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Trends & Reports

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

UK small businesses admit to struggling with financial management

22-Mar-2017 - One in five (22%) UK small businesses admits to struggling with day-to-day financial management, a new survey has found.

Mitchells & Butlers jumps on the bao bandwagon

22-Mar-2017 - Taiwanese bao is a familiar site in London thanks to the likes of Flesh & Buns and Mr Bao, but now restaurant giant Mitchells & Butlers is bringing the steamed...

English wine sommelier says Sussex is better than Champagne

21-Mar-2017 - A sommelier specialising in English wine has said that sparkling wine from England easily rivals traditional Champagne from France.

Wasted opportunity: Can restaurants really be zero-waste rated?

21-Mar-2017 - The industry is under pressure to cut food waste and be more sustainable. But is it really possible for restaurants to be zero-waste rated?

BHA welcomes quicker food hygiene re-inspections

20-Mar-2017 - Restaurants can now have their food hygiene rating re-evaluated as soon as they make improvements, rather than waiting months or years, in a move welcomed by the British Hospitality Association...

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Five ways to make your kitchen more energy efficient

20-Mar-2017 - The Sustainable Restaurant Association's Tom Tanner gives his five-step guide to taking the heat out of the kitchen

Friday Five: The week's top news

17-Mar-2017 - We round-up some of the top stories in hospitality you might have missed this week.

“Women paid more” hospitality stats don’t apply to restaurants or pubs

17-Mar-2017 - Statistics showing that women earn more than men in hospitality do not apply to restaurants or pubs.

UK haddock loses sustainable fish status

17-Mar-2017 - Haddock from the North Sea and west of Scotland has been taken off a list of sustainable ‘fish to eat’ by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

Hospitality expert cautiously welcomes National Insurance U-turn

16-Mar-2017 - A hospitality specialist has commended the Chancellor’s U-turn on National Insurance contributions for self-employed people, but warned industry workers to watch out for replacement taxes or cuts.

Northern cities lead independent restaurant boom

16-Mar-2017 - Northern cities are seeing a boom in independent restaurant openings with growth rates outstripping traditional hotspots such as London and Edinburgh, a new study shows.

Raw talent: 5 key lessons from the new British cheesemakers

14-Mar-2017 - A new generation of British cheesemakers are taking on the French at their own game by using unpasteurised milk to make boundary-pushing cheeses

What does the Spring Budget mean for hospitality?

08-Mar-2017 - Chancellor Philip Hammond offered an olive branch to pubs facing rising business rates in today’s budget, but raised the price of a pint of beer for the first time in...

Just Eat sees rapid growth in breakfast and dessert delivery

08-Mar-2017 - Just Eat has said breakfast and desserts are its fastest growing categories in the UK, but stressed that pizza still remains the most popular takeaway.

Friday Five: The week's top news

03-Mar-2017 - We round-up some of the top stories in hospitality you might have missed this week.

Zero hours contracts reach record high, but hospitality fares well

03-Mar-2017 - The number of workers in Britain on zero hours contracts (ZHCs) has reached a record high at 910,000 people, although hospitality is not the worst affected sector.

Breaking the mould: The 6 top chocolate trends for 2017

02-Mar-2017 - From the impact of social media and the importance of giving customers the story behind the beans, to the rise of low-sugar and blond varieties, 2017 is shaping up to...

Eating out could see 35.5 per cent spend boost if VAT drops in Spring Budget

01-Mar-2017 - The restaurant and eating out sector could benefit from increased consumer spend if a reduction in VAT is announced in the Spring Budget, says a new report. 

Friday Five: The week's top news

24-Feb-2017 - We round-up some of the top stories in hospitality you might have missed this week

BBC Two to champion British farmers, growers & fishermen

24-Feb-2017 - A new BBC Two show is to champion British farmers, growers, and fishermen as part of a country-wide tour hosted by Great British Bake Off 2015 winner, Nadiya Hussain.

Hospitality leaders optimistic despite rising cost concerns

23-Feb-2017 - The hospitality industry has rising concerns about cost rises and property price hikes, a new survey suggests, although optimism about business prospects overall is growing.

JDW will be first pub chain to show drinks calories

19-Feb-2017 - Calorie information for all pub giant JD Wetherspoon’s (JDW) drinks will be shown on its menu and website for the first time from next month.

Friday Five: The week's top news

17-Feb-2017 - From a major departure at Barrafina to a French chef launching his first London restaurant, we round-up some of the top stories in the restaurant world you might have missed...

Spending in restaurants at a five-year high

16-Feb-2017 - Spending on eating out in restaurants and cafes, and staying in hotels, is at a five-year high.

Valentine’s Day 2017: The romantic restaurant roundup

14-Feb-2017 - Can you say love potion? From cheeky cocktails to surprise meals for hospitality staff themselves, we take a look at some of the industry's take on the "most romantic" day...

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