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Hospitality profits up despite staff shortage concerns

28-Aug-2015 - Hospitality businesses reported healthy profit growth for the three months to August and remain positive about the future despite concerns over staff shortages.

Five tips for managing tips

27-Aug-2015 - With tipping practices back in the spotlight, BigHospitality speaks to Lydia Christie, senior associate at law firm Howard Kennedy who suggests five ways restaurant groups can check that their policies are legal and fair. 

National Burger Day: How to prepare and serve burgers safely

26-Aug-2015 - For National Burger Day, BigHospitality gets advice on what controls can be put in place to ensure that diners are not put at risk from the serving of pink or rare burgers. 

Menu trends: Superfoods, popping candy and street food inspired dishes on the rise

26-Aug-2015 - High street chains are beginning to use increasingly eclectic ingredients inspired by independent and street food operators in a bid to attract customers, a new study shows.

Hey big spender: Shopping tourists visiting UK spend 80% more

26-Aug-2015 - International tourists who visit the UK primarily to shop spend 80 per cent more during their stay than those visiting for other reasons, according to research by VisitBritain. 

Rise in contactless payments at restaurants

26-Aug-2015 - Restaurants generate the second highest number of contactless payments in the UK, new figures show.

Pubs expecting Rugby World Cup boost

26-Aug-2015 - Pubs around the UK are expecting a boost in September as the Rugby World Cup kicks off, figures from Greene King demonstrate.

Minimum wage and apprentice rate could rise in 2016

25-Aug-2015 - The Government is seeking the views of hospitality businesses over the possibility of raising the National Minimum Wage for apprentices and under 25’s.

Virgin and Gleneagles Hotel support customer service focused scholarships

24-Aug-2015 - Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland is working with Virgin and the iconic Gleneagles Hotel to launch three ‘once in a lifetime’ scholarship programmes focused on customer service.

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How to move into event catering

24-Aug-2015 - Richard Groves, group new business development director at Smart Group , gives tips on how chefs and restaurateurs can successfully move into event catering. 

How we can solve the chef shortage (and what the industry’s doing already)

20-Aug-2015 - With the chef shortage problem at boiling point, BigHospitality speaks to a range of people from across the industry for their views on how we can begin to solve it and what’s being done already.

Hospitality operators use social media feedback to help shape business

18-Aug-2015 - Restaurant, hotel and pub operators are frequently turning to social media for feedback on how they can better their business.

Cook off to choose next UK Bocuse d'Or candidate

18-Aug-2015 - A cook-off to determine which chef from the UK will compete in international competition the Bocuse d'Or will take place in London next month. 

New World Trading Company: ‘Unparalleled’ training scheme aiding staff retention

17-Aug-2015 - An ‘unparalleled’ training scheme for the pub sector which sees all members of staff spend two and a half weeks learning both in the classroom and on-site before opening is aiding staff retention and contributing ‘massively’ to New World Trading Company’s (NWTC) success, says managing director Chris Hill.

70% of hospitality operators foresee negative impact of National Living Wage

17-Aug-2015 - More than 70 per cent of restaurant and pub operators believe the introduction of the National Living Wage for the over-25s next year will have a negative impact on their businesses, according to a survey carried out by M&C Allegra Foodservice .

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How to create happiness in the workforce

17-Aug-2015 - Saurav Chopra, chief executive and co-founder of Perkbox  discusses the importance of having happy employees and suggests ways to achieve a happy workforce.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 10/08-14/08

14-Aug-2015 - Here's a roundup of the top trending stories this week on BigHospitality:

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Daniel Clifford on new pub The Flitch of Bacon and Great British Menu

14-Aug-2015 - Daniel Clifford, chef-patron of the two Michelin-starred Midsummer House, speaks exclusively to Big Hospitality about returning to Great British Menu and opening his own pub, the Flitch of Bacon, in Essex.

Call for smoking ban outside restaurants and pubs

13-Aug-2015 - The ban on public smoking should be extended to al fresco dining areas of restaurants and pub gardens, according to a new report.

Chef shortage: the industry reacts

13-Aug-2015 - The challenge of successfully recruiting and retaining staff in the hospitality industry is not one that has just suddenly appeared in the last few months. 

Restaurants urged to invest in mobile-enabled websites to boost sales

11-Aug-2015 - Many restaurants are missing out on sales via mobile devices because their websites are not mobile-enabled or they haven't developed apps. 

Spending on hospitality continues to rise

11-Aug-2015 - Restaurants, pubs and hotels all saw a rise in sales in July, but it was a month of two halves due to the changing weather, according to analysis by Barclaycard.

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What legal issues to consider before opening a pop-up

10-Aug-2015 - Amanda Hurst, associate in the real estate team at Weightmans LLP, discusses the legal issues to consider when opening a pop-up restaurant or bar.

Number of job applications fall as hospitality vacancies rise

07-Aug-2015 - The number of candidates applying for jobs in the hospitality industry has fallen despite a rise in job vacancies, according to a report by recruiting website CV-Library.

Consumers prefer to drink alcohol in restaurants over bars

06-Aug-2015 - Nearly two thirds of consumers prefer to drink alcohol in restaurants rather than bars or pubs, according to new research from Bookatable.co.uk.