Our panel of industry experts give their top tips on a range of topics, from marketing to operations and staffing, to help you run a better business.
06-Nov-2013 - Hoteliers often call Online Travel Agents (OTAs) such as booking.com, Expedia and LateRooms ‘a necessary evil’ as they help to market and sell bedrooms, yet in doing so take a considerable chunk of the business’s bottom line through commission.
10-Jul-2013 - Jerry Brand of integrated technology provider Caternet suggests ways hospitality managers can cut the hours they spend dealing with paperwork after research it commissioned showed that 86 per cent of food and beverage managers were spending too much time in 'admin hell'.
22-Apr-2013 - Jodi Hinds was the official photographer for the UK team at this year's Bocuse d'Or and has produced images for chef Steven Doherty, The Magpie Cafe in Whitby and Simpsons - The Cook Book. Here she shares her top tips for photographing food.
07-Jan-2013 - Matt McNeill, chief executive of email and mobile marketing platform Sign-Up.to, gives his top tips on how best to use email marketing to build repeat business at your restaurant, hotel or pub.
10-Dec-2012 - With ingredients continuing to creep up in price there has never been a better time for restaurant, pub and hotel operators to seek out the best value from their suppliers to ensure profit margins don't get squeezed too much. Here, Pelican Buying Company managing director Shabaz Mohammed gives some tips on benchmarking to ensure you get the best prices available to your business.
26-Nov-2012 - Sarah Frankland, head patissier at William Curley and winner of the 2012 inaugural Mövenpick Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year competition, shares her top tips on how to sell more desserts at your restaurant, pub or hotel.
01-Nov-2012 - With cask ales back in growth , publicans will be looking to stock more of them, but what is the best way to keep beer? Conrad Boucher of automated beer line cleaning system Beer Piper , underlines the importance of keeping beer lines clean to ensure pubs can serve the perfect pint.
24-Sep-2012 - Philip Britton of UKinbound advises hoteliers, restaurateurs and publicans on how they can make the most of the inbound tourist market and ensure tourists are heading their way when they visit the UK.
28-Aug-2012 - Tim Ogle, European chief executive at customer intelligence company Market Force Information , outlines ways that pub, restaurant and hotel owners can educate their staff to best ask for ID when selling alcohol to young customers without alienating them.
07-Aug-2012 - John Grieveson, commercial director at on-trade supplier Enotria, offers his top tips on how to write a wine menu for any restaurant, hotel or pub.
26-Jun-2012 - Chris Phillips, a former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaTSCO) and a consultant at Wilkinson Construction Consultants outlines how hotels and other hospitality businesses can protect themselves from a terrorist attack.
12-Jun-2012 - Many restaurant and hotel businesses are set up through partnerships, but what do you do when one partner wants out? Barney Leaf, an expert in shareholder disputes at Laytons Solicitors, advises on how best to manage a business break-up.
28-May-2012 - Charli Matthews of writing and brand language consultancy The Writer, gives her top tips on how restaurants, hotels and pubs should approach menu-writing.
21-May-2012 - Geoff Wilkinson, a building inspector, fire engineer and managing director of Wilkinson Construction Consultants, explains what hotels and other hospitality businesses need to do to stay within fire safey laws following recent prosecutions.
08-May-2012 - Robert Morrall, managing director of Route Organisation , explains how hotels, pubs and restaurants can gain commercial benefit from improving their environmental credentials.
21-Mar-2012 - Dharmendra Patel, managing director of PlayNetwork talks about the benefits of playing music in a pub, restaurant or hotel and advises on how to ensure it is being played legally.
05-Mar-2012 - Lily Brierley, training manager at Enotria, explains how hospitality business owners can make their staff more aware of wine lists and encourage them to openly talk about wine with customers in a bid to maximise drinks sales.
20-Feb-2012 - Savvas Othon, technical director at Rentokil Pest Control, advises hospitality businesses on how to keep pests at bay during busy times.
06-Feb-2012 - Simon Streat, managing director of SME, Experian UK&I, explains how restaurant, hotel and pub owners can improve their credit ratings to help give business a boost and make it easier to expand.
25-Jan-2012 - The UK Border Agency's head of Immigration, Jeremy Oppenheim, outlines how employers can check whether foreign nationals have the right to work in the UK.
09-Jan-2012 - Gordon Cartwright, managing director of Visionary Dining, advises hoteliers on what to consider if they want to open a restaurant within their property and looks at the best option for one reader trying to decide between running it in-house or contracting out.
19-Dec-2011 - David Glover, an odour control specialist and managing director of Plasma Clean, gives his advice on how to control food waste smells from a commercial kitchen.
21-Nov-2011 - Tim Ogle, chief executive at Retail Eyes shares his top tips on how to manage a restaurant effectively during the festive season so that everyone has a happy Christmas.
07-Nov-2011 - Sharon Glancy, director of People 1st Training Company, suggests how reception or front-of-house staff should handle guests and customers when systems fail and the situation becomes stressful.
24-Oct-2011 - New legislation around Agency Workers Rights (AWR) came into force on 1 October 2011. Dawn Redman, director of Retail Recruitment Company, ensures hospitality employers know what they need to consider when employing temporary staff.
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