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Essential Cuisine launches search for Britain's Best Brigades

30-Jan-2015 - Essential Cuisine has launched a nationwide search for the UK’s hardest working chef teams.

Meliá to open Glasgow and Birmingham hotels

30-Jan-2015 - Spanish group Meliá Hotels has revealed plans to open two further UK hotels under its premium Innside brand.

Eating alone is biggest concern for solo travellers

29-Jan-2015 - Restaurant staff are being urged to make solo diners feel more comfortable after a survey found that a quarter of British diners feel they receive worse service when dining alone. 

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Ramada hotels at Salford Quays and Birmingham for sale

29-Jan-2015 - Ramada hotels at Salford Quays and the Mailbox in Birmingham have gone on the market giving investors the chance to buy established properties which could be repositioned and rebranded.  

Hotel profits up across UK in 2014

28-Jan-2015 - The UK hotel industry had a ‘great year’ in 2014, with strong December performance helping push profits up across London and the provinces, according to the latest UK Chain Hotels Market Review from Hotstats.

Jurys Inn acquired by Lone Star Funds for £680m

28-Jan-2015 - Hotel group Jurys Inn has been bought by an affiliate of private equity firm Lone Star Funds for £680m. 

Hakkasan plans 15 restaurants and hotel in the UK

28-Jan-2015 - International hospitality group Hakkasan is looking to more than double its estate in 2015 with the opening of 15 new restaurants across its portfolio of brands, including a new concept called Ling Ling.

Virgin Hotels searches for sites in London

28-Jan-2015 - Richard Branson's Virgin Hotels has confirmed that it is considering London as a key location for a new hotel. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: January 2015

28-Jan-2015 - A new year and a new start for these seven members of the hospitality industry who have landed exciting new jobs at a range of hotels and restaurants, including Rosewood London, Hotel Gotham and Islington restaurant Public House. 

Sandals seeks UK chefs for growing restaurant portfolio

27-Jan-2015 - Luxury Caribbean resort operator Sandals has started a recruitment drive for skilled chefs to work within its growing restaurant portfolio as it looks to 'offer guests the most comprehensive dining experience possible'.

People 1st calls for more higher education training in wake of manager skills shortfall

27-Jan-2015 - People 1st has called for higher education to play a greater role in addressing the future management needs of the hospitality sector, after it claimed the industry will need 66,000 more managers by 2020.

World Pastry Cup 2015: UK team comes 6th

27-Jan-2015 - The UK team competing in the World Pastry Cup (Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie) took sixth place at the final in Lyon yesterday, the highest result for the UK in the history of the competition.

The Goring to close for refurbishment

27-Jan-2015 - The Goring hotel will close its doors today (27 January) for the first time in its 104-year history to allow refurbishment work on its lobby to be completed. 

Signature Living starts 2015 on a high note

26-Jan-2015 - Liverpool's serviced apartment and hotel operator Signature Living has reported starting 2015 on a high note with New Year bookings up 40 per cent on the previous year. 

Debrett's 500: Heston Blumenthal and Jason Atherton among food & drink's most influential

26-Jan-2015 - Chefs Heston Blumenthal and Jason Atherton along with restaurateurs Russell Norman and Alan Yau have made a list of the 500 most influential people in Britain according to The Peerage publisher Debrett's.

Fall in unemployed 16 – 18 year olds

26-Jan-2015 - The number of 16 – 18 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) has fallen to 148,000 out the population of two million but it is still behind other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) according to figures released by the Commons Select Committee.

Jean-Christophe Novelli to open Liverpool restaurant

23-Jan-2015 - Jean-Christophe Novelli will make a return to the UK restaurant industry with the launch of his own brasserie in Liverpool city centre this spring.

Hipping Hall and The Ryebeck owner to open third hotel

23-Jan-2015 - Andrew Wildsmith, the owner of Hipping Hall and The Ryebeck hotels in Cumbria, will open a third hotel in the county this summer after acquiring a former walkers’ hostel.

Sandra Kelly of Whitbread on plugging the skills gap in hospitality

23-Jan-2015 - Sandra Kelly, head of education at Whitbread, suggests ways the hospitality sector can best address its skills shortage.

Feeling valued is top priority for third of hospitality workers

22-Jan-2015 - Two thirds of hospitality workers believe it is important to feel passionate about a job while a third think feeling valued is a top priority, a survey looking into employee motivation has found.

Bulldog Hotel Group set for expansion following Commer Group investment

22-Jan-2015 - Independent hotel operator Bulldog Hotel Group has outlined plans to double the size of its business after gaining investment from the Commer Group.

Hampton by Hilton to open hotel at Humberside Airport

22-Jan-2015 - Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to open a Hampton by Hilton hotel at Humberside Airport. 

UK regions feel benefit of overseas visitor growth

22-Jan-2015 - UK regions saw faster growth in overseas visits than London last year, although the capital enjoyed the biggest uplift in tourism spend, according to new analysis from VisitBritain.

Team UK turns to crowdfunding to improve Bocuse d'Or chances

21-Jan-2015 - Chefs competing in the UK team for this year's Bocuse d'Or have launched a crowdfunding campaign to improve their chances in the global competition.

Haymarket Hotel tops TripAdvisor's 2015 Travellers' Choice Awards

21-Jan-2015 - Haymarket Hotel in London has been voted the UK's top hotel for 2015 by users of reviews website TripAdvisor.