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BigHospitality wins Springboard Award for Excellence

30-Nov-2010 - BigHospitality has been presented with the Web Award at Springboard’s 8th Annual Awards for Excellence, held at the Lancaster London last night.

New immigration cap could destroy businesses, hospitality industry warns

30-Nov-2010 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has requested a meeting with the Home Office to discuss the impact of the new immigration ruling on the UK’s restaurant sector, which is already...

Ian Payne leaves Bay and Town & City

30-Nov-2010 - Ian Payne, the industry veteran who recently acquired a £373m pub package from Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) as part of the new start-up Stonegate, has resigned as chairman of both...

National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme begins roll-out

30-Nov-2010 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is encouraging local authorities to adopt its new national Food Hygiene Ratings System (FHRS), launched today at Bluewater shopping centre, to reduce the number of...

Infrico launches new blast chiller

29-Nov-2010 - Spanish refrigeration manufacturer Infrico has launched a new dual-purpose blast chiller to help caterers meet new European food service legislation.

How to deliver "outstanding" service like The Ivy

29-Nov-2010 - With the 2012 London Olympics fast approaching, the hospitality industry needs to step up its service standards to provide visitors with a warm, British welcome.

Ask the Experts: How can I recruit a good Sous Chef on a limited budget

29-Nov-2010 - John Wood, director of hospitality recruitment firm John Wood Consultancy, advises one reader how to go about finding and retaining a qualified sous chef without forking out huge advertising fees.

Licensing overhaul set to be unveiled

29-Nov-2010 - Government plans to reform licensing laws are set to be unveiled on Wednesday as part of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.

Clapham House CEO resigns after Nando’s takeover

29-Nov-2010 - Paul Campbell has resigned from his position as chief executive of Clapham House, following its recent sale to casual dining restaurant group Nando’s and de-listing from AIM.

ETM and Giraffe appointments

29-Nov-2010 - London pub group ETM has appointed a new recruitment, training and staff development manager to work across all eight of its sites.

Government urged to rethink London tourism cuts

29-Nov-2010 - The tourism industry and the British Hospitality Association (BHA) have written to London Mayor, Boris Johnson, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, urging...

Thai street food concept launches in Brighton

29-Nov-2010 - Street Thai has opened its doors in Brighton, with the aim of serving authentic Thai street food within a contemporary setting.

Alternative staff training: The power of motivational speaking

26-Nov-2010 - No matter how skilled an employee is, if they don’t feel motivated to do their job, they won’t perform well.

Pearls of Wisdom: Wolfgang Puck

26-Nov-2010 - Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck is among America’s most influential chefs. He now operates 17 fine dining restaurants including the two-star Spago in LA, and is set to open steakhouse restaurant CUT...

Around 6,000 pub closures on the way

26-Nov-2010 - Further closures are likely in the pub sector as we have only “hit the tip of the iceberg”, according to Christie & Co head of pubs and restaurants Neil Morgan,...

Christmas Hampers at Caprice and helicopter menus at Hotel Verta

26-Nov-2010 - Restaurants hotels and pubs, including Caprice Holdings and Hotel Verta, tell us what promotions they are running to attract customers.

The future of hotels, through the eyes of top CEOs

26-Nov-2010 - CEOs and top executives at Malmaison & Hotel du Vin, CitizenM Hotels, Best Western Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group share their views on what’s in store for the industry, and...

News in brief

Hotel reservations triple for royal wedding date

26-Nov-2010 - Hotel bookings for April 2011 have tripled since the announcement of the date of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Alternative staff training: Make everyone a salesman

25-Nov-2010 - Personnel who are well trained in their discipline are key to the success of any hospitality venue. But if they also understand how to sell, the immediate results of successful...

Christmas trees cut to order

25-Nov-2010 - Restaurant, pub and hotel operators can speedily order their Christmas trees online through and get them delivered in time for the Christmas period

John Burton Race to consult at Fuller’s Sanctum on the Green

25-Nov-2010 - John Burton Race will join Mark Fuller’s boutique hotel Sanctum on the Green in Cookham Dean as consultant executive chef

London restaurant West Fifty Five in administration

25-Nov-2010 - West Fifty Five, the Mediterranean restaurant on Baker Street, London, has gone into administration less than a year after opening

Albert and Michel Roux Jr open restaurant at The Langham Hotel

25-Nov-2010 - Father and son Albert and Michel Roux Jr will today open their first restaurant collaboration for 19 years at the Langham Hotel in London

Alternative staff training: Get staff excited

24-Nov-2010 - Teaching your staff new skills in a static, boring environment will only succeed in ensuring information goes in one ear and straight out the other. Try some of these ideas...

Phil Vickery announces Coeliac Chef of the Year 2010

24-Nov-2010 - TV chef Phil Vickery, who is also food ambassador for Coeliac UK, talks us through the annual competition, and highlights the necessity for gluten-free options on menus

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