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New Tom’s pop-up to launch evening bar and bistro

22-Aug-2014 - Tom Conran’s Notting Hill pop-up New Tom’s is launching New Tom’s Bar & Bistro, which will open in September on the former site of Tom's Deli.

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BHA partners with European tourism association

22-Aug-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has partnered with the European tourism association (ETOA) to promote the merits of UK tourism to international visitors.

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Eric Partaker on Chilango and spearheading a new funding route for SMEs

22-Aug-2014 - Eric Partaker is the co-founder of Chilango, the Mexican chain that has raised £1.8m via a mini-bond hosted on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. He talks to BigHospitality about the success of...

Hotel and leisure construction activity on the up

22-Aug-2014 - As UK hotel transactions return to pre-crisis levels , the value of construction contracts for new properties has also started to show upward movement.

Marylebone Leisure Group to launch Barsmith

22-Aug-2014 - The Marylebone Leisure Group is to open Barsmith this September, a new cocktail bar concept in London’s Farringdon.

Amazing Venues to open No Man’s Fort as hotel

21-Aug-2014 - Man-made island in the middle of the Solent, No Man’s Fort, is currently undergoing a complete renovation before opening as a space for overnight stays and events this November. ...

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Koh Thai Tapas secures Koh Noi site in Dorset

21-Aug-2014 - The Thai tapas restaurant Koh Thai Tapas is to open a second site in its new Thai tapas bar and takeaway concept Koh Noi, the company’s seventh UK site overall....

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Occupancy and ADR rise in July

20-Aug-2014 - UK hotels enjoyed high occupancy and average room rate in July, according to the latest figures released by accountancy firm BDO LLP.

Infographic: Converting callers into bookers

20-Aug-2014 - HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts has created a new infographic with advice to help hotels convert telephone reservation enquiries into direct bookings.

Chef apprenticeship standards approved by government

20-Aug-2014 - The first industry-developed apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by the government.

Tourism to enjoy £2.1bn boost over bank holiday

20-Aug-2014 - Domestic tourism is set to soar over the August bank holiday, with a quarter of the British population considering an overnight trip during the long weekend, according to the latest...

Spice Market debuts Sushi Bar

20-Aug-2014 - Spice Market London is launching Sushi Bar @ Spice Market on 1 September, bringing its Doha offering to the capital.

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How to make social media benefit your hospitality business

19-Aug-2014 - So you’ve set up your online presence , you have your social media profiles created and you’ve begun posting images. What next? Here is some insight on how to strategically get...

Wi-Fi accreditation scheme open to hospitality businesses

19-Aug-2014 - Hotels, restaurants and cafes can now sign up to a government supported scheme that aims to recognise businesses that take responsibility for protecting children and young people using their public...

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Restaurants set to profit from bank holiday splurge

19-Aug-2014 - Restaurants are set to enjoy a profitable August bank holiday as Brits are planning to spend 120 per cent more than on a normal weekend, according to research by VoucherCodes.co.uk....

Accor expands UK porfolio with five new hotels

19-Aug-2014 - International hotel operator Accor has strengthened its UK portfolio with the signing of five new hotels in London and Edinburgh due to open by the end of 2015. 

Burger & Lobster eyes Canary Wharf opening

18-Aug-2014 - Burger & Lobster, the London-based group, is in talks to open its seventh site in the capital in Canary Wharf, according to BigHospitality's sister title M&C Report.

Travelife aims for UK expansion

18-Aug-2014 - Sustainability certification provider Travelife has revealed plans to increase its UK presence as part of a target to certify 3,000 hotels worldwide by 2017.

Fewer burgers on menus as operators widen range of American-style foods

18-Aug-2014 - Burger popularity has peaked in the UK, with branded operators serving increasingly innovative American and street food inspired dishes, according to the latest Menurama study from Horizons.

Restaurants targeted by scammers

18-Aug-2014 - Restaurant owners have been asked to remain vigilant as Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA) has noted an upsurge in phone scams targeting diners.

BHA calls for promotion of vocational training courses, especially in hospitality

15-Aug-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has called for educators to recognise the importance of vocational training for careers such as those in hospitality, and stop ‘hoarding’ young people in academia. ...

Just Eat targets dine-in restaurants with collection-only app

15-Aug-2014 - Online takeaway platform Just Eat is targeting traditional dine-in restaurants with the acquisition of collection-only app Orogo.

Glasgow hotels enjoy record occupancy during Commonwealth Games

15-Aug-2014 - Glasgow hotels enjoyed a record of 97.3 per cent occupancy during July as the city played host to the Commonwealth Games, according to LJ Research.

D&D London re-launches Quaglino’s

15-Aug-2014 - Restaurant and late night venue Quaglino’s in London’s Mayfair is set to re-open this October after undergoing a multi-million pound renovation.

How to make the most of the drop in food inflation

15-Aug-2014 - Food inflation predictions have been lowered to 2 per cent for 2014, following favourable climatic conditions and price pressure in the retail sector. BigHospitality looks at how restaurants can make...