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From insights come answers.

A series of articles on increasing enterprise value
from the Insider Pro consultancy team.

9 restaurant KPIs to improve operational efficiency

Posted by Steve Hughes

Big names like Jamie Oliver, Byron, Strada and more have closed restaurants in the past couple of years, and others have responded to the market with discounts, budget menus and other price-cutting measures.

However, when combined with cost pressures such as rising business rates, increases in the National Living Wage and the rise of high street rents, the pressure on margin is a recipe for disaster. Added to that food prices have risen (largely due to the falling pound), and Brexit still provides some uncertainty here in the UK.

All of these things are out of our control, but all of them impact ALL restaurants. So why do some fail, when others are expanding?

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Topics: Procurement Consultancy, How to grow a business, Restaurant efficiency, Restaurant profitability

4 ways to improve average restaurant table turnover rate

Posted by Steve Hughes

Fast table turnover is a key topic for both customers and restaurant managers in the casual dining sector. Diners are demanding fast, good quality food delivered in a way that suits their needs at that time - be that a family get together, a party atmosphere, an intimate dining experience, dinner with cocktails, a particular style of cooking.... the choice is huge. And those who don't deliver a unique experience AND serve up good food, fast are losing market share.

In the UK, the average restaurant table turnover rate is 50-80 minutes and interestingly, the fastest growing casual dining chains are the ones that are achieving the sub-60 minute mark.

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Topics: Restaurant efficiency, Restaurant profitability

UK casual dining market in crisis? Where's the secret sauce?

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

The concept of casual dining has been around for a while, but in the past couple of years there has been a positive shift in “out of home” dining towards casual dining.

Millennials, for example, spend a whopping 13% of their income on dining out.

According to the FCSI, whilst the restaurant sector as a whole saw a decline of around 43m visits in the year to June 2018, the casual dining sector reported an additional 35m visits during the same period.

That’s the good news.

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Topics: Restaurant efficiency, Restaurant profitability

Choosing the best restaurant consultant for your casual dining chain

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

Traditionally, business leaders have looked at the trend in overall profit (or loss) for the group as a measure of success. Most will break this down by restaurant and/or geography to facilitate restructuring / growth decisions.

They will look at their profit margin compared with the competition and to improve margin, they will work the levers of increasing revenue and/or reducing the cost of goods sold.

But things have changed enormously in the past couple of years.

Disruption in the UK casual dining market from alternatives like Deliveroo, UberEats, Foodhalls, drive-throughs and others, plus the seemingly ever-increasing demands of a very fickle consumer means that this traditional approach to control simply doesn’t work.

Those who survive must differentiate themselves. They have to provide entertainment value, atmosphere and good food. And they have to do it more efficiently than the next person to sustain their place in a world of tight margins and fickle customers.

So rather than asking yourself "What is the root cause of the problem in our business? (Is it the theme, the menu, our cost base, our efficiency....), casual dining restaurants have to step back to discover the most profitable use for their resources.

The question should be "How do I work with what I have to make the most profit?"

We have a methodology for doing that...

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Topics: How to grow a business, Restaurant efficiency, Restaurant profitability

How do you calculate Enterprise Value?

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

"Enterprise Value" is a term that is used to value a business beyond it's market capitalisation.  The usual definition is market capitalisation (share price multiplied by the number of outstanding shares) plus net debt.

But we think that enterprise value can and should be looked at in an entirely different way....

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Topics: Procurement Consultancy, How to grow a business

What is disruptive procurement?

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

Disruptive procurement is the process of creating real business value and competitive advantage by:

  • deconstructing what the business really needs,
  • challenging established business processes,
  • leveraging knowledge from outside the normal points of reference, and
  • designing, assembling and managing the supply chain in new and innovative ways.
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Topics: Disruptive Procurement

Working at Insider Pro - what's different?

Posted by Darin Crosby

I joined Insider Pro a few months ago, and was reflecting on my time here.  This is a very different type of consultancy practice and I'd like to share my thoughts with you:

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Topics: Our Team

Insiders at work

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

30 days after joining us, I asked our latest recruit how she feels about working for Insider Pro:

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Topics: Our Team

Insider thinking at Euramax – challenging mindsets to protect the future

Posted by Steve Hughes

Our consultancy work at Euramax Solutions Ltd caused them to think differently about the challenges they were facing in the business.

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Topics: Case Studies

Risk management in the hospitality industry

Posted by Jeremy Bowley

 

Casual dining restaurants have created mini food factories around the globe where consistency, quality, speed and value are key. Downtime costs each restaurant hundreds if not thousands of pounds per minute in lost sales and spoiled product.

So, when a restaurant chain approached us to help reduce their maintenance cost, reducing risk as well as cost was at the forefront of our minds.

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Topics: Case Studies