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Jessica Simmons on new restaurant Beef & Brew and tackling the chef shortage

28-Aug-2015 - Chef Jessica Simmons, who previously worked under Angela Hartnett at Murano and Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, is opening her first standalone restaurant Beef & Brew with business partner Dan Nathan...

Staff at The Zetter Group receive share of company profits

28-Aug-2015 - The Zetter Group has announced the first year results of its scheme to share profits with staff - believed to be the first of its kind in the UK hospitality...

Zapper app to double staff tips at 800 UK restaurants

28-Aug-2015 - Mobile payment company Zapper has announced it will double staff tips at the 800 UK restaurants which use its app on a monthly Zapper Waiter Day.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 24/08-28/08

28-Aug-2015 - Here's a roundup of the top trending stories this week on BigHospitality:

Over a quarter of Brits dislike being given an accessible hotel room

28-Aug-2015 - Over a quarter of the British public are either ‘unhappy’ or ‘fairly unhappy’ at the idea of being given a disabled-accessible hotel room, research released by German bathroom and sanitaryware...

House of Moli launches crowdfunding campaign to grow business and rebrand

28-Aug-2015 - Corporate serviced apartment provider House of Moli has launched a campaign to crowdfund £250k-£500k to expand its business and rebrand as the Thesqua.re Serviced Apartments.

Hospitality profits up despite staff shortage concerns

28-Aug-2015 - Hospitality businesses reported healthy profit growth for the three months to August and remain positive about the future despite concerns over staff shortages.

Staycation trend: 4.8m Brits plan UK Bank Holiday getaway

27-Aug-2015 - Almost 5m Brits are shunning the continent and planning a UK break this bank holiday, generating over £1bn for the British economy, according to figures released by Visit England.

Five tips for managing tips

27-Aug-2015 - With tipping practices back in the spotlight, BigHospitality speaks to Lydia Christie, senior associate at law firm Howard Kennedy who suggests five ways restaurant groups can check that their policies...

Valor Hospitality Europe: Growth in hotel market will put increased pressure on staffing

27-Aug-2015 - Continuing growth in the hotel market will put increased pressure on companies to find and retain skilled staff, says Valor Hospitality Europe managing director Brian McCarthy.

Kurobuta announces Harvey Nichols residency

27-Aug-2015 - Ex-Nobu chef Scott Hallsworth has announced that his Japanese restaurant concept Kurobuta will take up residency at Harvey Nichols’ Knightsbridge store later this year.

Chef Selin Kiazim to open restaurant in Shoreditch

27-Aug-2015 - Ex-Kopapa head chef Selin Kiazim will open her first permanent restaurant in Shoreditch this autumn. 

National Burger Day: How to prepare and serve burgers safely

26-Aug-2015 - For National Burger Day, BigHospitality gets advice on what controls can be put in place to ensure that diners are not put at risk from the serving of pink or...

Menu trends: Superfoods, popping candy and street food inspired dishes on the rise

26-Aug-2015 - High street chains are beginning to use increasingly eclectic ingredients inspired by independent and street food operators in a bid to attract customers, a new study shows.

Hey big spender: Shopping tourists visiting UK spend 80% more

26-Aug-2015 - International tourists who visit the UK primarily to shop spend 80 per cent more during their stay than those visiting for other reasons, according to research by VisitBritain. 

Rise in contactless payments at restaurants

26-Aug-2015 - Restaurants generate the second highest number of contactless payments in the UK, new figures show.

Conflict Café: Peace promoting pop-up restaurant returns to London

26-Aug-2015 - Conflict Café, a pop-up restaurant which promotes peace through food will return to London next month with chefs from Honey & Co and Tas Restaurant Group among those cooking for guests....

Independent Hotel Show 2015: Awards shortlists revealed

26-Aug-2015 - The Independent Hotel Show has announced shortlists for its 2015 Outstanding New Hotel and Independent Hotelier Awards. 

Pubs expecting Rugby World Cup boost

26-Aug-2015 - Pubs around the UK are expecting a boost in September as the Rugby World Cup kicks off, figures from Greene King demonstrate.

L'Enclume scores Waitrose Good Food Guide hat-trick

26-Aug-2015 - Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume has been named the UK’s best restaurant for the third year running in the Waitrose Good Food Guide, writes M&C Allegra Foodservice .

Former Murano chef opening Beef & Brew

25-Aug-2015 - Jessica Simmons, former chef at Angela Hartnett’s Murano and Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, is to open a new beer and steakhouse restaurant in Kentish Town.

Casamia to relocate to former Bristol General site

25-Aug-2015 - Michelin-starred Bristol-based restaurant Casamia will relocate to a new site at the former Bristol General Hospital next year as it looks to ‘push its high standards to the next level’. ...

Grind crowdfunds £1.3m towards expansion

25-Aug-2015 - London-based independent coffee and cocktail group Grind has almost doubled its crowdfunding target to raise over £1.3m towards expansion. 

The Hour Glass pub opening in South Kensington

25-Aug-2015 - Luke Mackay and David Turcan, co-owners of Brompton Food Market, are opening a pub in London’s South Kensington in September. 

Minimum wage and apprentice rate could rise in 2016

25-Aug-2015 - The Government is seeking the views of hospitality businesses over the possibility of raising the National Minimum Wage for apprentices and under 25’s.

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