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Women paid less than men

It has been reported that women working in the hospitality catering sector are on average paid 18 per cent less than their male co-workers during 2014 according to

On average a man’s salary was £18,497 per year while the average female pay was just £15,665. Almost 60 per cent of the hospitality’s work force is female but only six percent of board directors are in fact female. It has been highlighted by Sharon Glancy executive director at People 1st ...more


In its 50th year, the Craft Guild of Chefs presented a record number of honours and awards to its members and supporters at a ceremony held at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington on 12 April 2015 following the Annual General Meeting.

Nominated by the membership and ratified by the Vice Presidents’ Council, the honours and awards are made annually for the previous year and this year’s roll call included more than 60 recipients.

The awards were presented by Craft ...more

Consumer report shows increase in dining out

According to the latest Barclaycard Consumer Spending Report British consumers are spending more on meals, but the average amount they spend per meal is less.
Restaurants saw the biggest percentage point increase in spending compared to personal electronics (up 6.6%) and entertainment (up 11.9%).  However, average transaction values are down by 5.4% year-on-year, suggesting that consumers are visiting more restaurants, but spending less each time.
The report asked a ...more

Food loving farmers launch new lifestyle brand

North Yorkshire farming couple Adam and Jennie Palmer, artisan producers of award winning rapeseed oil have launched a new range.Charlie & Ivy's is a range of 17 British rapeseed oil based gourmet dipping oils, dressings and mayonnaise that are designed for home entertaining.

The couple said "We've always enjoyed different bread dippers when eating out or when entertaining at home, so we decided to share some of our favourite home-made bread dipper combinations, but ...more

Nando’s has launched an app for visually impaired and dyslexic diners.

The app is a free platform that use text to speech software and colour inversion in order to assist people with impaired vision. Menus appear in OpenDylexicFont making it easier for dyslexic customers to read. Around 2 million people suffer from visual impairment alongside 10 million dyslexics throughout the UK. Carluccio’s and Pret a Manger currently have visually impaired friendly apps available for ...more

Marco Pierre White sets his sights of Cardiff

Marco Pierre White to open a new rooftop Steakhouse bar & Grill in Cardiff city centre.
The development estimated to cost around £13.75m will open in Autumn 2016. White has taken advantage of the growing commercial activity taking place in Cardiff at present and is planning his ninth steakhouse Bar & Grill at Marriott’s Threadneedles Hotel. With a further 50 sites due to open over the next five ...more

Growth investment for Giggling Squid

Giggling Squid has hired accountancy firm Grant Thornton to act as its adviser as it seeks investment for growth.Thai chain Giggling Squid was established in 2009 and ow operates 12 venues in the South East. Owned by husband and wife team Andrew and Pranee Laurillard,
Andy Laurillard, founder of Giggling Squid, said: “Grant Thornton has a great team, with a good understanding ...more

More accessible Michelin dining

This week a Birmingham Michelin Restaurant will set the UK trend by going live on a special pre-payment facility for guests to pre-book their meal, and save over 20% off their meal price.

There is often a high perception of Michelin dining to be expensive, but with high overheads, attentive service and often small venues, margins are tight and diners not always turning up means costs do remain high - however a Chef Patron of a Birmingham Michelin Restaurant is set to lead the UK by ...more

Nando’s to open two new venues in Liverpool

In the next coming weeks Nando’s will open to new restaurants in the Merseyside in Aintree and Bromborough. The Aintree Shopping Park venue will open  later this month, with Bromborough’s first branch of Nando’s set to open before the end of May. Nando’s has grown into one of the UK’s most popular casual dining venues with over a thousand restaurants in ...more

Clitheroe Inn secures six figure funding

The Inn at Whitewell has secured funding from NatWest as part of its business growth aspirations.

Managing Director, Charles Bowman said: 2We are excited by our move to NatWest, having become increasingly disenfranchised with our previous bankers”

“We spent some time in discussions with Ian and now feel we have a bank that understands the ...more

Startup project The Kitchens launches in Spinningfields

The new initiative will give six food and drink entrepreneurs the chance to test their ideas out on the general public. Finalists include; Bangers & Bacon, Chaat Cart, Hip Hop Chip Shop, Mumma Schnitzel, Wholesome Raw and Yakumam. The finalists have worked with industry experts to design each of their concepts, develop menus and build their brands. The businesses will open on the 21st of May to the general public. During the coming months each of the finalists will be judged by Allied ...more

The Lowry hotel Manchester to undergo £5m refurbishment

Eight months after being sold by Rocco Forte Hotels the five-AA-star, 165-bedroom Iconic Manchester hotel is set for a bit of a revamp, including new furnishings, carpets, curtains and bed throws. New owners Westmont Hospitality Group are hoping to upgrade the hotel while maintaining the modern feel. Work will commence in May and will take around six months to complete.
The hotel, ...more

Glen Rothay Refurbishment


In order to help raise funds at The Glen Rothay hotel owner Paul Knowles has turned to crowd funding. The 11 bedroom hotel features on the website Crowd2Fund, Knowles is looking to raise a revenue loan of £40,000 and is said to be the first company in the UK to have used crowd funding in order to raise revenue due to the lack of support from the banks. The hotel has already ...more

Ramen group Ippudo to open second UK site

Canary Wharf, will be site for Japanese ramen group Ippudo’s second UK restaurant. Located within the Crossrail development, the venue will have a no reservations policy in its 65 cover dining room which will cater extensively for vegetarians.  Ippudo was founded in Fukuoka, Japan, by Shigemi Kawahara in 1985. Originally an independent ramen restaurant, it now operates more than 120 sites across 13 different countries, including in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the ...more

Bridewell Prison Liverpool Transformation

Bridewell prison originally the police station and courts for the Corporation of Liverpool is to be transformed into an 85-bedroom hotel. Located on Cheapside the Victorian, Grade-II-listed property, is currently being refurbished and is set to open in the ...more

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