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Occupancy and ADR rise in July

20-Aug-2014 - UK hotels enjoyed high occupancy and average room rate in July, according to the latest figures released by accountancy firm BDO LLP.

Infographic: Converting callers into bookers

20-Aug-2014 - HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts has created a new infographic with advice to help hotels convert telephone reservation enquiries into direct bookings.

Chef apprenticeship standards approved by government

20-Aug-2014 - The first industry-developed apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by the government.

Tourism to enjoy £2.1bn boost over bank holiday

20-Aug-2014 - Domestic tourism is set to soar over the August bank holiday, with a quarter of the British population considering an overnight trip during the long weekend, according to the latest data from VisitEngland.

Spice Market debuts Sushi Bar

20-Aug-2014 - Spice Market London is launching Sushi Bar @ Spice Market on 1 September, bringing its Doha offering to the capital.

Ask the Experts

How to make social media benefit your hospitality business

19-Aug-2014 - So you’ve set up your online presence , you have your social media profiles created and you’ve begun posting images. What next? Here is some insight on how to strategically get social media marketing working for your business, by Jason Navon of PR & social media agency Clarity .

Wi-Fi accreditation scheme open to hospitality businesses

19-Aug-2014 - Hotels, restaurants and cafes can now sign up to a government supported scheme that aims to recognise businesses that take responsibility for protecting children and young people using their public Wi-Fi.

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Restaurants set to profit from bank holiday splurge

19-Aug-2014 - Restaurants are set to enjoy a profitable August bank holiday as Brits are planning to spend 120 per cent more than on a normal weekend, according to research by VoucherCodes.co.uk.

Accor expands UK porfolio with five new hotels

19-Aug-2014 - International hotel operator Accor has strengthened its UK portfolio with the signing of five new hotels in London and Edinburgh due to open by the end of 2015. 

Burger & Lobster eyes Canary Wharf opening

18-Aug-2014 - Burger & Lobster, the London-based group, is in talks to open its seventh site in the capital in Canary Wharf, according to BigHospitality's sister title M&C Report.

Travelife aims for UK expansion

18-Aug-2014 - Sustainability certification provider Travelife has revealed plans to increase its UK presence as part of a target to certify 3,000 hotels worldwide by 2017.

Fewer burgers on menus as operators widen range of American-style foods

18-Aug-2014 - Burger popularity has peaked in the UK, with branded operators serving increasingly innovative American and street food inspired dishes, according to the latest Menurama study from Horizons.

Restaurants targeted by scammers

18-Aug-2014 - Restaurant owners have been asked to remain vigilant as Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA) has noted an upsurge in phone scams targeting diners.

BHA calls for promotion of vocational training courses, especially in hospitality

15-Aug-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has called for educators to recognise the importance of vocational training for careers such as those in hospitality, and stop ‘hoarding’ young people in academia. 

Just Eat targets dine-in restaurants with collection-only app

15-Aug-2014 - Online takeaway platform Just Eat is targeting traditional dine-in restaurants with the acquisition of collection-only app Orogo.

Glasgow hotels enjoy record occupancy during Commonwealth Games

15-Aug-2014 - Glasgow hotels enjoyed a record of 97.3 per cent occupancy during July as the city played host to the Commonwealth Games, according to LJ Research.

D&D London re-launches Quaglino’s

15-Aug-2014 - Restaurant and late night venue Quaglino’s in London’s Mayfair is set to re-open this October after undergoing a multi-million pound renovation.

How to make the most of the drop in food inflation

15-Aug-2014 - Food inflation predictions have been lowered to 2 per cent for 2014, following favourable climatic conditions and price pressure in the retail sector. BigHospitality looks at how restaurants can make the most of the lowest inflation levels the market has seen for years.

The Oxo Tower Brasserie and Tex Mex food top 2014 dining trends

14-Aug-2014 - Restaurant booking website Bookatable has released its Quarterly Dining Trends report on dining trends in Britain over the last year, which shows the most popular restaurant booked through the site alongside the rising popularity of different international cuisines.  

Rock and Sole Plaice set to expand

14-Aug-2014 - Covent Garden’s Rock and Sole Plaice fish and chip shop, which claims to be London’s oldest, is set to expand and aims to open four new casual dining sites in the next five years, alongside smaller takeaways. 

Chaophraya owner reiterates London expansion focus

14-Aug-2014 - Thai Leisure Group (TLG), which operates the Chaophraya and Thaikhun brands, has reiterated plans to launch in London after a successful year of growth, with like-for-like sales up 9 per cent over the last 12 months.

Pensions Regulator warns hospitality industry to act

13-Aug-2014 - The Pensions Regulator is urging hotels and restaurants to act now to ready themselves for automatic enrolment, following the publication of the regulator’s first quarterly compliance bulletin.

The Indian Platform opens second site in Scotland

13-Aug-2014 - The first Indian Platform restaurant opened four months ago in Glasgow’s West End, now the second site has opened in Newton Mearns, with the founders planning to expand the chain further still. 

Investors back on UK hotel market

13-Aug-2014 - Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the UK hotel sector were up 65 per cent in the first half of 2014 compared to the previous six months, which bodes well for a record year, according to Deloitte.

News in brief

Entries open for Young Highland Chef 2014

13-Aug-2014 - This year’s Young Highland Chef competition has opened, with cooks aged between 18 and 30 from Scotland’s Highlands and Islands being invited to enter by 31 August. 

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