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Budget 2015: Mixed news for the hospitality industry

18-Mar-2015 - The 2015 budget brought good news for pubs across the UK, with a reduction in duty on beer, cider and spirits, but failed to mention a cut in Tourism VAT.

VisitEngland asks industry for views on tourism growth strategy

18-Mar-2015 - VisitEngland is asking for views on the growth strategy it has in place for England's tourism industry over the next five years.

Salvation in Noodles begins London expansion

18-Mar-2015 - Vietnamese noodle specialists Salvation in Noodles are opening a second site in London, with plans to expand across the capital in the next five years.

IFE 2015 Preview: 23 British chefs to demonstrate culinary expertise

18-Mar-2015 - Alyn Williams, Adam Smith and Alan Bird are among the 23 British chefs demonstrating their skills and providing inspiration to others at this year's International Food and Drink Event (IFE).

What does the rising National Minimum Wage mean for the hospitality industry?

18-Mar-2015 - Sixty per cent of hospitality businesses are planning to increase wages in the year ahead, according to Barclay’s Employers Survey 2015.

Exclusive Hotels Chefs' Academy: Aiming to train and retain staff

18-Mar-2015 - BigHospitality takes a visit to Exclusive Hotels and Venues' new Chefs' Academy to find out how the company is aiming to train and retain its kitchen staff through an extensive...

NRB 2015: 90 per cent of top Northern operators planning expansion

17-Mar-2015 - Nine out of ten of the Top 50 most influential members of the Northern hospitality sector are planning expansion.

Hospitality and bar courses tackling youth unemployment

17-Mar-2015 - Employment charity Springboard has partnered with drinks company Diageo to launch its first Learning for Life Hospitality and Bartending course this week (16 March).

News in brief

New hospitality apprenticeship standards approved

17-Mar-2015 - The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has approved five new apprenticeship standards for hospitality that will expand the range of options available to young people.

ODE True Food opens second Café-ODE in Devon

17-Mar-2015 - ODE True Food, operator of award-winning sustainable dining businesses ODE Dining and Café-ODE, has opened a second site under its Café-ODE brand. 

New 115-bed hotel planned for the Eden Project

17-Mar-2015 - The Eden Project has unveiled plans for a new £6m, 115-bedroom hotel at its Boldeva, Cornwall site.

Drake & Morgan operations director aiming to secure two more sites this year

16-Mar-2015 - Drake & Morgan’s new operations director said he is keeping the company’s acquisitions momentum going with the aim of securing another two sites in the coming financial year (2015-2016)....

Loch Fyne, Burger King and Hungry Horse among restaurants creating 'a generation of salt addicts'

16-Mar-2015 - Loch Fyne, Burger King and Hungry Horse are among the ‘family friendly’ restaurants whose children’s meals have been found to contain dangerously high levels of salt.

Noble Inns to open second Neil Rankin-inspired Smokehouse

16-Mar-2015 - Noble Inns is to capitalise on the success of its Islington smokehouse and grill concept by opening a second site in West London.

Second Boozy Cow to open in Edinburgh

13-Mar-2015 - The company behind an Aberdeen restaurant that specialises in burgers, craft beers and cocktails is to replicate the concept in Edinburgh.

UK businesses lose £1.8bn a month by ignoring the needs of disabled customers

13-Mar-2015 - UK businesses, including pubs, hotels and restaurants, are losing an estimated £1.8bn a month by ignoring the needs of disabled customers, according to a report by Scope and the Extra...

Rising hotel prices fail to deter domestic winter travellers

13-Mar-2015 - Winter travellers are continuing to opt for domestic locations despite increasing hotel prices, a price comparison site has found.

IHG unveils ‘Smart Traveller’ hotel concept based on guest feedback

13-Mar-2015 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has unveiled a complete revamp of Holiday Inn Express’s offering, based entirely on guest feedback.  

VIEWPOINT

Bruno Zoccola of Valentina Fine Foods on why diversifying your business helps build success

13-Mar-2015 - Valentina Fine Foods opened its first site as a delicatessen in East Sheen in 1991 and is now operator of seven restaurants, delis and an online shop. Owner Bruno Zoccola...

VisitEngland to become standalone body for English tourism

12-Mar-2015 - VisitEngland is separating from VisitBritain to become an independent body focusing on the development of ‘competitive and engaging tourism experiences’.

Starboard Hotels acquires first Scottish hotel

12-Mar-2015 - Starboard Hotels has acquired its first hotel in Scotland as part of the company's rapid expansion plans. 

Industry responds to EU food allergen controversy

12-Mar-2015 - Following the publication of a letter in which over 100 chefs criticised EU food allergy regulations as being a ‘bureaucratic nightmare’, BigHospitality rounds up some of the responses and looks at...

News in brief

Casual dining restaurants lead sector growth for 23rd consecutive month

12-Mar-2015 - Sales at some of the UK's biggest restaurant and pub groups rose for the 23rd consecutive month in February with casual dining brands leading the growth. 

Korean food: is it ready to go mainstream?

11-Mar-2015 - Commentators have been talking about the ascension of Korean food for years, but is one of Asia’s greatest cuisines really poised to go mainstream?

UK's hoteliers confident 2015 will be a profitable year

11-Mar-2015 - Hoteliers across the UK say they feel positive about the year ahead with many confident they will make a profit in 2015.