growth
12 September, 2014

Britain’s restaurant and managed pub groups recorded another month of steady growth in August, with collective like-for-like sales up 1.3% on the same time last year, latest data from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker shows. Chillier than average weather had an impact, but the sector still delivered a 17th consecutive month of positive growth.

New openings: Le Bistrot Pierre, Porkys, River Cottage, Wagamama, Missoula, Turtle Bay, Loungers, Jamies and more
11 September, 2014

Le Bistrot Pierre opened last Friday (5 September) in Torquay, at the new Abbey Sands seafront development. A host of other brands with opening plans this week include Porkys BBQ, River Cottage Canteen, Wagamama, Missoula, Turtle Bay, Loungers and Jamie’s Trattoria.

Further growth prompts restructure at CGA
11 September, 2014

CGA Strategy, the global on-trade consulting business, has confirmed a corporate reorganisation which sees Jon Collins become Group CEO, based in Chicago, and current COO Phil Tate (pictured) promoted to European CEO, with responsibility for GB and CGA’s developing markets in Western and Eastern Europe.

McHattie moves on from ALMR top job, Nicholls new CEO
11 September, 2014

ALMR chief executive David McHattie is stepping down from the role to return to running his growing pub business. Kate Nicholls (pictured), currently strategic affairs director, has been promoted to CEO of the trade association.

New openings: Sports Bar & Grill, Wahaca, Las Iguanas, Nandos, Alchemist, Bills, Tortilla, Five Guys
4 September, 2014

Sports Bar & Grill has opened its fifth location—a major launch on Rupert Street by Piccadilly Circus. In another busy week of launch plans, there is also opening news from brands including Wahaca, Las Iguanas, Nando’s, Alchemist, Bill’s, Tortilla and Five Guys.

Linking guest and staff feedback a major opportunity for operators
1 September, 2014

Customer and employee engagement are both vital components of strategy for companies in the eating and drinking-out market, but few operators are consciously linking the two together, new research by CGA Peach for customer experience specialists InMoment (formerly Empathica) reveals.
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New openings: Bunnychow, Ed’s Easy Diner, Luminar, Little Gems Country Dining, Restaurant Group, Five Guys, Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), Foundation Inns, Chilango, St Austell Brewery, Fuller, Smith & Turner, Das Kino
28 August, 2014

London’s Soho is poised to get its first “bunny bar” on 29 September – a format that has evolved out of the original Bunnychow truck (pictured) and pop-up at Boxpark, Shoreditch, in east London. Others to announce openings this week include Ed’s Easy Diner, Luminar, Little Gems Dining, Restaurant Group, Five Guys, Mitchells & Butlers, St Austell, Foundation and Chilango and Fuller, Smith & Turner.

Metcalfe and Miers set for CGA Peach 2020
18 November, 2014 • The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London

Itsu and Pret a Manger founder Julian Metcalfe (pictured) and Wahaca creator and TV chef Thomasina Miers are just two of the high profile entrepreneurs signed up to speak at the Peach 2020 Conference at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London, on 18 November

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Cities driving eating and drinking-out growth
28 July, 2014

London is not the only driver of growth in the UK eating and drinking out market. Cities like Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool are also seeing big increases in new restaurant, pub and bar openings, according to research from out-of-home insight specialists CGA Peach.

New openings: Red Lion, Bird and Beast, Marston's, Wetherspoon, Young’s, Ethos, Spiaggia, Eclectic, Alchemist
21 August, 2014

Brunning and Price has added the Red Lion in Longdon Green, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, to its estate – its second opening this year. Others to announce openings this week include Bird and Beast, Marston’s, JD Wetherspoon, Young’s, Ethos and Spiaggia.

Groups see like-for-like sales grow 2.2% in July
14 August, 2014

Britain’s top managed pub and restaurant chains are delivering consistent growth and are at the forefront of the economic recovery, latest data from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker shows. Collective like-for-like sales rose 2.2% in July – the 16th consecutive month of positive growth for the sector.

New openings: Tortilla, Eclectic, John Lewis, Bill’s, San Carlo, Ego, Nando’s, Wahaca
14 August, 2014

Tortilla is putting the foot to the floor with expansion, having opened in the last month in Lakeside and Westfield London shopping centres in Camden. Other brands with openings news this week include Eclectic, John Lewis, Bill’s, San Carlo, Ego, Nando’s, Wahaca, BrewDog and Wetherspoon's.

New openings: Five Guys, Café Rouge, Glendola, Cote, Wildwood, Loungers, Friday’s, Bill’s
7 August, 2014

US burger concept Five Guys has lined up openings at Cambridge Leisure Park and Harlow Water Gardens as it continues its expansion around the UK. Other brands with launch plans to announce this week include Café Rouge, Glendola Leisure, Cote, Wildwood, Loungers, TGI Friday’s, Bill’s, Chatime, Pizza Express and Wetherspoon’s.

