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Beer duty cut supports 16,000 jobs, report finds

01-Oct-2014 - Two consecutive beer duty cuts have boosted sales, investment and employment in the pub sector at very little cost to the government, a new report has found.

Elior acquires Lexington to expand London presence

01-Oct-2014 - Contract catering company Elior has acquired City of London firm Lexington as part of its UK growth strategy. 

HotBox pop-up to open permanent site in London

01-Oct-2014 - Barbecue restaurant HotBox will open its first permanent site in Spitalfields this November, having tested the concept out as a series of pop-ups across the capital.

HotelTonight extends booking window to seven days

01-Oct-2014 - Last minute booking app HotelTonight is now offering guests the chance to book seven days in advance, which it claims will boost conversion rates for its partner hotels.

Montcalm to open new east London hotel

01-Oct-2014 - Montcalm Luxury Hotels will open its fifth London hotel, M by Montcalm, in Shoreditch early next year.

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HOSPA appoints new chairman

01-Oct-2014 - Chris Upton is to take over as chairman of The Hospitality Professionals Association for Finance, Revenue Management and IT (HOSPA).

Veeno plans roll-out through crowdfunding

30-Sep-2014 - Italian wine café Veeno has launched a crowdfunding campaign and aims to open four new sites by June 2015.

The Annual Hotel Conference 2014: a look at tomorrow's world

30-Sep-2014 - The Annual Hotel Conference will return to Manchester next month, bringing independent, boutique and consortium hotel owners and operators together to discuss the future of the industry. BigHospitality caught up...

ASAP looks to develop serviced apartment 'kitemark'

30-Sep-2014 - The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) has revealed plans to extend its quality assurance programme into a ‘kitemark’ scheme to boost consumer confidence in the sector.

Record summer for Glasgow hotels

30-Sep-2014 - Glasgow hotels enjoyed a strong performance in August, closing a record summer boosted by sporting events.

The Fish & Chip Shop opens second site in the City

30-Sep-2014 - Restaurateur Des McDonald will open his second The Fish & Chip Shop restaurant in the City of London this October, with plans to develop the concept into a national chain.

Scotland launches hospitality apprenticeship scheme

30-Sep-2014 - Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has announced the launch of a new apprenticeship scheme in partnership with five hotel brands.

The Restaurant Show 2014 preview

29-Sep-2014 - The Restaurant Show 2014 will take place at Earls Court in London from 6-8 October. 

Strada sold to Sun Capital Partners for £37m

29-Sep-2014 - Tragus Group has sold 43 Strada restaurants to Sun Capital Partners (SCP) for £37m, claiming to have ‘secured a sustainable future for the business’.

Heritage Estates acquires second Nottinghamshire hotel

29-Sep-2014 - Independent hotel group Heritage Estates has acquired Cockliffe Country House Hotel in a deal worth around £1m.

'Informed but informal' dominates dining trends

29-Sep-2014 - The increase in eating out and higher customer expectations are driving the continued growth of ‘informed but informal’ dining experiences.

Grub Club to launch crowdfunding campaign

26-Sep-2014 - Food start-up Grub Club will launch a crowdfunding campaign on 29 September to raise £250,000 to further the business.

Tourism employment grows twice as fast as rest of market

26-Sep-2014 - Employment grew twice as fast in the tourism industry as in other UK sectors between 2009 and 2013, according to figures released Friday (26 September) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Apex to open first hotel in Bath

26-Sep-2014 - Apex Hotels has purchased a site in central Bath with the intent to open a 177-bedroom full service hotel.

#TaxEqualityDay: Sales boost for operators

26-Sep-2014 - Participants to Wednesday’s (24 September) Tax Equality Day reported sales increases of 10 to 20 per cent for the day, supporting their argument for VAT cut from 20 to 5 per cent.

#Socialchef: Storytelling key to enticing diners in

25-Sep-2014 - Complementing food pictures with stories about dishes and their provenance improves social media users’ perception of food and amplifies their emotions, according to new research by Digital Blonde and Artizian...

Independent Hotel Show 2014 preview

25-Sep-2014 - This year’s Independent Hotel Show will take place on 21 – 22 October at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London.

Small Talk

Harwood Warrington on Macdonald Hotels and the importance of food

25-Sep-2014 - Harwood Warrington recently took over as Macdonald Hotels’ restaurant operations director and has begun a multi-million pound redevelopment of the group's food and beverage offering.

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Apple Apartments opens in Hyde Park

25-Sep-2014 - Apple Apartments Hyde Park has opened on Westbourne Crescent in line with the group’s London expansion plans.

Independents thrive on London lunch trade

25-Sep-2014 - London is a ‘boomtown’ for independent cafes and restaurants selling lunch-to-go, according to a new report from the NPD Group.