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What does the Autumn Statement mean for hospitality?

25-Nov-2015 - The Autumn Statement brought good news for the hospitality sector with a slashing of business rates, but failed to mention a cut in tourism VAT.

Hospitality industry reacts to 'disappointing' Autumn Statement

25-Nov-2015 - The hospitality industry welcomed small reforms outlined in the Autumn Statement but criticised the Government for failing to implement ‘real and meaningful change’.

Restaurants and hotels braced for Black Friday sales boom

25-Nov-2015 - Restaurants and hotels are set to cash in on this year’s Black Friday madness, with UK shoppers expected to spend £3.49bn over the four-day period.

TGI Fridays serves up virtual reality dining

25-Nov-2015 - TGI Fridays has become the first UK restaurant to serve customers a virtual reality experience using wearable tech.

Service Tips: Gold Service Scholarship finalists on how to give great service

25-Nov-2015 - With our spotlight firmly on service and front of house we asked the finalists of the 2015 Gold Service Scholarship for their best tips for delivering great service.

BHA report: FSM companies take big steps to improve public health

25-Nov-2015 - Food Service Management (FSM) companies are leading the way in offering healthier meals outside of the home, a report by the British Hospitality Association (BHA) has shown. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: November 2015

24-Nov-2015 - BigHospitality rounds up a number of appointments across the hospitality sector including the arrival of a management team for Oxford’s first Hilton, The Robert Parker Collection and El Gato Negro.

Wetherspoon’s and Pret A Manger top food hygiene ratings

24-Nov-2015 - JD Wetherspoon’s and Pret A Manger have topped the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) hygiene ratings of the largest 20 high street brands.

Diners will pay the price for the Living Wage, Mitchells & Butlers warns

24-Nov-2015 - Mitchells & Butlers has warned that customers could see a hike in prices as the company faces rising costs from the National Living Wage (NLW).

Marco's New York Italian restaurant to open at Mercure London Bridge

24-Nov-2015 - Marco Pierre White's 11th Marco's New York Italian restaurant will open its doors within the Mercure London Bridge hotel next month. 

Chinese tourists could spend £1bn a year in the UK by 2020

23-Nov-2015 - Britain’s tourism industry has welcomed a record number of international visitors this year driven by a surge of interest from the Chinese market.

Third Steak of the Art restaurant to open

23-Nov-2015 - Steak of the Art, the steak restaurant and art gallery concept is opening its third site in Southampton next year. 

Chef Adam Newth to open first restaurant The Tayberry in Dundee

23-Nov-2015 - Adam Newth, formerly head chef at Castlehill Restaurant in Dundee and The Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews, is opening his own restaurant - The Tayberry at Broughty Ferry in Dundee. 

The Big Issue partners with coffee chain to train homeless people as baristas

23-Nov-2015 - The Big Issue has partnered with a new coffee chain to train homeless people as baristas around London.

McDonald's UK chief executive to speak at Food to Go Conference 2016

23-Nov-2015 - McDonald's UK chief executive Paul Pomroy has been confirmed as a guest speaker at the 2016 Food to Go Conference. 


How to dress your hospitality venue for Christmas

23-Nov-2015 - Debbie Lakin, senior designer at commercial interiors company Hunter Patel Creative Group, offers her top tips to making your hotel, restaurant or pub look suitably festive this Christmas.

'Posh' chicken restaurant Hen crowdfunding for London expansion

20-Nov-2015 - Hen – the ethically-sourced Brighton chicken restaurant – has launched a crowdfunding campaign to open a series of London sites.

EU scraps plans for restaurant inspection fees

20-Nov-2015 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has welcomed the rejection of plans to force all EU restaurants to pay for official food inspections.

Online restaurant EatFirst secures $8m investment

19-Nov-2015 - App-based restaurant Eatfirst has secured an $8m investment in its bid to become ‘the largest online restaurant across the globe by 2018’.

Majority of high street restaurant chains serving unsustainable seafood

18-Nov-2015 - More than half of the UK’s largest restaurant chains are serving seafood from overfished areas or failing to be transparent about the origins of their fish and shellfish, new research has found.

Thanksgiving: American holiday generates British restaurant boost

18-Nov-2015 - British restaurants are gearing up for bumper Thanksgiving sales as data from OpenTable demonstrates a significant boost in people dining out to celebrate the holiday over the past five years.

Why we’re putting the spotlight on service

18-Nov-2015 - Over the next few weeks BigHospitality will be putting the spotlight on service and placing the professionals working front-of-house centre stage. Here’s why.

Tea’s time: Good & Proper Tea to open permanent site

17-Nov-2015 - Loose leaf tea and crumpet concept Good & Proper Tea is set to open its first permanent site in London’s Shoreditch next week with the hope it will help establish the tea bar on the UK’s high streets.

Tous au bistrot! - UK urged to show support for French hospitality sector

17-Nov-2015 - Hospitality operators have been urged to show solidarity with colleagues in France by supporting the Tous Au Bistrot campaign.

Chefs donate recipes for Farm Africa #GivingTuesday campaign

16-Nov-2015 - Chefs Kevin McFadden, James Whetlor and Rosie Sykes have donated recipes to Farm Africa's #GivingTuesday campaign to help raise funds for the charity's urban veg garden appeal.