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Trends and forecasts
The library provides full access to articles from leading business, finance and management journals.
Market research reports focusing on this business sector are available from a number of market research specialists. In most cases these reports are available to fee-paying subscribers or on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Industry profiles and SWOT analyses
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SWOT analyses examining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for major companies operating in this sector are available.
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BDO produces an annual Restaurants and Bars report. Includes insight into the latest trends, economic performance, challenges and opportunities for the UK restaurants, bars and pub sector. Previous reports are also available.
Other market research specialists
Some free information is available from the following market research specialists, ranging from industry news to executive summaries of the reports.
A full listing of reference products and research reports for the restaurant industry from Euromonitor, with a range of global, country and company level reports. Each report provides a contents listing and a useful executive summary reporting on the key trends in each country report.
Research company specialising in the European foodservice market, with reports covering contract caterers and restaurant chains.
Foodservice market research specialist offering reports on consumer behaviour, menus, quarterly and annual market trends and key brands.
Business and industry research specialists offering reports on a wide range of sectors, including full-service restaurants. Report snapshots, table of contents and a sample report are available. The company also produces global industry research reports.
A full listing of reports covering the restaurants, pubs and bars sector with the option to view the executive summary and a table of contents for each report.
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Statistics on the UK
Office for National Statistics
The Annual Business Survey (ABS) from the Office for National Statistics collects financial information covering UK production, construction, distribution and service industries. Statistics available include:
- number of enterprises;
- total turnover;
- approximate gross value added at basic prices;
- total purchases of goods, materials and services;
- total employment costs;
- total net capital expenditure;
- total net capital expenditure – acquisitions;
- total net capital expenditure – disposals;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at end of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at beginning of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – increase during year.
The dataset Non-financial business economy, UK: Sections A to S includes data on restaurants:
- Restaurants and mobile food service activities (56.1)
See Section I: Accommodation and food service activities
Statistics on Europe
Eurostat, the EU statistics hub, collates detailed Structural Business Statistics giving the latest figures for industry, construction, trade and services by sector and country. The indicators available include:
- number of enterprises
- turnover or gross premiums written
- production value
- value added at factor cost
- gross operating surplus
- wages and salaries
- social security costs
- gross investment in tangible goods
- gross investment in land
- gross investment in existing buildings and structures
- gross investment in construction and alteration of buildings
- gross investment in machinery and equipment
- number of employees
- number of persons employed per enterprise.
Statistics within the database are available for:
- Restaurants and mobile food service activities (I561)
See database section ‘SBS – services’
The Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) includes average employment costs within this sector which can be found in Table 14. Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.
The data includes average employment costs for:
- chefs, cooks;
- kitchen and catering assistants;
- restaurant and catering managers;
- waiters, waitresses.
The annual Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), published by the Office for National Statistics, includes total employee and employment estimates for different industries for Great Britain and the UK. Figures are broken down to show full-time/part-time and public/private splits. The dataset Industry – Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES): Table 2 includes statistics for:
- Restaurants and mobile food service activities (561)
Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.
Legislation and regulation
The Food Standards Agency produces guidance on Running a food business. Covers a range of areas including setting up a food business, food hygiene and safety, imports and exports, general food law and operational and chemical safety.
UK business guides
Croner-i Business Focus
Business Focus is a resource that provides practical information on many small business trades and sectors. Its Business Opportunity Profiles offer detailed insights into market conditions, legal issues and the trading environment for a range of businesses. They include:
Mini Business Opportunity Profiles are also available and provide a general introduction to more niche business areas, including:
- Sushi restaurant
- Vegetarian/vegan restaurant
To find out more about Business Focus, please contact our enquiry team on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual report providing the latest transaction multiples broken down by industry. Each section includes a summary of recent deals with EBITDA, average transaction size and expert analysis of current trends within each industry.
The restaurant industry is classified as 'leisure businesses - travel, restaurants, gyms'. It has its own transaction multiples under 'consumer discretionary'.
ICAEW members, ACA students and Forensic/Valuation Group subscribers can download an overview of the report with headline industry multiples. Information on individual deals can be supplied by the Library on request.
We offer benchmarking reports that can be used to inform your own business strategy or help you identify value-added services to offer to your clients.
Contact the enquiry team directly on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at email@example.com for a report tailored to your own specific requirements.
The websites of trade bodies in this sector are a useful source of industry overviews, contacts and statistics.
Trade journals and publications
Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics.
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