Proactiveinvestors United Kingdom - Consumer Services RSS feed Proactiveinvestors United Kingdom - Consumer Services feed en Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:42:10 +0000 Genera CMS Mortgage Advice Bureau chief says technological shake-up will create opportunities Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:49:00 +0000 Action Hotels receives US$1.2mln rent waiver from owner of Kuwait ibis hotel Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:36:00 +0000 Shoe Zone rallies as full-year profits set to come out unscathed from difficult year for UK retailers Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:36:00 +0100 Moneymarketsupermarket in so-so third quarter performance Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:40:00 +0100 SeaWorld Entertainment shares sink as Merlin Entertainments closes lid on takeover talk Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:26:00 +0100 SeaWorld shares jump 6% on reports Madame Tussauds owner Merlin Entertainments looking at a potential deal Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:49:00 +0100 Action Hotels trading “on track with current expectations” Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:39:00 +0100 Action Hotels unveils new Bahrain venue Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:54:00 +0100 Moneysupermarket hit by slowdown in energy supplier switching Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:40:00 +0100 Laundry done: Berendsen shares jump as it finally agrees to a £2.2bn takeover bid from France's Elis Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:55:00 +0100 Action Hotels' CEO Alain Debare lifts his stake in the hotels developer and owner to 0.29% Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:57:00 +0100 Berendsen soars as it rejects bid approach from French rival Elis SA Thu, 18 May 2017 10:02:00 +0100 Dalata strikes €62.5mln deal to acquire freehold for two Dublin hotels Thu, 18 May 2017 09:17:00 +0100 Action Hotels reveals Novotel tie-up for new Melbourne hotel Wed, 03 May 2017 07:58:00 +0100 Action Hotels revenues solid as businesses choose mid-market Tue, 02 May 2017 09:49:00 +0100 Action Hotels ready to build on strong start to 2017 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:25:00 +0100 Action Hotels gets off to a flyer in 2017 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:18:00 +0100 Adgorithms eases lower as revenues slump and losses widen Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:52:00 +0100 Berendsen has tough years ahead to make up for period of under-investment Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:28:00 +0000 Crossrider zips higher despite a fall in revenues Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +0000 Everyman Media reports jump in full year profit as it opens more cinemas Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:54:00 +0000 Berendsen shares plunge as it says legacy UK textile business issues remain a factor after a "difficult" second half Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000 MoneySupermarket shares under pressure as margins weaken, 2017 revenues behind schedule Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:40:00 +0000 Does bid from Mars set benchmark for vet chains such as CVS Group? Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:56:00 +0000 Everyman Media trades ahead of target as estate doubles Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:19:00 +0000 Action Hotels' largest hotel gets 4-star rating down under Thu, 05 Jan 2017 07:23:00 +0000 Berendsen bounces higher thanks to Goldman Sachs upgrade to 'buy' Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:35:00 +0000 Competition & Markets Authority to probe Berendsen's UK Cleanroom division Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:43:00 +0000 Action opens third hotel in Oman Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:29:00 +0000 Action Hotels offloads land in Kuwait at a profit Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:07:00 +0000 All change for the mortgage market? Watching the mortgage market over the last few years has been like watching paint dry but things are about to get customers coming to market, interest rate changes and massive overhauls in technology are all reasons why investors are now watching closely. Peter Brodnicki of the Mortagage Advice Bureau (LON:MAB1) tells Proactive why intermediaries...or brokers...are now perfectly placed to adjust to this swiftly-evolving marketplace.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:31:00 +0000
Action Hotels' Alain Debare on the group's 'solid' 2016 performance Alain Debare, chief executive of hotel group Action Hotels PLC (LON:AHCG) tells Proactive they lifted revenues by over a fifth in 2016 as three new outlets came on stream.

The Middle East and Australia-focused group now has 2,181 rooms, up 40% from last year’s 1,561 following the opening of ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street, Tulip Inn Ras Al Khaimah and Mercure Sohar.

Mon, 08 May 2017 13:43:00 +0100
CVS Group to 'provide the whole service to clients' says finance director Nick Perrin Nick Perrin, finance director for the Veterinary services provider CVS Group PLC (LON: CVSG) walks Proactive Investors through the company's strategy and plans for future growth.

CVS Group is the largest veterinary group in the UK. They have more than 380 veterinary surgeries throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales - they also have 7 pet crematoria.

''What we want to do is provide our customers with the whole service - we don't particularly want to rely on external suppliers. We want to be able to control the quality of the service and provide everything that our customers need'', Perrin says.

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:55:00 +0000
Action Hotels PLC busy with the pipeline Action Hotels PLC (LON:AHCG) had a strong first half, with “good progress in all key areas of the business,” according to chief executive Alain Debare. The Middle East-focused hotels developer and operator said demand is strong, particularly in Kuwait, as customers respond to the company’s offering.
“We offer a great product and fantastic for money, bringing international brands and very strong standards,” Debare told Proactive Investors. The key to the company’s success is its ability to offer excellent value in key locations, and Debare said more locations are on the way with three new openings scheduled for this year.

