All news articles for December 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

By Carina Perkins

With 2014 drawing to a close, the team at BigHospitality would like to wish you, our readers, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.

As the year draws to a close, BigHospitality reviews some of the biggest stories of 2014

BigHospitality's 2014 review: our top 10 stories

By Carina Perkins

As the year pulls to a close, BigHospitality looks back at some of the biggest stories of the year – from Noma stealing back the title of World’s Best Restaurant to floods, beer duty and Tom Kerridge's long-awaited second pub.

The number of diners ordering vegetarian or nut-free dishes has fallen in 2014

Dining trends 2014: more intolerances, fewer vegetarians

By Lauren Houghton

The number of diners reporting lactose or gluten intolerance has risen in 2014, while the number of diners ordering vegetarian or nut-free dishes has fallen, according to data collected by food pre-ordering service TellTheChef.

Hospitality brands are flagging behind supermarkets when it comes to loyalty schemes

Hospitality lags behind on loyalty

By Carina Perkins

Hospitality brands are falling behind retailers when it comes to loyalty schemes, according to a new survey.

Electra Partners has agreed the acquisituion of the Karen Forrester-led chain, TGI Friday's

Electra acquires TGI Friday's UK

By Mark Wingett

Electra Partners has agreed the acquisition of the UK franchise of TGI Friday’s, the Karen Forrester-led chain, from Sentinel Capital Partners and TriArtisan Capital Partners, in a deal valued at c£230m.

Almost half of men are frustrated by slow service when dining out at Christmas

Christmas dining trends: quick service top priority for men

By Lauren Houghton

Quick service is very important for men when dining out during the Christmas period, while women focus more on the whole experience, according to research by CGA Peach and hospitality technology provider Zonal Retail Data Solutions.

Former HOSPA chairman Paul Dukes scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award

HOSPA annual awards: winners revealed

By Lauren Houghton

Former HOSPA chairman Paul Dukes scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award athospitality educational organisation HOSPA’s Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management and IT Awards of the Year 2014.

BHA calls for political change in 2015

By Carina Perkins

The chief executive of the British Hospitality Association (BHA), Ufi Ibrahim, has called on the hospitality industry to continue to push for policy change next year.