Business Profile

Byron founder Tom Byng

Business Profile: Byron

By Mark Wingett

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.

Barbecue boys: Scott Munro (l) and James Douglas

Business Profile: Red's True Barbecue

By Stefan Chomka

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

Business Profile: Bone Daddies

By Mel Flaherty

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

Business Profile: Ibérica

By Mel Flaherty

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 a successful new restaurant launch in Manchester.

Business Profile: Leon

Business Profile: Leon

By Joe Lutrario

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

Business Profile: PizzaExpress

By Mark Wingett

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. 

Tony Kitous' strategy is based on making Lebanese food more accessible and less 'ethnic'

Business Profile: Comptoir Libanais

By Joe Lutrario

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 the burger. 

Development duo: Jonathan Swaine and Paul Dickinson have created a wide food range

Business Profile: Fuller's

By Joe Lutrario

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.

Franco Manca shook up the pizza market when it launched in 2008

Business Profile: Franco Manca

By Stefan Chomka

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.

Jonathan Segal, founder and chief executive of The ONE Group

Business Profile: The One Group

By Stefan Chomka

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 chunk of the steak market

UK managing director John Eckbert and director of operations Marcel Khan

Business profile: Five Guys

By Mark Wingett

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 Khan discuss the past 12 months and the group’s future.

Business Profile: Loch Fyne

By Carina Perkins

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.

Yo! Sushi chief executive Vanessa Hall

Business profile: Yo! Sushi

By Mark Wingett

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

Kerbisher & Malt founders Saul Reuben and Nick Crossely

Business Profile: Kerbisher & Malt

By Joe Lutrario

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 to cast its net further afield 

CAU operations director Graham Hall, who joined the business in May last year.

Business Profile: CAU

By Joe Lutrario

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 year 

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