Trends & Reports

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

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

16-Apr-2014 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

People 1st claim supporting industry leaders will get women in boardrooms

16-Apr-2014 - Chief executive of People 1st Brian Wisdom has criticised the latest Government report on gender in boardrooms for not taking into account organisations with active strategies for encouraging women at all levels.

Ed's Easy Diner named fastest-growing restaurant group

16-Apr-2014 - Ed’s Easy Diner, the 24-strong 1950s-style American diner chain, has topped the 2014 Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker - a list of the 50 fastest-growing restaurant and bar companies.

Marching on: Spring sales surge for restaurants and pubs

16-Apr-2014 - Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6 per cent in March against the same month last year, marking 12 consecutive months of positive growth for the sector. 

T.G.I Friday’s unveils new 'Fast Track' concept for transport hub expansion

15-Apr-2014 - ‘A new era is dawning’ for T.G.I Friday’s as the American restaurant chain today announced it will be opening its first outlet at a key transport hub under a newly created quick-service format.

Into the mainstream: are restaurants catering for gluten-free growth?

14-Apr-2014 - According to a new report from Innova Market Insights, free-from foods are moving into the mainstream, with people now opting to avoid gluten and dairy for lifestyle reasons as well as food intolerances and allergies. 

Charterhouse targets expansion as FY EBITDA grows 13.2%

14-Apr-2014 - Charterhouse Leisure, operator of the Coal Grill & Bar brand, has reported a 13.2% rise in company EBITDA to £727,000 for the year to the end of February and said it plans to grow from six to about 24 sites over the next three years.

Yorkshire restaurants are best performing in England and Wales

11-Apr-2014 - Yorkshire’s hospitality sector has enjoyed a significant boost over recent months, with the regions’ restaurants now outperforming the rest of the country, according to data from insolvency trade body R3.

News in brief

Pubs selling burger meals cheaper than fast food chains

11-Apr-2014 - Pubs are now competing with fast food restaurants on burger meal prices, according to research from Shore Capital.

Talkin' 'bout Y generation: study reveals eating out habits of 16-24 year olds

10-Apr-2014 - Young people still value good customer service when they visit restaurants, with price and convenience also influencing choice, according to new research from Voxburner.

Positive tourism backdrop for new Culture Secretary

10-Apr-2014 - The hospitality and tourism sector has welcomed Sajid Javid into his new role as Culture Secretary, with Maria Miller’s replacement coming in at a time when the 'staycation' trend remains strong and international visitor spend has hit record levels. 

Happy Easter: Top 20 staycation destinations revealed

10-Apr-2014 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are set to benefit from a £2bn boost to the economy as British parents will fork out an average of £478.25 over the Easter holiday.

A Curious Group of Hotels acquires iconic Notting Hill property

09-Apr-2014 - Boutique brand A Curious Group of Hotels has announced the addition of the 21-bedroom Portobello Hotel to its portfolio of properties.

Prezzo FY EBITDA up 13%; plans 25-30 openings this year

09-Apr-2014 - Prezzo, the Jonathan Kaye-led restaurant group, has reported a 13 per cent rise in adjusted EBITDA to £28.9m in the year to 29 December on revenue up 15 per cent to £166.5m, and said it planned to open 25-30 new sites by the end of this year.

Travellers’ Choice: Top 10 UK tourism hotspots

08-Apr-2014 - London is the third-best travel destination in the world, according to TripAdvisor’s sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations. But which UK cities make up the top 10?

BDO forecasts further growth for hotels in 2014

07-Apr-2014 - Record visitor numbers, movement in the MICE market and resurgence in the regions should drive further growth in the UK hotel sector this year, according to business advisors BDO LLP.

Hospitality’s employment challenge: Are we approaching the ‘workforce cliff?

04-Apr-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and Women 1st have unanimously agreed with recent comments by McDonald’s chief people officer that the industry faces a future of stunted growth unless employers do more to attract young people.

PizzaExpress focuses on lunch trade with new ‘Express’ menu

02-Apr-2014 - PizzaExpress is looking to grab an even bigger slice of the UK’s ever-growing lunch market with a major revamp of its menu to include cheaper ‘Express’ items available to take away. 

Restaurant magazine: Coffee shop creep

01-Apr-2014 - Coffee shops and café brands are increasingly encroaching into restaurant and pub territory by offering extensive breakfast, lunch and even dinner menus, writes Stefan Chomka in the April issue of Restaurant magazine.

UK hotel market continues upward trajectory

01-Apr-2014 - There have been further signs of recovery in the UK hotel market, with investment volumes for 2014 on track to exceed £3.5bn, according to a new report from property experts Savills.

#AskMark: Our inspiring Twitter Q&A with Mark Sargeant reviewed

31-Mar-2014 - Whether it was his advice for young chefs, his memories of working with Gordon Ramsay or his plans for the year ahead, Mark Sargeant revealed all in our Twitter Q&A – here’s a full recap of what he said…

Further growth for UK hotel market

31-Mar-2014 - UK hotels enjoyed a second month of growth in February, with properties in the East of England reporting the biggest uplift in profits.

Cider, spirits and soft drinks show strongest on-trade growth

28-Mar-2014 - Cider, spirits and soft drinks are outperforming the rest of the on-trade drinks market, according to the latest data from CGA Strategy.

Growing trend in burgers for breakfast

28-Mar-2014 - Burgers are becoming a staple British breakfast choice when eating outside the home according to industry figures released by the NPD Group.

Strong second half drives profit recovery for Adnams

26-Mar-2014 - Despite initially claiming it was ‘difficult to be too positive’ about pub trading conditions in 2013, Suffolk-based brewer, distiller and retailer Adnams reported a surge in pre-tax profits from £3.2m to £4.1m.

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