Trends & Reports

Analysis of all the latest consumer trends and industry reports to help you operate your business more effectively.

'Globalisation' of UK food scene drives chain operator growth

28-Apr-2015 - The rise of street food and the ‘globalisation’ of the UK restaurant scene have led to the unbroken growth of chain operators over the last 17 years, according commercial property...

What you need to know about craft cider

28-Apr-2015 - Like beer, cider is getting crafty. BigHospitality looks at what craft cider is all about and the opportunities it presents for pubs, restaurants and hotels. 


Diners see Caribbean as most under-represented cuisine in UK restaurants

27-Apr-2015 - Caribbean food has topped a list of the types of cuisine British diners want to see more of on menus with Greek following closely behind. 

‘Staycation’ trend gives hospitality businesses a boost

24-Apr-2015 - UK hospitality businesses are predicted to see a boost in profits this summer due to an increasing number of Britons opting for ‘staycations’, according to new research from

Hospitality employers fail to meet the career expectations of staff

24-Apr-2015 - Hospitality employers are failing to meet the career expectations of staff and create a desirable workplace environment, according to research from recruitment specialists Korn Ferry.


Paul Bayliss of Macdonald Hotels on how luxury hotels can survive the budget boom

24-Apr-2015 - Paul Bayliss, the general manager of the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa and Macdonald Manchester Townhouse and Chair of the Manchester Hotelier’s Association (MHA), talks about how the luxury hotel...

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Diners want more gluten-free options on menus

23-Apr-2015 - Operators are at risk of alienating diners by failing to offer an adequate range of gluten-free menu options, according to research commissioned by Aviko in the run up to Coeliac...

Restaurants and hotels losing billions by neglecting the over 65’s

22-Apr-2015 - The UK hospitality sector has lost at least £16bn in potential revenue over the last year by ignoring the over 65 age group, according to a report from Barclays Corporate...

Dining trends: Gourmet burger boom set to continue

20-Apr-2015 - With US giant Smashburger set to hit the UK this year, the decade-long gourmet burger boom is showing little sign of slowing down. 

Hospitality industry shamed over gender pay gap

16-Apr-2015 - Women working in the hospitality and catering sector were on average paid 18 per cent less than their male co-workers in 2014, according to research from

Strong Easter sales help bolster flat March across pub and restaurant groups

16-Apr-2015 - Like-for-like sales rose 5.1 per cent over the Easter weekend at pub and restaurant groups, helping to overcome a flat March according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker figures. 

Budget brands to dominate UK hotel development over the next three years

15-Apr-2015 - Budget brands will make up 47 per cent of new hotel developments over the next three years, according to BDO’s latest Hotel Britain report.

Consumers eating-out more but spending less

13-Apr-2015 - Consumer spending in restaurants rose 17 per cent year-on-year in first quarter of 2015, though average transaction values fell, according to the latest Barclaycard consumer spending report.

Travelodge sees potential for 250 more UK hotels

13-Apr-2015 - Budget hotel operator Travelodge says it has identified potential to open another 250 hotels across the UK. 

Shortage of skilled chefs and hospitality staff worsened in March

10-Apr-2015 - Staff shortages in the hotel and catering sector worsened in March 2015 with chefs singled out as remaining in demand, according to a monthly job report by The Recruitment and...

UK hotel investment up 47 per cent year-on-year

08-Apr-2015 - Investment in the UK hotel market reached £1.89bn in the first quarter of 2015, up 47 per cent year-on-year, property expert Savills has reported. 

Value conscious consumers shunning independent outlets in favour of chains

08-Apr-2015 - Diners are shunning independent restaurants in favour of better perceived value and quality of food at larger casual dining chains, according to new research by NPD Group.

Beyond maple syrup: Why more Canadian food could be making it onto UK menus

07-Apr-2015 - While their American cousins have enjoyed a broadening popularity on UK menus , Canada’s cuisine has remained largely off the mainstream radar.

Hospitality named one of the most sociable industries to work in

07-Apr-2015 - The hospitality industry has been named as one of the most sociable industries to work in with almost half (49 per cent) of those surveyed saying they see colleagues socially...

Are micro-stays the next big hotel trend?

02-Apr-2015 - With the UK hotel sector set to see continued growth in to 2016 , an increasing number of operators are beginning to use hourly micro-stays to maximise occupancy and monetise empty rooms...

Modern Greece: New wave of Greek restaurants casting aside ‘dated perceptions’

01-Apr-2015 - Over the last year it seems that we have reported on the arrival of more Greek restaurants in the UK than any other type.

Infographic: How Millennials are shaping the future of business travel

30-Mar-2015 - Millennials are more likely to travel for business and are excited about future technology innovations in hotels, according to YouGov research released by The Service Apartment Company (SACO) today (30 March).

Wine remains diners' top choice of drink

27-Mar-2015 - White and red wine remain the most popular drinks for restaurant goers, new figures have revealed.  

Consumers spend more on eating out for the seventh consecutive month

27-Mar-2015 - Consumer spending on eating out grew for the seventh consecutive month in February, while drinking out saw a sharp month-on-month rise, according to Greene King’s monthly Leisure Spend Tracker.

Cut food and tourism VAT and improve hospitality staff training, Select Committee tells Government

26-Mar-2015 - The Government must cut tourism VAT and give the hospitality sector greater support, according to a report published today (26 March) by Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.