Events & Awards

The latest news and results of industry events and awards – from trade shows and conferences to national and international competitions.

#AHC2014: Top 5 hotel sector trends

24-Oct-2014 - Hotel experts met last week at the Annual Hotel Conference in Manchester to discuss the future of the sector. Here is BigHospitality's round-up of the top five trends that will...

#IHS2014: Stop forcing people into promotions, say hotel managers

23-Oct-2014 - Improving staff retention involves providing opportunities for growth, but also letting employees decide what they want, according to speakers at the Independent Hotel Show.

World's 50 Best Restaurants: 2015 date confirmed

22-Oct-2014 - The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, will return to London with a new summer date next year.

#IHS2014: Hotels that ‘tell a story’ get good reviews, say experts

22-Oct-2014 - Telling your hotel’s story and offering something quirky is vital in getting good reviews, said a panel of experts at the Independent Hotel Show 2014.

#IHS2014: Hotels need to prepare for next downturn

22-Oct-2014 - The UK’s recovery hasn’t yet reached its peak, but another dip is to be expected, and hotels should think of ways to avoid being too affected, according to speakers at...

Independent Hotel Show Awards 2014: winners revealed

22-Oct-2014 - The award for Independent Hotelier of the Year went to Kit and Tim Kemp of Firmdale Hotels, while The Pig on the Beach scooped the award for Outstanding New Hotel...

National Chef of the Year Award 2014

20-Oct-2014 - Organised by the Craft Guild of Chefs, the National Chef of the Year competition took place during the Restaurant Show.

Scotland announces new job initiative for young people

16-Oct-2014 - Scottish businesses will pledge to create job opportunities for 16-24 year olds at The Big Hospitality Conversation in Scotland next week.

Morris Golden Keys Concierge Awards 2014: winners announced

15-Oct-2014 - The winners of the annual Morris Golden Keys Concierge Awards have been announced, with Ron Crowdy from London’s Royal National Hotel scooping the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Adam Bennett: 'We can make a dent in the Bocuse d'Or'

14-Oct-2014 - Speaking to BigHospitality at The Restaurant Show, Adam Bennett, who is representing the UK in the Bocuse d'Or 2015 and recently won his first Michelin Star as chef director of...

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Sake Sommelier of the Year: 2 UK competitors in semi-final

14-Oct-2014 - Two UK sommeliers have made it through to the semi-final of the 2014 Sake Sommelier of the Year competition

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BBPA and VistEngland team up for English Tourism Week

10-Oct-2014 - VisitEngland and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have announced their partnership in advance of English Tourism Week 2015.

#RugbyWorldCup: Twickenham Pavilion to employ 500 staff per match

10-Oct-2014 - The Twickenham Pavilion, currently being built to host hospitality events around ten Rugby World Cup matches, will employ 500 staff including 120 chefs to cook 3,000 meals per match.

Introduce young people to the industry earlier, say experts

09-Oct-2014 - Visiting schools and educating youngsters about cooking could help solve recruitment issues, according to a panel of chefs and industry experts.

James Knappett and Sandia Chang: ‘It’s all down to our staff’

09-Oct-2014 - In another BigHospitality interview at the Restaurant Show 2014, James Knappett and Sandia Chang, the duo behind Bubbledogs and recently Michelin-starred Kitchen Table, talked about the importance of nurturing staff.

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BBPA Awards 2014: winners revealed at Annual Dinner

09-Oct-2014 - The winners of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) awards were announced last night at the Annual Dinner at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

Russell Bateman named National Chef of the Year 2014

08-Oct-2014 - Colette’s at The Grove head chef Russell Bateman won the Craft guild of Chefs’ National Chef of the Year award last night (7 October) after a heated competition held during...

Restaurant Show: Day two highlights

08-Oct-2014 - The Restaurant Show continued yesterday (7 October) at Earls Court. Here are some of the highlights of the day.

Clare Smyth: 'You can never lose focus'

08-Oct-2014 - Clare Smyth talked to BigHospitality at the Restaurant Show 2014, telling us why she doesn't dwell on accolades and who she admires most in the industry.

Midsummer House named second best restaurant in world by TripAdvisor

07-Oct-2014 - Great British Menu chef Daniel Clifford’s Cambridge restaurant has been voted the second best fine dining restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor travellers. 

Restaurant Show 2014: Day one highlights

07-Oct-2014 - The Restaurant Show kicked off at Earl's Court yesterday (6 October). Here is a glimpse of some of the highlights for those who missed it.

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TV chef Judy Joo to host event at Fortnum & Mason

06-Oct-2014 - Korean-American chef and TV personality Judy Joo will preview her new restaurant Jinjuu at an event hosted by London department store Fortnum & Mason on Thursday (9 October). 

TripAdvisor launches Exceptional Service Awards

06-Oct-2014 - TripAdvisor has launched the inaugural Exceptional Service Awards to recognise ‘remarkable hospitality professionals’ at hotels, restaurants and attractions in the UK and worldwide.

Government urged to 'commit' to tourism

06-Oct-2014 - Industry leaders urged the government to commit to tourism and do more to promote employment in the sector during debate held at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham last week.

Brigade Bar & Bistro rewarded for training the homeless

03-Oct-2014 - London restaurant Brigade Bar & Bistro has won a Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for training homeless people to become chefs.