Good morning!

I walked into Brighton last night (from Hove) to check out the Caxton Arms - the venue for forthcoming ShareSoc monthly meetings. It's a very nice, quite small pub, with excellent food, and friendly locals/staff. The downstairs function room is quite small, but will serve our purposes for the presentations.

I sampled the various lagers on offer, and concluded that the San Miguel was the best. Then walking home, the lager made its presence felt, so I had to pop into The Connaught to use the facilities, and ended up spending the rest of the evening there, chatting to a lovely couple at the bar. I've hopefully roped them in to come along to the ShareSoc event, on Tue 13 Sept 2016 - to book your place (limited numbers, so early booking advised) please click here.

It amazes me how many pub operators miss the obvious factor for success - putting friendly & sociable people behind the bar, to create a nice atmosphere. Both the Caxton and the Connaught excel on this front. Elsewhere though, all too often one is served by a sullen minimum wager, who looks at you as if you're mad or dangerous if you try to strike up a conversation. Isn't that the whole point of pubs?

There are hardly any relevant results out today, which is handy, as I have a backlog from yesterday to catch up on. Yesterday's report spluttered to a premature halt, in a cloud of smoke, and shattered piston rings, unfortunately. So hopefully I can do better today!

Today I intend report on:

  • Restaurant (LON:RTN) - new CEO
  • Rotala (LON:ROL) - Interim results
  • Cloudbuy (LON:CBUY) (this one should be good for a laugh) Interim results
  • Speedy Hire (LON:SDY) - the plot thickens re EGM

also, from yesterday:

Restaurant (LON:RTN)

Appointment of new CEO - this is much larger than my usual level of mkt cap for these reports. However, it was one of my…

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