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

Red's True Barbecue secures £5m funding to continue expansion

22-May-2015 - Leeds-based Smokehouse concept Reds True Barbecue has secured a £5m investment from leading figures in the hospitality industry as part of a drive to accelerate its expansion plans.

Hospitality industry celebrates National Waiter's Day

22-May-2015 - Hospitality businesses around the UK showed their support for National Waiter's Day yesterday (21 May).

Rise in young landlords drives pub and bar growth

22-May-2015 - Rising turnover and a surge of young talent entering the industry are providing encouraging signs of growth for the pub sector, according to new data from Barclays released today (22 May).

VIEWPOINT

Ben Bengougam on Hilton Worldwide's careers programme and encouraging employee development

22-May-2015 - Ben Bengougam started his career washing pots in a hotel kitchen, now he is vice president of Human Resources at Hilton Worldwide. Following the launch of the company’s Youth in Hospitality...

Bake Off producers seek professional pastry chefs for new TV series

21-May-2015 - Love Productions, the TV production company behind popular BBC Two series Bake Off are on the look-out for professional pastry chefs and bakers to take part in a new series. ...

John Burton-Race's The New Angel restaurant to relocate

21-May-2015 - The New Angel restaurant in Notting Hill, the brainchild of celebrity chef John Burton-Race , is relocating to larger premises.

Ed’s Easy Diner CEO headlining Arena Summer Event

20-May-2015 - Hospitality networking association Arena has announced details of its 2015 Summer Event, taking place on 26 June at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London.

New management team for boutique hotel concept Urban Villa

20-May-2015 - Union Hanover’s operations arm NoHo has named a management team for its new west London boutique hotel concept Urban Villa.

Xavier Rousset to leave Texture and 28°-50° Restaurant Group

19-May-2015 - Xavier Rousset has left Texture and 28°-50° Restaurant Group, the company he co-founded with chef Agnar Sverrisson. 

National Chef of the Year 2016: Semi-finalists revealed

19-May-2015 - The Craft Guild of Chefs has named the 40 chefs who have made the semi-finals of the National Chef of the Year 2016 competition. 

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants gives Daniel Boulud Lifetime Achievement Award

19-May-2015 - Chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud has been awarded the 2015 Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award by the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards. 

Craft Guild of Chefs names new boss

18-May-2015 - The new boss of the Craft Guild of Chefs has been named following the announcement that chief executive Martin Bates is to retire.

TRENDS

Dining trends: Restaurants must adapt menus to cater to all age groups

15-May-2015 - Operators must engage with customers and adapt their menus to target the needs of all age groups, according to a new study.

Hilton Worldwide launches Youth in Hospitality month

15-May-2015 - Hilton Worldwide has launched its largest ever global careers initiative showcasing hospitality jobs to young people.

SMALL TALK

Claude Bosi on Hibiscus reaching its 15th birthday

15-May-2015 - This May Hibiscus, the fine-dining restaurant owned by French chef Claude Bosi, celebrates its 15th birthday. The chef tells BigHospitality about his time at the restaurant in both Ludlow and London’s...

Belmond hires Kabelitz to run renovated Cadogan Hotel

14-May-2015 - Hotel group Belmond has appointed a general manager to lead the renovated Cadogan Hotel, in Knightsbridge, when it reopens in autumn 2016.

Ministerial appointments welcomed by hospitality trade bodies

14-May-2015 - Trade bodies have welcomed the appointments of the two ministers given responsibility for tourism under the new Government.

Hallsworth to relocate Joe’s Oriental Diner to east London

13-May-2015 - Australian chef Scott Hallsworth is relocating his Chelsea-based Oriental dive bar concept Joe's Oriental Diner to Hackney.

AA B&B Awards 2015: Redruth B&B The Old Railway Yard named UK's friendliest

13-May-2015 - The Old Railway Yard in Redruth, Cornwall, has been named the Friendliest B&B in the UK by the AA in its annual B&B Awards. 

DJ Tim Healey to open Brighton restaurant Kooks

12-May-2015 - DJ and music producer Tim Healey and his wife Rebecca are opening an all-day dining restaurant in Brighton this week. 

Masterchef finalist releases details of Soho meatball restaurant

12-May-2015 - Australian Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Bonny Porter has announced further details of her gourmet meatball restaurant opening in Soho in June.

VisitEngland 2015 Awards for Excellence winners announced

12-May-2015 - Hospitality and tourism businesses were honored at the 2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence last night (11 May).

Consumers continue to spend more on eating out

12-May-2015 - Increasing consumer confidence and the warm weather saw a rise in people eating and drinking out in April, according to the latest Barclaycard Consumer Spending Report.

Mark Sargeant to open Soho restaurant Morden & Lea

11-May-2015 - Mark Sargeant has announced plans to open a restaurant - Morden & Lea - in Soho next month. 

Ben Spalding to head up the kitchen at aqua shard

11-May-2015 - Ben Spalding will take up the position of executive chef at aqua shard today (11 May).