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Pod secures £3.5m investment to expand to 25 sites

31-May-2011 - Healthy fast food chain Pod has secured £3.5m of funding to open a further 16 sites across London, taking its estate to 25 by mid-2012.

Strong hotel trade pushes growth for Young’s

31-May-2011 - Hospitality operator and brewer Young’s said it saw the strongest growth in the hotel sector of its business last year with revpar up 14.2 per cent to £44.11.

Amsterdam budget hotel group eyes UK for rapid expansion

31-May-2011 - Amsterdam-based hotel group Qbic Hotels, has revealed plans to open 10 hotels in the UK and is actively searching for properties in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow.

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Debt rises amongst young Londoners

31-May-2011 - The number of young Londoners struggling with debt has risen by 75 per cent over the last three years, according to a new report.

Summer drinks trends: Beer

31-May-2011 - Local and premium beers will continue to be a priority for consumers this summer, but in order to make the most of sales and appeal to a range of consumer...

Travelodge considers pubs and offices for Metro expansion

31-May-2011 - Travelodge is pressing forward with the expansion of its Metro brand by converting pubs, office buildings and even snooker halls into small 20-40 bedroom hotels.

Ask the Experts

What are employer and employee rights when management changes?

31-May-2011 - Management change in the hospitality sector often comes along with a new approach to employee shifts and benefits. But what rights do employers and employees have in this situation? Caroline...

Paul Kitching named best chef in Scotland

31-May-2011 - Paul Kitching, chef proprietor of the Michelin-starred 21212 in Edinburgh has been named the best chef in Scotland in the Catering in Scotland (CIS) Excellence Awards.

Moffat releases Olympics-themed mobile foodservice units

31-May-2011 - Moffat has launched an Olympic-themed version of its Versicarte mobile foodservice units for both inside and outside catering between now and the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Martin Wishart names Edinburgh brasserie The Honours

27-May-2011 - Martin Wishart has unveiled the name for his new Edinburgh brasserie as The Honours, and is set to launch the North Castle Street venue on 7 July.

Pubs could face heavy taxes under new gaming machine proposals

27-May-2011 - Pub operators are facing new tax proposals for gaming machines, which could risk hiking up operation prices to prohibitive levels, warns an industry trade group.

Number of hospitality insolvencies fall

27-May-2011 - Business looks brighter for small restaurant, pub and hotel operators, with the number of insolvencies over the past year having fallen by almost 5 per cent.

Career Profile: Anna-Marie Dowling

27-May-2011 - Hotel manager Anna-Marie Dowling tells BigHospitality how her endless energy drove her from the lowest to the highest positions in the hotel sector. Throughout her career she has managed hotels...

News in brief

Great British Pub Awards 2011 deadline extended

27-May-2011 - The deadline to enter the Publican’s Morning Advertiser’s Great British Pub Awards has been extended to 2 June.

Jamie’s Italian takes site in Clerkenwell’s Angel Building

27-May-2011 - Jamie’s Italian, the restaurant chain founded by Jamie Oliver, has secured a site at the newly developed Angel Building in Clerkenwell, London.

Breakfast tasting menu at Winteringham Fields, and wedding package at The Ritz

27-May-2011 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs including Winteringham Fields and The Ritz tell us what promotions they’re running to attract customers.

Maynard local apple juice launches in hospitality sector

27-May-2011 - The Suffolk-based apple juice producers Maynard House Orchards have expanded their business beyond the local market, and have launched their products into the nationwide hospitality sector.

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Entries sought for 2011 Mayfair Park and Tower Race

26-May-2011 - Entries are now being sought for the annual Mayfair Park and Tower Race in London, which aims to raise money for charity Galvin’s Chance.

Summer drinks trends: Wine

26-May-2011 - While there are no real new trends emerging this summer in the wine category, there are several areas of growth that restaurant and pub operators need to be aware of.

Tourists spent £114bn in UK in 2008, says ONS

26-May-2011 - Domestic and foreign tourists spent a total of £114bn in the UK in 2008, with more money forked out on food than on hotels, according to a new set of...

Royal Wedding boost for hotels was lower than expected

26-May-2011 - Hotels in London posted strong results for April, but the contribution from the Royal Wedding was far lower than expected, according to new data from TRI Hospitality.

Nicola Batavia opens fine-dining Italian restaurant in Kensington

26-May-2011 - Italian chef Nicola Batavia is opening his first UK restaurant in London next month, which he says will be a “luxury Italian home” serving “fine-dining Italian cuisine”.

YCYW introduces new skills awards

26-May-2011 - Entries are now open for the 2011 Young Chef Young Waiter competition (YCYW), which this year see the addition of six new skill awards.

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Wimbledon prompts more hotel bookings than last year

25-May-2011 - Hotels in London have reported a 14 per cent rise in bookings for next months’ Wimbledon Championships compared to last year.

Will the hospitality industry back Jacques?

25-May-2011 - Britain has one of the highest VAT rates for the hospitality industry in the European Union, eclipsing 21 countries that have a lower rate for hotels, and 13 with a...

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