On 29 April 2014 the eyes of the world will once more fall on London as the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards take place. Organised by Restaurant Magazine, the awards aim to get people talking about restaurants, and to shine a bright light on excellence and innovation in an exciting industry.

World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014: Fergus Henderson wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Fergus Henderson, a founding partner of infamous London restaurant St. John, has been awarded The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award as part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants donate meals to Farm Africa's Christmas auction

Twelve restaurants within this year's World's 50 Best Restaurants list have donated meals to a special Christmas auction held by charity Farm Africa.

Joan Roca: ‘World’s Best Restaurant cannot be repeated'

Joan Roca, head chef of El Celler de Can Roca, has insisted he won’t be opening any more restaurants despite receiving numerous offers from the UK after winning the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards earlier this year.

With an estimated 236,000 extra jobs expected to be created in hospitality by 2015 there has never been a greater need to find the right people to fill them. Recruiting the right staff, developing their skills and retaining them is essential for a successful business, so it is important to know how to do it. Read about the latest trends in recruitment, top tips from experts and more here.

People on the Move in Hospitality: April 2014

We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing a number of key appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including Gravetye Manor, Giraffe and The Garrison.

Hospitality’s employment challenge: Are we approaching the ‘workforce cliff?

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and Women 1st have unanimously agreed with recent comments by McDonald’s chief people officer that the industry faces a future of stunted growth unless employers do more to attract young people.

Growing demand for pastry chefs met by new Centres of Excellence in Patisserie

In response to increased demand from hospitality businesses for quality pastry chefs, sector skills council People 1st has recognised two new Centres of Excellence in Patisserie and Confectionary, endorsed by the Hospitality Guild. 

Our latest in-depth features, trends analysis and advice from industry experts 

Happy Easter: Top 20 staycation destinations revealed

Hospitality businesses across the UK are set to benefit from a £2bn boost to the economy as British parents will fork out an average of £478.25 over the Easter holiday.

How to tackle food waste to benefit the bottom line

Hotels, restaurants and pubs are picking up the tab for more than £1.3bn of the annual £2.5bn bill for food waste across the UK’s hospitality and food service industry (HaFS). WRAP’s Hospitality and Food Service manager, Charlotte Henderson, looks at how you can reduce this impact on your profit margins and the environment.

How to protect your business from fire risks

Fire safety is a serious consideration for hospitality businesses. Here, David Lalor, director at Keybury Fire & Security , explains why you shouldn't go it alone when it comes to risk assessment and choosing fire safety equipment.

Our latest interviews with the hospitality industry's leading lights and upcoming stars

Mourad Mazouz: Pearls of Wisdom

The Algerian-born restaurateur behind London’s Sketch and Momo and a number of other restaurants and bars in Paris and the Middle East on pop-ups, seeking investment from friends, and why he objects to his restaurants being referred to as a mini empire. 

Business Profile: Ping Pong

Ping Pong’s change-of-location strategy and design brief move it a step closer to bringing dim sum to the masses.

#AskMark: Our inspiring Twitter Q&A with Mark Sargeant reviewed

Whether it was his advice for young chefs, his memories of working with Gordon Ramsay or his plans for the year ahead, Mark Sargeant revealed all in our Twitter Q&A – here’s a full recap of what he said…

The Annual Hotel Conference, the major event for the UK's hotel industry, will take place in Manchester on the 16 and 17 October 2013 with speakers including Robert Cook of De Vere and Kevin Roberts of Saatchi & Saatchi. Here's our round-up of all the news pre and post-event. 

Location and business aspirations determine independent or branded focus for hoteliers

A hotel's location, it's owner's aspirations for the business and the type of guest it wants to attract are key elements to deciding whether it should be branded or remain independent. 

Aberdeen is new hotel hotspot says De Vere's Robert Cook

De Vere Hotels and Village Urban Resorts Robert Cook has urged hotel companies to consider Aberdeen as a city to expand to as its strong oil and gas industry has made it a ‘hot’ city for hotels.

Magnuson Worldwide launches CRS1 global reservation system

Magnuson Worldwide has launched the CRS1, a new a low-cost global hotel reservation system designed to help hoteliers cut their reservation transaction costs by up to 90 per cent.

A round-up of all the news from the second British Hospitality & Tourism Summit.

Arora Hotels to open hotel Crowne Plaza hotel at O2

Arora Hotels founder and chief executive Surinder Arora has confirmed plans to open its eighth hotel at The O2 in London.

