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Latest Research on the Casual Dining Sector


The Covid-19 pandemic is expected to reduce casual dining spend in the UK by more than £20bn this year. This is triggering a fundamental restructuring of the sector and the property market which serves it. Operators have found themselves with overheads that are too high, margins which are too low and a target market which is nervous about a return to eating out on the scale which prevailed prior to the pandemic.

In our research paper – Can the UK find a new appetite for eating out?  - we look at the sector’s trajectory prior to Lockdown and how it can begin to ‘right-size’ itself in the face of the new customer attitudes and economic realities brought by the pandemic.


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Nigel Ball


Licensed and Leisure

London - West End

A senior real estate professional with 30 years’ experience in the lease advisory field. Prior to joing Colliers in April 2018, I worked for 12 years at BNP Paribas Real Estate, where I led the lease advisory business line, launched its licensed leisure team and was a Trustee of the pension fund.

I am an expert in the licensed & leisure market, focussed on delivering property cost reduction and value added solutions for pub and restaurant businesses, as well as advising investors with holdings in the wider leisure sector, including health & fitness, cinema, bowling and other leisure uses.

I have extensive experience of Central London pub, bar, nightclub and restaurant rent review disputes, acting either as expert witness or as Arbitrator.

I am appointed to the RICS President's panel of dispute resolvers, qualified to act as an arbitrator in pub and restaurant disputes in London and the South-East.

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