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Pub and restaurant groups among 100 companies calling for business rate reform

16-Sep-2014 - Pub companies, restaurant groups and industry bodies have joined forces with retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers to publish an open letter calling for ‘fundamental reform’ of business rates.

More work needed to improve customer service, says People 1st

16-Sep-2014 - Hospitality employees are still falling short when it comes to customer service, according to new research from People 1st.

Innovative ice cream flavours driving demand, finds study

16-Sep-2014 - Diners are increasingly moving away from traditional ice cream flavours in favour of ‘weird and wonderful’ varieties, according to new research from Amore di Gelato.

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Cromlix House hits headlines after failing food hygiene inspection

15-Sep-2014 - Andy Murray’s Cromlix House hotel claims it has fixed the problem that caused its Chez Roux restaurant to fail a food hygiene inspection earlier this year.

PwC predicts further hotel growth in 2015

15-Sep-2014 - Analyst PwC has reported a strong start to 2014 for both London and regional hotels, and expects to see further growth next year as a result of further economic recovery and the Rugby World Cup being held in England.

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Scottish independence: what impact on hospitality?

12-Sep-2014 - As Scotland draws closer to its historic vote on independence, BigHospitality takes a look at the potential impact of a yes vote on the Scottish hospitality sector.

Accor reveals ambitious UK expansion plans

12-Sep-2014 - Accor plans to open a further 90 hotels across the UK by 2018, focusing primarily on its economy and mid-scale brands.

International buyers boost hotel investment market

12-Sep-2014 - Foreign investors are boosting the hotel property market, particularly in the West, according to real estate agency Colliers International.

The Town House hotel opens in Ludlow

12-Sep-2014 - Brothers Claude Bosi, the chef behind London’s Hibiscus restaurant, and Cedric Bosi, chef patron at The Charlton Arms pub in Ludlow, are opening a B&B style hotel in the Shropshire village. 

UK to refund the cost of 25,000 Chinese visas

12-Sep-2014 - Chancellor George Osborne has revealed plans to refund the cost of thousands of Chinese visas to boost inbound tourism and strengthen relations between the UK and China.

Inbound visits reach another record

11-Sep-2014 - The first seven months of 2014 saw 7 per cent more visits to the UK from overseas residents than in the same period the year before, according to the latest inbound tourism report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

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Increase in apprenticeship applications could benefit hospitality industry

11-Sep-2014 - A survey carried out on the behalf of hotel operator Accor has shown apprenticeships are growing more popular, with the Apprenticeship Index showing a 43 per cent increase in apprenticeship applications. This could be good for the hospitality industry, which offers a range of apprenticeship opportunities.

'Megacities' enjoy strong ARR growth

10-Sep-2014 - Global hotel room rates continued to climb in the first half 2014, with the UK enjoying a ‘very positive’ six months, according to the latest Hotel Survey from Hogg Robinson Group (HRG).

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Avoiding legal pitfalls when starting a hospitality business

10-Sep-2014 - Whether you are opening a pop-up restaurant, starting a new hotel or launching a new concept business within the hospitality sector, here are top tips to avoid any legal pitfalls, by Nicola Kirk, head of the hospitality sector at Pitmans LLP .

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Trivago hosts free webinar for hotel owners

10-Sep-2014 - Hotel comparison website Trivago is to host a free webinar for hotel owners at 3pm on 16 September covering the importance of online images for customers booking hotels. 

Protect hospitality employees with new laws on tips, urges MP

10-Sep-2014 - An MP has called for new legislation to ensure hospitality employers pass on tips and service charges to their staff.

St James’s buys Legacy Falcon Hotel

10-Sep-2014 - St James’s Hotel Group has acquired the Legacy Falcon Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon after it was placed into administration on 8 September.

Alex Polizzi to open Annual Hotel Conference 2014

09-Sep-2014 - The line-up for this year’s Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) has been announced, with Alex Polizzi of BBC2’s The Hotel Inspector and The Fixer taking the role of keynote speaker on the first day of the conference at the Hilton Deansgate Hotel in Manchester on 15 October.

Spending grows at restaurants, bars and hotels

09-Sep-2014 - Two new surveys have pointed to strong growth in the industry in August.

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New luxury hotel and leisure development planned for Scotland

09-Sep-2014 - Planning consent has been granted to develop a hotel and golf resort on the 500 acre Kersewell Estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh, with owners currently looking for hotel operators to work with.

Battersea Power Station to become collective food hub

09-Sep-2014 - Battersea Power Station will welcome an eclectic mix of local and international street food vendors, pop-ups and permanent restaurants from 2016.

Britain's culture and heritage still major tourist draw

09-Sep-2014 - Britain’s culture and heritage is a key driver for inbound tourism, with food and drink an important part of the cultural package, according to a new report.

Travelodge returns to profit and creates 206 jobs

08-Sep-2014 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge made a £5.6m operating profit in 2013 – its first positive result since its financial restructuring in 2012 – and is creating 206 jobs in the run-up to Christmas.

Hand Picked Hotels buys Grand Jersey amidst ‘difficult trading conditions’

08-Sep-2014 - Hand Picked Hotels has acquired the Grand Jersey Hotel and Spa, after posting a 2.9 per cent loss in turnover due to ‘difficult trading conditions’.

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Five young chefs recognised in Craft Guild of Chefs’ Graduate Awards

08-Sep-2014 - The Craft Guild of Chefs has recognised five chefs under the age of 23 in its annual Graduate Awards, held on 5 September at the Landmark London Hotel.