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New openings round-up
29 January, 2015

Coal Bar & Grill opens its latest new restaurant at Swindon’s Regent Circus development tomorrow (30 January). Other operators with opening plans this week include Living Ventures, Camino, Hickory’s, New Moon Co, Haché, Five Guys, Franco Manca, Coast to Coast and Burger & Lobster..

M&B cheered by strong Christmas business
29 January, 2015

Mitchells & Butlers, Britain's biggest restaurant and pub group, has reported a strong festive period trading, with like-for-like sales growth of 4.8% in the two weeks of Christmas and New Year. On Christmas Day, itself, saw like-for-like sales up 7.1% and more than 200,000 meals sold.

Jim Sullivan's Leadership Masterclass 2015 - book places now
11 May, The Congress Centre, London WC1

Top leadership guru Jim Sullivan is back in London on 11 May for his annual UK Leadership Masterclass - bringing with him his unique, straight-talking approach to results-driven leadership. The CGA Peach organised event will take place at The Congress Centre, London WC1. Book your places now.

New openings round-up
22 January, 2015

Five Guys will hit the landmark of 20 sites in the UK with an opening at Fort Kinnaird in Edinburgh in the next few weeks. In another bumper week of new openings news, there are plans from Hawksmoor, Busaba Eathai, Loungers, Wagamama, CAU, Draft House, Soho Coffee Co and more.

M&B and Pret marketing bosses lined up for conference
CGA Peach Consumer Insight & Marketing Conference, 18 March 2015, Tate Modern, London

Marketing directors from two of the country’s biggest operators, Catriona Kempston of Mitchells & Butlers and Mark Palmer of Pret a Manger, will be joining the speakers panel at this year’s CGA Peach Consumer Insight & Marketing Conference at the Tate Modern in London on 18 March.

New openings: Drake & Morgan, Jamie’s Italian, Turtle Bay, Solita, ETM, SSP, Rhubarb, Wildwood.
15 January, 2015

Danish-owned Japanese concept Sticks n Sushi is to open a third London restaurant in Greenwich—and has announced a fourth for the Crossrail development at Canary Wharf. Other brands with opening news this week include Drake & Morgan, Jamie’s Italian, Turtle Bay, Solita, ETM, SSP and Wildwood.

CGA Peach's 2015 events programme confirmed

CGA Peach has announced the initial dates for its 2015 programme of market-leading network events - including the return of US guru Jim Sullivan to London in May and confirmation of its flagship CGA Peach 2020 conference and awards dinner in November.

Christmas and New Year trading up 2.8% on 2013
15 January, 2015

Pub and restaurant groups had a Christmas season to celebrate with collective like-for-like sales up 2.8% on last year. Figures from Coffer Peach Business Tracker also show that London had more to cheer than the rest of the nation with like-for-likes up 4.4%%, compared to 2.3% for outside the M25, over the six weeks, including New Year, to January 3.

New openings round-up
8 January, 2015

MeatLiquor, Bone Daddies, Kerbisher & Malt, Vapiano and Red’s are among the emerging brands with launch plans this week—and there is more opening news from established names including Lounger’s, Carluccio’s, Jimmy’s and The Restaurant Group.

Ian Neill: the California Years
Casual Dining Legends Interview, 26 February 2015, Business Design Centre

Industry icon Ian Neill will take to the stage at next month’s Casual Dining Show to talk about how his early years’ experiences living in California helped shape and influence both his attitudes to eating out and his role in the growth of some of today’s biggest and best UK brands. He will be in conversation with CGA Peach's Peter Martin.

Gin a tonic for 2015
6 January, 2015

Premium gins will be among the drinks to watch in 2015, according to evidence from CGA Strategy featured in an interesting report from the BBC.

Work for CGA Peach
5 January, 2015

CGA Peach, the innovative business intelligence and networking business, is growing - and hiring new people to help expand our research, analysis and insight capabilities in the UK eating and drinking-out market.

Loyalty: it's a question of choice
22 December, 2014

Brand loyalty is going to be hard fought for in the eating and drinking out market as competition grows and customer repertoires expand. But restaurant and pub operators may also be faced with a choice between those that claim to be loyal and those that actually repeatedly use them – as they are not necessarily the same people, CGA Peach research shows.

