All news articles for December 2011

The new hospitality apprenticeship from the De Vere academy has been drawn in consultation with the National Apprenticeship Scheme (NAS)

New hospitality apprenticeship scheme from De Vere Academy

By Peter Ruddick

Young people looking to build a career in restaurants, hotels and pubs and bars will be able to get access to a new apprenticeship scheme from 1 February 2012, The De Vere Academy of Hospitality have announced.

November saw London hotel occupancy fall although there was a small rise in the room rate leaving a flat performance, says PKF

Hotel performance flat in November amid economic downturn

By Peter Ruddick

London hotel occupancy fell by nearly 2 per cent in November although the average daily room rate did see an increase, according to data released from hotel consultancy PKF which indicates UK hotel performance was flat last month as economic problems...

Wadworth's Small Beer is being launched in January for the big squeeze

Wadworth launches 2.8% beer for January 'squeeze'

By Emma Eversham

Wiltshire brewer Wadworth has created a 2.8% ABV beer for the January 'squeeze', designed for when consumers traditionally cut back on the calories they consume and their spending.

Peter Borg-Neal

Career Profile: Peter Borg-Neal

By Luke Nicholls

Gastropub entrepreneur Peter Borg-Neal is the brains behind the six-strong Oakman Inns & Restaurants, which was last month nominated for Best Pub Company at Restaurant magazine's R200 Awards. Having started his career as a cellar boy and also...

Russell Kett, the managing director of HVS London, collects a Lifetime Achievement Award from HOSPA

HVS managing director wins top hospitality lifetime achievement award

By Peter Ruddick

The managing director of hotel consultancy HVS London, Russell Kett, has won a lifetime acheivement award from the Hospitality Professionals Association for Finance, Revenue Management and IT (HOSPA) in honour of Kett's career as a respected hotel...

The rights on screening live football in pubs from foreign sources could be clarified after the High Court hearing

TV football in pubs: High Court date set

By Peter Ruddick

Karen Murphy, the Hampshire pub landlady who won a European court battle for the right to show foreign TV coverage of live football matches using a decoder, has received a date to have her case considered by the High Court.

The fate of JD Wetherspoon pub The Great Harry in Woolwich was the most-read story on BigHospitality in 2011

Looking back at 2011: The 10 most-read stories in hospitality

By Emma Eversham

What were the hottest topics in the hospitality industry in 2011? We've taken a look back through our news list and dug out the top 10 most read stories on BigHospitality this year for you to peruse as you relax over the festive period.

Mintel's research says the share of beer trade from pubs is down but has risen slightly in restaurants

Decline in pub drinking drives beer sales down

By Peter Ruddick

A decline in the number of people drinking in pubs has led to beer sales dropping by £2.2m this year, according to new data released by Mintel, although sales in restaurants rose slightly as the trend for matching beer with food grew..

The Ledbury was attacked during the London riots. A 14-year-old boy and three others have pleaded guilty to charges relating to the incident

14-year-old London riots Ledbury thief pleads guilty

By Peter Ruddick

A 14-year-old boy who robbed diners in the two Michelin-starred restaurant The Ledbury during the London riots has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit violent disorder and robbery.