Cote appoints Lisa Buckley as new MD Cote, the circa 90-strong French brasserie chain backed by the Partners Group, has appointed Lisa Buckley as its new managing director. Lisa joins the business after nearly five years at Wagamama, where she was most recently UK operations director. Read more.

Hawthorn Leisure sets out investment programme The NewRiver-owned community pub company has said that it has added a further 61 sites to its investment programme. The business invested a total of £9.4m on 270 projects in Q3 – increasing average spend by almost 60%. Read more.

United Airlines reports $7.1bn loss for 2020 The US-based airline has reported a $7.1bn net loss for 2020, including $1.9bn in the final quarter alone. United has cut 22,000 jobs so far during the crisis. Read more.

Ladbrokes owner Entain updates on trading The Ladbrokes and Sportingbet owner Entain has updated its shareholders, days after an £8.1bn bid from MGM Resorts collapsed. Full-year underlying profits are expected to be in the range of £825m to £845m. Read more.

Hop Vietnamese acquired by founder In an accelerated sales process, Hop Vietnamese founder Paul Hopper has acquired the business. Cau Lau Holdings, a newly incorporated company founded by him, has acquired the business, retaining all staff. Read more.

Saga to require vaccine before allowing travel The cruise business has announced that all cruise and holiday customers travelling in 2021 will have to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Potential customers must have received both shots of a vaccine at least 14 days before departure. Read more.