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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: 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. 

Business Profile: Vapiano

11-Nov-2013 - Despite a slow start on these shores, German-owned restaurant group Vapiano aims to become a key player in the UK's hugely competitive pizza-pasta market.

Business Profile: Goodman Restaurants

03-Oct-2013 - Goodman Restaurants broke the mould with the launch of Burger & Lobster in 2011, but there’s plenty more unconventional concepts still in the pipeline, as directors George Bukhov and David Strauss reveal....

Business Profile: La Tasca

08-Aug-2013 - Having shed a number of under-performing sites, La Tasca chief executive Simon Wilkinson is quietly masterminding a turnaround at the Spanish casual-dining chain.

Business Profile: Gourmet Burger Kitchen

08-Jul-2013 - Gourmet Burger Kitchen has grown to become the UK’s biggest premium patty purveyor, but a host of new players are threatening to shake up the market. 

Business Profile: Barburrito

12-Jun-2013 - After starting the UK burrito boom up north, Barburrito co-founder Morgan Davies is targeting London. He told Restaurant magazine's Stefan Chomka why he believes he’s in a strong position to take...

Business Profile: Kimchee

13-May-2013 - After the phenomenal success of Holborn’s Kimchee restaurant, Wasabi owner Dong Hyun Kim is bringing Korean food to the masses with an A1 Kimchee To Go format. 

Business Profile: Oakman Inns & Restaurants

08-Apr-2013 - Peter Borg-Neal’s entrepreneurial spirit ensures Oakman Inns & Restaurants never stands still – not least in challenging pub-sector norms

Business Profile: Brindisa

12-Mar-2013 - Sourcing prowess, good contacts and general business aptitude has seen specialist wholesaler Brindisa spawn the capital’s most successful Spanish restaurant group. 

Business Profile: Wahaca

11-Feb-2013 - Wahaca founders Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers’ unconventional approach to business has created a burgeoning Mexican chain that’s showing no sign of slowing.

Ask Italian: Business Profile

16-Jan-2013 - The competition may be fierce and its rivals more fashionable, but Steve Holmes has taken to the tough job of revitalising mainstream chain Ask Italian with gusto.

Business Profile: Ed's Easy Diner

11-Dec-2012 - Now 25 years old, Ed’s Easy Diner has never looked better, with strong like-for-likes and a shopping centre-focused expansion plan that is set to take it into the big league....

Business Profile: Las Iguanas

12-Nov-2012 - Back in 1991 Eren Ali bought a failed Italian restaurant on a Bristol back street. Two decades later, Las Iguanas is the biggest player in the South American space. 

Business Profile: Dishoom

15-Oct-2012 - With a second instalment of its take on India’s traditional café-restaurants about to open, Dishoom is successfully carving its own niche in the UK’s all-day dining space....