Friday Five: the week's top news

By Sophie Witts contact

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Friday Five: the week's top news
We round-up the top hospitality stories you might have missed this week
  • Carluccio's is actively seeking a buyer​ for its 102-strong Italian restaurant business. The Financial Times​ reported that the company has approached private equity groups and turnaround specialists over a possible sale. It comes after pre-tax profits at the chain fell from £5.2m to £982,000 in the year to September 2016.
  • Jamie Oliver has defended his company CEO​ against reports that he knows "nothing about restaurants" and is "destroying" the chef's business empire. The Times​ reported that since Paul Hunt, who is also Oliver's brother-in-law, was appointed in 2014 staff had been "desperate" to leave. Oliver dismissed the claims as "untrue" and said Hunt had "radically transformed" the company for the better.
  • Meanwhile Oliver's wider business has begun working with "transformation partner" KBS Albion​ to help develop a "deeper understanding" of its customer needs. The company, which will close 12 of its Jamie's Italian sites this year, is also co-designing "new digital products and services" through the partnership.
  • Peter Sanchez-Iglesias is teaming up with craft brewery Left Handed Giant to launch a restaurant at its upcoming brewpub​ ​in Bristol. The chef, who is behind the city's Michelin-starred Casamia and Paco Tapas, will run a development kitchen on the first floor of the site and develop menus for the brewpub.
  • The founders of Bundobust and Mowgli Street Food are among the new entrants in the NRB Top Fifty power list 2018.​ The full rankings, which recognise the most influential operators in the North of England, also included chefs Michael O'Hare and Gary Usher.

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