Bluewater, which opened 13 years ago today, will see Byron and Union Jacks added to its growing F&B portfolio

Byron and Union Jacks to open restaurants at Bluewater

By Luke Nicholls

Byron and Union Jacks are the latest restaurants to recognise the business potential of high-footfall shopping centre locations, with the opening of two new sites at Bluewater in the coming months. 

Karen Forrester, UK managing director of TGI Friday's, won the Best Individual prize at the Retailers' Retailer of the Year Awards

TGI Friday's Karen Forrester named best individual retailer

By Peter Ruddick

Karen Forrester, managing director of TGI Friday’s in the UK, has been named Best Individual at this year’s Retailers’ Retailer of the Year Awards where Cote, Brasserie Blanc and Alex Reilley at Loungers were also winners.

Chuka Umunna MP says a temporary cut in VAT would help both businesses and consumers

Labour calls for VAT cut

By Lorraine Heller

The Labour Party has called for a temporary cut in VAT to 17.5 per cent as it embarks on a campaign to rejuvenate Britain’s high streets.

Spirit Pub Company is aiming to fast track 20 graduates to general managers in the next 18 months

Spirit rolls out graduate trainee scheme

By Emma Eversham

Pub company Spirit has decided to roll out a graduate trainee scheme across its entire estate following a successful trial in its city and urban pubs.

Without the Royal Wedding or Easter to buoy sales, restaurants and pubs experienced their first dip in sales last month

Pubs and restaurants suffer post-bank holiday slump

By Emma Eversham

Pub and restaurant chains suffered a slump in sales in May following April's bank holidays, but performed better than retail according to latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Flexible sizes at new developments are a good fit for the Busaba brand

Busaba Eathai eyes retail sites for expansion

By Joe Lutrario

Busaba Eathai – the Thai restaurant chain founded by Alan Yau – is to open two shopping centre sites before the end of 2010, one of these – in Bicester Village, Oxfordshire – will be the Thai restaurant brand’s first outlet outside the Capital


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