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St James hotel launches in Nottingham

23-Jul-2014 - The St James boutique hotel, formerly the Rutland Square hotel, has launched in Nottingham’s historic castle quarter after a complete rebranding and refurbishment.

Independent restaurants could suffer as eating out market grows

23-Jul-2014 - The total UK eating out market will reach £82.8bn this year, but independent restaurants are set to struggle as consumers switch to branded chains, according to Allegra Foodservice strategy director Simon Stenning.

East Asian BBQ restaurant Bó Drake comes to Soho

23-Jul-2014 - Bó Drake, a modern East Asian BBQ restaurant and Anju bar will be opening in September on Greek Street in London’s Soho.

SLH sees strong growth as consumers refuse to compromise on holidays

23-Jul-2014 - Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has reported a 13 per cent rise in revenue as consumers keep holidays on top of their spending priorities.

Brasserie Bar Co begins brand roll-out

22-Jul-2014 - The Brasserie Bar Co has begun rolling out its White Brasserie pub brand after receiving funding from ESO Capital, with aims to open 20 pubs in three years.

Salt beef bar concept Delancey & Co comes to London

22-Jul-2014 - Delance y& Co will be opening in London this autumn, a modern take on a New York-style salt beef and smoked salmon bar. 


Recruitment: Making hospitality an attractive career option

21-Jul-2014 - With the continued growth of the hospitality sector, combined with the lowest unemployment rate since 2008, finding new recruits is set to become more and more challenging. So where can restaurants, hotels and pubs find potential candidates, and what can they do to make the industry an attractive career prospect?


Recruitment: Selecting the right candidates

21-Jul-2014 - Once the challenge of attracting applicants has been overcome, hospitality recruiters find themselves with the task of selecting the right candidates for their brand - ultimately aiming for improved staff retention.

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings all-day brasserie and bar to open in Clerkenwell

21-Jul-2014 - The Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings will be opening in London’s Clerkenwell this September, offering a modern British take on Brasserie food.

Warm weather and business travel drive hotel growth

21-Jul-2014 - Good weather and a strong corporate market helped drive further growth for both regional and London hotels in June, according to preliminary figures from business advisory firm BDO LLP.

IHG adds another three Holiday Inn Express hotels to UK portfolio

21-Jul-2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed three Holiday Inn Express hotels in London, Leigh and Wigan to its UK portfolio

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Young National Chef of the Year Awards: final line-up

21-Jul-2014 - The Craft Guild of Chefs has announced the complete line-up of its Young National Chef of the Year Awards finalists.

Accor enjoys continued momentum in Q2 2014

18-Jul-2014 - International hotel group Accor enjoyed continued growth in Q2 2014, with good trading in the UK helping to offset the impact of a VAT increase in France.

Banks are failing SMEs, finds competition watchdog

18-Jul-2014 - Banks are failing to provide the service and value that small and medium-sized (SME) businesses such as bars, restaurants and hotels need to thrive, according to a new report from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Young's adds boutique hotel rooms to Richmond pub

17-Jul-2014 - Young's is adding 13 boutique hotel rooms to The Orange Tree pub in Richmond-upon-Thames, which is due to re-open in September following a £1.7m refurbishment.

Glasgow hotel prices up by £200 during Commonwealth Games

17-Jul-2014 - Glasgow hotel prices have risen to an average of £344 per night during the Commonwealth Games, according to the latest figures from travel website trivago.

BHA calls for stricter health and safety controls on home-exchange websites

17-Jul-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has warned the UK’s reputation as a high quality, safe tourist destination could be damaged if home-exchange websites do not improve their safety requirements.

Customers less satisfied with leisure sector

17-Jul-2014 - Customer satisfaction with leisure sector businesses has fallen slightly over the past six months, new research shows.

Flat June sales for restaurants despite #WorldCup2014

17-Jul-2014 - Managed pub and restaurant groups’ collective like-for-like sales grew just 0.4 per cent in June, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

CAU to open all-day dining restaurant in Bristol

16-Jul-2014 - Argentinian steakhouse concept CAU will open its sixth and largest UK site in Bristol next month.

Topland acquires Hallmark Hotels

16-Jul-2014 - International property investment firm Topland has bought Hallmark Hotels in a £75m deal as part of its bid to build a £1bn hotel business in the UK

The Ledbury tops All In One Ultimate Restaurant List for third year

15-Jul-2014 - The Ledbury has once again topped a list of London’s best 100 restaurants based on dining awards and ratings given during the year.

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Consumers and businesses at odds over future of mobile technology in hospitality

15-Jul-2014 -  Businesses and consumers have different views on how mobile technology can improve hospitality experiences in the future, according to new research from Omnico. 

Money for nothing: SMEs in dire straits over compliance costs

15-Jul-2014 - Hotels, restaurants and pubs are facing rising regulatory costs despite government promises to cut red tape, the Forum of Private Business has warned.

Ibérica confirms Manchester Spinningfields site

15-Jul-2014 - Ibérica Restaurants has confirmed that it will open its first site outside of London at Manchester’s Spinningfields this autumn, serving a unique  à la carte menu designed by executive chef and business partner Nacho Manzano.

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