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Finding the perfect pub can be hard work, but worth it in the end

Property: Finding the perfect pub

By Carina Perkins

In the second part of our special feature on property, we discuss how to find the perfect pub and make sure it has a profitable future.

Make sure you find out as much information as you can about a potential restaurant site, in order to establish profitability and potential

Property: Buying a restaurant

By Carina Perkins

In the first part of our special feature on property, we look at some of the things to consider when buying a restaurant business, with advice from specialist agents.

Premium Silver Mistletoe crackers by Bidvest 3663

Planning for Christmas 2014: Holding Christmas events

By Lauren Houghton

In this third part of our special feature on planning for Christmas we take a look at what exactly goes into planning a Christmas event, with some expert advice on putting together your packages and choosing décor and entertainment. 

Sustainable woodland craft crackers from Bidvest 3663

Planning for Christmas 2014: Cutting costs and a sustainable Christmas

By Lauren Houghton

In this fourth part of our special feature on planning for Christmas we look at what venues can do to save themselves some money during what can be a very expensive time of year, as well as getting expert advice on how they can manage a more sustainable...

A Christmas dinner at The Landmark London in the Tower Suite

Planning for Christmas 2014: Your Christmas menu

By Lauren Houghton

In this second part of our special feature on planning for Christmas we look at the latest trends that have cropped up in the festive food and drink world and gather some expert advice on what to consider when putting together the perfect Christmas menu.

The Jumeirah Carlton Tower at Christmas

Planning for Christmas 2014: Enticing customers in

By Lauren Houghton

It’s the time of year that the hospitality industry starts putting together its festive plans for Christmas, with a number of bigger venues already taking bookings. BigHospitality is starting our special feature on planning for Christmas with a look at...

Jamie's Italian infuses its training programme with passion

Training for staff retention: Jamie's Italian

By Melodie Michel

Staff retention can be greatly improved by providing new recruits with the right training. BigHospitality visited a Jamie's Italian kitchen to find out more about the company's training programme.

Recruitment brings with it certain legal risks employers need to be aware of

Recruitment: A 5-step legal guide

By Melodie Michel

Aside from the challenge of attracting, selecting and keeping the right candidates, recruitment brings a range of legal risks hospitality businesses should be aware of. 

Businesses can ensure they hire the right candidates by following a thorough recruitment process

Recruitment: Selecting the right candidates

By Melodie Michel

Once the challenge of attracting applicants has been overcome, hospitality recruiters find themselves with the task of selecting the right candidates for their brand - ultimately aiming for improved staff retention.

Hospitality businesses are making efforts to make the industry look more appealing

Recruitment: Making hospitality an attractive career option

By Melodie Michel

With the continued growth of the hospitality sector, combined with the lowest unemployment rate since 2008, finding new recruits is set to become more and more challenging. So where can restaurants, hotels and pubs find potential candidates, and what...

Bold colours, mis-matching furniture and storytelling are key design trends for 2014

Design: Restaurant design trends for 2014

By Carina Perkins

In the first part of our special feature, we look at how restaurant design is finally moving away from American-inspired industrial chic and reflect on the next big trends for 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.

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