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Pizza Express to recruit 2,500 people and boost apprenticeship scheme

31-Mar-2015 - Pizza Express has announced plans to recruit 2,500 staff over the next five years and expand its apprenticeship scheme to ensure there is at least one apprentice in each of...

Hotelier turns to crowdfunding to raise refurbishment funds

31-Mar-2015 - The owner of Glen Rothay hotel in the Lake District has turned to crowdfunding to help raise funds for bedroom refurbishments and a restaurant re-launch. 

Grains-based café 26 Grains to open in Covent Garden

31-Mar-2015 - Alex Hely-Hutchinson, the founder of grains-based food venture 26 Grains, is to open a permanent café at Neal's Yard in Covent Garden after running a number of pop-up venues. ...

Thai Leisure Group secures £10m for expansion

31-Mar-2015 - Thai Leisure Group (TLG), operator of fine dining brand Chaophraya and street-food brand Thaikhun, has secured £10m of new funding from Santander to aid its expansion plans.

Camino to open tapas bar at Bankside

30-Mar-2015 - Spanish restaurant and bar group Camino is to open a new site at Bankside in Southwark. 

Infographic: How Millennials are shaping the future of business travel

30-Mar-2015 - Millennials are more likely to travel for business and are excited about future technology innovations in hotels, according to YouGov research released by The Service Apartment Company (SACO) today (30 March).

Kenny Atkinson to increase capacity at House of Tides

30-Mar-2015 - Chef Kenny Atkinson has started work to increase the capacity of his House of Tides restaurant to enable him to keep up with customer demand. 

London restaurant introducing ticketing system to combat no-shows

30-Mar-2015 - The Clove Club in Shoreditch is to become the first restaurant in the UK to introduce a ticketing system where diners pay for their meal in advance.

Why hotel staff should be trained in deaf awareness

30-Mar-2015 - Ruthy Fletcher, deaf awareness trainer and consultant at Support the Deaf People takes us through the reasons why staff at hotels should be trained in deaf awareness and how to go...

VisitBritain welcomes £10m funding for Northern tourism

30-Mar-2015 - VisitBritain has welcomed the announcement of £10m of government funding to boost tourism in the North of England.

Consumers spend more on eating out for the seventh consecutive month

27-Mar-2015 - Consumer spending on eating out grew for the seventh consecutive month in February, while drinking out saw a sharp month-on-month rise, according to Greene King’s monthly Leisure Spend Tracker.

James Martin opens restaurant at Stansted Airport as part of £80m redevelopment

26-Mar-2015 - A raft of restaurants, including the first ever James Martin Kitchen and new concept Halo Fizz Bar from The Restaurant Group (TRG) have opened as part of phase two of...

Cut food and tourism VAT and improve hospitality staff training, Select Committee tells Government

26-Mar-2015 - The Government must cut tourism VAT and give the hospitality sector greater support, according to a report published today (26 March) by Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

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Edwina Lilley Charitable Trust made food tech partner at Alder Hey

26-Mar-2015 - The Edwina Lilley Charitable Trust is to become food technology partner at the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

Kenny Atkinson urges fellow chefs to work with students to help fill future vacancies

26-Mar-2015 - Established chefs can help fix the industry's skills shortage problem by working more closely with colleges and their students, says House of Tides chef-owner Kenny Atkinson. 

Scottish hotels continue to capitalise on events

26-Mar-2015 - Hotels in Edinburgh and Glasgow are continuing to capitalise on events, while demand continues to weaken in Aberdeen, according to the monthly LJ Forecaster Scottish Intercity Report.

Smith & Wollensky UK: plenty of room in London for another steakhouse

26-Mar-2015 - There is ‘plenty of room’ in London for another steakhouse and burger operator to make their mark, according to Smith & Wollensky’s operations director Nathan Evans, who is gearing up...

Jason Atherton to open sixth London restaurant - Social Wine & Tapas

26-Mar-2015 - Chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is to open his sixth London restaurant  - Social Wine & Tapas  - on James Street, Marylebone, in June.

Costas Spiliadis to bring restaurant Estiatorio Milos to London

25-Mar-2015 - Acclaimed international chef Costas Spiliadis is to open a branch of his Greek fish restaurant Estiatorio Milos in London in June.

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Frankie & Benny's among winners at Development Chef Awards 2015

25-Mar-2015 - Chefs at Frankie & Benny's and the Seafood Pub Company were among the winners at the Farm Frites Development Chef Awards last night (24 March). 

Hotel chains outside London continue to perform well

25-Mar-2015 - Hotel chains in the UK provinces continued to show positive year-on-year growth while London hotels struggled during February according to the latest HotStats' UK Chain Hotels Market Review.

Levy Restaurants UK creates culinary director roles

25-Mar-2015 - Compass Group UK & Ireland's sports, leisure and hospitality business Levy restaurants has created four culinary director roles to help it better manage its operations across its different types of...

Center Parcs UK’s Martin Robinson: "Stick to your guns to build success"

24-Mar-2015 - Sticking to Dutch founder Piet Derksen’s original idea to create an environmentally and family-friendly holiday park and refusing to make drastic changes at the request of private equity companies has...

Hotel Gotham: What we can expect from 'the sexiest hotel in Europe'

24-Mar-2015 - Bespoke Hotels' latest property Hotel Gotham will open its doors on King Street in Manchester on 7 April following a year's worth of renovation work at the Art Deco-style building....

Government must act to secure the future of the UK tourism industry, says WTTC

24-Mar-2015 - The UK government must take action to ensure the future of the UK tourism industry, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has warned.