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:55:00 +0100
Action Hotels’ proposed new Dubai hotel set for a flying start Action Hotels PLC (LON:AHCG) is to develop a new mid-market hotel in Dubai Healthcare City.

It will be the hotel developer and operator’s first Novotel-branded hotel and chief executive Alain Debare explains to Proactive Investors why the company prefers to work with partners rather than operate hotels under its own brand.

“It is very important to partner with the leading hotel brands. We appreciate the operational expertise they bring to the table and more importantly the marketing muscle they are able to bring, which accounts for about 40% of the bookings,” Debare said.

“As a result all of our hotels have been profitable in the first month,” he revealed.

The new hotel is in an interesting and mature area of Dubai that has five big hospitals. It is currently served by five star hotels, which are doing very well, but Action Hotels, which operates three and four star hotels, thinks it has spotted a gap in the market, just before opportunities to build there start to dry up.

The hotel should open for business in the first quarter of 2018, well in advance of Expo 2020, which will be hosted in Dubai. 

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:34:00 +0100
Action Hotels chief pleased with strong growth in 2015 Action Hotels PLC (LON:AHCG) is well on track to hit its targets after the completion of its tenth and largest hotel to date pushed total room count to just under 2,000. The Brisbane property opened in March and broke even after the first month.

In its full year results for the period ending December 2015, the group saw a 30% increase in rooms, 92% since listing and Alain Debare, chief executive, tells Proactive he is “really pleased with the results and the growth”

He says the company is “clearly benefiting from the strong demand for economy and mid-market hotels” in Australia, while in the Middle East there is a “massive demand” for Action’s hotels, as it is the “only one addressing the gap in economy and mid-market hotels in the region”.

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:44:00 +0100
Online dating market becoming perfect match for investors, says Venntro co-founder Investors are starting to hook up with the online dating market, says Steve Pammenter, co-founder of Europe’s largest privately owned dating and lifestyle company Venntro Media Group.

Venntro, known as the UK equivalent to the soon-to-be Nasdaq-listed Match Group , has provided dating services to more than 45mln consumers globally across eight brands and has a turnover of £43.5mln.

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:00:00 +0000
Action Hotels boss comfortable with growth targets The chief executive of Action Hotels (LON:AHCG), Alain Debare, says the company remains on track to open 16 hotels and 2,820 rooms by 2017.

“There’s a lot of focus on making sure we get these hotel deals complete on time and to budget,” said the CEO. “But we’re on track to meet that target.

Today the firm told investors that adjusted gross operating profit was up 11% at US$11mln in the six months to June 30.

Earnings before interest, tax and depreciation advanced 14% to US$8.7mln on total revenues of US$21.6mln.

Its three and four star chain, which is focused on the Middle East and Australia, said occupancy rates at mature operations were above 80%.

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:22:00 +0100
Best of the Best CEO on growing appeal of supercar competitions Founder and chief executive of Best of the Best (LON:BOTB), William Hindmarch, explains how the supercar competition company has transformed since starting out in 2000.

Known for its luxury sports car ‘raffles’ at UK airports and shopping centres, the CEO tells Proactive how the business is growing its online offering,, and addressing trust concerns. Hindmarch also explains how its competitions have become far more attractive to the wider consumer market, which has coincided with a much higher frequency of winners. 

“This year is about increasing our marketing spend and investing in mobile app technology,” he said.

Fri, 29 May 2015 12:31:00 +0100
Action Hotels CEO reflects on ‘encouraging’ full-year figures Alain Debare, chief executive of Action Hotels (LON:AHCG), discusses the Middle East-focused hotel group’s first full year since listing on London’s AIM market at the end of 2013.

Total reported revenue increased by 26% to $37.6mln, while the operating profit jumped to $6.1mln from just $300,000. The company also announced the appointment of Krishnamurthy Sundaresan as its new chief financial officer.

Debare explains what the management look for in a new hotel location and says the company is right on track to reach its target of 5,000 rooms by 2020.

Mon, 11 May 2015 15:56:00 +0100
Action Hotels CEO delighted with performance of Kuwait hotels Alain Debare, chief executive of Action Hotels (LON:AHCG), sees huge potential in the three and four-star hotel market in Kuwait, where the company has just unveiled plans to build a new four-star hotel.

Debare says the encouraging trading of late in Kuwait, where it already has two three-star hotels, bodes well for the latest addition to the pipeline.

Action's existing hotels in Kuwait City are outperforming the market by some distance in terms of occupancy, according to April's figures.

Thu, 29 May 2014 14:32:00 +0100
Action Hotels saw growth in all key metrics in 2013 Katie Shelton, Director of Communications at Action Hotels (LON:AHCG) tells Proactiveinvestors the company saw growth in all key metrics in 2013 and will focus on delivering the hotels' pipeline in 2014.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:46:00 +0100
Action Hotels is focused on delivering the pipeline Alain Debare, chief executive of Action Hotels (LON:ACT), tells Proactiveinvestors the company's earnings growth will be delivered by the execution of the pipeline.

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:25:00 +0000