All news articles for November 2012

Tiger Tiger operator Novus Leisure has posted a strong set of financial results which include a 32 per cent jump in food sales within the last year

Novus Leisure reports 32% growth in food sales

By Peter Ruddick

Premium bar and restaurant operator Novus Leisure has reported a strong set of financial results for the last year with big jumps in both sales and earnings while food sales have seen a 32 per cent improvement.

In its public house sector report, Fleurets has said the industry is currently in a very 'positive environment' despite the impact on pub of taxation

UK pubs: 'Bad news is behind us', says Fleurets

By Peter Ruddick

Leisure property firm Fleurets has said the positives for the future of the pub industry outweigh the negatives as the company predicts the sector will continue to recover from the recession with large property deals expected to surface next year.

First Drinks has implemented a targeted outlet segmentation programme, helping to engage drinkers in what it calls 'the perfect brand experience'

First Drinks announces new on-trade strategy

By Luke Nicholls

Drinks distributor First Drinks is launching a new strategy for pubs and bars next year, doubling its on-trade team, enhancing its category management team, and investing heavily in new technology and merchandising. 

LobbyFriend claims to be the first ever social network platform dedicated to the real-time needs of guests

LobbyFriend: The 'hotel social network' coming to the UK

By Luke Nicholls

In-room entertainment systems supplier Quadriga has signed a distribution agreement with LobbyFriend – a private temporary social network for hotels, enabling them to communicate with guests during their stay.

Emmanuel Landre, general manager of Le Gavroche

Emmanuel Landre: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

Le Gavroche's Emmanuel Landre had some big shoes to fill when he took over from Silvano Giraldin as the restaurant's general manager in 2008, but the Frenchman said he learnt well from the 'master of service' and is helping to steer...

Wolverhampton-based brewer and pubco Marston's has reported a jump in pre-tax profits and described its 'F-Plan', which includes a focus on food, as being 'transformational' to the business

Marston's hails the food-led 'F-Plan' as profits jump by 9.2%

By Peter Ruddick

Leading brewer and pubco Marston's has said its 'F-Plan', which includes a focus on food, has had a 'transformational' impact on its pub business as the company's pre-tax profits jumped by more than 9 per cent in the past...

Steve Cox, managing director of Faucet Inn, has committed his company to paying all of its employees the living wage

Faucet Inn makes living wage commitment

By Peter Ruddick

London-based pub operator Faucet Inn has announced it is to become the latest hospitality employer to pay its employees the official living wage; the first UK pub company to commit to the scheme, it says.

Tim Hulme, currently deputy principal at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, has been named as Peter Thomas's replacement as the chief executive of the BII

BII appoints new chief executive to replace Peter Thomas

By Peter Ruddick

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has announced Tim Hulme will replace Peter Thomas as chief executive of the organisation in January next year with a full handover expected to take place by February.