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Richard Phillips closes restaurant at Chapel Down Vineyard

31-Jan-2012 - Chef Richard Phillips has closed his restaurant at Chapel Down Vineyard in Kent after the local council restricted the number of weddings it could hold.

Hotelympia 2012: BigHospitality's must-see checklist

31-Jan-2012 - With Hotelympia on the horizon the hospitality industry is gearing up to descend on the ExCel centre, but with five days (26 February-1 March) of awards, product launches, chef demonstrations...

National Chef of the Year 2012 open for entries

31-Jan-2012 - The National Chef of the Year competition is back for 2012, celebrating its 40th anniversary and calling for chefs from across the nation to enter.

Number of vocational qualifications in secondary schools to be cut

31-Jan-2012 - The number of vocational qualifications being offered to secondary school pupils is to be cut to 125 from the current 3,175 to better improve students’ prospects, the Department of Education has announced.

Considerate Hoteliers unites with fellow green organisations to promote sustainable hospitality

31-Jan-2012 - The Considerate Hoteliers Association has teamed up with the Green Tourism Business Scheme and Greentraveller.co.uk to promote sustainable tourism and hospitality businesses.

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Roux Scholarship 2012: deadline extended

31-Jan-2012 - The deadline for entries into the 2012 Roux Scholarship has been extended by four days to Friday 3 February.

Zapp launches heated tables for outdoor restaurant areas

31-Jan-2012 - Outdoor-based product supplier Zapp has launched a new range of energy-efficient heated tables for outdoor restaurant areas.

Chefs urged to offer more vegetarian options

30-Jan-2012 - Chefs and caterers are being urged to take a second look at their menus, or risk missing out on a potential £700m market of diners hungry for more enticing meat-free...

Compass launches Rapport to improve guest services

30-Jan-2012 - Foodservice supplier Compass Group has launched Rapport – a new specialist provider of front and back of house guest services – to run in tandem with the group’s corporate dining...

Olympics organising committee releases more than 120,000 hotel rooms for resale

30-Jan-2012 - The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has released around 20 per cent of the hotel reservations it had made for the Games, meaning more...

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The Ark for Business to offer free consultations at Hotelympia

30-Jan-2012 - The Ark for Business, which aims to reduce drug and alcohol abuse within hospitality, will be offering independent and free consultations at Hotelympia next month.

Macdonald Hotels adds historic coaching inn to its portfolio

30-Jan-2012 - Macdonald hotels & Resorts, the UK’s largest privately owned hotel operator, has added the historic 48-bedroom Haycock Hotel in Wansford near Peterborough to its portfolio.

GTBS sustainable certification programme achieves nationwide endorsement

30-Jan-2012 - The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) has become the first sustainable certification programme of its kind to be endorsed by all five National Tourism Agencies of the UK and Ireland.

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Welsh restaurants and bars invited to join tourism app

30-Jan-2012 - Restaurants and bars have been invited to join the first tourism app to cover the whole of Wales which is due to be launched for Wales Tourism Week 2012 in February.

Chef’s Forum launched to bridge gap between catering industry, education and suppliers

30-Jan-2012 - A new forum has been launched in Bristol for chefs whose professional expertise has been recognised with the likes of Michelin stars and AA Rossettes.

Peter’s Food Service launches new pie range

30-Jan-2012 - Pie manufacturer Peter’s Food Service has launched a new range of pies that are 30 per cent larger and feature enhanced recipes, but are the same price as the product...

Hospitality businesses urged to take advantage of pension obligation changes

30-Jan-2012 - Employers in restaurants, hotels and pubs and bars have been encouraged to take advantage of the extra time that has been provided before they need to comply with automatic pension...

London 2012 Olympics: Six months left and businesses not prepared, says People 1st survey

27-Jan-2012 - With six months to go until the London 2012 Olympics begin, the majority of businesses have not prepared themselves for the Games, according to a survey by hospitality skills council...

Kenco relaunches professional instant coffee range

27-Jan-2012 - Kraft Foods has relaunched its instant coffee range for trade as Kenco Professional complete with a new branding, logo, website and plans for new products in 2012.

IDEAS FROM YOUR PEERS

Valentine’s Day Special: Cupid Concierge at May Fair hotel and Aphrodisiac Menu at Blakes restaurant

27-Jan-2012 - Love is in the air this week as hotels and restaurants, including May Fair, Blakes, One-O-One and The Royal Horseguards, tell BigHospitality about special events and promotions they’re running to...

Masterchef's Gregg Wallace to launch retro restaurant in Bermondsey Square Hotel

27-Jan-2012 - Masterchef's Gregg Wallace is to open a 1970s themed restaurant in the Bespoke Hotels venue, the Bermondsey Square Hotel, close to the area where the TV host and former greengrocer...

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Hilton chefs prepare for UK Chef Mentoring Programme final

27-Jan-2012 - Nearly 20 chefs from Hilton Worldwide are preparing to compete in the final of the hospitality company's UK Chef Mentoring Programme which will be held this year on 31 January...

Legacy to run Arinza Star Hotels on behalf of administrators

27-Jan-2012 - Legacy Hotels and Resorts has stepped in to run two hotels owned by Arinza Star Hotels Ltd after the owner/operator went into administration

Fuller's reports sales growth ahead of busy 2012

27-Jan-2012 - Fuller's, the brewer and pub operator, has reported like for like sales growth of 4.1% for the 42 weeks up to 21 January 2012 ahead of a busy year of...

How to manage your hospitality business's online reputation: Your website

27-Jan-2012 - In the consumer-led world of hospitality, it is easy to underestimate the power of the internet. But with well over a million Google searches for ‘London hotels’ being made every...

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