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Umi Digital develops web package to help independent hoteliers build direct bookings

10-Dec-2012 - Marketing agency Umi Digital has developed a special web package for independent hotel owners which is designed to help them increase their online presence and build more bookings through their...

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The Jewel in the Crown: How to reward your staff

10-Dec-2012 - That age-old cliché of staff being your most important asset is as true now as it ever has been in the hospitality industry. In such a difficult economic environment, rewarding staff for above-average...

The Rum Kitchen: Caribbean restaurant and bar launches in Notting Hill

10-Dec-2012 - The management team behind PING, Love Brunch and Bungalow 8 London have launched the Rum Kitchen - a 60-cover Caribbean restaurant and cellar bar in the heart of Notting Hill,...

Hotel crime: Police reveal top tips for hoteliers

07-Dec-2012 - Following the launch of the London Hotelwatch network, the police is urging regional hotels from across the country to join the service while revealing to BigHospitality the top tips hotels...

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Travelodge launches ‘cosmic night sky panorama’ hotel room

07-Dec-2012 - Travelodge has introduced a new version of hotel rooms which allow customers to sleep ‘under the stars’ at a dozen of its budget hotels across the country.

Service standards hold the key to profitable Christmas for restaurants

07-Dec-2012 - Restaurants across the UK are being urged to focus on providing first-class customer service and nurturing customer relationships throughout the festive period after a survey found that December is seen...

Jurys Inn Glasgow checks into corporate business trend with £3m investment

07-Dec-2012 - Jurys Inn Glasgow – Scotland’s largest hotel – is undergoing a £3m refurbishment programme to strengthen its offering to corporate clients as the budget hotel chain admits it needs to...

José Pizarro: Pearls of Wisdom

07-Dec-2012 - World-renowned chef José Pizarro is seen by many as 'the godfather of Spanish cuisine'. Having grown up in the region of Extremadura in western Spain, Pizarro moved to the UK 14 years...

Hospitality Guild honours hospitality professionals, apprentices and employers at inaugural awards

06-Dec-2012 - Twenty-five young professionals from across the industry have been inducted into the Hospitality Guild's Young Hall of Fame with a select number of apprentices and employers also awarded at the...

The Camden Eye pub launches wood-fired oven pizza restaurant

06-Dec-2012 - 2012 BII Licensee of the Year Mahdis Neghabian has launched a pizza restaurant featuring a wood-fired oven at her award-winning Camden pub The Camden Eye.

Accor undertakes major restructure of European business to focus on individual hotel brands

06-Dec-2012 - France-based global hotel operator Accor has announced it has carried out a major restructuring of the management of its European business - from January each brand will be run by...

Pub is the Hub launches Community Services Fund to help pubs diversify

06-Dec-2012 - Pub is the Hub, which provides advice and support for licensees, rural pubs and community services, has today announced the launch of the Community Services Fund to help raise money...

Gold Service Scholarship: Regional finalists revealed

06-Dec-2012 - The judges of the inaugural Gold Service Scholarship, which promotes front-of-house service in the hospitality industry, have announced the shortlist for the 25 regional finalists who will compete for a...

Lukewarm welcome: Hospitality businesses react to the Autumn Statement

06-Dec-2012 - Businesses, the main beneficiaries of the small amount of good news delivered in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement yesterday, have begun giving their reaction, welcoming tax cuts and increased spending but...

Luminar fights to save Oceana Kingston after fatal stabbing

06-Dec-2012 - Bar and nightclub owner Luminar is to appeal against a decision to revoke the licence of its Oceana nightclub in Kingston upon Thames following the fatal stabbing of a 20-year-old...

The Hempel hotel seeks new jobs for staff ahead of imminent closure

06-Dec-2012 - The Hempel hotel is currently in the process of contacting other properties in London which might be able to offer jobs to its staff members ahead of a closure of...

Brasserie Blanc operator revives Bishopsgate Chez Gérard as trial for possible rollout

05-Dec-2012 - The Chez Gérard restaurant brand is to be revived by Brasserie Bar Co, the operator of Raymond Blanc's Brasserie Blanc concept, with the re-opening of a site in Bishopsgate.

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P&G and BHA on the hunt for Best of British Hospitality

05-Dec-2012 - As the year packed full of once-in-a-lifetime events comes to a close, P&G Professional has launched a campaign to find the UK hospitality business most deserving of the award for...

Autumn Statement 2012: Osborne delivers good news for businesses

05-Dec-2012 - “The British economy is healing,” proclaimed George Osborne in his Autumn Statement earlier today as the Chancellor made a number of big pledges in a bid to help businesses, despite...

Review website Yelp to name and shame fake online restaurant reviewers

05-Dec-2012 - Restaurateurs that post positive fake reviews about their own venues or negative fake reviews about competitors are being warned that the major review sites are looking to clamp down hard on the practice with...

Greene King serves up higher profits despite challenging environment

05-Dec-2012 - Pubs, restaurants and hotels business Greene King shrugged off the wet weather and a difficult regulatory environment by posting a strong set of financial results for the half-year to 14...

Street food popularity to continue into 2013 with Galeto launch

05-Dec-2012 - The prevalence for street food-inspired restaurants shows no sign of abating with the announced opening of Galeto in Soho, a partnership between two former Pizza Express executives which also taps...

Tom Davies on Brakspear, beer tax and why chefs should run pubs

05-Dec-2012 - Tom Davies, the chief executive of leased and tenanted pubco Brakspear, is currently at the helm of the company at an exciting time as acquisitions continue and innovative projects, such...

Adam Stokes targets Michelin star for first eponymous restaurant in Birmingham

04-Dec-2012 - Michelin-starred chef Adam Stokes has announced he is to leave the restaurant at Glenapp Castle hotel in Scotland to set up an eponymous pop-up eatery and then permanent restaurant in...

Restaurant magazine investigates how to make dough from bread

04-Dec-2012 - How can restaurants source good-quality bread? Is it sustainable for chefs to bake their own, what should you serve it with and is there money to be made from a...