What's in the news 11 August

Review of the Week

'We're cheaper than McDonalds!'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with Revolution boss Rob Pitcher to get his take on the week's news from inflation to late night closures and the opportunities for AI.

Jackpot: Free tacos if vouchers found

Revolution to give away 1,800 tacos

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Revolución de Cuba, a subset of Revolution Bars Group, has pledged to give away 1,800 free tacos as part of a national treasure hunt celebrating the launch of its new food menu.

Pay rise: Revolution Bars Group no longer a minimum wage employer (Getty/ Igor Vershinsky)

Revolution Bars Group no longer a minimum wage employer

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Revolution Bars Group, the operator of bars including Revolución de Cuba, Playhouse, and Founders & Co, has invested £2m in raising wages over minimum wage, as part of the ‘fair day’s pay for hard day’s work’ pledge.

Female representation: Revolution Bars Group senior team tipped to female majority

International Women's Day 2022 - sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Revolution Bars Group champions women with new senior appointments

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Revolution Bars Group has tipped the balance of its executive team to a female majority with two new hires, in a bid to show a positive shift towards diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Flashpoints and financial strain: Covid Passes were 'this year's version of the Scotch egg'

‘Covid Passes were this year’s version of the Scotch egg’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Covid Passes led to confusion, conflict and cost in what was "this year's version of the Scotch egg", according to Revolution Bars chief executive Rob Pitcher, who said the Government must do more than roll back Plan B restrictions.

Relief effort: Under the Australian scheme, the government has made it mandatory for landlords to agree to a reduction in rent payable, of up to 100%, in proportion to the reduction in the tenant’s business during Covid-19 (Image: flyparade/Getty Images)

Calls for adoption of Australian rent relief model

By Georgi Gyton, MCA

A group of hospitality operators and property agents are calling on the Government to implement the same rent relief scheme as has been adopted in Australia, according to reports by MCA Insight.

Proactive step: 'the CVA proposed by the group’s Revolution Bars Limited subsidiary entity, if agreed by landlords, is another proactive step to lower outgoings to help safeguard the future of the group' according to CEO Rob Pitcher

Revolution Bars Limited CVA launched

By Stuart Stone

Nationwide bar operator Revolution Bars Group has launched a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) of subsidiary Revolution Bars Limited in a bid to improve the wider group’s long-term financial position.

All options open: Revolution's board believes the long term nature and potential impact of the Government's latest trading restrictions mean it must consider all necessary options, including a CVA

Revolution Bars Group considers CVA

By Stuart Stone

The nationwide operator of 74 Revolution and Revolucion de Cuba bars has confirmed it is working with advisors to secure its long-term viability.

Site closures: Revolution claims it will open more sites this year (image: Evelyn Simak, Geograph)

More sites next year says Revolution boss

By Emily Hawkins

Revolution Group chief executive Rob Pitcher has confirmed the bar chain still aims to open new sites in the near future after closing a handful of underperforming venues.

Unexpected: Revolution Bars blamed factors outside its control for a £3.6m loss in its full-year results (Image: Evelyn Simak, Geograph)

Revolution Bars Group suffers £3.6m loss

By Emily Hawkins

Revolution Bars has blamed periods of extreme weather and England’s unexpected football success for a £3.6m loss in its full-year results.

Workers underpaid: the BBPA said there are difficulties with national minimum wage payments

Revolution Bars Group underpays workers

By Emily Hawkins

Revolution Bars Group were among more than 200 employers that had not paid staff the correct wages, according to Government findings.

Onwards and upwards

Onwards and upwards

By Hamish Champ

To suggest it has been an 'interesting' year for Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) would be an understatement. Having seen off the advances of one R....