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Trends & Reports

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

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 16/01 - 20/01

20-Jan-2017 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Angus Deayton takes over from Tom Kerridge as host of professional Bake Off

20-Jan-2017 - Television presenter Angus Deayton is to take over from chef Tom Kerridge as the host of professional pastry chef show Bake Off: Crème de la Crème.

Restaurant chains' sustainable fish use rises but diners still unsure

20-Jan-2017 - High street restaurant chains have been commended for their increasing use of sustainable fish and seafood, but still need to increase information given to diners, a new report has concluded.

Chain restaurants and pubs given festive uplift

19-Jan-2017 - Like-for-like sales across 34 of the UK's largest restaurant and pub groups rose 2 per cent over the last festive season figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker have shown. 

Banishing Blue Monday: 10 of the best

16-Jan-2017 - Whether you’re feeling the blues this Monday or firmly believe it’s a made-up concept designed to capitalise on our waning New Years’ Resolutions, there’s no denying Blue Monday is making...

Brands under pressure to “satisfy contradictory customer needs”, says IHG

16-Jan-2017 - Brands are increasingly under pressure to deliver experiences that satisfy contradictory customer needs, according to a new report from the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 09/01 - 13/01

13-Jan-2017 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Established brands under pressure as restaurant property prices grow 14 per cent

13-Jan-2017 - Prices for restaurant sites have grown by 14 per cent, according to leisure property specialist Christie & Co, which warned that operators needed to drive footfall with original ideas and...

Industry warns against regional tourism taxes

13-Jan-2017 - Proposals to introduce a ‘tourist tax’ in Bath have met with strong criticism from the hospitality industry.

More than half of consumers seek greater choice of soft drinks in pubs and bars

12-Jan-2017 - Pubs and bars should do more to promote their non-alcoholic drinks, say 55 per cent of consumers with more than a quarter saying they struggle to know what to order...

Government reveals 10 most bizarre excuses for not paying minimum wage

11-Jan-2017 - The 10 most bizarre excuses for not paying staff minimum wage have been revealed by the Government, as it launches a £1.7m campaign to ensure workers know how much they...

UK hotels will continue to attract overseas investors in 2017

09-Jan-2017 - Hotels in the UK will continue to attract interest from overseas investors, even in a post-Brexit environment, real estate advisor Savills has predicted. 

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 02/01 - 06/01

06-Jan-2017 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

The Idle Rocks partners with Heligan estate to champion Cornish heritage produce

06-Jan-2017 - The Idle Rocks hotel in St Mawes Cornwall has partnered with the 200-acre Lost Gardens of Heligan estate, in a bid to showcase best Cornish horticultural practice and the garden’s...

Half of diners unsure whether tips go to staff

05-Jan-2017 - Over half of British diners are unsure whether to leave a tip in restaurants in case it is not passed on to waiting staff, according a study by AA Hotel...

Hotel trends: 7 things we'll see in 2017

04-Jan-2017 - From an increased focus on loyalty to the use of storytelling and the rise of themed afternoon tea offerings, the hotel sector makes its predictions for 2017.  

Restaurant trends: 7 things we'll see in 2017

03-Jan-2017 - From new menu trends to what Brexit means for you, we present the industry’s predictions for the highs and lows of 2017

Contactless spending rises in restaurants and bars

23-Dec-2016 - Contactless spending in restaurants rose 62 per cent in the past year, according to the latest data from Barclaycard.

Hoteliers urged to tap into ‘micro-stay’ market to stay ahead

21-Dec-2016 - Hoteliers are advised to tap into the ‘micro-stay’ market and open their hotel rooms up for as little time as three hours, to boost occupancy and compete for business from...

UK on brink of 'new wave' casual dining boom

20-Dec-2016 - The number of restaurants in the UK has risen rapidly in the past five years, but pubs and bars are continuing to close, according to a report by the Association...

UK diners look to set menus and vouchers to get best value, says poll

20-Dec-2016 - Eating out in the UK is on the rise, with diners looking to set menus, vouchers, and promotions to achieve best value for money, according to new research.

The biggest issues in hospitality in 2016

20-Dec-2016 - The hospitality and tourism industry faced numerous challenges in 2016, from the ongoing tussle with Airbnb to the rise of plant-based dining.

Loungers bought by Lion Capital in £137m deal ahead of further expansion

20-Dec-2016 - Loungers, the 94-site casual dining group of brands Lounges and Cosy Club, has been acquired in a majority stake deal by Lion Capital, in a £137m deal. 

Sector leaders pen letter to PM highlighting key issues

19-Dec-2016 - More than 20 chief executives and business leaders from the UK’s leading eating and drinking­ out chains have penned a letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May asking her to...

The top 5 stories in hospitality – 12/12-16/12

16-Dec-2016 - From service charge controversy at Le Gavroche, and Gary Usher's crowdfunding, to a £403m deal for Punch pubs, we round up the industry's biggest stories this week