Trends & analysis

Trends & analysis

Our latest trends analysis and advice from industry experts 

Liverpool waterfront hotels performed better than the city's average in Q2 2014

Liverpool waterfront hotels outperform rest of city

By Melodie Michel

Liverpool waterfront hotels enjoyed 82 per cent occupancy between April and June – 4 per cent over the city’s average of 78 per cent, according to figures by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

Bookatable chief executive Joe Steele

The Oxo Tower Brasserie and Tex Mex food top 2014 dining trends

By Lauren Houghton

Restaurant booking website Bookatable has released its Quarterly Dining Trends report on dining trends in Britain over the last year, which shows the most popular restaurant booked through the site alongside the rising popularity of different international...

Liverpool outpaced London in terms of hotel profit growth last month

London hotels lose out to regions in June

By Carina Perkins

London hotels lost out to the regions last month, with East Midlands and Liverpool hotels enjoying particular growth, according to the latest HotStats UK Chain Hotels Market Review.

Lack of competition means banks are not incentivised to compete on price, service and innovation, the CMA found.

Banks are failing SMEs, finds competition watchdog

By Carina Perkins

Banks are failing to provide the service and value that small and medium-sized (SME) businesses such as bars, restaurants and hotels need to thrive, according to a new report from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

It is vital to ensure your customers’ payments are secure

Ask the Experts

How to ensure cashless customer payments are secure

By David Maisey

Customer demand for cashless payment is on the rise and independent hospitality businesses must start accepting credit and debit cards or risk losing out to the chains. Here David Maisey, managing director of card payment specialists Chip & PIN Solutions,...

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 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.

Branded restaurants have reduced their use of vouchers

Discounting ‘here to stay’

By Melodie Michel

Despite a slowdown in the use of discounting by branded restaurants, experts believe this type of marketing activity is here to stay, albeit in a more personalised form.

Wine and spirits account for 40 per cent of alcohol sales in pubs, restaurants and bars

Wine and spirits over 40% of on-trade sales

By Carina Perkins

Wine and spirits sales now make up 41.45 per cent of the value of all drinks sold in pubs, bars and restaurants, according to the latest Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) report.

Cornwall is among the most popular staycation destinations

Staycations to boost UK economy by £15bn

By Melodie Michel

Domestic tourism could give the UK’s economy a £15bn boost in 2014, as the number of Britons taking a holiday at home has more than doubled in three years.