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National Apprenticeship Week: Hospitality industry unites

28-Feb-2014 - It's National Apprenticeship Week and hospitality businesses large and small have been pledging their support for the initiative which celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on the UK economy....

Students take over Norwich hotel for Big Hospitality Conversation

28-Feb-2014 - One hundred hospitality and catering students from City College Norwich took over the management of a local hotel this week to host the latest Big Hospitality Conversation event.

Former nightclub duo to open Jerusalem-themed restaurant in Soho

28-Feb-2014 - Layo and Zoe Paskin, the siblings behind London’s former The End and AKA nightclubs, are venturing back into hospitality together with the launch of a Jerusalem restaurant in Soho.

Union Hanover eyes £1bn hotel portfolio

28-Feb-2014 - Real estate investment and hotel development firm Union Hanover Securities has secured a major equity injection which will allow it to grow its £350m portfolio to over £1bn over the...

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Scottish student wins Le Cordon Bleu London Scholarship

28-Feb-2014 - Shona Jamieson from Aboyne, Scotland, was last night announced as the winner of Le Cordon Bleu’s UK Scholarship Award.

Out of touch: Contactless payment has ‘huge impact’ on customer service

28-Feb-2014 - Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafés that don’t offer contactless payment technology are ‘out of touch’ with what customers want and risk losing out on additional business. 

Leather Apron Company unveils new bespoke range

28-Feb-2014 - The Leather Apron Company has launched a new range of ‘stylish-yet-practical’ bespoke hospitality workwear. 

Viajante closure paves way for new F&B offerings at Town Hall Hotel

27-Feb-2014 - As the Michelin-starred East End destination restaurant Viajante prepares for its last service, details of the replacement F&B offerings at the five-star Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green have been...

Burger chains to drive growth in branded restaurant sector

27-Feb-2014 - Growth in the branded restaurant sector is set to accelerate this year, driven by dynamic new fast food brands and improved market confidence.

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Sommelier of the Year competition open for entries

27-Feb-2014 - Wine waiters and sommeliers from across the hospitality industry are being encouraged to enter the Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS) 2014 Moët UK Sommelier of the Year competition.

Strong January performance from regional hotels

27-Feb-2014 - Hotels in every UK region enjoyed an ‘unusually positive’ start to the year, according to the latest HotStats report.

Premier Inn and Costa drive up sales for Whitbread

27-Feb-2014 - Strong performance by Premier Inn and Costa helped Whitbread achieve double digit sales growth over the past year.

Karimix launches new range of sambal pastes and salad dressings

27-Feb-2014 - Karimix has launched new range of pastes and dressings for chefs looking to spice up their menu.

Lincat launches ductless air recirculation units

26-Feb-2014 - Commercial catering equipment manufacturer Lincat has launched Refresh – a new range of ductless air recirculation units. 

Back of the net: London hotels sign sporting partnerships

26-Feb-2014 - Two London hotels have formed partnerships with high-profile sporting events in the capital in a bid to expand the reach of their brands.

Marani brings a taste of Georgia to Mayfair

26-Feb-2014 - Khinkali dumpings, Khachapuri cheese bread and spiced broths will feature among the menu of Marani, a new family-run Georgian restaurant opening on Curzon Street next week.

TV advert hailed as 'breakthrough' for serviced apartment sector

26-Feb-2014 - Serviced apartment operator Staycity’s TV advertising campaign has been described as a 'breakthrough moment' for the sector.

Carluccio’s achieves top SRA rating

26-Feb-2014 - Carluccio’s, the all-day Italian café chain led by Simon Kossoff, has become the largest restaurant operator in the UK to achieve the highest accolade possible for its commitment to sustainability....

2014 beer duty cut: Benefits clear for independent brewers

26-Feb-2014 - The argument to once again scrap the controversial beer duty escalator in next month’s Budget has been bolstered by the fact that the local brewing sector is now ‘thriving’ following...

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Inderneel Singh to take over as general manager of the May Fair hotel

26-Feb-2014 - The Edwardian Group London has appointed Inderneel Singh as general manager of the May Fair Hotel.

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3663's Alex Fisher to present 2014 Savoy Lecture

26-Feb-2014 - Bidvest 3663 group managing director Alex Fisher will present this year’s Savoy Lecture, taking place in London on 24 March.

TripAdvisor growth means hotels must be more vigilant than ever, warns expert

26-Feb-2014 - With review sites like TripAdvisor expanding their influence at a rapid rate, hotels need to be even more vigilant about delivering the quality their brand promises to deliver, an expert...

TRG targets 43 new restaurants in 2014 as profits rise

26-Feb-2014 - The Restaurant Group (TRG), owner of the Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito, Garfunkel’s and Coast to Coast restaurant brands, plans to open 36-43 new sites this year after delivering ‘another strong...

​Itsu targets nationwide expansion

26-Feb-2014 - Itsu, the oriental chain set up by Pret a Manger founder Julian Metcalfe and led by Gerard Loughran, has plans to go nationwide after the success of its first store...

Orient-Express Hotels re-branded as Belmond

25-Feb-2014 - Orient-Express Hotels is re-branding its portfolio of luxury hotels, including Raymond Blanc’s Michelin-starred Oxfordshire establishment Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

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