Northern cities experiencing independent restaurant boom

Northern cities experiencing independent restaurant boom
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16/03/2017 - 12:41
New research commissioned by hospitality trade show, Northern Restaurant & Bar, has shown cities in the north, such as Newcastle and Leeds, are leading the way with growth rates of independent restaurants.

Over the last three years, Leeds and Newcastle have experience a 12.8% growth in the number of independent restaurants. Nottingham (12.5%), Cardiff (11.6%) and Leicester (11.3%) also scored well, beating London’s 7.4% growth rate.

Thom Hetherington, CEO of NRB, said: “Despite high streets having a torrid time the figures clearly show consumers are hungry to support smaller local restaurant operators, with the north performing particularly well. Visitor registration to NRB is at record levels, demonstrating the confidence and ambition of operators in the regions.”

The research, produced in partnership with CGA, the hospitality data and insight company, classed independents as ‘operators having less than three sites’, and focused on cities with ‘over 100 independent restaurant sites’.

Smaller northern cities that were not included in the survey, Sunderland and Hull, topped the overall national charts with growth rates of 23.4% and 17.2%, respectively.

Birmingham’s growth rate was 8.7%, Sheffield was 8.5% and Glasgow scored 8.2%. However, larger northern cities, such as Manchester (3.1%) and Edinburgh (1.6%), offered less opportunity for independents, according to the NRB. 

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