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Survey Reveals 43% Restaurateurs Unaware Of Allergen Law Deadline

With less than six months to go until the introduction of new allergen legislation, research conducted for Unilever Food Solutions has revealed that over 40% of restaurateurs (43%) are unaware of the new law. Over 45% of respondents were unable to identify the allergens (45.2%), despite over 90% of them saying they were sometimes, or

Cities Driving Eating And Drinking-Out Growth

London is not the only driver of growth in the UK eating and drinking out market. Cities like Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool are also seeing big increases in new restaurant, pub and bar openings, according to research from out-of-home insight specialists CGA Peach. With pubs evolving from drink to food-led businesses and branded restaurants becoming

New Era For National Tourist Board As Sally Balcombe Appointed CEO And Christopher Rodrigues’ Term As Chair Extended

Christopher Rodrigues, Chairman of VisitBritain, the strategic body for inbound tourism, today announced the appointment of Sally Balcombe as the organisation’s next Chief Executive Officer, following a competitive appointment process and with the full support of all board members. Sally brings an impressive track record in the global travel sector having been Managing Director of

Restaurant And Pub Chains Urged To Sign Up To Salt Reduction Targets To Combat Heart Attack And Stroke

Restaurants and pub chains must stop dragging their heels and sign up to salt reduction targets to combat the nation’s alarming levels of heart attacks and strokes, councils say. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents almost 400 councils in England and Wales, who last year took over responsibility for public health, points out that

Survey Reveals 43% Restaurateurs Unaware Of Allergen Law Deadline

With less than six months to go until the introduction of new allergen legislation, research conducted for Unilever Food Solutions has revealed that over 40% of restaurateurs (43%) are unaware of the new law.

Over 45% of respondents were unable to identify the allergens (45.2%), despite over 90% of them saying they were sometimes, or frequently, asked for information by customers.

Nearly 40% (38.6%) of operators have read about the new law in the media and a third have obtained information from the Food Standards Agency.

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Cities Driving Eating And Drinking-Out Growth

Cities-Driving-Eating-And-DLondon is not the only driver of growth in the UK eating and drinking out market. Cities like Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool are also seeing big increases in new restaurant, pub and bar openings, according to research from out-of-home insight specialists CGA Peach.

With pubs evolving from drink to food-led businesses and branded restaurants becoming ever more popular, UK cities beyond London are playing a key role in that change.

Data from the CGA Outlet Index* uncovers a migration of openings away from towns and suburbs to the big cities. Total numbers of licensed premises, including pubs and restaurants, in town centre have fallen by 9% over the last ten years, with the suburbs down 20% – but city centre numbers have risen by 8% on the back of new openings.

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New Era For National Tourist Board As Sally Balcombe Appointed CEO And Christopher Rodrigues’ Term As Chair Extended

Sally-BalcombeChristopher Rodrigues, Chairman of VisitBritain, the strategic body for inbound tourism, today announced the appointment of Sally Balcombe as the organisation’s next Chief Executive Officer, following a competitive appointment process and with the full support of all board members.

Sally brings an impressive track record in the global travel sector having been Managing Director of British Airways Holidays and of the specialist sun division at TUI. As Commercial Director of Opodo and Chief Marketing Officer at Travelport, she has developed a deep understanding of the power of digital and technology to engage and motivate customers. Most recently Sally has been a Board member of VisitBritain, Governor of the Museum of London, Commissioner of English Heritage, and Non-Exec Director of Mr & Mrs Smith while also advising a number of businesses focusing on the digital area.

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Restaurant And Pub Chains Urged To Sign Up To Salt Reduction Targets To Combat Heart Attack And Stroke

Restaurants and pub chains must stop dragging their heels and sign up to salt reduction targets to combat the nation’s alarming levels of heart attacks and strokes, councils say.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents almost 400 councils in England and Wales, who last year took over responsibility for public health, points out that only one restaurant group and a single fast-food chain have committed to new Department of Health (DoH) voluntary targets – launched almost five months ago – to slash salt in the 10 most popular high street dishes. These include chips, burgers, chicken portions, battered or breaded fish, pies, curries, beef steaks and grilled chicken, sandwiches, pasta meals and pizzas.

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Stratford Hotel Team Get a Unique Perspective thanks to Guide Dogs

Holiday Inn Stratford team with Guide DogsThe team at Holiday Inn Stratford-upon-Avon gained a unique perspective on the day to day experiences of those living with sight loss, during a training event with Guide Dogs.

