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Tips scandal: Unite to protest STK at ME London Hotel

05-Feb-2016 - Trade union Unite is set to stage a protest against STK London at its ME London Hotel tonight, amidst claims that its 15 per cent service charge is being used...

Thai Leisure Group plans further expansion

05-Feb-2016 - Thai Leisure Group (TLG) has announced plans for expansion having recorded a ‘bumper’ turnover of £30m in 2015.

Hotel prices triple for Six Nations

05-Feb-2016 - Hotel prices in the UK have risen dramatically as inbound sports tourism increases for the RBS Six Nations championships, according to Trivago.

Soho House to develop roadside restaurant and hotel concept

05-Feb-2016 - Rollout Restaurants, the Soho House joint venture, is developing a roadside restaurant and hotel concept.

Make recruitment process more ‘youth friendly’ hospitality urged

04-Feb-2016 - Businesses in the hospitality sector are being advised to make their recruitment process more ‘youth friendly’ to help safeguard the industry’s future workforce after a survey of 18-24-year-olds found they...

Sticks’n’Sushi expansion: ‘We’re not a copy and paste concept’

04-Feb-2016 - For the past four years Sticks'n'Sushi has been gradually expanding its London empire, but now the Danish-Japanese restaurant group is set to take its 'affordable luxury' offering across the UK. ...

62% of people think high street restaurant food is ‘basic’

04-Feb-2016 - A survey of 2,000 UK diners has found that 62 per cent think that the food offer in high street restaurant chains is ‘far too basic’.

Friends no more: Central Perk coffee shop closes its doors

04-Feb-2016 - The Central Perk franchise, based on the coffee shop featured on popular US sitcom Friends has closed its three sites. 

Fish! Borough Market: Revamp to help widen demographic and increase dwell time

04-Feb-2016 - The owners of Fish! Borough Market, which re-opened yesterday (3 February) following a month-long refurbishment, hope the new-look restaurant and menu will help it reach a wider demographic and increase...

Arora invests £20m into Heathrow Hotel

04-Feb-2016 - The Arora Group has announced plans to re-launch its Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel after investing £20m into refurbishing the property.

UK tourism jobs growing faster than other sectors

03-Feb-2016 - Jobs in the UK’s tourism industry have grown by 12 per cent over five years to 2014, more than double the growth witnessed across other sectors of the economy.

The Alchemist to open in Newcastle

03-Feb-2016 - All-day dining restaurant The Alchemist is to open in Newcastle’s Intu Eldon Square’s catering development, Grey’s Quarter, marking the chain’s first opening in the North East.

Jonathan Downey: Streets ahead

03-Feb-2016 - His street food markets will attract more than one million visitors this year and his latest business, London Union, is backed by Jamie and Nigella. Now Jonathan Downey has his...

Brits abroad: Restaurant groups eye US expansion

03-Feb-2016 - The US could experience an influx of British operators on its shores in the next few years with a number of restaurant groups looking at opportunities across The Pond....

Stars Pubs & Bars opens training pub

02-Feb-2016 - Pub and bar operator, Stars Pubs & Bars, has opened a training pub in Arnold Nottingham, which will provide on-site training for Star Personnel and prospective licensees once it is...

Harry Ramsden's restaurant opening at Blackpool Tower

02-Feb-2016 - Blackpool Council has announced that a rebranded flagship Harry Ramsden's fish restaurant is to open at the Blackpool Tower complex this summer.

Flood-hit York hotels urge PM to holiday in Northern England

02-Feb-2016 - The chief executive of managed hotel chain Best Western Great Britain is calling on David Cameron and George Osborne to holiday in the North of England this year to help...

How to choose the right toiletries for your hotel

02-Feb-2016 - They may only be a small component within the full guest experience, but as many hotel companies are realising, the choice of amenities put in a hotel’s bathroom can say...

Hospitality Openings: December 2015 & January 2016

01-Feb-2016 - BigHospitality rounds up the biggest openings from December 2015 and January 2016, including House of Ho, Grain Store, Farmstand and Hilton.

The Blues Kitchen and Pizza Pilgrims to collaborate

01-Feb-2016 - The Blues Kitchen and Pizza Pilgrims have announced a collaboration that will last over February and March.

Second London Sushisamba to open in Covent Garden

01-Feb-2016 - Samba Brands Management, the owner of Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle, has announced plans to open a second London Sushisamba restaurant - in Covent Garden. 

London’s Jazz Café to be renovated by new owners

01-Feb-2016 - London’s iconic Jazz Café has temporarily closed its doors for refurbishment and alterations, following its purchase by nightlife company The Columbo Group.

Moroccan restaurant Zayane opening in London

01-Feb-2016 - Zayane, a modern Moroccan restaurant, is launching on Golborne Road, London, this month, with former Thackerays and The Ivy chef, Chris Bower, leading the kitchen brigade.

Welcome Break to pay ALL staff National Living Wage

01-Feb-2016 - Motorway service operator Welcome Break has said it will pay all its employees the National Living Wage from 1 April, regardless of their age to help 'attract the best people'. 

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How to value your hospitality business correctly

01-Feb-2016 - Darren Seward, hospitality specialist at commercial insurer, NFU Mutual, discusses the importance of valuing the business assets of a pub, hotel and restaurant correctly.