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Research shows hospitality operators could benefit by linking staff and guest feedback

01-Sep-2014 - New research released by CGA Peach for customer experience specialists InMoment shows that few operators in the food and drink industry link customer and employee engagement, but both are vital in business strategy.  

Pub-police partnerships push alcohol-related crime down

01-Sep-2014 - Collaboration between licensed venues and local authorities has helped lower the number of alcohol-related crimes across the country.

Featherblade pop-up to open in East London

28-Aug-2014 - New ‘modern British meat’ concept Featherblade will be setting up in the Star of Bethnal Green pub from September to January. 

Government scheme fails to boost SME lending

28-Aug-2014 - Business groups have called for government action after a new report showed lending to small and medium-sized firms (SME’s) such as restaurants, hotels and bars continued to fall in the second quarter of the year.

Opus directors to open new Birmingham city bar

28-Aug-2014 - The team behind Birmingham restaurants Opus at Cornwall Street and Café Opus at Ikon will be opening Opus Bar in the city’s Colmore Business District in November.

Don’t defer pension auto-enrolment, expert warns SMEs

28-Aug-2014 - Hospitality SMEs have been told not to defer implementation of the pension changes coming into force next year, as the process can be unexpectedly lengthy.

Hospitality openings: August 2014

27-Aug-2014 - Our latest round of up of the hottest hospitality openings includes exotic burger joint BOBO Social, Marco Pierre White's new Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Glasgow, the largest CAU so far in Bristol and Flying Butlers' new serviced townhouses in Marble Arch.

Sports Bar & Grill opens 5th venue in Piccadilly

26-Aug-2014 - Sports Bar & grill is opening its fifth London site near Piccadilly Circus this September.

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The Boutique Bar Show comes to London

26-Aug-2014 - The seventh edition of the Boutique Bar Show in London will be taking place at The Grand Hall St Pancras from 16 to 17 September. 

Planning for Christmas 2014: Enticing customers in

22-Aug-2014 - It’s the time of year that the hospitality industry starts putting together its festive plans for Christmas, with a number of bigger venues already taking bookings. BigHospitality is starting our special feature on planning for Christmas with a look at what venues can do to make themselves stand out this festive season, and how they can get the customers in. 

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BHA partners with European tourism association

22-Aug-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has partnered with the European tourism association (ETOA) to promote the merits of UK tourism to international visitors.

Marylebone Leisure Group to launch Barsmith

22-Aug-2014 - The Marylebone Leisure Group is to open Barsmith this September, a new cocktail bar concept in London’s Farringdon.

Hi-Spirits expands Tails cocktail range

22-Aug-2014 - Hi-Spirits has reformulated, expanded and redesigned its Tails cocktail range, available for the on-trade. 

Chef apprenticeship standards approved by government

20-Aug-2014 - The first industry-developed apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by the government.

Tourism to enjoy £2.1bn boost over bank holiday

20-Aug-2014 - Domestic tourism is set to soar over the August bank holiday, with a quarter of the British population considering an overnight trip during the long weekend, according to the latest data from VisitEngland.

Wi-Fi accreditation scheme open to hospitality businesses

19-Aug-2014 - Hotels, restaurants and cafes can now sign up to a government supported scheme that aims to recognise businesses that take responsibility for protecting children and young people using their public Wi-Fi.

Eclectic to re-launch two venues

19-Aug-2014 - Eclectic Bar Group has announced the major refurbishment and rebranding of two of its venues.

Fewer burgers on menus as operators widen range of American-style foods

18-Aug-2014 - Burger popularity has peaked in the UK, with branded operators serving increasingly innovative American and street food inspired dishes, according to the latest Menurama study from Horizons.

London Village Inns to open sixth pub

15-Aug-2014 - Pub operator London Village Inns has taken over the franchise of Punch Taverns’ Westbury in Wood Green, and will reopen it in October after a £400k refurbishment.

Overseas visits to the UK hit record in H1 2014

14-Aug-2014 - Visits to the UK by overseas residents hit a record 16.4m between January and June 2014, up 8 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the latest figures by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Continued growth for pubs and restaurant chains

14-Aug-2014 - Average like-for-like sales for restaurant and pubs in July were up 2.2 per cent – the 16th consecutive month of growth for the sector.

People on the Move in Hospitality: August 2014

13-Aug-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments at venues including The Northcote, W London, K West, Harbour Hotels and Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

Pensions Regulator warns hospitality industry to act

13-Aug-2014 - The Pensions Regulator is urging hotels and restaurants to act now to ready themselves for automatic enrolment, following the publication of the regulator’s first quarterly compliance bulletin.

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Eclectic to open Lola Lo in Sheffield

12-Aug-2014 - Eclectic Bar Group has announced the signing of a 20-year lease on a new site in Sheffield, where it plans to open a Lola Lo in 2015.

Great British Pub Awards finalists revealed

11-Aug-2014 - Judges have revealed the names of 100 regional winners that will be running for the finals of the Great British Pub Awards, taking place in London on 11 September.