We have a strong brand and are focused on continuing to deliver the levels of service, taste and experience our loyal customers deserve.
We are working hard to ensure our estate is fit for the current trading environment and we feel confident this newly shaped business will provide strong opportunities for growth and profitability.” The company previously said the remaining sites in the UK would be unaffected and continue to trade normally.
Rapidly expanding Esquires Coffee has secured a site in Putney, south west London, for its new headquarters and 35th site in the UK.
The company has taken over two units at Riverbank House in Putney Bridge Approach that will also house the brand’s test kitchen with plans to install a coffee roaster.
The group’s 19 restaurants collected donations from diners across January.
Bacon (pictured) was the co-founder and chairman of Living Ventures, the restaurant group which established the Gusto brand in 2005 before its sale to Palatine Private Equity in 2014.
We will be working with the minister to ensure information is readily available and communicated to the sector.” The ALMR also responded to government measures to address perceived deficiencies in flexible working practices, saying it had missed an opportunity to overhaul NICs for younger workers that would have benefited workers and businesses looking to invest in staff.
Nicholls added: “Any changes to the rate of National Living Wage or Minimum Wage for flexible workers should come as a result of appropriate consultation and assessment by the Low Pay Commission and should reflect economic circumstances and be affordable for businesses.” Ten-pin bowling company Ten Entertainment Group has acquired two further sites, continuing its acquisition strategy and bringing its estate to 42 sites.
Openings in the pipeline include Bournemouth, Canterbury, Manchester, Tunbridge Wells and Oxford.
The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has backed steps to address illegal use of unpaid interns but is calling on the government to provide additional clarity.
Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has had its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) approved by creditors, which is set to lead to the closure of at least 12 Jamie’s Italian sites.