The event, which took place at the hotel, came as part of its ongoing commitment to support the work of Guide Dogs as well as develop the team’s understanding of the Equality Act 2010 requirements.

90 team members attended the training sessions over two days, where they were invited to enter a sensory tunnel wearing a blindfold.  The tunnel simulates a variety of tactile surfaces as well as noises such as traffic and car horns in order to provide an authentic representation of what life is like to be visually impaired.

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Responsible Retailing Aiding Responsible Consumption, Says ALMR

Responding to the news that underage drinking has fallen to a record low, the ALMR has welcomed the news and praised the positive work being done by licensed hospitality across the UK.

Yesterday the Government released its annual report: Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England 2013, showing a sustained decline in the number of 11 to 15-year-olds drinking alcohol.

ALMR Strategic Affairs Director, Kate Nicholls said: “These figures are testimony to the effort put in by alcohol retailers to drive out under-age purchases and by the industry as a whole to promote not just a responsible retailing but also a responsible consumption message to consumers. As a result, not only are young people drinking less but the numbers not drinking at all are at an all time high.

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Welsh Guesthouse Beats Hotel Giants to Green Award

Bryn-Elltyd-Eco-GuesthouseA small guesthouse in the foothills of Snowdonia has seen off competition from major hotel chains to scoop a national prize for its environmental credentials.

Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse beat the reputation and resources of Best Western Hotels’ Old Tollgate in Suffolk and Park Plaza London to take the Green Team of the Year title in the Considerate Hoteliers Awards 2014.

Powered completely by the sun, wind biomass and water and with a zero carbon energy footprint, the six-bedroom guesthouse has ensured it has taken every step possible to be self-sufficient and slash its impact on the picturesque environment in which it sits.

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Hartley Morris Men on Tour

Hartley-Morris-Men-Tour-2An open-top bus transported the Hartley Morris Men around Kent at the weekend for their annual Shepherd Neame Tour.

Twenty members of the group, based in Wrotham, travelled down to the Gate Inn at Chislet on Friday, where they entertained with an evening of folk singing in the bar, before enjoying complimentary accommodation.  In the morning they set off on tour in an open-top bus, supported by a donation from Shepherd Neame.  The group’s first stop was Faversham, dancing in Market Square then outside Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre.

They moved on to the Chequers Inn at Doddington, where they performed and enjoyed lunch, before travelling to Herne Bay, dancing by the historic Clock Tower then outside the Rose Inn.  They travelled back to The Gate Inn for another evening of singing in the bar and complimentary overnight stay, before heading home on Sunday.

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Big Cheer For Beer As Q2 Sales Grow In Both Pubs And Off-Licences

  • Total beer sales up 9.5 per cent
  • Pub beer sales up 2.6 per cent
  • Supermarket and off-licence sales up 16.9 per cent

UK beer sales increased at the highest rate since the quarterly survey began in 1997 according to the latest UK Quarterly Beer Barometer from the British Beer & Pub Association. Following the historic second cut in Beer Duty there was growth in both the on- and off-trade, with April to June bringing pubs their first quarterly beer sales increase in over two years.

Pub beer sales saw a positive quarter for the first time since 2011, with the 2.6 per cent increase representing the highest rate of quarterly sales growth in the 21st Century. A combination of a later Easter and the World Cup is believed to have helped boost trade, along with the duty cut in the Budget.

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E & CEBR Study Identifies £2.1 Billion Pop-Up Retail Contribution To UK Economy

  • Pop-Up UK report from EE and CEBR reveals pop-up retail economy expected to grow by 8.4 per cent over the next 12 months
  • Growth could be higher if significant barriers such as high costs,  lack of technology and challenges with retail space were removed
  • EE launches Pop-Up UK initiative with British Retail Consortium and Appear Here, removing barriers for pop-ups, and helping 3,000 entrepreneurs set up pop-ups over next 3 years
  • EE launches the world’s first mobile data offer and bundles designed for pop-up retailers featuring a 30 day 4G connection and discounts on products and services ideally suited for pop-ups

Pop-Up-Retail-UK-EconomyPop-up retailers contribute £2.1 billion to the UK economy each year and the sector is expected to grow by 8.4 per cent over the next 12 months, according to a study released today from economists CEBR and EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company.

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