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15-May-2012 - Enterprise Inns has reported a drop in profits but revealed it was slowing its pub disposal programme and was looking to refinance after cutting its levels of debt.
15-May-2012 - Gordon Ramsay is to turn his focus on the hotel industry when the celebrity chef takes on the running of a hotel with retail guru Mary Portas for a new Channel 4 TV series with the working title Hotel Britannia.
14-May-2012 - London is set to welcome its second Peruvian restaurant this year, with the opening of LIMA from World's 50 Best chef Virgilio Martinez in the ever-popular Fitzrovia neighbourhood next month.
14-May-2012 - The team behind the UK franchise of American casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday has signed a deal for a site in Cheltenham which will become the first outside Wales for the operator.
14-May-2012 - The owners of The Sugar Cane cocktail bar in London’s Clapham Junction have officially launched Kona Kai – a Polynesian-style destination bar located on the Fulham/Chelsea border.
14-May-2012 - Bill’s Produce Store, the Richard Caring-backed restaurant, café and fresh produce business has renewed its bid to open a restaurant in Horsham Town Hall as part of major expansion plans this year.
14-May-2012 - The Government in Scotland has confirmed it will push for a minimum price per unit of alcohol of 50p if its proposed legislation to introduce minimum pricing north of the border is approved by the Scottish Parliament.
14-May-2012 - UK pubs are estimated to have benefited from the 13.8m international visitors who visited a pub in 2011 to the tune of more than £40m, according to new figures released by the national tourism agency VisitBritain.
14-May-2012 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has restructured its organisation, with the creation of a Board of Directors to replace the former BHA Council and National Executive.
11-May-2012 - Following last month’s restaurant no-shows podcast and follow-up news article, Noma's René Redzepi has told BigHospitality that it is still a ‘mega problem’ for the industry, and that diners should ‘respect a restaurant reservation like a trip to the dentist’.
11-May-2012 - Jonathan Neame, the chief executive of Kent-based brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame, has been named as the new chair of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).
11-May-2012 - Silla Bjerrum, the co-founder of Japanese restaurant and takeaway chain Feng Sushi and one of the restaurant industry's biggest sustainability champions, has told BigHospitality attitudes towards sustainability have changed beyond recognition in the last five years.
11-May-2012 - More than half of UK diners believe that speed of payment is now a more important issue for a restaurant to address than the quality of food, with 89 per cent claiming that slow payment has ruined their evening.
11-May-2012 - Celebrated Indian restaurant Bukhara, formerly awarded the title as The Best Restaurant in Asia in The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards, is coming to London with chef Manjit Gill opening a pop-up at the Sheraton Park Tower hotel.
11-May-2012 - The 17-bedroom Dalmunzie Castle Hotel in the heart of Scotland’s Cairngorm National Park is being marketed for sale for £1.75m.
11-May-2012 - The Lotus Professional brand has introduced a natural, unbleached napkin using recycled paper to its JustOne range which it says will help hospitality businesses display their green and sustainable credentials.
11-May-2012 - Cozy Pubs has increased its foothold in rural Essex with the acquisition of The Saracens Head Hotel in the market town of Great Dunmow.
10-May-2012 - A major row between Scottish-based independent brewer BrewDog and global drinks giant Diageo provided ‘great media potential’ for the pub group, with its Twitter followers able to escalate the issue into a global trend overnight.
10-May-2012 - Jurys Inn has become the first international hotel group to secure AIM accreditation from the Meetings Industry Association (MIA) for all its UK venues and is the latest hotel operator to announce its ambitions in the meetings sector.
10-May-2012 - Hoteliers in the UK are being advised to market themselves towards guests from three emerging markets – Singapore, South Korea and Brazil – in a bid to increase room bookings.
10-May-2012 - A large percentage of the public has supported calls for a VAT cut for the hospitality sector according to the results of a new survey.
10-May-2012 - Merseyside's Mere Brook House Hotel, near Thornton Hough in the Wirral, has opened a new cottage conversion with a design aided by a renewable energy specialist; doubling the capacity of the venue.
10-May-2012 - Courvoisier has launched a marketing and promotion campaign, Cocktails on a Grand Scale, to encourage the use of cognac in cocktails; bartenders are also being invited to enter a competition at Imbibe Live later this year.
09-May-2012 - YO! Sushi is to open its first US restaurant this summer at Union Station in Washington DC.
09-May-2012 - The Master Innholders has announced the opening of its annual scholarship programme, offering hospitality managers and senior department heads the chance to earn a coveted place on an intensive management development course.
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