Economy

McDonald's has employed 1.5m people in the UK since the first store opened in Woolwich in 1974

Serving the UK: McDonald’s at 40

By Mark Wingett

To mark its 40th year in the UK, McDonald’s has produced a report highlighting its contribution to the economy, the number of jobs created and its ongoing investment in restaurants and its supply chain. We take a look at some of the key findings and also...

Trade has stabilised at Enterprise Inns over the past 18 weeks

Trade stabilises at Enterprise Inns

By Emma Eversham

Enterprise Inns has reported that trade is stabilising across its estate with average income per pub rising 1 per cent in the last 18 weeks.

CBI: Consumer demand is unlikely to pick up

CBI: Consumer service firms continue to struggle

By Mark Wingett

Consumer service firms, such as restaurants and hotels, continued to struggle in the three months to February, as the gap in sentiment between firms that rely on consumer spending and those that benefit from business investment widened during the period.

Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the BHA

BHA’s Ufi Ibrahim discusses industry concerns

By Becky Paskin

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has been representing the industry for over 100 years, championing our priorities through partnerships with government and other organisations.

The Frankie & Benny's operator has made good progress despite a tough economic backdrop

Turnover and sales up at The Restaurant Group

By Martyn Leek

The 380-strong Restaurant Group, whose brands include Frankie & Benny's, Chiquito and Garfunkel's, has reported an 8 per cent increase in turnover for the 45 weeks to 7 November on last year