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The latest news and interviews from the movers and shakers in the industry, including appointments, promotions, insights and achievements.

News in brief

HOSPA appoints new chairman

01-Oct-2014 - Chris Upton is to take over as chairman of The Hospitality Professionals Association for Finance, Revenue Management and IT (HOSPA).

Veeno plans roll-out through crowdfunding

30-Sep-2014 - Italian wine café Veeno has launched a crowdfunding campaign and aims to open four new sites by June 2015.

Scotland launches hospitality apprenticeship scheme

30-Sep-2014 - Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has announced the launch of a new apprenticeship scheme in partnership with five hotel brands.

Tourism employment grows twice as fast as rest of market

26-Sep-2014 - Employment grew twice as fast in the tourism industry as in other UK sectors between 2009 and 2013, according to figures released Friday (26 September) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Small Talk

Harwood Warrington on Macdonald Hotels and the importance of food

25-Sep-2014 - Harwood Warrington recently took over as Macdonald Hotels’ restaurant operations director and has begun a multi-million pound redevelopment of the group's food and beverage offering.

Michelin Guide 2015: Gymkhana among 14 new one-star restaurants

25-Sep-2014 - National Restaurant Awards 2014 winner Gymkhana was among 14 UK restaurants to win single stars in the latest edition of the Michelin guide, published today.

Hospitality openings: September 2014

24-Sep-2014 - Our latest roundup of the hottest openings in hospitality include Marcus Wareing's new restaurant Tredwell's, former Zafferano head chef Andy Needham's L'Amorosa, the new Hoxton hotel in Holborn, River Cottage's...

6,000 new hospitality jobs available for 16-24 year olds by year end

24-Sep-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has announced the creation of 6,000 new jobs in the industry for 16 to 24 year olds by the end of 2014.

Ramen concept Bone Daddies expands across London

23-Sep-2014 - Ross Shonhan will open a second Bone Daddies in Kensington’s Whole Foods Market in early November, with ambitions to open further sites in Soho, Bermondsey and Shoreditch.

David Loewi on heading up the BHA Restaurant Association's re-launch

23-Sep-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has re-launched the Restaurant Association (RA) and appointed D&D London managing director David Loewi as its chairman, to reflect the growth and raise the profile...

Viewpoint

Charles Scudamore on HCP and the UK hotel market

18-Sep-2014 - Charles Scudamore is the principal and founder of Hetherley Capital Partners (HCP), a specialist hotel real estate investment and asset management firm, based in London. He talks BigHospitality about the current state...

Ex-Zafferano chef launches neighbourhood Italian restaurant

18-Sep-2014 - Former Zafferano head chef Andy Needham has launched his first solo project, L’Amorosa, on the site of the former Lola & Simón café in West London.

Will Ricker wins Westminster licensing battle

18-Sep-2014 - Restaurateur Will Ricker has won an appeal against Westminster City Council to allow customers at his Soho restaurant, La Bodega Negra , to buy alcohol without food.

People on the Move in Hospitality: September 2014

17-Sep-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments by Giraffe and Marston’s, as well as venues including...

Heston Blumenthal to open The Fat Duck Melbourne in February

17-Sep-2014 - Heston Blumenthal has revealed further details of his plans for The Fat Duck in Melbourne, which is due to open on 3 February 2015.

Bodean's Blais teams up with Plateau's Pickett

17-Sep-2014 - Andre Blais, of Bodean’s BBQ restaurant group, is teaming up with Allan Pickett, head chef of London’s Plateau restaurant, to open a French restaurant called Piquet in early spring 2015....

More work needed to improve customer service, says People 1st

16-Sep-2014 - Hospitality employees are still falling short when it comes to customer service, according to new research from People 1st.

News in brief

Hospitality Action's York to London Cycle Challenge raises £30,000

16-Sep-2014 - Twenty industry members have raised £30,000 for Hospitality Action in the charity's York to London Cycle Challenge.

Top chefs prepare to take the stage at the Restaurant Show 2014

15-Sep-2014 - Tom Kerridge, Phillip Howard, Brett Graham and Clare Smyth MBE are among the chefs that will take to the stage at the Restaurant Show 2014.

Tom Kerridge's latest TV show hits screens next month

15-Sep-2014 - BBC Two has released further details of Tom Kerridge’s latest TV series, which will see him travel around the UK to cook up innovative versions of some of Britain’s favourite...

Small Talk

James Robson on Cartizze and making it in Mayfair

11-Sep-2014 - Investor and entrepreneur James Robson has established a portfolio of exclusive venues in London, including Mews of Mayfair, La Cave, Mayfair Pizza Co and his latest venture, Cartizze.  ...

Kate Nicholls steps up as ALMR chief executive

11-Sep-2014 - Kate Nicholls has been appointed new chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) after David McHattie stepped down from the role to concentrate on his pub operation.

Protect hospitality employees with new laws on tips, urges MP

10-Sep-2014 - An MP has called for new legislation to ensure hospitality employers pass on tips and service charges to their staff.

Corner Room appoints new head chef

09-Sep-2014 - Corner Room, the brasserie at London’s Town Hall Hotel, has appointed John Christie as its new head chef.

Business Profile: Loch Fyne

08-Sep-2014 - Liz Williams, director and general manager of the UK’s biggest seafood restaurant group Loch Fyne, talks discounting, the competition and chasing the grey pound.