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Staff at The Zetter Group receive share of company profits

28-Aug-2015 - The Zetter Group has announced the first year results of its scheme to share profits with staff - believed to be the first of its kind in the UK hospitality sector.

House of Moli launches crowdfunding campaign to grow business and rebrand

28-Aug-2015 - Corporate serviced apartment provider House of Moli has launched a campaign to crowdfund £250k-£500k to expand its business and rebrand as the Thesqua.re Serviced Apartments.

Hospitality profits up despite staff shortage concerns

28-Aug-2015 - Hospitality businesses reported healthy profit growth for the three months to August and remain positive about the future despite concerns over staff shortages.

Five tips for managing tips

27-Aug-2015 - With tipping practices back in the spotlight, BigHospitality speaks to Lydia Christie, senior associate at law firm Howard Kennedy who suggests five ways restaurant groups can check that their policies are legal and fair. 

Valor Hospitality Europe: Growth in hotel market will put increased pressure on staffing

27-Aug-2015 - Continuing growth in the hotel market will put increased pressure on companies to find and retain skilled staff, says Valor Hospitality Europe managing director Brian McCarthy.

Menu trends: Superfoods, popping candy and street food inspired dishes on the rise

26-Aug-2015 - High street chains are beginning to use increasingly eclectic ingredients inspired by independent and street food operators in a bid to attract customers, a new study shows.

Hey big spender: Shopping tourists visiting UK spend 80% more

26-Aug-2015 - International tourists who visit the UK primarily to shop spend 80 per cent more during their stay than those visiting for other reasons, according to research by VisitBritain. 

Independent Hotel Show 2015: Awards shortlists revealed

26-Aug-2015 - The Independent Hotel Show has announced shortlists for its 2015 Outstanding New Hotel and Independent Hotelier Awards. 

Minimum wage and apprentice rate could rise in 2016

25-Aug-2015 - The Government is seeking the views of hospitality businesses over the possibility of raising the National Minimum Wage for apprentices and under 25’s.

Virgin and Gleneagles Hotel support customer service focused scholarships

24-Aug-2015 - Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland is working with Virgin and the iconic Gleneagles Hotel to launch three ‘once in a lifetime’ scholarship programmes focused on customer service.

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How to move into event catering

24-Aug-2015 - Richard Groves, group new business development director at Smart Group , gives tips on how chefs and restaurateurs can successfully move into event catering. 

VIEWPOINT

Grace Wood of Barton Grange on why hotels should be adding events into their offering

21-Aug-2015 - Grace Wood, event manager at the 51-bedroom independently-owned Barton Grange Hotel in Preston, Lancashire, believes events can be big money-spinners for hotels and gives her top tips to running them. 

Marco Pierre White pop-up to run in Southampton

20-Aug-2015 - Marco Pierre White is taking a pop-up version of his Wheeler’s of St. James’s restaurant to the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton in September.

How we can solve the chef shortage (and what the industry’s doing already)

20-Aug-2015 - With the chef shortage problem at boiling point, BigHospitality speaks to a range of people from across the industry for their views on how we can begin to solve it and what’s being done already.

Tennis champion Andy Murray invests further in hospitality businessess

19-Aug-2015 - Andy Murray has been revealed as one of the investors backing healthier eating chain Tossed on crowdfunding platform Seedrs.

Hospitality operators use social media feedback to help shape business

18-Aug-2015 - Restaurant, hotel and pub operators are frequently turning to social media for feedback on how they can better their business.

Valor Hospitality Europe grows UK portfolio to 20

18-Aug-2015 - Hotel management company Valor Hospitality Europe has grown its UK portfolio to 20 hotels after being appointed to manage hotels in Liverpool, Salford Quays and Birmingham. 

Cook off to choose next UK Bocuse d'Or candidate

18-Aug-2015 - A cook-off to determine which chef from the UK will compete in international competition the Bocuse d'Or will take place in London next month. 

Increase in number of hoteliers opting for franchises over management agreements

17-Aug-2015 - Hotel owners in Europe will be more likely to opt for franchise agreements with brands than management agreements over the next five years according to property advisor CBRE.

TRENDS

Scotland’s hotel boom: figures show 5 year occupancy rise

17-Aug-2015 - The latest figures published by VisitScotland show that there has been a steady rise in hotel room occupancy since 2010.

70% of hospitality operators foresee negative impact of National Living Wage

17-Aug-2015 - More than 70 per cent of restaurant and pub operators believe the introduction of the National Living Wage for the over-25s next year will have a negative impact on their businesses, according to a survey carried out by M&C Allegra Foodservice .

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How to create happiness in the workforce

17-Aug-2015 - Saurav Chopra, chief executive and co-founder of Perkbox  discusses the importance of having happy employees and suggests ways to achieve a happy workforce.

Cotels open serviced apartments in Luton

14-Aug-2015 - Cotels has announced the opening of its serviced apartments at London Park House in Luton, London.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 10/08-14/08

14-Aug-2015 - Here's a roundup of the top trending stories this week on BigHospitality:

SACO to open 187-unit aparthotel in Edinburgh

14-Aug-2015 - The Serviced Apartment Company (SACO) is planning to convert a former office building in to a 187-unit aparthotel in Edinburgh.