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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from BigHospitality

24-Dec-2015 - From all at BigHospitality we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, busy and profitable 2016.

Living Ventures plans Gusto and Artisan expansion in 2016

23-Dec-2015 - Restaurant and bar group Living Ventures is planning further expansion of its Italian restaurant chain Gusto and casual dining restaurant and bar brand Artisan in 2016. 

BigHospitality's top 5 stories of 2015

23-Dec-2015 - Another busy year has passed in hospitality with employers forced to deal with an ever increasing number of staff shortages and mulling the impact of next year’s National Living Wage....

A year in hospitality: 2015 in pictures

23-Dec-2015 - As 2015 almost comes to a close we take a look-back at the stories shaping the hospitality industry this year. 

Stanneylands Hotel bought for £4m

23-Dec-2015 - Former Prima Hotels property, Stanneylands Hotel, has been bought by the owners of The Mere Golf Resort & Spa for £4.15m.

Scottish hotel performance slips in November

23-Dec-2015 - Scottish hotel performance showed a year-on-year decrease in November as occupancy and room rates across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen tumbled, according to the latest LJ Forecaster Scottish Intercity Report.

Leisure spend fell sharply in November 2015

23-Dec-2015 - Average household spend on drinking and eating out fell sharply in November, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Tracker.

Plans for 110-bedroom hotel below Edinburgh Castle

22-Dec-2015 - Plans have been submitted for a c.110-room hotel directly below Edinburgh Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

BigHospitality's top 5 videos of 2015

22-Dec-2015 - With 2015 drawing to a close, BigHospitality takes a look back at the top five videos of the year.

Service hiccups: Gold Service Scholarship finalists 2015

22-Dec-2015 - Everyone can have a bad day every now and then, as the Gold Service Scholarship finalists have been discussing. In the latest in our Spotlight on Service campaign, we reveal...

Nunsmere Hall purchased by ‘ambitious’ company

22-Dec-2015 - Nunsmere Hall, a Cheshire manor house located near Northwich, has been purchased by Highwater Estates Ltd., a family-run company that also owns nearby Peckforton Castle.

Top 10 New Year's Eve price hikes: UK Cities ranked

22-Dec-2015 - Using data collected by Trivago, BigHospitality has ranked the top 10 cities in the UK with the biggest price hikes for a hotel stay on 31 December 2015.

Ashford approves £75m hotel and leisure scheme

22-Dec-2015 - Plans for a £75m hotel, restaurant and leisure complex in Ashford in Kent have been green-lit by councillors in a bid to boost tourism in the local area.

Le Bistrot Pierre to 'accelerate' expansion with Livingbridge funding

21-Dec-2015 - French restaurant chain Le Bistrot Pierre is planning to 'accelerate its restaurant rollout plans' after receiving a £9.8m investment from private equity firm Livingbridge. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: December 2015

21-Dec-2015 - December 2015 has been an epic month for job changes with new appointments at a number of hotels, restaurants and pubs, including Jumeirah's two London properties, The Coaching Inn Group...

Pub company Distinct Group acquires first hotel

21-Dec-2015 - Pub company Distinct Group has acquired the 76-bedroom Cromwell Hotel in Stevenage as part of a move that group manager Gareth Leakey described as a 'natural progression' for the business. ...

Best Western warns of price rises and job cuts to combat Living Wage

21-Dec-2015 - Hotels could be forced to raise prices and cut staff jobs when the National Living Wage becomes compulsory next year, the boss of Best Western Great Britain has warned.

More Brits plan overnight festive trips and meals out

21-Dec-2015 - More Brits are planning overnight trips and meals out this Christmas and New Year than they were last year according to VisitEngland's latest Domestic Trip Tracker.

Plans for controversial £75m Edinburgh hotel rejected

21-Dec-2015 - Controversial plans to transform Edinburgh’s Royal High School building in to a £75m five-star hotel have been rejected by Councillors.

'Ethical' chicken restaurant Hen crowdfunds £150k for London expansion

21-Dec-2015 - Hen – Brighton’s ethical chicken restaurant- is eyeing its first London site after smashing its £100,000 crowdfunding target.


How music can benefit your hospitality business

21-Dec-2015 - Nick Chambers of PlayNetwork, a provider of entertainment media for businesses, looks at how choosing the right music for your hotel, restaurant or pub, can benefit your business.

Accor to roll out electric car charging at UK hotels

18-Dec-2015 - Accor has announced plans to introduce electric car charging points across its UK hotels from 2016.

October a record-breaking month for UK tourism

18-Dec-2015 - October proved to be a record-breaking month for tourism in the UK as VisitBritain announces a double-digit year-on-year increase of visits to the country, and a spend increase by international...

Sager Group announce new London serviced apartments

18-Dec-2015 - Sager Group has released plans to create 108 serviced apartments in Islington Square, North London.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 14/12 - 18/12

18-Dec-2015 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

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