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Selin Kiazim to host first pop-up following Kopapa departure

08-May-2013 - Former Kopapa head chef Selin Kiazim has announced plans to host her first pop-up restaurant since quitting her job to pursue a dream to run her own restaurant. 

John Vincent and Brad Blum set up restaurant investment business

08-May-2013 - John Vincent, co-founder of Leon, has teamed up with ex-Burger King and Olive Garden executive Brad Blum to launch a new investment vehicle called Five to Seven.

Sleeperz launches Cityroomz budget hotel brand with Edinburgh opening

08-May-2013 - City-centre budget hotel operator Sleeperz Hotels is launching Cityroomz - a new sister brand which will offer rooms at even lower prices - with the first property opening in Edinburgh...

UK hotels see uplift in day use by business guests

08-May-2013 - Hotels in the UK offering bedrooms to business guests during the day could benefit from a new revenue stream, according to bookings website between9and5.com, which has seen a 400 per cent...

McDonald's chief executive joins IHG board

08-May-2013 - Jill McDonald, chief executive and president of the northern Europe division of McDonald's, has joined the board of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) as the hotelier reveals its UK revenues have...

The Cinnamon Group turns to lunch trade as business growth slows

07-May-2013 - The new operations manager of The Cinnamon Group has admitted that the business has seen little growth over the past year, but insists there is still room to expand across...

City Pub Company acquires three pubs as part of plan to operate 20 by 2014

07-May-2013 - City Pub Company, the operator founded by the team behind the Capital Pub Company, has revealed it has acquired three sites and made two appointments to its senior management team...

Orchid targets family market with creation of All Inns brand

07-May-2013 - Pub company Orchid is hoping to grab a larger slice of the family market by launching a new sub-brand called All Inns. 

Benito's Hat secures £1.4m private investment deal for accelerated roll-out

07-May-2013 - Private equity investor Calculus Capital has invested the majority share of £1.4m into Benito’s Hat, with the fast-casual Mexican chain planning to grow from four to 10 sites by the end of...

John Williams: The Ritz 'in one of the best places' in its history

07-May-2013 - John Williams, executive chef at The Ritz, has launched a new tableside service menu for the legendary hotel’s main restaurant and has said the venue’s F&B offer is better now...

Ed's Easy Diner on track for 10 new restaurants in 2013

07-May-2013 - American-themed restaurant chain Ed's Easy Diner has announced it is on track to meet its target of opening 10 new sites this year as the company reveals strong growth in...

Former Caprice Holdings CEO returns to London for The Fish & Chip Shop restaurant

03-May-2013 - Des McDonald, former chief executive of Caprice Holdings, is coming back to the London restaurant scene with his first solo venture The Fish & Chip Shop opening in Islington next...

Soaring food prices leave restaurants fighting for profit

03-May-2013 - Food prices have overtaken rent and business rates in the list of major overheads facing UK restaurants and are now second only to staff wages, according to a new industry-wide...

Tortilla expansion 'on track' as company reveals greater focus on evening trade

03-May-2013 - Brandon Stephens, founder of fast-casual burrito restaurant group Tortilla, has told BigHospitality that expansion plans for the 11-strong chain remain 'roughly on track' as the company looks to develop a...

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St Ermin's hotel joins Marriott's Autograph Collection

03-May-2013 - St Ermin's hotel in Westminster has become the third UK hotel to join Marriott International's Autograph Collection of venues ending a relationship the property had with global operator Accor.

Lack of defibrillators in hospitality industry raises concerns

03-May-2013 - The vast majority of British hospitality businesses do not have a defibrillator, despite the impact the device has on cardiac arrest survival rates, according to a recent report.

Brownsword Hotels CEO: Hotels in the newly-launched Gidleigh Collection should be aiming for Michelin stars

03-May-2013 - Brownsword Hotels has revealed a new brand name – The Gidleigh Collection - for its set of six country house hotels and Nick Halliday, the company’s chief executive, has said...

Peruvian stars of World's 50 Best to open new restaurant in London

03-May-2013 - Peruvian chefs Gastón Acurio and Virgilio Martínez, whose Lima-based restaurants both featured on this year’s World’s 50 Best list, have joined forces to launch a new restaurant in London later...

Alain Ducasse: Pearls of Wisdom

03-May-2013 - The French chef, 56, operates restaurants all around the world, including a trio of three-Michelin-starred establishments. He has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants....

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Travelodge eyes 10 new hotels in Hertfordshire

02-May-2013 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge has is seeking to double its presence in Hertfordshire by adding a further ten new hotels across the county.

Lording it up in London?

02-May-2013 - Shifts in landlord behaviour are making it harder for smaller players to get on the property ladder in the capital, writes Restaurant magazine's Joe Lutrario.

New Tourism Strategy missed a trick, says VAT campaign

02-May-2013 - The Cut Tourism VAT Campaign is ‘disappointed’ that Culture Secretary Maria Miller and VisitBritain have both failed to realise the importance of reducing VAT for the sector after the national...

Hope on the Horizon: Five steps forward for foodservice

02-May-2013 - Following the annual Breakfast Briefing by foodservice consultancy Horizons yesterday morning (1 May), BigHospitality has picked out five of the big trends and forecasts for the eating-out sector to help...

Millenials seek job fulfillment, not high pay, survey finds

02-May-2013 - Employees from the Millenial generation are more likely to stay with a company if they feel fulfilled in their jobs rather than if they were highly paid, a new survey...

Hilton Worldwide makes Exeter debut with Hampton by Hilton

02-May-2013 - Hilton Worldwide has made its debut in Exeter by opening a Hampton by Hilton property near the south west city's airport.