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

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: Giraffe

05-Sep-2013 - Tesco’s purchase of Giraffe earlier this year moved both parties into new territory. Has it created a blueprint for a fresh approach to the casual dinning sector?

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 it by storm.

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.

Business Profile: Hakkasan

10-Sep-2012 - With forthcoming international openings Hakkasan is poised to become one of the biggest high-end restaurant groups in the world. Yet it’s London where the real excitement is going to be, as chief executive Niall Howard explains. 

Business Profile: Chipotle

14-Aug-2012 - Jacob Sumner, responsible for US burrito chain Chipotle's expansion into and across the UK, talks about the business and its mission to show UK consumers that fast food doesn’t necessarily have to be bad food.

Business Profile: Living Ventures

10-Jul-2012 - Having ignored most industry rules, Living Ventures co-founder Tim Bacon finds himself running one of the most dynamic food and drink operations in the country.

Business profile: Will Ricker

13-Jun-2012 - The opening of his Mexican restaurant, La Bodega Negra, marked a change in focus for Will Ricker, and there are more surprises to come from the pan-Asian supremo.

Business Profile: ETM Group

02-May-2012 - Attention to detail and a moulding of the product to suit specific markets has seen ETM Group become arguably London’s most successful pub-restaurant outfit.

Business Profile: Canteen

05-Apr-2012 - Canteen’s blend of British-centric democratic dining has won it plenty of devotees, but has it got what it takes to expand in a rapidly changing marketplace?

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