Trends & Reports

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

London's eating out scene thriving, finds survey

27-Feb-2015 - London’s eating out scene is thriving, with diners frequently visiting restaurants at lunchtime and on weekday evenings, according to a new survey.

Infographic: Bacon butty trends

27-Feb-2015 - Brits have voted on what makes the best bacon butty, with some interesting findings for pubs, restaurants and hotels to take note of.

Regions outperform London in January

27-Feb-2015 - Regional hotels outperformed London properties in January 2015, achieving double-digit profit growth compared to bottom line declines in the capital.

Half of hospitality businesses make use of zero hour contracts

27-Feb-2015 - Fifty-three per cent of hospitality businesses make use of zero-hour contracts, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Alcohol licence fees to continue to be set nationally

26-Feb-2015 - Alcohol licence fees will continue to be set at a national level until the Home Office can source more evidence that allowing local authorities to do so wouldn't put 'an...

Aberdeen's hotels continue to feel effects of troubled North Sea oil and gas sector

24-Feb-2015 - Hotels in Aberdeen are continuing to feel the negative knock-on effects of a troubled North Sea oil and gas sector with January's occupancy down by 2.8 per cent to 63.4...

Regional hotel growth set to continue in 2015

24-Feb-2015 - Regional hotels performed strongly last year and there is ‘considerable headroom’ for further revenue and profit growth in 2015, according to the latest report from CBRE Hotels.

Half of diners concerned about food safety

23-Feb-2015 - 51 per cent of diners are ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ concerned about food safety in UK restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways, a report by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found.

Byron and Browns voted most satisfying restaurant brands

20-Feb-2015 - Byron and Browns have been named as the restaurant brands in the UK which leave their customers most satisfied.

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Imago achieves record sales for the Christmas period

19-Feb-2015 - Imago achieved record sales during the Christmas period, with its flagship hotel reporting 10.5 per cent growth.

People 1st calls for ‘systematic’ approach to hospitality training

19-Feb-2015 - People 1st has called on hospitality employers to develop a more ‘systematic’ approach to training in order to guarantee a return on investment (ROI).

UK hotels enjoy strong January trading

19-Feb-2015 - UK hotels have beaten the New Year slump and seen the strongest January in five years, with both room occupancy and yield increasing year on year in London and across...

Accor delivers record performance in 2014

18-Feb-2015 - Accor said its dramatic restructure paid off in 2014, with net profits up 77 per cent year-on-year on the back of strong operating performance across its business.

IHG reports 'excellent' growth in 2014

17-Feb-2015 - IHG has reported strong financial performance in 2014, with the UK outperforming the rest of Europe during the year.

Redefine BDL Hotels boss forecasts buoyant year for sector

16-Feb-2015 - A leading hotel industry figure has predicted a positive year for the sector after claiming growth had 'far outstripped' his forecast for 2014.

McDonald's outperforms on animal welfare

16-Feb-2015 - McDonald’s has been rated the highest in a benchmarking of global restaurant brands for implementing farm animal welfare practices in its policies, while M&B, Burger King, SSP and Whitbread are among...

Hotel RevPAR continues to grow, but increasing competition likely

13-Feb-2015 - Average RevPAR (revenue per available rooms) was in double-digit growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, but room rates are beginning to plateau – the latest Hotel Bulletin report has found.

Premium wine sales boom in high-end establishments, finds report

13-Feb-2015 - A surge in sales of higher quality wines in premium restaurants, wine bars, hotels and gastropubs is bucking the overall decline in on-trade wine sales, a report from Liberty Wines...

ASAP confident of serviced apartment growth

13-Feb-2015 - The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) expects to double in size by the end of the year as the sector continues to show strong growth.

Another record year for UK tourism

12-Feb-2015 - 2014 was another record breaking year for UK tourism, with both spend and visits reaching their highest levels to date.

Two thirds of Brits plan to eat out on Valentine's Day

12-Feb-2015 - Two thirds of people say they are planning to eat out on Valentine's Day, but only 28 per cent will spend more than £50 on the occasion according to a...

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Cold and snowy January failed to impact branded restaurant sales

12-Feb-2015 - January's cold and snowy weather failed to have a major impact on sales at branded restaurant chains according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker. 

Top 5 restaurant brands to watch

11-Feb-2015 - The market is awash with casual-dining brands, large and small, old and new. Here’s Restaurant magazine's pick of the five you really need to keep an eye on in 2015. ...

No scientific basis for dietary fat guidelines, claims study

10-Feb-2015 - Dietary guidelines recommending that we eat less fat had no scientific basis and should never have been introduced, a new study has claimed.

ResDiary introduces cancellation fee technology to tackle no-shows

10-Feb-2015 - Restaurant reservations system provider ResDiary has launched new technology to help restaurateurs tackle the issue of no-shows.