BigHospitality's top 5 stories of 2015

By Emma Eversham contact

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BigHospitality's top 5 stories of 2015

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Another busy year has passed in hospitality with employers forced to deal with an ever increasing number of staff shortages and mulling the impact of next year’s National Living Wage.

To tackle the staff shortage, many chefs, like Sat Bains, Michel Roux Jr and James Close, made big changes to work hours.

A raft of new concepts came to fruition including Grub Kitchen​, the first UK restaurant to put insects on the menu and crowdfunding​ continued to grow in popularity as a funding method for new and existing companies in the sector.

In November, we saw the creation of the world’s largest hotel company with Marriott and Starwood merging​ leading to speculation for brand changes and further consolidation in the market. Accor made the predictions a reality with the news earlier this month it had bought the luxury brands Swissotel, Fairmont and Raffles​ for £1.9bn. Who will be next? 

In any case, we expect 2016 to be an interesting year in hospitality. 

For more on what happened in 2015, check out our month-by-month guide in pictures​ and for the full multi-media experience, watch our pick of the best BigHospitality videos of 2015​. 

BigHospitality's top five stories of 2015: 

  1. UK's first insect restaurant opening this summer
  2. Summer Budget 2015: National Living Wage to be introduced in 2016
  3. Daniel Clifford: Industry must tackle chef shortage or face demise
  4. Sat Bains: Restaurant set for six-figure hit due to four-day working week
  5. Marriott International buys Starwood creating world's biggest hotel company

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