All news articles for June 20, 2014

The Holiday Inn Express Southwark now boasts a 100m² ‘green wall’

Design: Eco-innovation at the Holiday Inn Express Southwark

By Carina Perkins

For the fifth part of our special feature on design, BigHospitality speaks to Mark Dempsie, group property manager for Redefine|BDL Hotels, to find out more about the recent £4.5m eco-refurbishment of the Holiday Inn Southwark Express.

The first step of any design or re-design is to create a floorplan and divide up your space

Design: Balancing aesthetics and efficiency

By Carina Perkins

In the second part of our special feature on design, BigHospitality looks at how clever use of space and furniture can ensure a restaurant or bar delivers the right balance of aesthetics and efficiency.

Unusual shapes and sizes are coming into fashion, such as these plates from Artis

Design: Choosing tableware and glassware

By Carina Perkins

In the fourth part of our special feature on design, we look at the changing trends in tableware and glassware, and offer some hints and tips for choosing the right products.

Branded restaurants have reduced their use of vouchers

Discounting ‘here to stay’

By Melodie Michel

Despite a slowdown in the use of discounting by branded restaurants, experts believe this type of marketing activity is here to stay, albeit in a more personalised form.

Wine and spirits account for 40 per cent of alcohol sales in pubs, restaurants and bars

Wine and spirits over 40% of on-trade sales

By Carina Perkins

Wine and spirits sales now make up 41.45 per cent of the value of all drinks sold in pubs, bars and restaurants, according to the latest Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) report.

This business is all about making the customer happy because without customers, we don’t have anything - Mark Poynton

Mark Poynton: Pearls of Wisdom

By Carina Perkins

The British chef-patron of the Michelin-starred Alimentum and star of Great British Menu Mark Poynton talks about being on TV, the importance of customer satisfaction, and his belief in simple, seasonal food.

 The Novus Leisure venue has been gutted and is undergoing a change in décor and colour scheme

Novus Leisure to reopen Abacus as Forge bar and restaurant

By Lauren Houghton

As part of their £20 million venue refresh programme, Novus Leisure has closed and renovated its Late Night London venue Abacus in the City of London, which will reopen as Forge bar and restaurant in July.   

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