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WINE TRENDS

Restaurants sell more cool climate wines

24-Aug-2016 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs are stocking more wines from cool climate regions to help fuel diner demand for lighter, fresher and food-friendly styles.

More Britons to holiday at home this Bank Holiday

24-Aug-2016 - The number of people planning UK staycations over the August Bank Holiday has risen by 300,000 year-on-year, according to a VisitBritain survey.

Chefs call on London Mayor to ban polystyrene food packaging

24-Aug-2016 - A group of chefs and food writers including Ed Baines, Mark Hix and Theo Randall have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban polystyrene packaging - "the scourge of Soho" - in the capital city.

National Waiters' Day returns to celebrate front-of-house staff

23-Aug-2016 - Hard working front-of-house staff are set to be celebrated at this year’s National Waiters' Day on 20 October.

The Chestnut Group secures another £2.5m funding for expansion

23-Aug-2016 - Suffolk-based hospitality business The Chestnut Group has raised £2.5m through the Government's Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to help with its plans to expand to 10 sites by the end of 2018. 

Gretna Green Ltd adds Gretna Hall hotel to portfolio

22-Aug-2016 - Scottish farming and tourism business Gretna Green Ltd has acquired Gretna Hall Hotel, growing its hotel portfolio to three and further strengthening its presence in Gretna. 

Hospitality industry welcomes Night Tube, despite staff concerns

22-Aug-2016 - The launch of the Night Tube in London could be a major boost for restaurants and bars, but many staff are concerned they could be left working longer hours, according to new research.

Brownsword Hotels buys The Imperial Hotel in Torquay

22-Aug-2016 - The Brownsword Hotel Group is set to acquire The Imperial Hotel in Torquay, growing its portfolio to 14 sites.

Mexican cheese and edible insects at this year's Speciality and Fine Food Fair

22-Aug-2016 - A Mexican cheese, edible insects and a riddled beer are among the products available to try and source at this year's Speciality and Fine Food Fair. 

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 15/08 - 19/08

19-Aug-2016 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Robert De Niro gets green-light for Covent Garden hotel

19-Aug-2016 - Actor Robert De Niro has been granted planning permission to build an 83-room luxury boutique hotel in Covent Garden.

SMALL TALK

Amaris Hospitality CEO John Brennan on business, brands and Brexit

19-Aug-2016 - Twelve months on from Lone Star's creation of UK hotel group Amaris Hospitality, CEO John Brennan talks about the company's first year, the pros and cons of working with more hotel brands and building a staff culture.  

A-level students urged to take up hospitality careers

18-Aug-2016 - Hospitality firms are urging young people to choose apprenticeships over going to university, as students receive their A-level results this week.

Marriott International to open £25m first hotel in Northern Ireland

18-Aug-2016 - Marriott International is to open its first hotel in Northern Ireland in early 2018, following a £25m construction project at the City Quays development, as the city’s hotel industry grows.

Employing hospitality staff legally: What you need to know about the Immigration Act 2016

18-Aug-2016 - Byron received unwanted media attention last month after it helped the Home Office organise an immigration raid on some of its staff who were found to be working illegally in the UK. 

Ynyshir Hall rebrands as Ynyshir in new restaurant-with-rooms focus

17-Aug-2016 - Ynyshir Hall, the 10-bedroom luxury hotel in Wales’ Snowdonia National Park, has rebranded as a restaurant-with-rooms named simply Ynyshir.

Leaf Hospitality sets out 2025 growth target

17-Aug-2016 - Hotel management company Leaf Hospitality has set out its 10- year expansion plan after signing its third hotel in the North East of England.

Starboard Hotels acquires Best Western Plus Epping Forest

16-Aug-2016 - Starboard Hotels has taken its portfolio to 11 after acquiring the Best Western Plus Hotel, Epping Forest. 

The Apprenticeship Levy: What hospitality employers need to know

16-Aug-2016 - Last week the Government published its proposals for a new funding model for apprenticeships and details around its controversial Apprenticeship Levy. 

Michelin to hold event revealing new stars for 2017 Guide

15-Aug-2016 - The Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017 new stars are to be announced at a live event for the first time since arriving in Britain in 1911.

Shortlist revealed for AA Hospitality Awards winners 2016

15-Aug-2016 - The AA has revealed finalists in four categories of its Hospitality Awards ahead of the event next month. 

Edinburgh Carlton hotel converts to Hilton brand

15-Aug-2016 - The Edinburgh Carlton hotel has re-opened under the Hilton brand as part of an agreement between the hotel's owner Amaris Hospitality and Hilton Worldwide. 

ASK THE EXPERTS

How to protect your hospitality business against terror attacks

15-Aug-2016 - Danny Schofield of Expert Security UK talks through the steps hospitality businesses can take to protect themselves against potential attacks from terrorists.

Northern Powerhouse Developments acquires Queens Hotel in Llandudno

11-Aug-2016 - Northern Powerhouse Developments, the company responsible for the redevelopment of The Harrison and Llandudno Bay hotels in Llandudno has acquired the Queens Hotel in the same Welsh town. 

Restaurant Belle Epoque's former owner Keith Mooney dies

11-Aug-2016 - Restaurateur Keith Mooney, who ran The Belle Epoque restaurant and hotel in Knutsford for 25 years, has died following a long illness.