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Tootsies forced to enter administration
Clapham House withdraws funding and support from "unprofitable" burger chain
By Martin Nash
Upmarket burger chain Tootsies
has entered administration after
its parent company, Clapham
House Group, withdrew
support and funding.
The other parts of the group,
leisure media
namely the Gourmet Burger
Kitchen and The Real Greek sTudIo
businesses, are unaffected by
the move and will continue to Clapham House Group acquired the Tootsies business in 2006
trade as normal.
Clapham House acquired Administrators BDO has sold able time researching alterna-
Tootsies in May 2006 but has 11 of the 21 units currently tive strategic options for
marketing and
blamed the "current economic operated by Tootsies to Giraffe Tootsies. We believe that this is
outlook and the prolonged Concepts for £2.5m, but also the best course of action to
design services
downturn in trading" for its remains confident of securing protect shareholder value whilst
decision to pull its support and the sale of the remaining 10 minimising job losses."
funding from Tootsies. units as soon as possible. Giraffe Concepts operates
With more than 30 years’
The Clapham House board Clapham House Group chair around 30 restaurants, predom-
experience, leisure media
also said that it saw little hope David Page said: "We have inantly in London and south
studio will work with you
of the business generating a taken these steps with great east England, as well as five
to create bespoke print
profit in the forseeable future. regret, having spent consider- franchises at three UK airports.
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Rafayel to open hotel on Battersea's Left Bank
w Web design
By Helen Patenall
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A new 65-bedroom hotel called Rafayel is to be built at the new
w Contract publishing
Falcon Wharf Development in Battersea, London.
The eco-friendly five-star hotel will also offer 15 apartments, a w Graphic design
120-cover waterfront Banyan Riverside restaurant, a bar, a café and
meeting and conference facilities, as well as the Rafayel Wa Michi
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Wellbeing Spa operated by Content and Wellworld Spas.
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Ike Latif of design and development company Latis said: "The
concept of the hotel on the capital's new Left Bank in the culturally
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The new hotel forms part of prosperous environ of Battersea is a key step forward in formalising
w Advertising design
the Falcon Wharf development the renaissance of Battersea."
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IHG launches first Indigo properties outside London
w Print
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed situated within a converted bank building on
two new Hotel Indigo properties in Glasgow Waterloo Street.
and Liverpool, the first outside London. It is the latest IHG property to be franchised
The brand has 27 hotels in North America by Chardon Management which also operates
and has started its global roll out of 59 further other IHG brands including seven Holiday Inn
Contact Tim Nash
properties, with the opening of Hotel Indigo and four Holiday Inn Express hotels in the UK.
Tel +44 (0)1462 471917
London Paddington in January 2009. There are seven existing IHG hotels in
Hotel Indigo Glasgow is scheduled to open Glasgow: one Crowne Plaza, three Holiday Inn
mid-2010 with 96 bedrooms and will be and three Holiday Inn Express hotels.
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