Propel Morning Briefing

Restaurants shunning bricks-and-mortar sites in favour of delivery-only kitchens

Up and coming restaurant brands are shunning the conventional and costly growth strategy of multiple bricks-and-mortar sites in favour of delivery-only kitchens and pop-up stands. The move is aimed at harnessing the rapidly growing trend of food on the go and delivery meals and could signal the burgeoning of what is being dubbed the “restaurantless […]

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Three new coffee shops opening every day in UK, sector up 12% to £8.9bn – new report

An average 3.4 new coffee shops are opening daily across the UK, with the sector pouring £8.9bn into the UK economy, an increase of 12% since 2016, according to new research commissioned by UK Coffee Week. The UK Coffee Report estimated there are 22,845 coffee shops in the UK, employing 150,000 baristas – a 5% […]

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Energy efficiency provides better returns than new openings, new report reveals

Energy efficiency provides better returns than new openings, according to a new report. The 2017 hospitality sector energy benchmark, comprising 32 of the leading pub and restaurant operators and now in its sixth year, showed that well-planned energy reduction programmes are a quicker way to increase profitability, averaging three years, than new openings, which can […]

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ALMR hires Fleet Street Communications to enhance communications strategy

Fleet Street Communications (FSC) has been appointed by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) to enhance and fortify its communications strategy. In addition to representing more than 23,000 venues in the UK and 650,000 employees, the ALMR also has more than 200 associate supplier member companies. FSC will support the ALMR in delivering a […]

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London night tsar Amy Lamé to address ALMR 25th anniversary conference

London night tsar Amy Lamé will be among the speakers at this year’s Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) Spring Conference, which marks the 25th anniversary of the trade body. The conference, which takes place on Thursday, 4 May at the Mermaid Theatre in London, will also provide industry leaders with insight into the latest […]

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Rise in number of US restaurant companies committing to more responsible antibiotic use

Seven out of the ten large restaurant companies in the US targeted by campaigners to end the routine overuse of medically important antibiotics have now committed to more responsible use in poultry, according to a new report. The restaurant sector and antibiotic risk report profiles how companies such as McDonald’s and Yum! Brands are responding […]

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Finance and Investment Conference open for bookings

The Propel Finance and Investment Conference is now open for bookings. Speakers will include Stephen Owens, director and head of corporate licensed valuation services at Christie & Co, who will provide an overview of the pub, restaurant, foodservice and hotel sector mergers and acquisitions landscape, current valuations in the market and the do’s and don’ts […]

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Advanced Social Media Masterclass open for bookings

The Propel Advanced Social Media Masterclass is now open for bookings. The event is in association with Digital Blonde founder Karen Fewell and, among many topics, she will reveal what “family friendly” looks like in the digital era by drawing on recent research to show what families really want and how to make the most […]

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Fourpure named SIBA brewery of the year:

London-based Fourpure has been named UK brewery of the year 2017 by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) in its annual business awards. The awards took place at SIBA’s BeerX event in Sheffield, with Fourpure also winning the business innovation category for its sensory training scheme. SIBA managing director Mike Benner said: “In a year […]

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