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CAMRA Announces The Top 16 Pubs In Britain

The best pubs in Britain as judged by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, have been released to mark the launch of the Good Beer Guide 2015. The 16 regional finalists of CAMRA’s Pub of the Year competition will go forward and have a chance to win the National Pub of the Year competition, won

Landmark Initiative Shows Failing Pubs Can Thrive In The Right Hands

A groundbreaking £11.5 million scheme that has so far saved 28 community pubs from closure, and is now spreading out from its Midlands base to other parts of the country, is being highlighted by the 2015 Good Beer Guide. Project William, the brainchild of Leicester family brewer Everards, gives smaller brewers the opportunity to run

CEDA Confidence Survey Shows Boost from Public Sector

The latest quarterly confidence survey of CEDA members to July 2014 shows that almost 74% experienced a higher level of enquiries from the public sector when compared with the same period in 2013. The survey also indicated that over 68% had recorded better year-to-date sales in 2014. Adam Mason, CEDA Director General, comments, “CEDA’s quarterly

Enter Now To Win A 2014 HOSPA Career Development Scholarship And An Unrivalled Opportunity To Be Noticed By Top Hospitality Industry Leaders!

HOSPA – the Association that provides unparalleled support for hospitality’s Finance, Revenue Management and IT professionals with career development, networking and keeping up-dated with industry trends and developments – is delighted to invite applications for the 2014 HOSPA Career and Future Career Investment Development Scholarships. The 2014 HOSPA Scholarship Awards offer the 10 lucky winners

CAMRA Announces The Top 16 Pubs In Britain

The best pubs in Britain as judged by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, have been released to mark the launch of the Good Beer Guide 2015.

The 16 regional finalists of CAMRA’s Pub of the Year competition will go forward and have a chance to win the National Pub of the Year competition, won last year by The Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton. Pubs are judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix, but most importantly – quality of beer.

The Good Beer Guide’s Editor, Roger Protz, commended the top 16 pubs set to feature in the guide,

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Landmark Initiative Shows Failing Pubs Can Thrive In The Right Hands

A groundbreaking £11.5 million scheme that has so far saved 28 community pubs from closure, and is now spreading out from its Midlands base to other parts of the country, is being highlighted by the 2015 Good Beer Guide.

Project William, the brainchild of Leicester family brewer Everards, gives smaller brewers the opportunity to run pubs. Of the 28 pubs so far re-opened, 14 had closed and 13 were trading so poorly they were unsustainable but are now being run very successfully, making a healthy profit. Roger Protz, Editor of the Good Beer Guide comments:

“With 31 pubs a week closing, I salute Everards for their initiative in launching Project William, which saved 28 community locals and boosted sales of real ale for both Everards and its brewing partners. I urge other breweries throughout the country to investigate launching similar schemes.”

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CEDA Confidence Survey Shows Boost from Public Sector

The latest quarterly confidence survey of CEDA members to July 2014 shows that almost 74% experienced a higher level of enquiries from the public sector when compared with the same period in 2013. The survey also indicated that over 68% had recorded better year-to-date sales in 2014.

Adam Mason, CEDA Director General, comments, “CEDA’s quarterly confidence survey is a useful barometer for how the foodservice sector and the wider UK economy are performing, and it is really encouraging to see a boost for public sector work, although a substantial proportion may have come from the rush for primary schools in England to be ready to provide free school meals to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils from September. We will delve deeper into the driving forces behind the upturn in public sector work in the coming months where we know additional work from the care sector is also keeping members busy. A focus on the circa 25% who either remained consistent or dropped below their 2013 figures will also take place.

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Enter Now To Win A 2014 HOSPA Career Development Scholarship And An Unrivalled Opportunity To Be Noticed By Top Hospitality Industry Leaders!

HOSPA – the Association that provides unparalleled support for hospitality’s Finance, Revenue Management and IT professionals with career development, networking and keeping up-dated with industry trends and developments – is delighted to invite applications for the 2014 HOSPA Career and Future Career Investment Development Scholarships.

The 2014 HOSPA Scholarship Awards offer the 10 lucky winners an unrivalled opportunity to be noticed and publicly recognised for their outstanding achievements in the work place and the classroom. The prize comprises a full day’s attendance at HOSPA’s highly acclaimed annual Conference and Exhibition – HOSPACE 2014 – on 20 November at the Sofitel London Heathrow, Terminal 5. In addition, there will be places at the Conference Dinner where their achievements will be recognised. Each recipient also will be featured in the Conference Edition of the monthly HOSPA journal, The Overview.

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Bring Home the Harvest for British Food Fortnight

britishfoodfortnightWHAT IS BRITISH FOOD FORTNIGHT?
British Food Fortnight, organised by Love British Food, is a national food promotion now in its 13th year, which brings communities together to celebrate the best of British food and British food traditions.  Every year, pubs, restaurants, tourism attractions, public sector restaurants and food-service organisations take part, all enjoying the commercial benefits that participation brings.  Many of the largest food service organisations and major pub groups regularly run British promotions during the event.

