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Compulsory service charges are no longer put on customer bills at Sanctum's No.20 restaurant

Sanctum Soho Hotel scraps service charges

By Emma Eversham

Sanctum Soho Hotel in London becomes the latest business to abandon service charges on customer bills at the hotel and its No.20 restaurant

The Talbot Inn in Ripley, Surrey

Merchant Inns in administration

By Becky Paskin

Six of seven properties owned by Merchant Inns have been placed on the market after the pub group went into administration last week

Seven new Premier Inns were opened in the first half of the year

Whitbread sales drop 3% in first six months of 2009

By Emma Eversham

Premier Inn owner Whitbread said it was coming through a 'difficult period remarkably well' and was well-placed for the upturn despite seeing sales and profits drop nearly 3 per cent in the first half of this year

Tootsies has already sold 11 of its 21 sites to Clapham House Group

Tootsies goes into administration

By Jennie Pick

Struggling restaurant chain Tootsies has gone into administration but has already sold off 11 of its 21 restaurants.

Premier Inn is helping families shoulder the cost of half term holidays

Premier Inn slash room prices for half term

By Becky Paskin

With families expected to fork out an extra £3.1bn on their kids during the October half term, Premier Inn has slashed prices to just £29prpn to help families shoulder the cost

Heinz Beck

Pearls of Wisdom: Heinz Beck

By Paul Wootton

Heinz Beck, excecutive chef at the three Michelin starred La Pergola in Rome, has recently launched Apsleys - A Heinz Beck Restaurant at The Lanesborough Hotel in London. He shares his thoughts on the industry

Lee Cash (pictured), with business partner Hamish Stoddart wants to double Peach's estate

Peach Pubs aims to double estate

By Emma Eversham

The pub company founded by Lee Cash and Hamish Stoddart is aiming for 22 sites over the next few years

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