All news articles for August 2014

Evening dining concept Shindig will be launching at Lantana Old Street and Lantana Fitzrovia this September

Shindig to launch at Lantana Café

By Lauren Houghton

Evening dining concept Shindig will be launching at Lantana Old Street and Fitzrovia this September, when both cafes will open with an evening offering centered round surf and turf. 

Yo! Sushi chief executive Vanessa Hall

Business profile: Yo! Sushi

By Mark Wingett

Yo! Sushi’s new chief executive Vanessa Hall is hoping to take the chain to the next level of growth.

Loyalty schemes work more effectively for supermarkets than restaurants, the report found

Loyalty schemes ineffective for restaurants

By Ruth Williams

Customers are more engaged in loyalty programmes for supermarkets than restaurants according to new research from GI Insight that shows only half of people who have joined such schemes are regular users.

TRG enjoyed solid profit and revenue growth in the first half of 2014

The Restaurant Group delivers solid first half performance

By Carina Perkins

The Restaurant Group (TRG) has reported strong financial results for the first half of 2014, with its Frankie and Bennie, Coast to Coast and Chiquito brands all enjoying significant profit and revenue growth.

DoubleTree by Hilton - Islington will unveil an additional 143 rooms on 1 October

Hilton opens 10th London DoubleTree

By Melodie Michel

Hilton has opened a DoubleTree hotel in London’s Islington – bringing the brand’s portfolio in the capital to ten.

Bank lending to SMEs is falling despite government efforts to encourage better funding

Government scheme fails to boost SME lending

By Carina Perkins

Business groups have called for government action after a new report showed lending to small and medium-sized firms (SME’s) such as restaurants, hotels and bars continued to fall in the second quarter of the year.

Opus directors directors Irene Allen, David Colcombe and Ann Tonks

Opus directors to open new Birmingham city bar

By Lauren Houghton

The team behind Birmingham restaurants Opus at Cornwall Street and Café Opus at Ikon will be opening Opus Bar in the city’s Colmore Business District in November.

Hotels in the provinces enjoyed strong growth in July, while London properties suffered

North West hotels enjoy profitable July

By Carina Perkins

London hotel profits dropped for the third consecutive month in July while profitability in the provinces soared, according to the latest data from HotStats.