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Cut food and tourism VAT and improve hospitality staff training, Select Committee tells Government

26-Mar-2015 - The Government must cut tourism VAT and give the hospitality sector greater support, according to a report published today (26 March) by Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

Kenny Atkinson urges fellow chefs to work with students to help fill future vacancies

26-Mar-2015 - Established chefs can help fix the industry's skills shortage problem by working more closely with colleges and their students, says House of Tides chef-owner Kenny Atkinson. 

Scottish hotels continue to capitalise on events

26-Mar-2015 - Hotels in Edinburgh and Glasgow are continuing to capitalise on events, while demand continues to weaken in Aberdeen, according to the monthly LJ Forecaster Scottish Intercity Report.

Hotel chains outside London continue to perform well

25-Mar-2015 - Hotel chains in the UK provinces continued to show positive year-on-year growth while London hotels struggled during February according to the latest HotStats' UK Chain Hotels Market Review.

People on the Move in Hospitality: March 2015

24-Mar-2015 - It's been a busy month for the hospitality industry once again, with new appointments at Welcome Break, Hampton by Hilton and Paradise by way of Kensal Green.

Center Parcs UK’s Martin Robinson: "Stick to your guns to build success"

24-Mar-2015 - Sticking to Dutch founder Piet Derksen’s original idea to create an environmentally and family-friendly holiday park and refusing to make drastic changes at the request of private equity companies has helped Center Parcs UK become the success it is today, according to chairman and chief executive Martin Robinson.

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TA Hotel Collection opening first in-hotel spa

24-Mar-2015 - TA Hotel Collection is launching its first hotel spa at the 15th century Swan Hotel in Lavenham.

Hotel Gotham: What we can expect from 'the sexiest hotel in Europe'

24-Mar-2015 - Bespoke Hotels' latest property Hotel Gotham will open its doors on King Street in Manchester on 7 April following a year's worth of renovation work at the Art Deco-style building. BigHospitality speaks to managing director and general manager Jeff Ward to find out what we can expect from 'the sexiest hotel in Europe' when it finally opens to guests. 

TripAdvisor: North beats South for UK's best rated hotels and restaurants

24-Mar-2015 - The North of England has dominated the list of top UK destinations in the annual Travellers’ Choice awards, announced by TripAdvisor.

Government must act to secure the future of the UK tourism industry, says WTTC

24-Mar-2015 - The UK government must take action to ensure the future of the UK tourism industry, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has warned.

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Tom Hamblet named FutureChef 2015

24-Mar-2015 - Tom Hamblet of Tanbridge House School in Horsham, West Sussex, has been named Springboard's FutureChef 2015. 

Casual dining restaurants set to continue leading growth in the foodservice sector

23-Mar-2015 - The British foodservice market is set to grow by 1.1 per cent in 2015 and 1.5 per cent in 2016, according to NPD Group's first complete forecast for the foodservice market. 

Smart-meter saves hospitality industry £1m in food waste

23-Mar-2015 - A smart-meter that helps chefs measure and manage food waste has saved hospitality caterers an estimated combined total of £1m, the manufacturer has claimed.

UK hotels have worst customer service in Europe, says

20-Mar-2015 - Staff members in UK hotels are the least friendly in Europe, according to

Bristol’s Finzels Reach development boosted by bridge approval

20-Mar-2015 - A proposed new eating out quarter in Bristol has received a boost after councilors approved the building of a bridge over the city’s Floating Harbour.

Shortage of skilled chefs could limit ‘foodie’ tourism in the UK

20-Mar-2015 - A lack of skilled chefs could limit the growth of the UK tourism industry, with businesses struggling to fill nearly half of all chef vacancies, says VisitEngland.

Online review sites improve business standards, says TripAdvisor

19-Mar-2015 - Nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of UK businesses have taken steps to improve their service as a result of an online review, according to new research by TripAdvisor. 

Poor staff soft skills could create industry crisis by 2020

19-Mar-2015 - Foodservice and accommodation businesses are at risk of a major staffing crisis by 2020 if more is not done to recognise the importance of soft skills, a report by Development Economics warns.

Budget 2015: Mixed news for the hospitality industry

18-Mar-2015 - The 2015 budget brought good news for pubs across the UK, with a reduction in duty on beer, cider and spirits, but failed to mention a cut in Tourism VAT.

VisitEngland asks industry for views on tourism growth strategy

18-Mar-2015 - VisitEngland is asking for views on the growth strategy it has in place for England's tourism industry over the next five years.

IFE 2015 Preview: 23 British chefs to demonstrate culinary expertise

18-Mar-2015 - Alyn Williams, Adam Smith and Alan Bird are among the 23 British chefs demonstrating their skills and providing inspiration to others at this year's International Food and Drink Event (IFE).

Exclusive Hotels Chefs' Academy: Aiming to train and retain staff

18-Mar-2015 - BigHospitality takes a visit to Exclusive Hotels and Venues' new Chefs' Academy to find out how the company is aiming to train and retain its kitchen staff through an extensive two-year training programme

Hospitality and bar courses tackling youth unemployment

17-Mar-2015 - Employment charity Springboard has partnered with drinks company Diageo to launch its first Learning for Life Hospitality and Bartending course this week (16 March).

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New hospitality apprenticeship standards approved

17-Mar-2015 - The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has approved five new apprenticeship standards for hospitality that will expand the range of options available to young people.

New 115-bed hotel planned for the Eden Project

17-Mar-2015 - The Eden Project has unveiled plans for a new £6m, 115-bedroom hotel at its Boldeva, Cornwall site.