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A castle and four hotels: Highland Heritage Ltd. is for sale

03-Jul-2015 - A tourism business with an annual turnover of £8m is for sale after the founder announced his retirement.

Old Street welcomes new Bodean’s BBQ Smoke House branch to London

03-Jul-2015 - Bodean’s BBQ Smoke House has announced that they are opening a new branch in London’s Old Street.

Restaurant brands missing out on customer loyalty schemes

03-Jul-2015 - Restaurant brands should make better use of data obtained through loyalty schemes such as cards and apps to create deals targeted to customer preferences.

Carom Soho opens second pop-up in London

03-Jul-2015 - Following a successful rooftop venture, D&D London restaurant Carom Soho has announced that it is launching a new pop-up in Butlers Wharf, London.

Dining trends: Consumers reluctant to 'trade up' to more expensive dishes

03-Jul-2015 - An ongoing reluctance by consumers to trade up to more expensive menu items is squeezing restaurant profits, according to exclusive research.

World of gastronomy 'enters new era of casual-dining'

02-Jul-2015 - Fine-dining chefs and restaurateurs are making continued moves to make their offerings more relaxed and informal as the world of gastronomy shifts towards 'a new era of casual dining'. 

Hospitality employers must act to prevent staff soft skills crisis

02-Jul-2015 - Hospitality employers must do more to tackle poor staff soft skills, which risk creating an industry crisis by 2020.

Expedia axes rate parity agreements with UK hotels

02-Jul-2015 - The Expedia Group has joined Booking.com in amending its rate parity agreements to allow European hotels to offer lower prices through other online booking sites.

Allergy UK launches accreditation scheme for hospitality businesses

02-Jul-2015 - Allergy UK has launched an accreditation scheme for foodservice operators which it says will help them better cater for customers with food allergies.

SMALL TALK

Lucy Townsend of The Greyhound on the Test on juggling her different businesses

02-Jul-2015 - Lucy Townsend runs Michelin Pub of the Year 2014 The Greyhound on the Test in Stockbridge, Hampshire alongside her outside catering company Wilds, launched earlier this year. 

Hospitality Openings: June 2015

01-Jul-2015 - A round-up of June's hospitality openings that include Smith & Wollensky, Vincent Café and Cocktail Bar, and Inn on the Square.

EU referendum: Hospitality industry risks 'sleepwalking in to danger'

01-Jul-2015 - The hospitality industry must wake up to the potential dangers posed by Britain voting to leave the European Union, according to Travelodge CEO Peter Gowers.

Boris Johnson urges hospitality businesses to pay Living Wage

01-Jul-2015 - London Mayor Boris Johnson has called on hospitality operators to pay employees the Living Wage.

Bella Italia to open 40 new restaurants by 2017

01-Jul-2015 - Bella Italia, the Casual Dining Group restaurant brand, is to open 40 new sites by 2017, with openings lined up in Orpington, Chichester, Burton and Hemel Hempstead among others.

Marco Pierre White to open restaurant at Hinckley Island Hotel

01-Jul-2015 - World-renowned chef, Marco Pierre White, is set to open a new restaurant at The Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.

Gleneagles Hotel and resort sold to Ennismore

01-Jul-2015 - Gleneagles Hotel and resort has been bought by London-based hospitality group Ennismore for an undisclosed sum.

Galvin Brothers: Bringing restaurant ethos to pubs

01-Jul-2015 - Chef-restaurateur brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin have set up a pub company which Chris said has been prompted by soaring property prices for restaurants and the need to create opportunities...

Phillip Oppenheim sets opening date for second Cubana site

30-Jun-2015 - Former Tory Treasury Minister Phillip Oppenheim has confirmed an October opening date for his second Cubana bar and restaurant site. 

Connected Traveller: Smartphone-using hotel guests express preference for apps

30-Jun-2015 - Hotel companies would cater better for smartphone-using guests if their business developed an app, a report by TripAdvisor has found. 

Square Pie to expand further following The O2 restaurant opening

30-Jun-2015 - Square Pie has opened its 'biggest restaurant to date' at The O2 Arena in Greenwich as it sets out plans to expand its operation this year and next. 

National Restaurant Awards: Barrafina Adelaide Street takes 2015 title

29-Jun-2015 - Barrafina Adelaide Street has been named the National Restaurant of the Year 2015.

Alan Lorrimer to open live music bar and restaurant The Piano Works

29-Jun-2015 - Serial restaurateur and bar owner Alan Lorrimer will open The Piano Works in Farringdon this week, a live music venue, bar and restaurant that aims to revive the tradition of...

How hospitality can tackle the 'death of the Saturday job'

29-Jun-2015 - The hospitality industry is ‘perfectly placed’ to tackle the decline in young people combining part-time work with their studies, but must do more to retain the best talent.

ASK THE EXPERTS

What hospitality businesses need to know about trademarking

29-Jun-2015 - Joe Covill, partner at Adams & Remers LLP looks at the issue of trademarking in the hospitality industry and outlines what you need to do to protect your brand

Andrew Guy 'planning to stay' with Ed's Easy Diner

29-Jun-2015 - Chief executive Andrew Guy has said he will remain involved in the running of Ed’s Easy Diner in some capacity in the event of the mooted sale of the business...