Hospitality workers protest for higher pay before new job creation

Members of workers union Unite are calling for leaders within the hospitality industry to address issues over pay throughout the sector before creating another 300,000 jobs.

British Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2013: Government urged to take hospitality seriously

The Government is not taking the hospitality industry seriously enough and should take greater notice of the UK’s fourth largest industry to help drive economic growth.

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur with a bold idea for a new restaurant concept or a successful hotelier with plans to expand an already popular business, this section has all the latest news and trends in hospitality finance to help you on your way.

Budget 2014: What can we expect from George Osborne?

The Chancellor George Osborne will today present 'a Budget for a resilient economy'. But with further calls for another beer duty cut and a reduction in VAT, hospitality professionals will undoubtedly be among those watching most closely.

VisitEngland launches Government-backed flood recovery campaign

VisitEngland is today (19 March) launching a £2m Government funded campaign to support businesses affected by the recent severe weather and to drive holiday bookings in England.

Work that experience: The changing face of customer loyalty

Consumers have become ‘value hunters’ and are increasingly willing to go extra lengths to get the best deal, making it more important than ever to build the relationship that will create brand loyalty. But with this loyalty comes further expectations and the need for more than just greater value but also for an experience, a point that a number of operators are quickly picking up on.

In this section, BigHospitality rounds up the results of major national guides and awards across the restaurant, hotel and pub industries. From Michelin Stars through to the Good Beer Guide and the Great British Pub Awards to the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards - we've got it covered with exclusive interviews, photo galleries and award listings.

Roux Scholarship 2014: In Pictures

Tom Barnes, sous chef at Simon Rogan’s two-Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, has won the 2014 Roux Scholarship. Relive the hotly contested final with BigHospitality in our exclusive photo gallery. 

World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014: Fergus Henderson wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Fergus Henderson, a founding partner of infamous London restaurant St. John, has been awarded The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award as part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014.

Hot Talent 2014: Back-of-house finalists revealed

The final five back-of-house candidates for this year’s Hotelympia Hot Talent competition have been revealed.

The Restaurant Show, the trade show designed exclusively for the UK’s restaurant industry, returns once more to Earls Court 2 on 7-9 October 2013. Visitors will be able to source new products and suppliers, gain valuable business advice, observe leading industry competitions and share tips and recipes with leading chefs and restaurateurs.

Claude Bosi: Hibiscus must evolve to stay on top

Two-Michelin-starred chef Claude Bosi says he must not turn a blind eye to the increasing ‘casualisation’ of fine-dining as he looks to try and keep people flocking through the doors of his Mayfair establishment Hibiscus.

Chef collaboration: Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder on working together at Hartnett Holder & Co.

Can having two chefs' names above a restaurant door really work? That was one of the questions BigHospitality asked Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder in this exclusive video interview at the Restaurant Show earlier this month. 

VIDEO: The National Restaurant Awards 2013

The National Restaurant Awards 2013 took place in London last week, where 100 of the nation's top restaurants heard their place on the prestigious list and picked up a handful of special awards.  

The temporary or 'pop-up' restaurant is an emerging trend among restaurateurs and chefs looking to extend their brand or serve diners in a new location without having to endure the huge costs of setting up a permanent venue.

KERB partners with NCASS to increase street food safety

London-based street food organization KERB has announced that all of its members will become part of the Nationwide Caterer’s Association (NCASS) in a bid to improve public confidence in the safety of food sold on the streets.

From start-up to global chain: Law firm provides hospitality checklist

Whether you are taking your restaurant from ‘pop-up to permanent’, starting an innovative new hotel concept or planning to open a new chain of destination bars, law firm Pitmans has provided seven top tips for entrepreneurs looking to avoid any legal pitfalls.

Pierre Koffmann plans Covent Garden ‘Kreperie’

Legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann has partnered with premium Champagne brand Krug for the launch of a pop-up ‘Kreperie’ in Covent Garden.

The hospitality industry is under immense pressure from the Government to provide calorie information on its menus for the sake of the nation's expanding waistline, but doing so could mean even greater costs for the industry that is already feeling the burden of regulations and tax.

Dietary requirements: Catering for customers with allergies and intolerances

In the world of dietary requirements, allergies and food intolerances, the UK hospitality industry has come on leaps and bounds. Go back just 10 years and a restaurant would stand out for including an ‘N’ on the menu next to dishes containing nuts, while coeliac disease was virtually unheard of.

Fuller’s launches healthier kids menu

UK brewer and pub operator Fuller’s is rolling out a healthier kids menu in half of its managed pubs in response to calls from parents to provide better quality ingredients and more value for money.

