Private Equity

How to crowdfund for a restaurant successfully

How to crowdfund for a restaurant successfully

By Emma Eversham

Crowdfunding - the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people – is arguably no longer the ‘alternative’ finance method for hospitality businesses.

Hony Capital has acquired PizzaExpress for £900m

Hony Capital acquires PizzaExpress

By Mark Wingett

Hony Capital, one of China’s largest private equity firms, has acquired PizzaExpress, in a deal that values the Cinven-backed chain at £900m - the largest transaction in the European restaurant sector in the past five years.

Cote has rapidly expanded to 45 UK sites since its launch in 2007

Cote Restaurants acquired by CBPE

By Luke Nicholls

Cote Restaurants, the 45-strong French bistro chain founded by Andy Bassadone and Chris Benians, has been acquired by private equity firm CBPE Capital in a deal reportedly worth £100m. 

Sealing the deal: Private equity funding remains a great way to finance your hospitality business if you are looking to expand

Finding finance in hospitality: Private equity

By Peter Ruddick

From Piper Private Equity’s backing of Be At One and more recently Loungers to Graphite Capital’s management buy-out of Hawksmoor, there are private equity (PE) deals to be done in the hospitality industry but are they right for your business?

Where should you start when it comes to looking for finance to start or grow your hospitality business?

Finding finance in hospitality: Where to start

By Emma Eversham

In the first of our five-part series on finding funding within the hospitality industry we ask experts in the field what the market's like and what operators can do to enable them to successfully set up or grow their restaurant, hotel or pub business.