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Business Profile

Business Profile

Some of the UK’s most accomplished multi-site operators reveal the secrets behind the creation and success of their business.

Business Profile: Camino

07-Mar-2016 - Former commodities trader Richard Bigg swapped platinum and cooper for jamon Iberico and palo cortado to create Camino, a fun-loving Spanish group that blurs the lines between restaurant and bar....

Business Profile: The Breakfast Club

09-Feb-2016 - All-day café chain The Breakfast Club might have an obsession with the ’80s but it’s very much a restaurant brand of the moment

Business Profile: Rossopomodoro

11-Jan-2016 - After an underwhelming start in the UK, in the hands of Handley Amos, Neapolitan pizza chain Rossopomodoro has begun to expand steadily thanks to a menu overhaul and a forward-thinking link-up with John Lewis....

Business Profile: Jamie's Italian

07-Dec-2015 - Jamie’s Italian outpaced the branded competition during the downturn. But can one of Britain’s most successful casual dining brands maintain pole position at home as it continues to build its presence overseas?...

Business Profile: Byron

10-Nov-2015 - Two years on from its change in ownership and with a ‘full deck’ of 52 sites, Byron is pushing on to the next stage of growth under its founder Tom Byng....

Business Profile: Red's True Barbecue

06-Oct-2015 - With their hot sauces in retail, a cookbook under their belts and a sixth site about to launch, Red’s True Barbecue’s James Douglas and Scott Munro are fired up for further growth....

Business Profile: Bone Daddies

08-Sep-2015 - With a third Bone Daddies imminent and his Flesh & Buns and Shackfuyu concepts flying, Ross Shonhan is ramping up the ramen. And he’s not stopping there.

Business Profile: Ibérica

07-Jul-2015 - An unwillingness to compromise on the quality of its ingredients and the authenticity of its cooking has seen premium Spanish restaurant group Ibèrica make the transition from the capital to the regions with...

Business Profile: Leon

08-Jun-2015 - One of the UK’s most influential restaurant chains is finally gearing up for serious growth and intends to build a healthy presence outside its London heartland within the next few years....

Business Profile: PizzaExpress

06-May-2015 - Two years into his role as chief executive of PizzaExpress, Richard Hodgson is excited about the brand's future both in the UK and internationally. 

Business Profile: Comptoir Libanais

09-Mar-2015 - Tony Kitous is on a mission to bring Lebanese food to the high street and believes that the shawarma has what it takes to one day oust the burrito and...

Business Profile: Fuller's

09-Feb-2015 - Brewer and pub operator Fuller's has successfully delivered its vision of a food-led future and its premium positioning and careful expansion policy is paying dividends.

Business Profile: Franco Manca

12-Jan-2015 - Franco Manca shook up the pizza market when it launched in 2008, and it’s not finished yet, says its protagonists Giuseppe Mascoli and David Page.

Business Profile: The One Group

05-Dec-2014 - With plans to roll out its female-friendly STK steakhouse in the UK, as well as its new sister STK Rebel brand, Jonathan Segal’s The One Group is eyeing a meaty...

Business profile: Five Guys

10-Nov-2014 - A year or so on from landing on British soil, US burger phenomenon Five Guys is on the cusp of becoming a national player. UK managing director John Eckbert and director of operations Marcel...

Business Profile: Loch Fyne

08-Sep-2014 - Liz Williams, director and general manager of the UK’s biggest seafood restaurant group Loch Fyne, talks discounting, the competition and chasing the grey pound.

Business profile: Yo! Sushi

29-Aug-2014 - Yo! Sushi’s new chief executive Vanessa Hall is hoping to take the chain to the next level of growth.

Business Profile: Kerbisher & Malt

04-Jul-2014 - New wave fish and chip group Kerbisher & Malt has tweaked the standard chippy formula to bring affordable, quality fish and chips to West London – and it’s now starting...

Business Profile: CAU

11-Jun-2014 - Gaucho’s more accessible little brother CAU has carefully refined its premium casual offering and is now beefing-up its presence in the south of England with northern expansion planned for next...

Business Profile: Bath Ales

06-May-2014 - From its chop-house brand Graze and charcuterie bar Gordito to craft beer and pizza bar Beerd – not to mention its brewing business – Bath Ales is going places, as...

Business Profile: Ping Pong

02-Apr-2014 - Ping Pong’s change-of-location strategy and design brief move it a step closer to bringing dim sum to the masses.

Business Profile: The Stable

06-Mar-2014 - A Dorset-born British pizza and cider brand has its sights on the capital – and to fill the gap left by Union Jacks’ departure. Founder Nikki Cooper spills the tomato sauce.

Business Profile: Pizza Hut

06-Feb-2014 - One of the UK's biggest restaurant brands may have had a tricky few years, but a huge investment will increase Pizza Hut's chances in the ultra-competitive pizza space.

Business Profile: Bill's

15-Jan-2014 - With a combination of smart management and Richard Caring’s backing, Bill’s has made the jump from fledging concept to major national player in record time.

Business Profile: Hawksmoor

04-Dec-2013 - Hawksmoor founders Will Beckett and Huw Gott's unconventional approach has resulted in one of the industry's big success stories - but things weren't always so rosy.