All news articles for October 01, 2012

Jan Matthews will officially take over as Arena chairman on 3 December

Olympic catering chief announced as new Arena chairman

By Emma Eversham

Jan Matthews, head of catering, cleaning and waste at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), has been announced as the new chairman of hospitality networking association Arena. 

Food now accounts for 40 per cent of the sales mix accross Orchid Group's estate of around 260 pubs and bars

Orchid ups food focus as it reports fall in earnings

By Luke Nicholls

Pub and bar operator Orchid Group has reported a 5.4 per cent drop in EBITDAR in 2011, although turnover grew by 3.7 per cent to £179.6m as the company announced a £20m programme which will see all of its wed-led pubs become food-led. 

Bramwell Pub Company will operate 190 pubs, with 18 sites to be returned to the landlords

Barracuda restructures, becomes Bramwell Pub Co

By Luke Nicholls

Barracuda Pub Company has been renamed The Bramwell Pub Company in a restructuring which sees ex-Mitchells & Butlers chief executive Adam Fowle appointed as chairman and the newly-formed company benefitting from a credit facility of up to £10m from...

Lionel Chatard, general manager at Middlethorpe Hall which last week won the Best Service award in's Best Kept Secret Awards

Lionel Chatard: Pearls of Wisdom

By Emma Eversham

Lionel Chatard is general manager of Middlethorpe Hall in Yorkshire, a National Trust hotel. The 40-year-old Frenchman worked at Claridge's and The Cadogan hotels in London before moving to his current role. He is also chair of the York Hotelier...


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