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Hotels ‘missing out’ on unclaimed tax relief: Capital allowances explained

11-Sep-2013 - Hotels across the UK are missing out on millions of pounds in unclaimed capital allowances, but those wishing to unlock the tax relief need to act fast.

Jurgen Ammerstorfer appointed hotel manager of Shangri-La at The Shard as opening date is pushed back

11-Sep-2013 - Former Trafalgar Hotel general manager Jurgen Ammerstorfer has been appointed hotel manager of Shangri-La at the Shard, the luxury hotel which is set to occupy the 34th to 52nd floors...

Benugo wins £20m contract to run restaurants and cafes at Regent's Park

11-Sep-2013 - Restaurant, cafe and contract catering group Benugo has won a £20m contract to run restaurants, cafes and refreshment kiosks at Regent's Park in London. 

Bryn Williams returns home for new restaurant

11-Sep-2013 - Bryn Williams is planning to return to his native North Wales as the celebrity chef confirmed he would be opening a bistro at a multi-million-pound development in Colwyn Bay.

2013's hot summer continued to boost food sales at restaurants and pubs

11-Sep-2013 - The hot summer weather continued to boost trade at the UK's restaurants and pubs according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker, which shows a like-for-like growth of 1.9 per cent...

TripBarometer: Five key developments for UK hoteliers

10-Sep-2013 - With PwC’s latest hotel forecast predicting ‘a return to some kind of normal’ in 2014, a survey carried out by TripAdvisor has discovered that the majority of UK hoteliers are duly...

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Redefine BDL 'on track' for 100 hotels with Longhirst Hotel contract win

10-Sep-2013 - Redefine BDL managing director Stewart Campbell says the company is 'on track' to manage 100 hotels by 2016 after winning the contract to run Longhirst Hall hotel in Northumberland.

Spirit doubles up on Premium Pub offering

10-Sep-2013 - Following the successful launch of The George  on Havestock Hill in London earlier in the year. Spirit Pub Company is opening a second venue under its ‘Premium Pub’ concept next week having...

Hotel sector to grow in 2014, but guests will still expect a bargain

10-Sep-2013 - Occupancy, Revenue Per Available Room (revPAR) and Average Daily Rate (ADR) are all predicted to grow across the hotel sector next year, but guests will still expect value and look...

Whitbread sales growth slows, Premier Inn boosted by London demand

10-Sep-2013 - The UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group, Whitbread, has today reported ‘another good performance’ in its half-year results, with total and like-for-like sales increasing by 12.4 and 2.6 per cent respectively.

Tortilla secures seven sites for restaurants inside and outside London

10-Sep-2013 - Tortilla, the Quilvest-backed fast casual Mexican chain, has secured another seven sites both inside and outside London, which it hopes to bring online over the next 12 months, including four that will...

In the black: Quality coffee could hold the key to customer retention for pubs

09-Sep-2013 - Pubs are increasingly realising the importance of coffee for their business, with national operators now selling more of the hot beverage than high street coffee shops. However, a ‘quality’ cup...

Aparthotel and rooftop restaurant planned for Whitechapel in £16m development

09-Sep-2013 - Black Lion House, a 75,000 sq.ft office block in London’s East End, is to be converted into a 220-bedroom boutique hotel and rooftop restaurant in a £16m development from Union...

Forbes Travel Guide: London now matches Hong Kong for five star hotels

09-Sep-2013 - London now matches Hong Kong in offering the same number of top hotels after Forbes Travel Guide revealed it was adding The Connaught to its list of five-star hotels in the...

Hot summer becomes 'long dry drought' for pubs and restaurants

09-Sep-2013 - The hot summer turned into a 'long dry drought' for the on-trade according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association's (WSTA) latest Market Report, which shows that alcohol sales at restaurants...

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Third London opening for Vanilla Black and Orchard team

09-Sep-2013 - Andrew Dargue and Donna Conroy, the duo behind London vegetarian restaurants Vanilla Black and Orchard, are launching a smaller, takeaway-focussed offshoot of the latter casual dining concept.

Lussmanns hits Harpenden for third Fish & Grill restaurant

09-Sep-2013 - Independent brasserie group Lussmanns Fish & Grill Restaurants has just opened a third venue in Hertfordshire after a 10-year search for the right location.  

Drinks supplies at risk as delivery workers plan strike

06-Sep-2013 - Unite Union members at Kuehne & Nagel Drinks Logistics (KNDL) are planning to strike for 24 hours next week over jobs and working conditions, leaving drinks supplies to some of...

The Kangaroo Route: New tourism partnership aims to bring more Australians to Britain

06-Sep-2013 - Hospitality business should prepare for an increase in tourists from Australia over the next year as VisitBritain has partnered with Virgin Atlantic and London & Partners to entice more Australians...

Tea 42 café-bar concept launches in Manchester with nationwide expansion plans

06-Sep-2013 - The team behind Blue Rainbow Aparthotels, a collection of serviced apartments in Manchester and Edinburgh, are investing heavily in Tea 42 Restaurants – a new, ‘alternative’ café and tearoom experience...

Boutique hotel deal signed for Plymouth’s Royal William Yard

06-Sep-2013 - Plans for a new 60-bedroom urban boutique hotel in Plymouth took a big step forward this week with the signing of the lease by the team behind Cornwall’s renowned Watergate...

Spirit follows US route with new Fayre & Square food offering

06-Sep-2013 - Fayre & Square, the 157-strong family pub offering from Spirit Pub Company, is the latest brand to tap into the rising popularity of American food concepts with the launch of...

Pont St. seafood restaurant replaces Hix Belgravia at Belgraves hotel

06-Sep-2013 - Sophie Michell, one of the youngest female executive chefs in Britain, is heading up Pont St. – a contemporary seafood restaurant opening on the former site of Hix Belgravia within...

Jonny Boud: Career Profile

06-Sep-2013 - By his own admission, Jonny Boud prefers to be the organiser of an event than to attend one as a guest. This ethos is reflected in his hospitality businesses, with...

Sustainable Champions: SRA unveils new accreditation for dining destinations

06-Sep-2013 - The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has developed the first ever sustainability accreditation for food destinations, after its research found that 70 per cent of consumers would choose a sustainable restaurant...