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Chop Bloc steak restaurant to open in Essex

24-Nov-2014 - US-style steak restaurant and cocktail bar Chop Block will open in Chelmsford in Essex in mid-January 2015. 

Restaurants’ spirit sales grow, but opportunities remain untapped

24-Nov-2014 - Operators should do more to capitalise on spirit drinkers’ habits and expectations, according to a survey by CGA Strategy.

Accor signs deal for two new hotels in Scotland

24-Nov-2014 - International hotel group Accor has announced plans to open a Mercure hotel in Edinburgh and an ibis Styles in Glasgow in 2015.

Restaurant finance: Start-up funding

24-Nov-2014 - Every small business will tell you that the toughest part of any business is getting it off the ground in the first place. You’ve identified a niche in the market, have...

Restaurant finance: Getting money for expansion

24-Nov-2014 - You’ve made it! You raised start-up funding and opened a successful business that is generating profits. Now it’s time to think about expansion – and this time there are plenty...

Infographic: Bleisure travel in 2014

24-Nov-2014 - Serviced apartment operator BridgeStreet has created an infographic highlighting the key findings from its latest international Bleisure survey.

S.Pellegrino launches hunt for world's best young chef

21-Nov-2014 - S.Pellegrino has launched its inaugural Young Chef 2015 competition in a quest to uncover the world’s best young chef. 

Master Innholders releases details for 2015 conference

21-Nov-2014 - The Master Innholders’ 22nd Annual Hotel General Managers’ Conference will focus on a theme of ‘People and Places’ with presentations and discussions on what motivates customers in a globalised marketplace.

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Bookatable and the SRA to launch sustainability campaign

21-Nov-2014 - Restaurant booking website Bookatable has partnered with the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) to launch its Leaders in Restaurant Sustainability campaign.

Leeds hotels join industry mentoring scheme

21-Nov-2014 - The Leeds Hotels and Venues Association (LHVA) has partnered with the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University to run a new mentoring programme.  

QHotels adds six former De Vere properties to its portfolio

20-Nov-2014 - Hotel operator QHotels has taken over six former De Vere Hotels and De Vere Luxury Lodges, taking its portfolio to a total of 27 hotels. 

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Corporate travel drives hotel growth in October

20-Nov-2014 - Corporate travel helped boost hotel performance in London and the regions this October, according to the latest figures from BDO.

D&D London to open site in Scotland

20-Nov-2014 - Restaurant group D&D London has announced plans to open its first site in Scotland at the Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow. 

Hostels and limited-service sector shows dynamic growth

20-Nov-2014 - Another report has highlighted the rapid growth of the hostel and limited-service sector, which is thriving as demand for low-cost beds continues to rise.

Further details released for InterContinental London - The O2

20-Nov-2014 - More details have been released for the new InterContinental London hotel at the O2, which is on scheduled to open in late 2015. 

Compulsory Living Wage could put over 200,000 hospitality jobs at risk

19-Nov-2014 - Making the Living Wage compulsory could cost UK businesses £4bn, the equivalent of 213,247 jobs in the hospitality sector, according to a Greater London Assembly (GLA) member.

Three hospitality companies make Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list

19-Nov-2014 - KFC GB LTD, Mitchells & Butlers Retail Ltd, and River Cottage Limited all placed in this year’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.

MPs' pubco vote divides industry

19-Nov-2014 - MPs’ vote to allow ‘tied’ pub landlords to order beer from providers outside their brand is dividing the industry.

Redefine BDL Hotels increases portfolio by 22 properties

19-Nov-2014 - Redefine BDL Hotels has been appointed to manage a portfolio of 22 hotels, consisting of 19 Holiday Inns and three Crowne Plazas, on behalf of LRG Acquisition Limited.

Tourism Council defends decision not to tackle VAT

19-Nov-2014 - To the disappointment of Cut Tourism VAT campaigners, the Tourism Council has decided not to discuss a VAT cut, but instead focus on jobs and skills.

The Alford Arms takes top spot at UK’s first FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

19-Nov-2014 - Hertfordshire pub The Alford Arms was the overall winner at the inaugural FreeFrom Eating Out Awards this week, crowned the ‘most allergen-aware’ eatery in the UK.  

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How to avoid hotel construction delays

18-Nov-2014 - 2015 is predicted to be an exciting year for the hospitality industry, with 10 major hotel projects set to open in London alone. However, these projects are increasingly facing delays due to...

Elysium Group reveals plans for first London venue

18-Nov-2014 - Essex-based bar and restaurant operator Elysium Group will open a Japanese fusion venture in the heart of Chelsea next month, with plans to roll the concept out across further sites.

Clevedon Hall to re-open as luxury event hotel

18-Nov-2014 - Victorian mansion Clevedon Hall in north Somerset will re-open next week as a ‘luxury hospitality destination’ following a £3m refurbishment.

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Chop’d to open tenth London site

18-Nov-2014 - Grab-and-go concept Chop’d will open its tenth London site in Moorgate’s landmark CityPoint building early this December.