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Apprenticeship levy will cause 'extreme irritation' to businesses, warns pub boss

27-Nov-2015 - The boss of the Oakman Inns pub chain has criticised the Government’s planned apprenticeship levy as an ‘extreme irritation’ to businesses.

Amaris Hospitality begins multi-million pound Mecure re-brand

27-Nov-2015 - Amaris Hospitality has re-branded two of its hotels to Accor’s Mecure collection as part of its drive to create a £2bn hotel group.

Christmas dinner bookings up 200% since 2012

27-Nov-2015 - Christmas dinner bookings in pubs and restaurants have risen 202 per cent since 2012, according to research by Mitchells & Butlers, the company behind Toby Carvery, Harvesters and Sizzling Pubs.

Spotlight on service: How do you define good service?

27-Nov-2015 - What is good service? Restaurant, hotel and pub operators often talk about making it a key focus of the business and how it is integral to its success, but how exactly do you define it? 


Chef David Kelman of Ellenborough Park Hotel on why spending time out of the kitchen could help solve the chef shortage

27-Nov-2015 - Over the last few years David Kelman, executive head chef at Ellenborough Park hotel in Cheltenham has spent his spare time teaching secondary school pupils to cook and mentoring them for cooking competitions. He believes introducing students to cooking at an early age could have a positive effect on the industry's recruitment problem.

Snoozebox unveils portable hotel room that transforms in to a theatre

26-Nov-2015 - Snoozebox – the portable hotel company - has unveiled a new design which allows its rooms to be transformed in to a theatre, dining room or office.

Hotels warned after hackers target guest credit card details

26-Nov-2015 - Hilton Worldwide has become the second major hotel company this week to admit to a security breach which allowed hackers to steal customers' credit card details.

Restaurants and hotels braced for Black Friday sales boom

25-Nov-2015 - Restaurants and hotels are set to cash in on this year’s Black Friday madness, with UK shoppers expected to spend £3.49bn over the four-day period.

What does the Autumn Statement mean for hospitality?

25-Nov-2015 - The Autumn Statement brought good news for the hospitality sector with a slashing of business rates, but failed to mention a cut in tourism VAT.

Hospitality industry reacts to 'disappointing' Autumn Statement

25-Nov-2015 - The hospitality industry welcomed small reforms outlined in the Autumn Statement but criticised the Government for failing to implement ‘real and meaningful change’.

Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express to open at Heathrow T4

25-Nov-2015 - Plans to build a Crowne Plaza and adjoining Holiday Inn Express at Heathrow's T4 have been given the go-ahead. 

Service Tips: Gold Service Scholarship finalists on how to give great service

25-Nov-2015 - With our spotlight firmly on service and front of house we asked the finalists of the 2015 Gold Service Scholarship for their best tips for delivering great service.

BHA report: FSM companies take big steps to improve public health

25-Nov-2015 - Food Service Management (FSM) companies are leading the way in offering healthier meals outside of the home, a report by the British Hospitality Association (BHA) has shown. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: November 2015

24-Nov-2015 - BigHospitality rounds up a number of appointments across the hospitality sector including the arrival of a management team for Oxford’s first Hilton, The Robert Parker Collection and El Gato Negro.

Marriott confirms first two AC Hotels in UK

24-Nov-2015 - Marriott is to open its first two hotels in the UK under its design-led lifestyle brand AC Hotels.

Marco's New York Italian restaurant to open at Mercure London Bridge

24-Nov-2015 - Marco Pierre White's 11th Marco's New York Italian restaurant will open its doors within the Mercure London Bridge hotel next month. 

Chinese tourists could spend £1bn a year in the UK by 2020

23-Nov-2015 - Britain’s tourism industry has welcomed a record number of international visitors this year driven by a surge of interest from the Chinese market.

QHotels set for £50m investment

23-Nov-2015 - QHotels has announced plans to invest £50m in upgrading its portfolio in 2016 and 2017.

Harbour Hotels acquires The Ship in Chichester

23-Nov-2015 - Harbour Hotels has acquired The Ship Hotel in Chichester, West Sussex, expanding its portfolio to 10.


How to dress your hospitality venue for Christmas

23-Nov-2015 - Debbie Lakin, senior designer at commercial interiors company Hunter Patel Creative Group, offers her top tips to making your hotel, restaurant or pub look suitably festive this Christmas.

Amaris Hospitality agrees £30m Hilton re-brand

20-Nov-2015 - Newly created hotel group Amaris Hospitality is investing £30m in converting three of its hotels to the Hilton Worldwide brand.

EU scraps plans for restaurant inspection fees

20-Nov-2015 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has welcomed the rejection of plans to force all EU restaurants to pay for official food inspections.

Focus Hotels adds new Bristol property

19-Nov-2015 - UK hotel management company, Focus Hotels, has announced long term management contract for a hotel in Bristol.

Non-profit artists hotel opening in London in 2016

19-Nov-2015 - A non-profit hotel designed to offer affordable accommodation to cash-strapped actors and artists is opening in London in 2016.

Hotel 41: How personalised service took the boutique hotel to the top

19-Nov-2015 - In the next installment of our Spotlight on Service campaign, Malcolm Hendry, general manager of London’s five-star Hotel 41, explains why front-of-house employees are integral to creating a positive guest experience.