New openings: Ed's, CAU, Itsu, Friday's, Ramsden's, Banana Tree, Taco Bell, Bill's, Jamie's
31 July, 2014

Ed’s Easy Diner has launched the first two venues in its new on-the-go brand extension - Ed’s Dinerette. It is among a host of brands with opening plans this week, including CAU, Itsu, TGI Friday’s, Banana Tree, Taco Bell, Bill’s, Jamie’s Italian, Harry Ramsden and Pizza Express.

New openings: Honest Burgers, Las Iguanas, Nando’s, Botanist, Cote, Stable, BrewDog
24 July, 2014

Honest Burgers is now up to seven sites after the launch of its latest restaurant on Tooting High Street. It is one of a stack of brands with openings plans in another bumper week—including Las Iguanas, Nando’s, Botanist, Cote, Stable, BrewDog, White Brasserie and Frankie & Benny’s.

CGA Peach 2020 Conference 2014 - save the date
18 November, 2014 • The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London

CGA Peach's annual 2020 Conference and Hero & Icon Awards will take place at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, on 18 November. It’s the must-attend pan-industry event of the year: an exclusive invitation-only gathering of leaders and influencers - and extra-special this year as it marks the tenth anniversary of the Conference.

New openings: Red’s, Jamie Oliver, Bill’s, CAU, Young's, Wagamama, Greene King, Pizza Express, TRG, Turtle Bay
17 July, 2014

Red’s True Barbecue has officially opened its third restaurant in the Headingley district of Leeds after a £460,000 refit. Other brands with openings in another busy week of action include Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa and Italian concepts, Bill’s, CAU, Young's, Wagamama, Greene King, Pizza Express, TRG’s Chiquito and Coast to Coast and Turtle Bay.

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Street wise
11 September, 2014

Jonathan Downey, founder of Rushmore, has gone from the king of London bars to the champion of its street food scene, and now he wants to take it to the next level. Tom Holman and Peter Martin sat down for a chat. more...

Alcohol intake tumbles again
8 September, 2014

The UK’s consumption of alcohol has fallen by nearly a fifth in the last decade, new stats reveal—more proof that media portrayals of the country’s drinking habits are thoroughly outdated. more...

TGI Friday’s puts its people on the Pulse
10 September, 2014

TGI Friday’s has become one of the biggest brands yet to embrace apps for in-house communication after developing the mobile-based Pulse. It will allow its teams to interact with one another, acting as a social media platform on which staff can post comments, photos and messages of support and best practice. more...

JDW team bonuses top £28m
15 September, 2014

Investment in people, along with surging food sales and a steady flow of openings, has led pub giant JD Wetherspoon to more record sales in its latest full-year results. Last year, £29.2m in bonuses and free shares was paid to employees, 82% to frontline team members working in pubs. more...

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Pub and restaurant groups enjoy March sales surge
16 April, 2014

Britain’s pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6% in March against the same month last year, according to latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker. Total sales, including the impact of new openings, were up 7.1% on this time last year. The results mark 12 consecutive months of positive growth for the sector. more...

Mojo bars to go south
9 September, 2014

Manchester-based music bar concept Mojo is aiming to ride the wave of interest in cocktails with plans to expand to ten locations over the next eight years—including its first in London.
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15th European Foodservice Summit, Zurich
23 & 24 September 2014

Randy Garutti, ceo of Shake Shack, the international gourmet burger brand, will be one of the headline speakers at this year's European Foodservice Summit in Zurich on September 23 & 24. The summit is one of the world’s top gatherings for the away-from-home market - attended by sector leaders from around the planet, including the UK. more...

Growing pains and partnerships
11 September, 2014

Let’s park all those doom and gloom stories about pub closures for a just second. The truth is that the broader eating and drinking out market is in growth. It may be more steady than spectacular, but on the up it definitely is. more...

The 10 commitments of focus
20 February, 2013

Life is short, so concentrate on making a difference: that's a good philosophy to live by, says Jim Sullivan, and it works just as well for your business as it does in the wider world more...

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Coffer Corporate Leisure is the only dedicated mergers and acquisitions advisor to the leisure industry. Built on more than 30 years experience in the sector, we understand our clients’ businesses and help them recognise ways to crystallise value.
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CGA Peach BrandTrack top 40: customer satisfaction winners
16, June, 2014

Loch Fyne is the brand delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction in eating out—with Crown Carvery best for value and Jamie’s Italian for service. Those are among the findings from exclusive new rankings drawn from CGA Peach’s BrandTrack survey of consumer opinion.
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