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'Excellent news' for hospitality businesses as Government extends Apprenticeship Grant

11-Jan-2013 - The hospitality industry has wholeheartedly welcomed the Government’s decision this week to extend the Apprenticeship Grant for employers of 16 to 24-year-olds to March 2014.

Tim Hughes: Pearls of Wisdom

11-Jan-2013 - The chef-director at Caprice Holdings oversees the food at some of London's most prestigious restaurants, including Le Caprice, The Ivy and Scott's. He has just written his first cookbook, J...

Restaurant's 2013 predictions - vegetables, inflation and unusual doughnuts

10-Jan-2013 - Restaurant magazine predicts what the next 12 months has in store for the industry, including the likely food trends, the year's major openings and the key opportunities and challenges facing operators.

La Tasca unveils first unbranded concept, eyes rollout

10-Jan-2013 - La Tasca, the casual dining chain led by Simon Wilkinson, is set to unveil the first of a new unbranded tapas bar concept called Bar y Tapas in Brighton this...

Tennent's launches unique apprenticeship for Scottish chefs

10-Jan-2013 - Tennent’s Training Academy, situated on the site of Tennent’s Brewery in Glasgow, has launched a new, innovative Modern Apprentice training program for young chefs across Scotland in a bid to...

MPs slam efforts to self-regulate the pubco-tenant relationship

10-Jan-2013 - MPs yesterday debated Government plans to introduce an independent adjudicator to enforce a statutory code regulating the relationship between pubcos and tenants with some members criticising those in the industry who...

The Restaurant Group plans to open 28-35 new venues in 2013

09-Jan-2013 - The Restaurant Group (TRG) has confirmed it plans to continue with an ambitious expansion strategy which will see the company open 28-35 new venues this year.

News in brief

Cask beer volume share rises among Independent Family Brewers of Britain members

09-Jan-2013 - Cask beer enjoyed a larger volume share of sales (47.7 per cent) among members of the Independent Family Brewers of Britain in the period from July 2011 to July 2012.

Kalton & Barlow eyes UK expansion following record Christmas sales

09-Jan-2013 - North West-based pub company Kalton & Barlow (K&B) is looking forward to a prosperous 2013 after reporting record food and ale sales over the Christmas period, with plans to open...

Bad staff attitudes account for more complaints than quality of product, report finds

09-Jan-2013 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are being urged to focus on improving staff attitudes in 2013 after a report has found that the majority of problems eliciting a complaint were...

BBPA criticises Government plans to regulate 'unfair practices' in the pub industry

09-Jan-2013 - There has been mixed reaction from the pub industry to Government measures announced yesterday to greater regulate against what it calls 'unfair practices' in the sector with the British Beer and Pub...

Behind the scenes at Whitbread’s Food & Beverage Skills Academy

09-Jan-2013 - In an industry where staff training is paramount, the UK’s largest hotel and restaurant operator Whitbread is leading the pack, having set up a number of Food and Beverage Skills...

Ex-Noma chef Tom Sellers to open own restaurant, Story

08-Jan-2013 - Tom Sellers, the 25-year-old British chef who has racked up experience working with Tom Aikens, Thomas Keller and Rene Redzepi, is set to open his first restaurant on London's Tooley...

Punch Taverns presses on with pub disposals, 65 venues up for sale

08-Jan-2013 - Punch Taverns is continuing with its pub disposal programme after putting 65 sites across the country up for sale through specialist property agent Christie & Co. 

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Orient-Express Hotels launches associate support programme for luxury hotels

08-Jan-2013 - Orient-Express Hotels, the operator of the hotel attached to Raymond Blanc's Michelin-star restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, has launched an invitation-only associate member programme which offers support to luxury hotels.

Pressure mounts as Bocuse d'Or 2013 final moves closer

08-Jan-2013 - Pressure is mounting on the UK's Bocuse d'Or candidate Adam Bennett to lead the country to success as the date approaches for the final of the international competition. 

Travelodge appoints new chairman ahead of 'significant' room refurb programme

08-Jan-2013 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge has unveiled former Hilton Group deputy chief executive Brian Wallace as its new chairman ahead of a busy period for the company which is planning a...

Foodservice consumer confidence and eating out spend expected to rise in 2013

08-Jan-2013 - Restaurant operators have become 'resigned' to the economic downturn and are focusing on survival rather than growth but 2013 could be the year that changes, according to foodservice consultancy Horizons.

Joule's Brewery to open more pubs following £1m investment

08-Jan-2013 - Joule's Brewery is planning to open a further six pubs this year and expand the brewery it re-opened in 2010 after receiving a funding boost of £1m from the Co-operative...

De Vere to open fish restaurant at revamped The Grand, Brighton

07-Jan-2013 - De Vere has unveiled plans to open a fish restaurant within The Grand Hotel in Brighton that will only serve fish and seafood caught from within a seven mile radius...

Hospitality businesses asked to share their food waste strategies for SRA Awards

07-Jan-2013 - Unilever Food Service (UFS) is encouraging all hospitality businesses to share their food waste strategies for the chance to become a 'sustainable champion' by entering the Sustainable Restaurant Association's (SRA)...

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How to turn emails into return visits

07-Jan-2013 - Matt McNeill, chief executive of email and mobile marketing platform Sign-Up.to, gives his top tips on how best to use email marketing to build repeat business at your restaurant, hotel...

St Ermin's hotel named small employer of the year by HOSPA

07-Jan-2013 - HOSPA, the organisation representing finance, revenue management and IT professionals in the hospitality industry, has revealed the winners of its annual awards with the St Ermin's hotel scooping SME Employer...

Hospitality Openings: November/December 2012

04-Jan-2013 - As 2012 drew to a close, some of the year's big trends - street food, chicken restaurants and food-led pubs - continued to dominate hospitality openings. In our latest photo...

Christmas trading results highlight importance of early planning and value for money

04-Jan-2013 - Restaurants and pubs across the UK have generally reported strong sales over the Christmas and New Year period, with the majority admitting that any festive successes were down to early...