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Accor announces 80% of its portfolio will be managed or franchised by 2016

30-Aug-2012 - Global hotel operator Accor has revealed it has increased its 'asset-light' target and now aims to own or lease just 20 per cent of the hotels in its expanding portfolio by the end of 2016.

Apartment hotel group Roomzzz to invest further in Manchester following Newcastle opening

29-Aug-2012 - Apartment hotel group Roomzzz has announced further investment in its Manchester site following the opening of a new £5m site in Newcastle. 

Training for consistency: restaurants

29-Aug-2012 - As those involved in training within hospitality have underlined in our previous article , developing staff can make a difference to consistency within a business, but if you don’t already have a training scheme in place it can be hard to know where to start. 

Chef-restaurateur Michael Nadra opens second neighbourhood restaurant

29-Aug-2012 - Ex-Petrus chef Michael Nadra is planning to open his second eponymous neighbourhood restaurant in Primrose Hill following the success of his first in Chiswick. 

Weathering the storm: Rain has mixed impact on UK pub sector

29-Aug-2012 - While a number of operators bemoan bad weather and the UK hospitality industry begins to assess the impact of yet another wet British Bank Holiday weekend, The Orchid Group has revealed the recent rain is actually helping to boost sales.


How to ask for ID without alienating young customers

28-Aug-2012 - Tim Ogle, European chief executive at customer intelligence company Market Force Information , outlines ways that pub, restaurant and hotel owners can educate their staff to best ask for ID when selling alcohol to young customers without alienating them.

Training for consistency: why it’s so important

28-Aug-2012 - With one of the highest labour turnover rates in the UK (23 per cent), employers in the hospitality industry could be forgiven for thinking ‘why bother’ when it comes to investing in their staff.

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Couple show loyalty by visiting Yorkshire hotel 50 times in 10 years

28-Aug-2012 - The Rendezvous hotel in Skipton, Yorkshire, could possibly have the most loyal guests ever, having this month welcomed couple Gordon and Betty Whitham through its doors for the fiftieth time in 10 years. 

Rainer Becker, Arjun Waney and Aqua Restaurant Group confirmed for The Shard

28-Aug-2012 - The restaurant and bar operators set to take residence in The Shard tower property development in London have been named with Roka duo Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney opening a new project alongside two concepts from Aqua Restaurant Group.

Project London nightclub founders to launch Soho pizzeria and cocktail bar

28-Aug-2012 - The founders of the Project London nightclub have announced they are to make the move into the restaurant industry when they open B-SOHO, a pizza restaurant and cocktail bar, in the capital next month.

UK restaurants regarded as 'most welcoming' by overseas visitors

28-Aug-2012 - Visitors from overseas regard the UK's restaurants as one of the 'most welcoming' types of businesses they can go to, according to new research by marketing agency VisitBritain. 


London Cocktail Week: Could offering bespoke cocktails maximise your drinks sales?

28-Aug-2012 - With London Cocktail Week taking place in October, BigHospitality takes a look at the burgeoning trend of restaurants and hotels offering bespoke and themed cocktails to run in line with current events or to give them a point of difference – how much of an impact can these cocktail creations have on your overall drinks sales?

Former BII Licensee of the Year: 'Now is the perfect time to buy pubs'

24-Aug-2012 - Darran Lingley, the 2011 winner of the BII Licensee of the Year competition, has acquired his second pub and revealed to BigHospitality he is hoping to make his third purchase before the end of the year.

BDL Management to build Shetland hotel with guaranteed 100% occupancy

24-Aug-2012 - Hotel management company BDL Management has begun development work on a 100-bedroom hotel in Brae on the Shetland Isles which will have a guaranteed 100 per cent occupancy rate for the first year as part of an agreement with energy firm Total.

St Austell buys five south west pubs from Enterprise Inns

24-Aug-2012 - Cornwall-based brewer and pub operator St Austell Brewery has announced it has completed a deal to buy five south west pubs from Enterprise Inns.

Yum Yum Ninja: Pan Asian restaurant & bar opens in Brighton

23-Aug-2012 - The team behind Riddle & Finns Champagne and oyster bar in Brighton have opened a neighbouring restaurant in the form of Yum Yum Ninja, offering a modern take on Pan Asian cuisine with an outside courtyard and upstairs bar.

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Bloc Hotels to open second property at Gatwick Airport

23-Aug-2012 - Bloc Hotels, the boutique budget hotel operator which opened its first property in Birmingham last year, has secured a second site at Gatwick Airport. 

London's Mayor praises international investment into capital's restaurant and hotel sectors

23-Aug-2012 - London Mayor Boris Johnson has praised recent investment by three overseas companies into the capital's restaurant and hotel sectors, claiming it proves that London is 'the best big city in which to start and grow a business.'

Hilton Apprenticeship Academy to create 100 UK hospitality apprentice opportunities

23-Aug-2012 - Hilton Worldwide has announced it will create 100 hospitality apprentice opportunities for school leavers and job seekers across the UK with the launch of the Hilton Apprenticeship Academy.

Industry bodies hit back at research into young people working in hospitality

23-Aug-2012 - Following research earlier this week which revealed that nearly half of young people in the UK would not consider a job in hospitality, the Institute of Hospitality and Hospitality Guild have spoken out about the benefits that a career can bring, providing their own advice for businesses. 

August Bank Holiday: 3.6 million Brits plan holiday at home

23-Aug-2012 - The forthcoming August Bank Holiday weekend will see 3.6 million Brits taking an overnight holiday in the UK, generating over £800m in tourism spend for the UK economy.

London continues to dominate UK hotel transaction market

23-Aug-2012 - The value of activity in the UK hotel transaction market doubled in the first half of the year while London continues to dominate deals, according to new figures from Deloitte.

Adnams slams Government for denying hospitality jobs to younger generation

22-Aug-2012 - Government policies such as the alcohol duty escalator and proposed beer bottle tax stamps are contributing to youth unemployment by indirectly denying young people jobs in the hospitality industry, brewer and pubco Adnams says.

WTTC: Marketing campaigns not enough to grow UK tourism industry

22-Aug-2012 - The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has warned the Government increased budgets for marketing campaigns promoting the UK tourism industry will not have the desired effect without changes to policies on visas, aviation and taxation.

Five restaurants set to feature in Glasgow Fort Shopping Park development

22-Aug-2012 - Glasgow Fort Shopping Park has announced details of a £9m leisure development which will see five restaurant units joining the F&B lineup at the park with Pizza Express and Chiquito taking up two of the spaces.

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