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27% of British holidaymakers refuse to stay in hotels without free Wi-Fi

31-Jul-2013 - More than a quarter of British holidaymakers refuse to stay at hotels that don't offer free Wi-Fi as they increasingly rely on the internet connection via smartphones and other gadgets...

Staycation nation: UK's top 20 holiday hotspots experiencing £12bn domestic tourism boost

31-Jul-2013 - Despite a grey and rainy past few days, more hot weather is reportedly on the horizon and the UK’s hospitality and tourism businesses are already cashing in: The ‘staycation’ trend...

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Prezzo to open four new restaurants in one month

31-Jul-2013 - Italian restaurant group Prezzo has announced it is ramping up its expansion plans and intends to open four new venues during August.

Chef and hotelier Paul Rowley loses appeal on interest rate swap case

31-Jul-2013 - Hotelier and chef Paul Rowley and business partner John Green, who claim they were wrongly sold an interest rate swap by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), have had their...

World Pastry Cup: Search begins for 2015 UK pastry chef team

31-Jul-2013 - Six months after the UK came ninth in the final of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie in Lyon, preparations are now being put in place for the 2015 World...

Finding finance in hospitality: The banks

31-Jul-2013 - Most hospitality business owners will agree that bank lending isn’t the same as it used to be. Pre-recession, a budding entrepreneur with a bold idea for a new concept would...

Chefs kick-off Farm Africa fundraising drive with football tournament

31-Jul-2013 - Staff from 16 restaurants, including Tuddenham Mill, The Fat Duck and Restaurant Sat Bains, have kick-started a major fundraising drive for Farm Africa by competing in a five-a-side football tournament.

Huhtamaki refreshes summer range of 'cool' Polarity tumblers

31-Jul-2013 - Disposable packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki has refreshed its summer product range which includes Polarity tumblers for cold drinks and paper food-to-go containers.

Finding finance in hospitality: Using your own funds

30-Jul-2013 - The amount of money needed to set up or grow a hospitality business will, of course, depend on what kind of business you are looking at starting or growing.

Six London pubs go on the market as Convivial sells estate

30-Jul-2013 - Six London pubs, including The Mitre in Greenwich and The Lamb Brewery in Chiswick, have been placed on the market as owner Convivial London Pubs PLC looks to sell of...

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Channel 4 seeks chefs for cookery show The Taste

30-Jul-2013 - Channel 4 is searching for professional chefs and amateur cooks to take part in a new prime time cookery show.  

London boroughs thwart hotel growth with ‘extortionate’ community levy

30-Jul-2013 - The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which allows local authorities in England and Wales to charge developers on new projects within their area, is being exploited by London boroughs in an...

Groupe GM creates Gemology range of hotel cosmetics

30-Jul-2013 - Groupe GM has partnered with cosmetic brand Gemology to launch a line of hotel cosmetics that are enriched with gemstones and mineral extracts.

Blackpool EMRO: Industry urges council to abandon plans

29-Jul-2013 - The pub industry's leading trade bodies have called on Blackpool Borough Council to rethink its plans for an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) and have said the town's licensed operators...

Square Pie hits Westfield Stratford as UK expansion begins

29-Jul-2013 - Square Pie is set to open a fifth outlet at Westfield Stratford shopping centre this week as the London-based handmade pie specialist looks to expand to 20 venues within the...

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JD Wetherspoon to open sixth Heathrow pub

29-Jul-2013 - National pub operator JD Wetherspoon has announced it is to invest £1.3m to open its sixth pub at London Heathrow Airport next year.

CG Restaurants secures third Dirty Martini site, eyes 12 within three years

29-Jul-2013 - CG Restaurants & Bars is placing the Dirty Martini bar concept at the forefront of its growth strategy, with a third unit secured at Bishopsgate Exchange in the City kick-starting...

Graphite takes stake in Hawksmoor

29-Jul-2013 - Graphite Capital, the private equity backer of Rex Restaurants, has backed the management buy-out of Hawksmoor, the operator of four high-end steak restaurants in London, in a deal which values...

Finding finance in hospitality: Where to start

29-Jul-2013 - In the first of our five-part series on finding funding within the hospitality industry we ask experts in the field what the market's like and what operators can do to...

FriFri launches 'Super Easy' built-in fryer range

29-Jul-2013 - Commercial deep-fat fryer manufacturer FriFri has launched three new, high quality built-in fryers to form its ‘Super Easy’ range, which focuses on reliability and ease of use.

Greene King teams up with independent Yorkshire brewery to relaunch Leeds pub

26-Jul-2013 - Greene King has teamed up with Ossett Brewery in Yorkshire to relaunch one of its tenanted/leased pubs in Leeds.

Martin Morales to open Ceviche pop-up restaurant at Heathrow Airport

26-Jul-2013 - Martin Morales, former DJ and founder of popular Peruvian restaurant Ceviche, is to open a pop-up restaurant in partnership with Virgin Atlantic at Heathrow Airport.

Premier League clamps down on illegal Sky TV in pubs as Liverpool licensee fined

26-Jul-2013 - Pubs across the UK are being warned against using unauthorised satellite systems to show live sport as a Liverpool licensee has been ordered to pay over £6,000 for showing Sky...

Bobby Chinn heads to the UK for new Vietnamese restaurant in London

26-Jul-2013 - Chef Bobby Chinn, who has risen to fame in Vietnam with two eponymous restaurants and as the host of the World Café TV show, is coming to the UK to...

Luca Mathiszig-Lee: Career Profile

26-Jul-2013 - With recent stats showing that almost half of young people in the UK would not consider a job hospitality, Luca Mathiszig-Lee is a prime example of the opportunities that a career...

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