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Hospitality operators called to enter Great British Breakfast Competition

30-Nov-2009 - Early-rising pub, restaurant and hotel operators are being invited to enter Aviko’s 20010 Great British Breakfast Competition

Academy of Food & Wine starts search for top hospitality managers

30-Nov-2009 - The Academy of Food & WIne launches the Restaurant Manager of the Year competition 2010 following the success of last year's inaugural competition

London hotels see occupancy rise to 85%

30-Nov-2009 - London hotels saw a 1.5 per cent year-on-year rise in occupancy to 85 per cent in October 2009, as the margin of decline in RevPAR decreased to its lowest level since July 2008

The Restaurant Group buys Kent pub from Whitbread

30-Nov-2009 - The Restaurant Group has bought Whitbread's Brewers Fayre pub restaurant The Nevil Crest & Gun in Kent with plans to re-open under its Brunning & Price brand

Scottish brewery creates strongest beer in the world

30-Nov-2009 - Scottish brewery BrewDog have broken the record for the world’s strongest beer with its new brew, Tactical Nuclear Penguin, which contains an ABV of 32 per cent

Vollrath launch agion-coated hygienic kitchen utensils

27-Nov-2009 - Vollrath kitchen supplies has designed a range of agion-coated hygienic kitchen utensils combining functionality and safety for the hospitality and catering industry.

Davy's bar and restaurant operator sells two sites

27-Nov-2009 - Wine bar and restaurant operator Davy's is selling off the leaseholds on two of its sites - Davy's The Wine Vaults in Croydon and the Dock Blida bar in central...

Guoman’s The Royal Horseguards Hotel joins Preferred portfolio

27-Nov-2009 - The Royal Horseguards, Guoman Hotels’ five-star property near Whitehall, will next month become the third London-based hotel to join the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio

Sensory dining at Sheraton Grand and conveyor competition at YO! Sushi

27-Nov-2009 - BigHospitality takes a look at some of the promotions, offers and marketing ideas being run by restaurants, hotels and pubs across the country

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw to close in Fowey

27-Nov-2009 - Nathan Outlaw's eponymous restaurant at the Marina Hotel in Fowey will close for good tomorrow and will reopen at St Enodoc Hotel in nearby Rock next year

Scotland presses ahead with Alcohol Bill

27-Nov-2009 - The Scottish Government has published its controversial Alcohol Bill, which will give ministers powers to impose minimum pricing, introduce a new tax for retailers and ban off-trade promotions

Springboard awards hospitality businesses for excellence

27-Nov-2009 - Hospitality individuals and businesses have been honoured for their dedication to the industry at Springboard’s Awards for Excellence 2009

Fish supplier removes tuna from listing

27-Nov-2009 - A major supplier of tuna to the restaurant trade has removed all species of the fish from its listings after a report showed that tuna stocks were almost at extinction...

'Informative' hotel room TV important to British travellers

26-Nov-2009 - As well as watching entertainment, most Britons would like to use their hotel room TV to access information on local weather, tourist attractions, restaurants and bars

Frasers Hospitality opens first boutique hotel

26-Nov-2009 - Frasers Hospitality, operator of serviced residences around the world, has opened its first boutique hotel in the world in Edinburgh

Pub classics most popular with diners

26-Nov-2009 - Traditional pub dishes like fish & chips, bangers & mash and Sunday roasts are chosen by 90 per cent of diners when eating at a pub indicating that diners prefer 'a...

Park Plaza and One Moorgate Place appointments

26-Nov-2009 - Park Plaza Westminster Bridge appoints a conference and banqueting director, while ISS Eaton’s One Moorgate Place gets a new sales and marketing manager

FSA comes under fire for nutrition approach

26-Nov-2009 - The Food Standards Agency has come under attack for failing to give the industry proper guidance on how to introduce nutritional information onto menus

Gordon Ramsay in court over unpaid tax debts

26-Nov-2009 - Gordon Ramsay Holdings has been given just weeks to settle outstanding tax debts on two of its businesses, after being taken to court by HM Revenue and Customs

New recruitment law curbs non-EU employment

25-Nov-2009 - Employers seeking to hire workers from outside the EU must now advertise job vacancies for an extra two weeks, to allow British workers more time to apply

Designer Jim Lawrence creates unique hospitality interiors

25-Nov-2009 - Interior designer Jim Lawrence has created a range of individual and handcrafted products especially for the hospitality industry

Michael Caines talks to BigHospitality

25-Nov-2009 - In this exclusive interview chef Michael Caines talks about his plans for the Bath Priory, Abode hotels and his work with Exeter College

Bob Cotton honoured by BAHA

25-Nov-2009 - BHA chief executive Bob Cotton has been given an honourary fellowship of the BAHA in recognition of his 'outstanding service' to the hospitality industry

BHA to study impact of lower VAT rate on hotels

25-Nov-2009 - The British Hospitality Association is to look at the impact a reduction in VAT would have on hotels following calls to bring the rate down while members of the industry have...

People 1st confirms cuts in catering education next year

25-Nov-2009 - The sector skills council predicts college-based learning will be hit hard because the government is likely to favour apprenticeships and work place-based learning courses next year

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