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Mobile minds: customers now expect to be able to research, book and pay for services online

Customer focused technology: Going mobile

By Carina Perkins

Mobile technology offers the chance to completely revolutionise the customer experience, with clear benefits for business. In the first of this three-part focus on technology in hospitality, we look at the meteoric rise of mobile, and how operators can...

Swish kit: Whether its a fully bespoke range or just a smaller piece of kit your after, this photo gallery should help

Equipping your kitchen: The latest products in pictures

By Luke Nicholls

From large bespoke oven ranges to small salamander grills, chefs' requirements' for their perfect kitchen are often as varied and fanciful as they are mind-blowingly expensive. But hopefully this picture guide of 15 of the hottest pieces of...

There are numerous questions you should be asking yourself when on the hunt for a new bit of kit

Equipping your kitchen: a buyer's guide

By Luke Nicholls

How much should I spend? How long should it last? Do I even really need one? These are the questions every chef and restaurant operator will be asking when on the hunt for a new bit of kitchen kit. Here are BigHospitality’s top 15 tips on what to look...

Since serving as Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool’s hospitality businesses are nearly as big a draw for visitors as the city’s iconic skyline

Hospitable Cities: Spotlight on Liverpool

By Peter Ruddick

For years Liverpool was viewed from afar as the second-best city in the North West never mind being a destination in its own right, but in the last few years it has risen like a Liver bird from the flames due in part to its burgeoning hospitality scene.

Leeds' hospitality market has been buoyed by the arrival of shopping centre Trinity Leeds, but it still has a strong independent spirit, say those who live and work there

Hospitable Cities: Spotlight on Leeds

By Emma Eversham

While it doesn’t have the same historical and cultural pull of yesterday’s hospitable city Edinburgh, the North Eastern city of Leeds is nevertheless fast becoming a hospitality hotspot with a growing eating-out market.

Hospitable city: Edinburgh now boasts five Michelin-starred restaurants, along with a diverse hospitality offering

Hospitable cities: Spotlight on Edinburgh

By Luke Nicholls

What better time to write about the Scottish capital than when the world’s biggest arts festival is in full swing? The Edinburgh Fringe brings in thousands of performers and tourists and its cosmopolitan and bohemian nature encapsulates the city’s year-round...

Businesses are looking to alternative finance options to fund their growth aspirations and the UK market is changing to meet this need

Finding finance in hospitality: New alternatives

By Luke Nicholls

So, you’ve been turned away from the bank, run out of deep-pocketed friends and family and aren’t keen on giving away an equity stake in your company. Is all hope of securing finance to develop or expand your business lost? No. There are still plenty...

Sealing the deal: Private equity funding remains a great way to finance your hospitality business if you are looking to expand

Finding finance in hospitality: Private equity

By Peter Ruddick

From Piper Private Equity’s backing of Be At One and more recently Loungers to Graphite Capital’s management buy-out of Hawksmoor, there are private equity (PE) deals to be done in the hospitality industry but are they right for your business?

Breaking the banks: The bank manager that was once your best friend is now much more reluctant to deploy capital

Finding finance in hospitality: The banks

By Luke Nicholls

Most hospitality business owners will agree that bank lending isn’t the same as it used to be. Pre-recession, a budding entrepreneur with a bold idea for a new concept would often be given a blank cheque from the bank manager to support their ambitions....

Where should you start when it comes to looking for finance to start or grow your hospitality business?

Finding finance in hospitality: Where to start

By Emma Eversham

In the first of our five-part series on finding funding within the hospitality industry we ask experts in the field what the market's like and what operators can do to enable them to successfully set up or grow their restaurant, hotel or pub business.

Sommeliers tell us why Sicily, Australia and New York State are producing wines that are getting their taste buds excited

Focus on wine: The most exciting wine regions of 2013

By Emma Eversham

While including popular wines such as a Pinot Grigio from Italy or a Merlot from France on your wine list is a sensible idea, there are times when you might just want to head out of your viticultural comfort zone and add something a little different.

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