Tackling obesity: Should restaurants be doing more?

The majority of UK adults believe that obesity has become a ‘major problem’ in Britain and that restaurant and pub chains should be doing more to promote healthy eating. 

In August 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to make Britain one of the top five tourist destinations in the world. But can the hospitality industry realise this goal in the face of budget cuts, growing international competition and burdensome regulations?

Happy Easter: Top 20 staycation destinations revealed

Hospitality businesses across the UK are set to benefit from a £2bn boost to the economy as British parents will fork out an average of £478.25 over the Easter holiday.

Positive tourism backdrop for new Culture Secretary

The hospitality and tourism sector has welcomed Sajid Javid into his new role as Culture Secretary, with Maria Miller’s replacement coming in at a time when the 'staycation' trend remains strong and international visitor spend has hit record levels. 

Travellers’ Choice: Top 10 UK tourism hotspots

London is the third-best travel destination in the world, according to TripAdvisor’s sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations. But which UK cities make up the top 10?

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal head chef Ashley Palmer-Watts is representing the hospitality industry on a trip to visit a Farm Africa fish farm project in Kenya and help the local community; everything you need to follow his Chef Africa challenge live and to find out why this project matters is in this section.

For more information on the work of Farm Africa and for details on how to show your support - visit their website.

Chefs with Altitude: Kilimanjaro climbers return with a story to tell

The team of chefs and restaurateurs that made it all the way to the summit of Kilimanjaro in aid of Farm Africa have described the climb as ‘extremely hard’ and ‘incredibly emotional’.

Going the distance: BigHospitality takes on the London Marathon

In less than 10 days thousands of people will be taking part in one of the biggest mass fundraising events in the world - the London Marathon - and our very own multimedia reporter will be among those taking on the 26.2 mile challenge.

Bruno Loubet and Paul Foster join Ashley Palmer-Watts to raise more than £25k for Farm Africa

Ashley Palmer-Watts has announced he is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Farm Africa and has challenged other chefs to join him as Bruno Loubet and Paul Foster joined the Dinner by Heston Blumenthal head chef last week to help raise more than £25k for the charity.

In January 2011 the Government introduced an increased VAT rate of 20 per cent, rocking the hospitality industry which was already struggling to cope with the effects of the recession. Now the industry is fighting back and calling for a reduced rate for restaurants, pubs and hotels of 5 per cent to bring it more into line with its EU neighbours.

David Cameron dismisses more calls for hospitality and tourism VAT cut

Prime Minister David Cameron has once again shunned the argument to reduce VAT for the hospitality and tourism sectors, claiming that bringing the taxes down to pre-recession levels ‘would be expensive’ for the UK economy.

South Lakes MP supports Cut Tourism VAT campaign

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has pledged his support of the Cut Tourism VAT campaign and is putting pressure on the Treasury to bring tax rates for hotels, restaurants and other hospitality and leisure businesses into line with those in other European countries. 

John Penrose Video Interview: Hospitality industry still needs to show Government why its VAT cut is different

In a wide-ranging, exclusive video interview for BigHospitality, Tourism Minister John Penrose has ruled out making a VAT cut for the hospitality industry a long-term ambition for the Government and has said businesses still need to show why a cut would be so beneficial.

Our latest interviews with the hospitality industry's finest as well as news of all the latest moves and new appointments across the hotel, restaurant and pub sectors. 

Mourad Mazouz: Pearls of Wisdom

The Algerian-born restaurateur behind London’s Sketch and Momo and a number of other restaurants and bars in Paris and the Middle East on pop-ups, seeking investment from friends, and why he objects to his restaurants being referred to as a mini empire. 

Will Ricker to launch juice bar concept

Will Ricker, founder of Ricker Restaurants, which owns and operates a number of successful restaurants in London and New York, has teamed up with author and filmmaker Joe Cross, to launch a new juice bar concept in London called The Juice Well.

Blumenthal takes The Fat Duck Down Under

Heston Blumenthal is temporarily relocating his legendary three-Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck while carrying out a six-month refurbishment of the original site in Bray.

Riots across England have caused major damage to homes and businesses, with many restaurants and pubs getting caught in the crossfire. As the clean up continues, you can find all our news related to the riots here.

Malcolm John launches Phoenix apprenticeship to support youth following riots

Chef and restaurant owner Malcolm John is launching an apprenticeship scheme which will see four teenagers gain first-hand kitchen experience at each of his South London restaurants, in a bid to give them a “sense of respect” following the August riots.