New openings round-up
17 December, 2014

Wagamama is to open at Gatwick airport next summer. Other brands with opening plans this week include Leon, Cote, Paul, Prezzo, Brunning & Price, Handmade Burger Co, Wetherspoon, Loungers and Nando’s.

New Peach Report magazine OUT NOW

The new issue of Peach Report magazine features full coverage of the Peach2020 conference and all the winners at this year's Hero & Icon awards. Plus a profile on Leon and a special focus on loyalty. If you are not already, become a subscriber today.
Hero & Icon Awards 2014

Peach 2020 music quiz winners
12 December, 2014

A challenge was thrown down to the audience at this year’s Peach Hero & Icon Awards to name all the music intros for each of our award winners. We had three winners: Marcel Khan of Five Guys, Kate Nicholls of the ALMR and Mark McCulloch of We are Spectacular!.

New openings round-up
11 December, 2014

The Tasty group’s Wildwood brand has taken a unit near the Derry’s Cross shopping centre in Plymouth. Other brands in another busy week of openings news include Loungers, Mitchells & Butlers, TGI Friday’s, Pizza Express, Marston’s, Bill’s, Shake Shack and ASK Italian.

Premier Inn and Costa drive Whitbread growth
11 December, 2015

Whitbread reported like-for-like sales grew 6.0% in the 13 weeks to 27 November, driven mainly by Premier Inn with a 8.5% LFL uplift. Costa was up 5.2% and Restaurants ahead 1.6%. The group also announced that Patrick Dempsey, md of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants, will step down in February to be succeeded by Paul Flaum, currently head of Whitbread Restaurants.

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The pride of Leon
5 January, 2015

Leon was the pioneer of healthy fast food when it launched, but a decade on it has plenty of company. As co-founder John Vincent tells Tom Holman and Peter Martin, it plans to stay front of mind and market more...

New openings round-up
29 September, 2015

Coal Bar & Grill opens its latest new restaurant at Swindon’s Regent Circus development tomorrow (30 January). Other operators with opening plans this week include Living Ventures, Camino, Hickory’s, New Moon Co, Haché, Five Guys, Franco Manca and Coast to Coast. more...

Discretionary spending on the rise
28 January, 2015

UK consumers’ discretionary spending is higher than it has been for three years, new figures suggest—giving confidence that after a sluggish January this could be a good year for the eating and drinking out sectors. more...

Easterbrook to be McDonald's first non-US chief executive
29 January, 2015

McDonald’s has named UK-born Steve Easterbrook as its new chief executive and president after Don Thompson stepped down amid falling global sales. The former boss of McDonald's UK, Pizza Express and Wagamama takes over on 1 March. more...

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Pub and restaurant groups see November like-for-likes grow 3.4%
11 December, 2015

Pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 3.4% in November, against the same month last year. Latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker also showed that London remains more buoyant than the rest of the country with like-for-like sales up 6.1%, compared to 2.4% outside the M25. more...

Nando’s to open 30 a year
21 January, 2015

Nando’s wants to add around 30 new restaurants a year in the UK, according to an interesting interview with co-founder Robert Brozin and global chief executive Andrew Lynch in the Financial Times. more...

Northern Restaurant & Bar Show readies for March
21 January, 2015

Registration is now open for the Northern Restaurant & Bar show at Manchester Central on 17 and 18 March. The show will bring together operators and suppliers from across the north of England.

Confidence rewarded - well just about
16 December, 2015

This year started on a wave of optimism among operators. Our annual Business Leaders Survey showed 90% of senior executives optimistic about the prospects for their own businesses in the coming 12 months – and 80% similarly upbeat about the market as a whole. Looking back now, the big question is whether that self-belief was justified, asks Peter Martin. 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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More than a casual relationship?
13 January, 2015

Everyone wants loyal customers and lots of them. But who are they, what do they look like? And how do you measure their commitment—and their numbers? David Martin looks at the latest BrandTrack analysis to try to pin down some answers, but finds a lack of affinity may be a bigger issue