All news articles for March 15, 2013

Kua 'Aina Burger & Sandwich Grill launched its first UK site in London's Soho in April 2011

Kua ‘Aina eyes London expansion

By Luke Nicholls

Hawaiian burger and sandwich concept Kua ‘Aina, which currently has one UK restaurant in Soho, is actively seeking funding to open two more sites in central London this year, with hopes to expand to up to 20 outlets by 2020, BigHospitality can reveal.

Grant Hearn announced Travelodge was hoping to operate another 145 London hotels at the launch of a new venue in Bethnal Green

Travelodge targets 145 new London hotels within 15 years

By Peter Ruddick

Grant Hearn, Travelodge chief executive, has revealed the budget hotel company will open three more London hotels this year and is hoping to operate a further 145 in the capital over the next 15 years.

Shadow Small Business Minister Toby Perkins was speaking SIBA's BeerX conference earlier today

Beer tax argument heats up at BeerX event ahead of 2013 Budget

By Luke Nicholls

Labour may have to retain the controversial Beer Duty Escalator if it came into power at the next election as Shadow Small Business Minister Toby Perkins admitted to brewers at SIBA’s BeerX conference that they ‘can’t solve all the problems facing pubs’.

Maria Larsen and Scott Hunter own three food-led pubs in London

Scott Hunter & Maria Larsen: Career Profile

By Luke Nicholls

This young husband and wife are a pub success story, with a knack of reinvigorating dilapidated London boozers into profitable gastropubs. The pair took over the Princess of Shoreditch in 2008, doubling sales in less than a year. They then acquired the...

Wetherspoon's total tax bill wfor the six-month period was £273.5m - 43.7 per cent of its sales

JD Wetherspoon’s profits slip on higher costs

By Luke Nicholls

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon posted a ‘reasonable’ set of results for the half-year ending 27 January 2013, with the burden of what the Group calls ‘stealth taxes’ contributing to a drop of 2.7 per cent in its pre- tax profit to £34.8m.

Chef apprentices from Greene King and Spirit Pub Company prepared a selection of canapes for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and other VIPs at the Made by Apprentices event on Wednesday

National Apprenticeship Week 2013: Hospitality industry shines

By Luke Nicholls

As the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, an array of hotels, restaurants and pubs – and even Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg – have supported the initiative which promotes the positive impact that apprenticeships can have on...

Campaigners, including Suggs, star of pop band Madness, have lost their fight to prevent the closure of popular Camden pub the Crown & Goose

Camden's Crown & Goose pub to close

By Peter Ruddick

The Crown & Goose pub in Camden will close despite a high-profile campaign to prevent its closure which was backed by Madness star Suggs.

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