London hotels bounce back after riots

Following the negative financial effects of the riots in August, London hotels have bounced back in September and are on track for a record-breaking year.

British tourism has ‘mixed’ August, report finds

A report from the Office for National Statistics has revealed ‘mixed’ tourism figures for the month of August, following the riots which hit many parts of London and other major cities.

Britain was ranked 14th in the world for its hospitality welcome recently, prompting the industry to take a hard look at its service standards, and whether it's doing enough to attract talent into front of house careers.

Customer-focused technology: High-tech hospitality in action

For the final part of our technology special feature, BigHospitality checked in at one of the country’s most high-tech hotels to bring you an exclusive video report on the business benefits of customer-focused technology.

Housekeeping Olympics: Celebrating the heart of hotels

Hotel housekeepers are the unsung heroes of the industry, but where would we be without them all? The Housekeeping Olympics, held last month in London, gave this labour-intensive and multi-skilled profession the recognition it deserves. 

Last orders? Pubs and clubs ‘routinely serving drunks’, research finds

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has hit back at a study which claims pubs and nightclubs are routinely breaking a law which prevents them serving alcohol to drunk people.

Wonder what 2011 has in store for hospitality? From dining trends to hotel occupancy forecasts, you can find all the industry predictions and essential information you need about the year ahead right here.

JD Wetherspoon reopens Woolwich pub following riots destruction

The Great Harry pub in Woolwich is set to reopen tomorrow (July 10) on the site of the original building which was burnt to the ground during last year’s riots.

Business Outlook 2012: What’s in store for hospitality?

Restaurants, hotels and pubs had mixed fortunes in 2011, with all three hospitality sectors suffering a decline in property prices. But there is hope on the horizon, with the potential for an increase in opportunities and transactions in 2012.

Hospitality industry suffers ‘worrying’ increase in insolvencies

The hospitality industry has felt the strain of the tough economic climate over the past year, with a significant increase in the number of restaurants, bars and hotels becoming insolvent.

The UK’s hospitality, leisure, tourism and travel industry could stand to generate £2bn from visitors around the 2012 Olympic Games. But much still needs to be done to make sure the sector achieves its potential during the games and benefits from the Olympics legacy afterwards. In this section, you can read all about the latest Olympics-related hospitality developments.

Olympics hailed as ‘saviour of 2012’ for London hotels as Provinces see further profit decline

The disparity between London and the Provinces when it comes to the profitability of hotels is continuing to increase as properties in the capital recorded a third successive year of growth but those in other regions slumped to a fifth consecutive year of decline.

Olympics catering stock up for sale

More than 600 lots of catering equipment used for the London 2012 Olympics is being put up for auction at the end of the month.

Questions over 2013 hotel demand grow as December prices drop

With 2012 marking the UK’s largest room supply increase from new developments in the past decade, PwC believes more new rooms to fill may be difficult in a comparatively ‘empty 2013’. Meanwhile hotel prices have fallen this month, to nearly the lowest point of 2012.

Keep up to date with all trends impacting the UK hotel market, including the latest data and statistics on hotel occupancy rates, RevPAR and performance forecasts. You’ll also find key insight on hotel trends to attract guests and grow business.

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

Jupiter takes five hotels out of administration

Hotel management firm Jupiter Hotels has today (25 March) won the management contracts for five hotels that were operated by Barinbrook Limited – formerly part of Akkeron Hotels – out of administration. 

Travelodge opens £11m flagship hotel in Manchester

Travelodge chief executive Peter Gowers has today opened a new flagship property for the brand in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. 

In this section you’ll find all the latest news and data on the UK restaurant market, including dining trends, food and beverage trends, eating-out spend, and restaurant marketing and technology trends.

Marching on: Spring sales surge for restaurants and pubs

Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6 per cent in March against the same month last year, marking 12 consecutive months of positive growth for the sector. 

Ed's Easy Diner named fastest-growing restaurant group

Ed’s Easy Diner, the 24-strong 1950s-style American diner chain, has topped the 2014 Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker - a list of the 50 fastest-growing restaurant and bar companies.

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

We bring you all the latest pub trade trends and developments, from food and drink spend and alcohol prices through to business growth strategies in pubs and bars.

Marching on: Spring sales surge for restaurants and pubs

Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6 per cent in March against the same month last year, marking 12 consecutive months of positive growth for the sector. 

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

Extra time: Pub hours extended for World Cup matches

The Government has taken heed of the overwhelming pressure from the British pub industry to allow venues to stay open late during England's World Cup matches. 

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