There have never been as many start-up funding options as there are now

Restaurant finance: Start-up funding

By Melodie Michel

Every small business will tell you that the toughest part of any business is getting it off the ground in the first place. You’ve identified a niche in the market, have a great idea to fill it and people to help you achieve that, but where do you find...

Infographic: A guide to restaurant fundraising

Infographic: A guide to restaurant fundraising

By Melodie Michel

There are now more financing options than ever for restaurants - between traditional bank loans, crowdfunding, alternative lenders, peer-to-peer funding and mini-bonds. This BigHospitality infographic makes the comparison easier.

Hotel financing is a different between branded and independent operators

Hotel finance: The big divide

By Melodie Michel

It’s official: Money is back on the hotel market. Mergers and acquisitions deals are a weekly occurrence, surveys regularly rank London hotels as some of the most attractive investment opportunities, and real estate agents are celebrating the return of...

Tragus will now focus on Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia

Light at the end of the tunnel for Tragus

By Melodie Michel

Tragus has announced the completion of its financial restructuring and the appointment of Martin Robinson as non-executive chairman as part of a ‘transformational reorganisation’.

Our infographic uses data from the BBPA's new report 'Cheers 2014', which highlights the impact of beer duty cuts on the pub sector

Infographic: Cheers 2014 - the impact of the beer duty cuts

By Carina Perkins

Our infographic shows the impact that two consecutive beer duty cuts have had on sales, employment and investment in the pub industry, using data from the British Beer and Pub Association's 'Cheers 2014' report, published yesterday.

Sun Capital Partners has bought 43 Strada restaurants for £37m

Strada sold to Sun Capital Partners for £37m

By Melodie Michel

Tragus Group has sold 43 Strada restaurants to Sun Capital Partners (SCP) for £37m, claiming to have ‘secured a sustainable future for the business’.

Bank lending to SMEs is falling despite government efforts to encourage better funding

Government scheme fails to boost SME lending

By Carina Perkins

Business groups have called for government action after a new report showed lending to small and medium-sized firms (SME’s) such as restaurants, hotels and bars continued to fall in the second quarter of the year.

Eric Partaker (left) with business partner Dan Houghton


Eric Partaker on Chilango and spearheading a new funding route for SMEs

By Melodie Michel

Eric Partaker is the co-founder of Chilango, the Mexican chain that has raised £1.8m via a mini-bond hosted on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. He talks to BigHospitality about the success of this initiative and why crowdfunding is a great alternative...

Chilango has extended the deadline for its Burrito Bond

Chilango extends Burrito Bond deadline

By Mark Wingett and Melodie Michel

Chilango, the Mexican restaurant group, has extended its burrito bond fundraising initiative to midnight 26 August after it raised over £250k last week.

Rosa's is set to open 10 new sites by 2017

Rosa’s secures expansion fund and new sites

By Mark Wingett

Rosa’s, the London-based Thai café concept led by Alex Moore, has secured £500k of new funding and two new sites in Chelsea and Angel as it looks to grow from four to 10 London restaurants by the end of 2017, BigHospitality's sister publication M&C...