Entrepreneur interview: Florent Malbranche, CEO & Founder, Brigad

Florent Malbranche, CEO and founder of Brigad explains the challenges of keeping the right balance when growing a tech business.

Venture Capital Funding

5 top tips for hospitality operators looking for investment

Here's how you can take your hospitality business to the next level, from securing investment to gaining industry expertise, the right network, and strategic advice.

Growth Planning

How to beat the UK hospitality sector’s biggest growth killers

Innovative operators are constantly finding ways to beat "growth killers" and keep the momentum up. Here are five top tips for hospitality operators looking to turn operational burdens into growth opportunities. Livingbridge's Steve Cordiner writes.


Hostmaker closes $2m seed funding round 

First VC-backed hospitality management service for Airbnb hosts in Europe raises funds in round led by DN Capital.

Mergers & Acquisitions

British hospitality platform Velocity expands to US market with acquisition of Cover

UK start-up continues stellar 2015 following Series A funding round that now has total raise of $16m.


Two curry houses closing every week amid skills shortages

Research by Cobra Beers shows worrying trend despite UK's appetite for Indian food remaining as strong as ever.

Growth Planning

Going for growth – Lessons from the restaurant industry

Graham Corfield, UK managing director of JUST EAT, shares his insights on what independent restaurant owners are doing to maximise sales and growth.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mitchells & Butlers grows pub offering through Orchid Group purchase

Pub and restaurant chain Mitchells & Butlers has acquired Orchid Group to build out its estate of UK sites.


Livebookings: The VC-backed business shaking up the restaurant industry

With a pool of experienced investors including Balderton Capital and Wellington Partners, GrowthBusiness meets new Livebookings CEO Joe Steele to find out how the business is revolutionising the way we book a table.


Restaurant booking app Ruffl gets its teeth into £1 million seed found

Toptable founder Karen Hanton and former OpenTable CEO for Europe David Pritchard are contributing to a £1 million seed round for Ruffl.


Wagamama and Rex Restaurants investor adds Hawksmoor chain to its portfolio

Popular London restaurant chain Hawksmoor has decided to fund itself using private equity capital, and has signed up Graphite Capital as a backer.


City-based bar-restaurant group Drake & Morgan closes £30 million MBO

A second restaurant-based management buy-out of the week has seen Drake & Morgan complete a £30 million deal with help from Bowmark Capital.