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Menzies recruits new sales director as refurbishment starts on hotels

30-Jun-2011 - Menzies Hotels has appointed Tracey Ractliffe its new sales director as it begins an extensive refurbishment across its estate, including its events and conferencing spaces.

Charlotte Street redevelopment gets second chance

30-Jun-2011 - A decision by Camden Council to block the proposed redevelopment of Saatchi & Saatchi’s HQ in London’s West End could be overruled by the Mayor of London, who has argued...

Punch Taverns appoints new chairman

30-Jun-2011 - Punch Taverns has appointed URENCO audit committee director and chairman Stephen Billingham as its new chairman following the group’s proposed de-merger of Spirit in September.

Hoteliers have their work cut out over next year, says PwC

30-Jun-2011 - Hotels in the UK have been through a volatile six months, and although revenue is likely to continue growing the landscape ahead will be challenging, said PricewaterhouseCooper (PxC) in its...

Luminar launches new Woo Woo bar concept

30-Jun-2011 - Nightclub operator Luminar has launched a new bar concept called Woo Woo in five locations around the country.

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Young Chef Young Waiter 2011 deadline extended

30-Jun-2011 - The deadline for entries to the 2011 Young Chef Young Waiter (YCYW) competition has been extended to 11 July following requests from potential competitors for more time to complete their forms.

Sofitel launches Legend luxury hotel label

30-Jun-2011 - The French hotel chain Sofitel this month officially launched its new luxury Legend brand, which forms part of plans to expand its reach in the UK and internationally.

Strong food sales help deliver record profit at Greene King

30-Jun-2011 - Strong food sales at pub operator and brewer Greene King helped deliver the group record sales and profit last year.

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Diners willing to pay more for steak in restaurants and hotels than pubs

29-Jun-2011 - Consumers are happy to pay more for a steak in a restaurant or hotel than in a pub, with almost half prepared to fork out up to £17.

Felin Fach Griffin owner buys third Cornwall dining pub

29-Jun-2011 - Eatdrinksleep, the owner of dining pubs the Felin Fach Griffin in Brecon and The Gurnard’s Head near St Ives, has acquired The Old Coastguard in Cornwall for an undisclosed sum....

MPs support campaign to amend smoking ban in pubs

29-Jun-2011 - MPs from the three main parties are hosting a reception at The House of Commons later today to gain support for a campaign to amend the smoking ban.

Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5 announces key management team

29-Jun-2011 - The executive management team has been announced for the Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5, which is due to launch on 31 August.

Craft Guild seeks chefs to support food education programmes

29-Jun-2011 - The Craft Guild of Chefs (CGC) is looking for ambassador chefs around the country to take part in food education workshops, which it hopes will encourage a new generation of...

Record number of teams sign up to hospitality's charity football tournament

29-Jun-2011 - A record 48 football teams made up of employees from the UK's top hotels and restaurants, have been signed up to compete in a charity football tournament this September to...

Author pays tribute to Italian restaurateur Mario Cassandro

29-Jun-2011 - The author of a book about the two men responsible for introducing quality Italian food to the UK public in the 1960s has paid tribute to one of them -...

Naked Grouse and Snow Grouse joins The Famous Grouse whisky family

29-Jun-2011 - The Famous Grouse has announced the launch of two new blended Scotch whiskies, one of which is designed to be served straight from the freezer.

Business Profile: Gaucho

29-Jun-2011 - By combining high-value product with high-octane style, Gaucho Group has hit on a lucrative formula. But how does it maintain its appeal and values across a growing chain?

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Barceló appoints UK regional director and GM

28-Jun-2011 - Barceló Hotels and Resorts has appointed Peter Montague as regional director for the UK, who will now oversee the group’s portfolio of four-star hotels across the country.

Marriott uses Facebook game to aid recruitment among millennials

28-Jun-2011 - International hotel group Marriott has built a game application for Facebook in an effort to make hospitality an attractive career choice to the 'millennial' generation.

Hilton invests in Wi-Fi upgrade across UK hotels

28-Jun-2011 - Hilton Worldwide will be upgrading its customer internet access across hotels in the UK, as part of plans to improve its guest services.

Japanese restaurant Sake No Hana sold to Hakkasan

28-Jun-2011 - Hush owner Jamie Barber has sold the Japanese fine dining restaurant Sake No Hana to Hakksan Limited.

Learning from abroad: The industry's observations

28-Jun-2011 - In the final part of our inspirational feature series hotel, restaurant and pub and bar experts share some of their observations from hospitality outside of the UK.

Top jobs in hospitality require sacrifices, say female executives

28-Jun-2011 - Women wanting to climb up the ladder in the hospitality industry must have no illusions about the heavy sacrifices necessary to maintain their career lifestyle, said top female executives in...

Giorgio Locatelli and Vic Laws become ambassadors of The Clink

28-Jun-2011 - Chef Giorgio Locatelli and catering consultant Vic Laws have been appointed ambassadors of commercial prison restaurant, The Clink.

Eclectic to open three Lola Lo’s with £1.6m investment

27-Jun-2011 - Eclectic Clubs & Bars has acquired two new sites for its rapidly expanding Lola Lo Polynesian nightclub brand, and is set to refurbish a third existing Po Na Na venue...

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