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Insights: The new big night out

Published:  12 April, 2024

New research has laid bare the state of night-time on-trade businesses operating post-pandemic. James Bayley looks at the new trends shaping the sector.


Night-time industry evolves amid swathe of club closures

Published:  19 March, 2024

Few industries have suffered more than night-time hospitality during and since the pandemic. Last month, Rekom UK, which owns the Pryzm and Atik nightclub brands shut down 17 of its venues. 


Pub closures highest for a decade in 2023

Published:  18 March, 2024

According to accountancy firm Price Bailey, pub closures reached a decade high in 2023.


Insights: The trade’s post-Covid recovery

Published:  13 March, 2024

Following the release of Liberty Wines’ premium on-trade report, James Bayley assesses the state of the trade in the period following the lockdowns.


Liberty Report: premium on-trade wine sales still below pre-Covid levels

Published:  23 February, 2024

Wholesaler and importer Liberty Wines has released its premium on-trade report covering the two years following the final Covid-19 lockdown in spring 2021.


Deliveries worth 15p per pound of restaurant spend

Published:  22 November, 2023

Delivery and takeaway sales at Britain’s leading managed restaurant groups rose 5% year-on-year in October 2023, according to CGA by NIQ’s Hospitality at Home Tracker.


Majestic announces over 50s recruitment drive

Published:  10 November, 2023

Majestic has launched a new partnership with Rest Less, an online community of over 50s, as part of a drive to attract a greater number of older colleagues into the business.


UK chains enjoy profit increase

Published:  07 August, 2023

According to research from UHY Hacker Young, the UK’s Top 100 restaurant groups have recorded a twelvefold increase in their profits in the last six months, rising from £19.9m in September 2022 to £241.8m in March 2023.


Flaming June offers some respite for hospitality

Published:  26 July, 2023

A scorching June helped Britain's managed restaurant, pub and bar groups achieve a ninth successive month of year-on-year sales growth, according to the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker.


Hospitality operators report 5.6% sales growth in May

Published:  21 June, 2023

Britain’s leading managed restaurant, pub and bar groups achieved an eighth consecutive month of year-on-year sales growth in May 2023, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker shows.


Sparkling wine resilient as global market faces overall decline

Published:  07 June, 2023

OIV director general Pau Roca Blasco has presented an overview of the global wine market in 2022, delivered at the 44th World Congress of Vine and Wine taking place in Cadiz this week.


Footfall rises in Scottish on-trade whilst the North of England struggles finds CGA report

Published:  05 May, 2023

Pubs, restaurants and bars in Britain’s biggest cities achieved solid year-on-year growth in the first quarter of 2023, according to the new ‘Top Cities’ report from CGA.


UKHospitality calls for temporary licensing relaxations to be made permanent

Published:  02 May, 2023

Following a public consultation, UKHospitality has called on the government to make the temporary licensing relaxations permanent. 


CGA reveals opportunity for drinks in delivery & takeaway sales

Published:  28 October, 2022

As British consumers maintain some of the delivery and takeaway habits they picked up during Covid-19 lockdowns, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ Hospitality at Home Tracker highlights a growing trend – with drinks’ share of these sales increasing by 15% versus the start of 2022.


London seated diner numbers fall short of pre-pandemic levels

Published:  05 October, 2022

According to data from OpenTable, the global restaurant booking system, dining numbers in London are falling short of pre-pandemic levels.


Record 64% of the UK’s top 100 restaurant companies are now making a loss

Published:  08 August, 2022

The national accountancy group, UHY Hacker Young, has revealed that a record 64% of the UK’s top 100 restaurant companies are now making a loss.


Virgin Wines announces year-end trading update

Published:  29 July, 2022

Online wine retailer Virgin Wines has maintained much of its lockdown growth thanks to a loyal customer base and subscription model.


Portman Group pushes back against claims made in alcohol hospital admissions report

Published:  26 July, 2022

Two new studies from the University of Sheffield and the Institute of Alcohol Studies/HealthLumen have revealed the impact of pandemic-related changes in alcohol consumption on health outcomes.


Jubilee helps on-trade achieve 5% sales growth

Published:  20 July, 2022

June’s like-for-like sales at Britain’s top managed restaurant, pub and bar groups were 5% ahead of the pre-Covid-19 levels of June 2019, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker reveals. 


Hospitality sector recovery stymied by labour shortages, rising costs, and a drop in consumer confidence

Published:  13 July, 2022

A new report, Future Shock – Leaving Covid Behind, shows sales are back to pre-pandemic levels, but 15% of roles remain vacant, costs are spiralling, and the cost of living challenges is impacting consumer spending.