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VQ Day awards to celebrate vocational education

12-Feb-2014 - Hospitality businesses are being encouraged to enter the VQ Employer of the Year awards 2014, which recognise employers that promote the value of vocational qualifications in the workplace.

Japanese fast-casual restaurant brand Hai Street Kitchen & Co to launch in UK

12-Feb-2014 - US-based Japanese food producer Peace Dining Corporation will launch Japanese fast-casual restaurant brand Hai Street Kitchen & Co in London next month with plans to open up to 20 sites in the UK by the end of 2020.

Technology, investment people and green issues up for debate at British Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2014

11-Feb-2014 - The themes for this year's British Hospitality and Tourism Summit have been set with technology, how to develop people within the industry, investment and the environment top of the agenda for debate.

Martin Blunos to open fish and seafood restaurant in Bath

11-Feb-2014 - Two Michelin-starred chef Martin Blunos is bringing his passion for simplicity and seafood to Bath with a new restaurant opening later this month.

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Benito's Hat secures sixth London site

11-Feb-2014 - Fast-casual Mexican restaurant group Benito's Hat has secured its sixth site in London's Leadenhall area. 

Treasury rejects VAT cut despite cross-party support

11-Feb-2014 - Treasury minister David Gauke has rejected a call for tourism VAT to be cut to 5 per cent, despite 28 MPs from all parties gathering to support the measure during today’s Commons debate. 

Le Manoir waiter wins 2014 Gold Service Scholarship

11-Feb-2014 - James Fleming, chef de rang at Raymond Blanc’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, has been crowned the winner of the 2014 Gold Service Scholarship. 

Blackpool's licensing committee votes against EMRO

10-Feb-2014 - Blackpool Borough Council’s licensing committee has voted against the imposition of an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) in the town centre.

Jerk BBQ & rum shack concept unveiled by Adventure Bars

10-Feb-2014 - Dub Jam - a new, fast-casual jerk BBQ rum shack concept – is being launched in Covent Garden next month by London-based bar operator Adventure Bars. 

Report reveals impact of pubs on employment and economy

10-Feb-2014 - Pubs employed over half a million people last year, but difficult trading conditions are putting jobs at risk, according to a new report.

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‘Inspiration from Nature’: World Chocolate Masters 2015 open for entries

10-Feb-2014 - Cacao Barry has revealed the theme for the sixth biannual World Chocolate Masters competition, with pâtissiers, chocolatiers and chefs being called upon to take an ‘Inspiration from Nature’.

Energy price hikes: Restaurants feel the heat as costs soar

10-Feb-2014 - The inflation-busting price hikes announced by ‘the big six’ electricity and gas firms last year have hit hospitality businesses hard, with 90 per cent of restaurateurs claiming rising energy costs have forced them to reassess menu prices.

Tube strike: Travel chaos brings ‘mixed bag’ for London’s restaurants and pubs

07-Feb-2014 - The first of two strikes on the London Underground disrupted the journeys of millions of commuters this week, but for the capital’s restaurant and pubs, the business effects were varied, with some actually reporting an increase in trade. 

Rebecca Mascarenhas goes ahead with Italian restaurant in Putney

07-Feb-2014 - Restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas has renewed plans to open her modern Italian trattoria concept Bibo, having secured the site of what used to be Gregg Wallace’s Wallace & Co restaurant in Putney.

New initiative calls on foodservice sector to buy British

07-Feb-2014 - Foodservice sustainability group Footprint has launched a new initiative to encourage hospitality and catering businesses to source more British food.

Parliament to debate hospitality and tourism VAT

06-Feb-2014 - After years of industry campaigning, Parliament will next week hold a debate on VAT rates for tourism and hospitality.

Business Profile: Pizza Hut

06-Feb-2014 - One of the UK's biggest restaurant brands may have had a tricky few years, but a huge investment will increase Pizza Hut's chances in the ultra-competitive pizza space.

Ben Spalding to turn Stripped Back and No Rules into 'huge brands' and open restaurant

06-Feb-2014 - Chef Ben Spalding is planning on turning his pop-up ventures No Rules and Stripped Back into 'huge brands' while continuing to find a site for a permanent restaurant that he hopes will 'change London's dining scene'. 

Meantime Brewing re-launches Union Lager

05-Feb-2014 - Meantime Brewing Company is bringing back its first ever beer, the Union Lager, as a limited edition seasonal brew.

Hospitality Openings: December 2013/January 2014

05-Feb-2014 - New casual dining concepts such as Dirty Bones and Jackson & Rye and boutique hotels dominate in our latest round-up of hospitality openings.

Darwin & Wallace snaps up The Frog as London expansion continues

05-Feb-2014 - Darwin & Wallace has taken The Frog in Clapham as the second in a series of London acquisitions for the Imbiba Partnership-backed bar and restaurant group.

Singapore-based Sushi Tei seeks partners for UK launch

04-Feb-2014 - Sushi Tei, the Singapore-based restaurant operator is looking for partners and investors to help the Japanese restaurant brand launch into the UK. 

UK coffee company puts camel milk on the menu

04-Feb-2014 - UK coffee company Taylor Street Baristas will be serving up camel milk coffee this week as part of a fundraising drive for Farm Africa.

TGI's takes two shopping centre sites

04-Feb-2014 - American restaurant chain TGI Friday’s is ploughing on with its expansion across the UK, having secured two new units at shopping centre developments in Glasgow and Liverpool.

Restaurant magazine: How to find the perfect property

03-Feb-2014 - As competition for good space intensifies, restaurateurs are having to become increasingly bricks and mortar-savvy, writes Joe Lutrario in the February issue of Restaurant magazine.