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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.

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.

Alcoholic drinks: Expert tips on maximising sales

Alcoholic drinks: Expert tips on maximising sales

By Carina Perkins

For the final part of our special feature on alcoholic drinks, BigHospitality asked some experts for their tips on maximising sales of wine, beer & cider, and cocktails.

Spirits sales are benefiting from premiumisation and the cocktail boom

Alcoholic drinks: Spirits trends and innovations

By Carina Perkins

In the fourth part of our special feature on alcoholic drinks we look at the key trends and innovation in the on-trade spirits market, which is riding high on the wave of the cocktail boom.

Wine has lost some consumers to cocktails, but sparkling and artisan wines are on the up

Alcoholic drinks: Wine trends and innovations

By Carina Perkins

In the third part of our special feature on alcoholic drinks we look at the key trends driving the wine category, which has faced competition from fruit-based cocktails in the on-trade.

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