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Ramada hotels at Salford Quays and Birmingham for sale

29-Jan-2015 - Ramada hotels at Salford Quays and the Mailbox in Birmingham have gone on the market giving investors the chance to buy established properties which could be repositioned and rebranded.  

Tokyo Industries targets student market with Get Baked partnership

29-Jan-2015 - Late-night venue operator Tokyo Industries is targeting the student market with the launch of a new collaboration with takeaway operator Get Baked. 

Hotel profits up across UK in 2014

28-Jan-2015 - The UK hotel industry had a ‘great year’ in 2014, with strong December performance helping push profits up across London and the provinces, according to the latest UK Chain Hotels...

Jurys Inn acquired by Lone Star Funds for £680m

28-Jan-2015 - Hotel group Jurys Inn has been bought by an affiliate of private equity firm Lone Star Funds for £680m. 

Hakkasan plans 15 restaurants and hotel in the UK

28-Jan-2015 - International hospitality group Hakkasan is looking to more than double its estate in 2015 with the opening of 15 new restaurants across its portfolio of brands, including a new concept...

Virgin Hotels searches for sites in London

28-Jan-2015 - Richard Branson's Virgin Hotels has confirmed that it is considering London as a key location for a new hotel. 

Brighton's zero-waste restaurant in crowdfunding drive

27-Jan-2015 - A Brighton restaurant that claims to generate no material waste is running a crowdfunding campaign to further extend its green credentials.

Franco Manca & Crab Tavern take London’s Broadgate Circle scheme close to capacity

27-Jan-2015 - A £20m retail redevelopment in London’s Square Mile is now almost fully pre-let after three restaurants took units on long-term leases.

Sandals seeks UK chefs for growing restaurant portfolio

27-Jan-2015 - Luxury Caribbean resort operator Sandals has started a recruitment drive for skilled chefs to work within its growing restaurant portfolio as it looks to 'offer guests the most comprehensive dining...

People 1st calls for more higher education training in wake of manager skills shortfall

27-Jan-2015 - People 1st has called for higher education to play a greater role in addressing the future management needs of the hospitality sector, after it claimed the industry will need 66,000...

The Goring to close for refurbishment

27-Jan-2015 - The Goring hotel will close its doors today (27 January) for the first time in its 104-year history to allow refurbishment work on its lobby to be completed. 

The Sportsman named top UK gastropub

26-Jan-2015 - The Sportsman, in Seasalter, Kent, was been voted the best gastropub in the country by a select band of influential industry experts.

Steak of the Art opens Cardiff restaurant

26-Jan-2015 - Steak of the Art, the restaurant concept that serves steaks and other meats in an art gallery setting, has opened a second site in Cardiff.

Signature Living starts 2015 on a high note

26-Jan-2015 - Liverpool's serviced apartment and hotel operator Signature Living has reported starting 2015 on a high note with New Year bookings up 40 per cent on the previous year. 

New Moon Pub Co continues on expansion trail with first site in Liverpool

26-Jan-2015 - North-west operator New Moon Pub Company has secured its first Liverpool site and its seventh in total.

News in brief

Pizza Rossa overreaches crowdfunding target

26-Jan-2015 - Pizza-by-the-square-slice concept Pizza Rossa has overreached its crowdfunding target seven days ahead of the end of its campaign. 

Debrett's 500: Heston Blumenthal and Jason Atherton among food & drink's most influential

26-Jan-2015 - Chefs Heston Blumenthal and Jason Atherton along with restaurateurs Russell Norman and Alan Yau have made a list of the 500 most influential people in Britain according to The Peerage...

Fall in unemployed 16 – 18 year olds

26-Jan-2015 - The number of 16 – 18 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) has fallen to 148,000 out the population of two million but it is still behind...

Pubs of Distinction acquires Camden pub

23-Jan-2015 - Pubs of Distinction has acquired its fourth London-based venue as it continues to grow its portfolio of ‘local beer houses’

Jean-Christophe Novelli to open Liverpool restaurant

23-Jan-2015 - Jean-Christophe Novelli will make a return to the UK restaurant industry with the launch of his own brasserie in Liverpool city centre this spring.

Hipping Hall and The Ryebeck owner to open third hotel

23-Jan-2015 - Andrew Wildsmith, the owner of Hipping Hall and The Ryebeck hotels in Cumbria, will open a third hotel in the county this summer after acquiring a former walkers’ hostel.

Sandra Kelly of Whitbread on plugging the skills gap in hospitality

23-Jan-2015 - Sandra Kelly, head of education at Whitbread, suggests ways the hospitality sector can best address its skills shortage.

Feeling valued is top priority for third of hospitality workers

22-Jan-2015 - Two thirds of hospitality workers believe it is important to feel passionate about a job while a third think feeling valued is a top priority, a survey looking into employee...

Bulldog Hotel Group set for expansion following Commer Group investment

22-Jan-2015 - Independent hotel operator Bulldog Hotel Group has outlined plans to double the size of its business after gaining investment from the Commer Group.

Hampton by Hilton to open hotel at Humberside Airport

22-Jan-2015 - Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to open a Hampton by Hilton hotel at Humberside Airport.