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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from BigHospitality

24-Dec-2013 - With 2013 drawing to a close, the team at BigHospitality would like to wish you, our readers, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year. 

P&G Professional launches 'handy hint's guides for hospitality businesses

24-Dec-2013 - P&G Professional has launched three downloadable 'handy hints' guides to help hoteliers, restaurateurs and care home managers to create a memorable guest experience.

Newcastle's Assembly Rooms to be turned into restaurant, lounge and club

23-Dec-2013 - The owner of the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle is planning to turn the building into a multi-purpose entertainment venue which will 'get people socialising'.

Whitworth Hall Hotel rescued from administration by engineering firm owner

23-Dec-2013 - Whitworth Hall Hotel in Spennymoor, County Durham, has been rescued from administration by the owner of a local engineering firm, safeguarding the future of the hotel and its 40 employees.

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Premier Foods to celebrate Chinese New Year with new packaging and competition

23-Dec-2013 - Premier Foods is planning to celebrate Chinese New Year by launching new packaging across its Sharwood's foodservice range and a competition for caterers to win a Microsoft Surface Tablet.

Top 10 BigHospitality stories of 2013: In pictures

23-Dec-2013 - As 2013 draws to a close BigHospitality rounds up some of the most-read stories of the year in this photo gallery.

BBPA welcomes MPs' renewed calls for beer duty freeze

23-Dec-2013 - The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed renewed calls from MPs for a freeze in beer duty in the 2014 Budget.

Café du Monde adds three flavours of Newby teabags to range

23-Dec-2013 - Tea and coffee distributor Café du Monde has added three new varieties of Newby teabags to its range - Moroccan Nights, Black Tea and Thyme and Winter Dream.

Cyrus Todiwala to open Portuguese-influenced restaurant Assado

23-Dec-2013 - Cyrus Todiwala, chef-patron of Café Spice Namaste, is to open a Portuguese restaurant in London next year called Assado. 

Economy puts fizz back into the UK hotel sector, says PwC

20-Dec-2013 - The hotel sector has been boosted by an 'improving economic backdrop' in 2013, with properties in London recovering well after a sluggish start to the year, and those in the...

Profitable Christmas on the cards as 10.1 million Brits plan overnight break

20-Dec-2013 - Planned overnight trips this Christmas and New year are likely to generate some £1.9bn spend for the UK economy - around £1.6bn of which will be spent in England -...

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Bill’s and Byron confirmed for Hammersmith

20-Dec-2013 - Bill’s and Byron have both been confirmed as tenants for the 10 Hammersmith Grove development in west London, which is owned by Development Securities Plc and Scottish Widows Investment Partnership...

BigHospitality’s 2013 review: What you told us

20-Dec-2013 - It was the year that the horsemeat scandal rocked the food chain, Noma was knocked off of top spot and the beer duty escalator was finally scrapped. But what did...

Monica Galetti: Pearls of Wisdom

20-Dec-2013 - She’s the Samoan-born Le Gavroche sous chef that has become known as the tough-talking MasterChef: The Professionals judge. But how much do we really know about Michel Roux Jr’s right-hand...

Ringtons puts its Signature to new hot drink range

20-Dec-2013 - Ringtons, the 106-year-old North East tea and coffee merchants, has launched a new Signature range as it looks to reach new business clients.

Red's True BBQ to open another three sites in 2014

19-Dec-2013 - Red’s True BBQ, the highly-rated fledgling Leeds-based operator, plans to open three sites in total next year, as part of its five-year plan to grow to at least 15 restaurants...

Statutory code for pubs: Demand for action grows

19-Dec-2013 - The debate over a Statutory Code of Conduct for pubs, which proponents argue would improve the pubco-tenant relationship, has taken another turn this week, with a number of individuals, companies...

British guests less energy conscious during hotel stays finds survey

19-Dec-2013 - A third of British holidaymakers say they are less energy conscious when staying in hotels with more than half believing it is the responsibility of the hotel to ensure the...

Whitbread secures planning for five more hotels

19-Dec-2013 - Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants has secured planning approval to create five new hotels under its Premier Inn and Hub by Premier Inn brands.

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Brunning & Price opens fourth pub of the year

19-Dec-2013 - The Restaurant Group’s pub company Brunning & Price has this week opened its fourth new pub of the year – Worsley Old Hall on the northern side of Manchester.

Burco launches high-output, energy-efficient Conveyor Toaster

19-Dec-2013 - Catering equipment manufacturer Burco has launched a new, energy-efficient toaster that is suitable for front and back-of-house service and is able to maintain high output during busy periods.

Another GREAT year for tourism in 2014 as Government makes £90m pledge

19-Dec-2013 - Less than a month after a VisitBritain report revealed that tourism has become a ‘bedrock’ of the UK economy, the national tourism agency is now confidently forecasting another record-breaking year...

Aiden Byrne on Manchester House: Business success before Michelin star

19-Dec-2013 - Manchester House, the partnership between chef Aiden Byrne and restaurant and pub company Living Ventures, opened its doors for trade in September with the firm aim of putting Manchester on...

Business boost for hotels in November, Glasgow steals the show

18-Dec-2013 - UK hotel operators reported another period of impressive growth in November, with properties in Glasgow recording their strongest month for seven years.

Former Red Hot World Buffet manager brings world cuisine concept to Oldham

18-Dec-2013 - A seasoned restaurant worker and former manager of Red Hot World Buffet in Manchester has embarked on his first solo venture with a new restaurant in Oldham offering his own...

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