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Restaurants not to blame for following government advice on tips
Paul Newman

01 October 2018

Paul Newman, head of leisure and hospitality at RSM, comments on the Prime Minister's announcement that restaurant staff are to receive all their tips.

How feasible are tax changes for Consumer businesses?

28 September 2018


2018 has seen several high-profile businesses being rescued or left to fail; others are seeking to review their portfolios, funding position or to rationalise their structures; even previously “untouchable” businesses such as John Lewis are feeling the effects of an increasingly tough trading environment.

Holiday season delivers boost for GB eating-out market

17 September 2018

Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales edge up 0.6 per cent in August, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show - with more mixed weather bringing better news for the country’s casual dining chains.

Restaurants toil in summer heat, while pubs make hay

20 August 2018

July’s heatwave was good news for Britain’s pubs – but heaped more pressure on the country’s restaurant chains, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show. Managed pub and bar groups saw collective like-for-like sales rise 2.7 per cent against last July, while sales across restaurant groups plummeted, down a substantial 4.8 per cent in like-for-like trading.

June heatwave and football boosts Britain’s pub takings

16 July 2018

Britain’s pubs enjoyed a mini sales boom in June thanks to the hot weather and the start of the World Cup, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker confirm. But while the country’s managed pub and bar groups saw collective like-for-like sales rise 2.8 per cent against last June, restaurant groups were suffering in the heat with a 1.8 per cent fall in like-for-like trading.

Mid-year update on 2018 leisure and hospitality predictions
Paul Newman

29 June 2018

At the start of the year we made some predictions about the leisure and hospitality sector in 2018. As we reach the half way point, we reflect on the first six months and consider what may still yet occur in 2018.

May sun shines on pubs, but casts shadow on restaurants

18 June 2018

Hot weather in May helped boost trade in Britain’s pubs, but hit restaurant sales. Overall, the country’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales up 1.4% on May last year, according to latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Are consumer businesses thinking about a policy which empowers employees to operate transparently? Our research suggests not

15 June 2018

If employees do not have a safe, and independent way of raising and escalating concerns, organisations run the risk of either a high-profile scandal, or risk damaging activity left unreported.

Does the consumer sector have a problem with equality and diversity?

15 June 2018

The rising profile of equality and diversity in the press has gained traction in recent years, and quite rightly, but the spotlight has been turned on over the last 12 months.

Pub and restaurant groups see sales take a dip in April

11 May 2018

Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw sales slip in April. Latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker showed collective like-for-likes down 1.2% on the same month last year – with earlier Easter holidays seen as the main factor.

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