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Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2014: winners revealed

30-Sep-2014 - One Canada Square, Topolski and Hutong Shard were among the UK winners of the 2014 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, held in London this week.

The Church Group to launch first venue outside New York

29-Sep-2014 - US-based The Church Group has secured a site in London to launch its Louisiana-themed bar and restaurant concept Ninth Ward in the UK in early 2015.

'Informed but informal' dominates dining trends

29-Sep-2014 - The increase in eating out and higher customer expectations are driving the continued growth of ‘informed but informal’ dining experiences.

Tourism employment grows twice as fast as rest of market

26-Sep-2014 - Employment grew twice as fast in the tourism industry as in other UK sectors between 2009 and 2013, according to figures released Friday (26 September) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

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Luminar to open club in Ashford

26-Sep-2014 - Club operator Luminar has announced the signing of a 25-year lease in Ashford with plans to open a new venue in early December.

#TaxEqualityDay: Sales boost for operators

26-Sep-2014 - Participants to Wednesday’s (24 September) Tax Equality Day reported sales increases of 10 to 20 per cent for the day, supporting their argument for VAT cut from 20 to 5 per cent.

Hospitality openings: September 2014

24-Sep-2014 - Our latest roundup of the hottest openings in hospitality include Marcus Wareing's new restaurant Tredwell's, former Zafferano head chef Andy Needham's L'Amorosa, the new Hoxton hotel in Holborn, River Cottage's new Canteen in Winchester and meat-free concept Ethos.

6,000 new hospitality jobs available for 16-24 year olds by year end

24-Sep-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has announced the creation of 6,000 new jobs in the industry for 16 to 24 year olds by the end of 2014.

#TaxEqualityDay: Pubs and restaurants unite for VAT cut

24-Sep-2014 - Over 15,000 pubs and restaurants across the UK cut their prices by at least 7.5 per cent on 24 September to show the positive impact reducing VAT to 5 per cent would have on the hospitality sector.

Dirty Martini to open St Paul’s site

23-Sep-2014 - CG Restaurants-owned Dirty Martini has secured a site in London’s St Paul’s, due to open in November.

Nathan Outlaw crowned Chefs’ Chef of the Year at AA Hospitality Awards

23-Sep-2014 - Nathan Outlaw received the hospitality industry’s recognition last night, when he scooped the Chefs’ Chef of the Year title at the AA Hospitality Awards.

Property: Finding the perfect pub

23-Sep-2014 - In the second part of our special feature on property, we discuss how to find the perfect pub and make sure it has a profitable future.

Labour's minimum wage pledge could hit hospitality businesses

22-Sep-2014 - Ed Miliband's pledge to increase  increase minimum wage by more than 25 per cent over five years if Labour wins the next general election could be potentially disastrous for hospitality businesses, industry leaders have warned.

Rugby World Cup 2015 hailed as big opportunity for hospitality

19-Sep-2014 - VistEngland has described the Rugby World Cup 2015 as a 'tremendous opportunity' for tourism and hospitality, with hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars in host cities set to benefit from a big increase in international spend.

Hospitality businesses urged to look forward after Scotland rejects independence

19-Sep-2014 - With Thursday's referendum on Scottish independence returning a 'no' vote, industry leaders have urged hospitality businesses in the country to look forward and make the most of the promised devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.

Licensed trade warns against heavy handed measures to tackle binge drinking

19-Sep-2014 - As police chiefs call for tough new measures to tackle excessive drinking, the licensed on-trade has warned that ‘partnership, not punishment’ is the key to addressing alcohol harm.

Southampton City Council to implement late night levy

18-Sep-2014 - Southampton City Council has voted to implement a late night levy to pubs, bars and other venues in the city which serve alcohol past midnight.

People on the Move in Hospitality: September 2014

17-Sep-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments by Giraffe and Marston’s, as well as venues including The Truscott Arms, Flemings Mayfair, Parlour and Belgraves hotel.

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Winners revealed: Women 1st Shine Awards 2014

17-Sep-2014 - Merlin Entertainments, Sally’s Cottages and VisitBritain’s former chief executive Sandie Dawe MBE were among the winners at the Women 1st Shine Awards 2014, which recognise female talent in the hospitality, transport, travel and tourism sectors.

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.

Heineken agrees sale of 111 pubs to Admiral Taverns

16-Sep-2014 - Heineken has agreed to sell a significant portion of its Star Pubs & Bars estate to Admiral Taverns for an undisclosed sum.

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.

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.

New YouTube series to explore independent London eateries

15-Sep-2014 - New YouTube series Bites by Get Lifted TV is set to explore a number of ‘undiscovered’ independent restaurants, bars and cafes around the UK capital with a programme format that combines music and food. 

Friends’ Central Perk coffee shop set for UK expansion

15-Sep-2014 - The Central Perk franchise, based on the coffee shop featured on popular US sitcom Friends, has just opened its third site in the UK in Liverpool and has ambitious expansion plans, aiming to have 300 UK franchises in the next decade.