CATERERS TO REAP THE BENEFITS
Held at the time when it is traditional to celebrate the Harvest, the Fortnight, for the second time, incorporates the Bring Home the Harvest campaign, offering even more scope for effective and imaginative promotions, with a harvest theme that resonates very well with customers.

Love British Food Founder, Alexia Robinson, says: “British food has become a competitive arena for the catering sector.  Clients appreciate seeing British food highlighted on the menu, indeed they have come to expect it, simple as that.   This year we have seen the launch of the Government’s Plan for Public Procurement and Hospital Food Plan, so with British food hot on the agenda for both private and public sector food service providers, the prize for those who source it and promote it, rather than pay lip service, will be huge.”

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BHA Welcomes the Clarity of Scottish Independence Result

BHA-Logo-full-colourThe British Hospitality Association has made a statement following the result of the Scottish Referendum, with Scotland remaining part of the UK.

William Macleod, Executive Director BHA Scotland said: “Tourism and hospitality are almost unique in their capacity to build international cultural understanding. What’s important now is that tourism is given every support to succeed, grow and compete internationally.

“The Scottish hospitality industry welcomes the clarity which follows the referendum vote that Scotland is to remain part of the United Kingdom. There are many issues that will require attention as arrangements are made to devolve greater powers to the Scottish Parliament.

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Independence Could Accelerate Growth Of Scotland’s Foodservice Sector

Horizons-logoFoodservice looks set to play an important role in Scotland’s economy if the referendum this week returns a yes for independence and could stimulate growth in the sector.

Figures from foodservice consultancy Horizons estimate that Scotland’s foodservice market to be worth £3.1bn, some 6.8% of the UK foodservice sector.

There is also potential for further growth as the average spend per head on eating out in Scotland is lower than the national average. Scottish consumers spend an average of £602 per year on eating out compared with the UK average of £724 per year.

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UK Inbound Tourism Remains on Track for Record Year

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Across the first seven months of 2014 there were 7% more visits than during the same period in 2013, reaching a new record of 19.8 million visits, with spend of £11.3 billion (in nominal terms), according to new IPS figures released.

Britain received more holiday visits in the first seven months of 2014 than ever before, contributing to overall visit growth, including a record 1.6 million incoming holiday visits in July 2014.

Visits from the ‘Rest of World’ markets (those outside Europe and North America) clinched a new seven-month record of 2.94 million visits – up 1% on the previous record set between January to July last year.

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Final Call for Entries for the South Asian Chef Competition 2014

SACC-logoOrganisers of the South Asian Chef Competition (SACC) have issued a final call to all chefs able to produce the very best of South Asian cuisine to take up the challenge.

Now in its 10th year, the organisers are looking for professional chefs nationwide to put their creative skills to the test and develop a selection of innovative South Asian dishes, using their own original recipes, in order to win the coveted title of UK South Asian Chef 2014.

They say that so far the calibre of the entries received has been very high, which will make it a difficult task for the panel of expert chef judges to choose the eight chefs going forward to the final, but they would like to see more.

These judges represented by the Craft Guild of Chefs, the catering industry and the education sector will assess competitors’ skills and also their knowledge of South Asian cuisine.

The deadline for entries is September 20, and the final will be held on October 20 at the International Food & Travel Studio, which is part of Bradford College.

The awards will be presented at the Aagrah Annual Business Dinner at The Royal Armouries in Leeds. These include a first prize of £2,000 plus membership of the Craft Guild of Chefs, runner up receiving £1,000 and second runner up £750, plus two further special prizes each of £100 for the most innovative dish and health-conscious dish.

To enter the competition, visit www.southasianchefcompetition.com and complete the application form and send it with the requested documents to: SACC UK, 4 Saltaire Road, Shipley, BD18 3HN.

Colder August Fails To Chill Eating And Drinking-Out Growth

Britain’s restaurant and managed pub groups recorded another month of steady growth in August, with collective like-for-like sales up 1.3% on the same time last year, latest data from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker shows. Chillier than average weather had an impact, but the sector still delivered a 17th consecutive month of positive growth.

“Restaurants fared much better than pubs, and that was largely down to the colder than average temperatures for the month,” said Scott Elliott, director of CGA Peach, the business insight consultancy that produces the Tracker, in partnership with Coffer Group, Baker Tilly and UBS.

“Casual dining chains saw like-for-like sales up 4.7%, with trading in restaurants outside of London particularly strong. In contrast, managed pubs actually saw like-for-likes fall 0.2% against August 2013, with those outside the M25 down 0.7%. However, it has to be remembered that August last year was the hottest in 10 years, and hot sunny weather always tends to benefit the pub sector,” Elliott added.

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