Restaurant and Bars Report

16 December 2013

Welcome to the 2013 issue of BDO's Restaurants and Bars Report, our annual taste-test of the sector. The UK's economy is warming up at last, so we focus on how this recovery is influencing the business of eating and drinking out.

In this report we take a look at some of the most significant transactions of the year, identifying the key elements of successful deals, and we explore the growing role of private equity. We also consider the prospects for the coming year.

Other highlights include a feature on international brand expansion, in which Asia Brand Partners share some of their best tips for entering a new market and maximising the chances of overseas success. And businesses with an eye on securing capital for growth should not miss our guest piece from the Business Growth Fund (BGF), in which they share details of their recent investments. Thanks to BGF's funding and wider support, a growing number of businesses are closer to achieving their aspirations.You can find all this and more inside – including our top predictions for 2014. Bon appetit!

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David Campbell

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