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Three new hospitality apprenticeship standards in development

24-Oct-2014 - Apprenticeship standards for commis chefs, chefs de partie and hospitality team members are being developed as part of phase three of the government’s apprenticeship trailblazer programme.

Positive outlook for foodservice operators as food sales rise

24-Oct-2014 - Over two thirds of operators have seen an increase in food sales year-on-year, according to the latest Eating Out-Look report by Horizons and JRA.

Inception Group to open seventh site

23-Oct-2014 - The Inception group will open themed-bar Beaver Lodge in London’s Chelsea in January 2015.

Demon Leisure to open Leeds sports bar

23-Oct-2014 - Demon Leisure will open The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes sports bar in Leeds city centre on 8 November.  

Brew to open fourth London site

22-Oct-2014 - All-day dining concept Brew will open its fourth London site in Putney on 10 November.

Concession on alcohol may be necessary in VAT fight, warns Borel

21-Oct-2014 - Jacques Borel has warned that it might be necessary to make some concessions on alcohol if the cut VAT campaign is to be successful.

Tom Sellers takes over The Lickfold Inn

20-Oct-2014 - Restaurant Story chef patron Tom Sellers hopes to bring new life to The Lickfold Inn in West Sussex from the end of November.

Young's acquires London pub operator 580

20-Oct-2014 - Young's has expanded its London portfolio with the acquisition of pub operator 580 Limited - which runs four pubs across the capital - for £10.4m.

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Café KaiZen cocktail lounge opens in Mayfair

17-Oct-2014 - Asian fusion dining and cocktail bar concept Café KaiZen opened in London’s Hanover Square at the start of this month. 

Restaurants and pubs enjoy rise in September sales

17-Oct-2014 - The eating and drinking out sector has enjoyed its 18th consecutive month of positive growth, according to Coffer Peach Business Tracker data.

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Truffle Hunting takes over The Lady Ottoline

17-Oct-2014 - Bar operator Truffle Hunting has taken over The Lady Ottoline pub in Bloomsbury from former operator Noble Inns.

UK Barista Champ to open craft beer and coffee venue in Bath

15-Oct-2014 - The UK's 2014 Barista Champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood will open a new craft beer and speciality coffee venture in Bath later this month.

Recruitment strategy change needed to tackle £2.7m turnover cost

14-Oct-2014 - The hospitality industry needs to change its recruitment and staff retention strategy in order to reduce turnover, which currently costs the sector £2.7m a year.

MSC updates sustainable fishing standards

14-Oct-2014 - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has overhauled its fishery certification standards to offer better protection to marine life and workers, with benefits for restaurants looking to source sustainable fish.

Protect pubs by freezing business rates, says BBPA

14-Oct-2014 - The community pub sector faces a £15m rise in business rate bills unless the government takes immediate action, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has warned.

Hospitality and tourism leads the field on customer satisfaction

14-Oct-2014 - Hospitality and tourism is outperforming other industries in terms of customer satisfaction and experience, according to the latest analysis.

Red tape could ‘derail’ pub sector potential

10-Oct-2014 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has warned that despite growing economic potential, the pub and bar industry could suffer from the continued hike in legislation costs.

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BBPA and VistEngland team up for English Tourism Week

10-Oct-2014 - VisitEngland and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have announced their partnership in advance of English Tourism Week 2015.

Cocktail sales on the rise

10-Oct-2014 - Cocktail sales have grown by 10.8 per cent over the last two years, according to CGA Strategy’s Mixed Drinks Report 2014.

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Craft beer venue Junkyard opens in Nottingham

09-Oct-2014 - Craft beer bottle shop and ‘pour house’ Junkyard has opened its doors on Nottingham’s Bridlesmith Walk.

Tourism spend rise on track despite fewer August visits

09-Oct-2014 - VisitBritain is on track to deliver its 2015 target of £2bn extra visitor spend, despite a slight 1 per cent increase year to date.

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BBPA Awards 2014: winners revealed at Annual Dinner

09-Oct-2014 - The winners of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) awards were announced last night at the Annual Dinner at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

Government urged to 'commit' to tourism

06-Oct-2014 - Industry leaders urged the government to commit to tourism and do more to promote employment in the sector during debate held at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham last week.

The Sun Tavern opens in Bethnal Green

03-Oct-2014 - The Sun Tavern – the second bar from The Umbrella Project team – opened in London’s Bethnal Green this week.

ALMR welcomes income tax pledge

03-Oct-2014 - The Association for Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s pledge that a future Conservative government would cut income tax for low paid workers.