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Hospitality business leaders react to staffing crisis

Published:  17 August, 2022

Unemployment levels are at a record low, while the total number of job vacancies in May-June 2022 was 1.3million, this is according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Christopher Delalonde MS joins Tao Group Hospitality

Published:  11 August, 2022

Tao Group Hospitality has announced the appointment of Christopher Delalonde MS as head of wines at Tao Group Hospitality UK. 

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The World's 50 Best Bars announces 51-100

Published:  08 August, 2022

Less than a week before the announcement of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021, sponsored by Perrier, 50 Best has revealed the bars voted onto the extended 51-100 list.

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Red alert for hospitality as the cost of living heats up

Published:  08 August, 2022

Hospitality businesses are facing a case of ‘out the frying pan, into the fire’ this autumn as the UK teeters on the verge of a recession and a crippling cost of living crisis, leading members of the trade have said.

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Record 64% of the UK’s top 100 restaurant companies are now making a loss

Published:  08 August, 2022

The national accountancy group, UHY Hacker Young, has revealed that a record 64% of the UK’s top 100 restaurant companies are now making a loss.

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London bars win big at US ‘Tales’

Published:  29 July, 2022

Some of London’s top bars have made a splash at Tales of the Cocktail’s annual Spirited Awards, where they picked up five of the eight international awards – including the gong for the World’s Best Bar.

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Pavement licences introduced during Covid will be made permanent next year

Published:  25 July, 2022

Temporary changes brought in to help the hospitality industry during Covid will be extended until Spring 2023 before being made permanent.

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1,406 UK restaurants go under in just 12 months

Published:  25 July, 2022

UK restaurant insolvencies have jumped 64% from 856 in 2020/21 to 1,406 in the past year as rising inflation and labour shortages drive restaurants out of business.

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The charity helping vulnerable people find work in hospitality

Published:  21 July, 2022

Only A Pavement Away, the hospitality sector charity aiding prison leavers, veterans and those facing homelessness back into employment, has laid out plans to assist the industry in tackling the staffing crisis.  

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Calls for action on business rates as inflation reaches 40-year high

Published:  20 July, 2022

Mounting pressure is being placed on the government to ease the ‘financial fragility’ of the hospitality sector during its upcoming review of business rates, as businesses continue to suffer rising supply chain costs and runaway inflation.

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Jubilee helps on-trade achieve 5% sales growth

Published:  20 July, 2022

June’s like-for-like sales at Britain’s top managed restaurant, pub and bar groups were 5% ahead of the pre-Covid-19 levels of June 2019, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker reveals. 

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Government extends off-sales licence after backlash

Published:  18 July, 2022

The government has announced that it will extend the alcohol off-sales easement, introduced during the pandemic, to September 2023, following a campaign led by UKHospitality and other sector bodies.

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Hospitality sector recovery stymied by labour shortages, rising costs, and a drop in consumer confidence

Published:  13 July, 2022

A new report, Future Shock – Leaving Covid Behind, shows sales are back to pre-pandemic levels, but 15% of roles remain vacant, costs are spiralling, and the cost of living challenges is impacting consumer spending.

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Artesian launches Artesian Atelier

Published:  12 July, 2022

Award-winning London bar, Artesian, will launch Artesian Atelier this month, a workshop and guest bar series for mixologists.

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Harpers' new Top 25 Sommeliers in the UK revealed

Published:  04 July, 2022

As the on-trade bounces back, Harpers is delighted to unveil its new annual list of the best somms in the UK.

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Courvoisier announces new brand ambassador, Beckie Sullivan

Published:  06 July, 2022

Edrington UK has announced the appointment of Beckie Sullivan as UK brand ambassador for Courvoisier.

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Retail market starting to return to pre-Covid norms

Published:  04 July, 2022

According to Kantar, sales are falling at all the major multiples, but it’s not all doom and gloom. During the 12 weeks to 12 June, supermarket sales, including alcohol, groceries and softs, fell 1.9% year on year. Supermarket alcohol sales are also declining, down 12% year on year in the same period.

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7,000 pubs forced to close in last 10 years

Published:  04 July, 2022

According to real estate consultancy Altus Group, the number of pubs in England and Wales is now at its lowest point on record, down by more than 7,000 in the last decade.

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Report: How the on-trade is shaping up post-pandemic

Published:  01 July, 2022

Kam MD Katie Moses partnered with Harpers editor Andrew Catchpole at LWF to present Shaping Up the On-trade in a Post-Pandemic World. The analysis, based on extensive research into evolving consumer consumption and purchasing trends, makes compelling reading for any operators looking to sharpen their offer.

With the pandemic having wrought havoc on the hospitality landscape, it has changed, perhaps irrevocably, as existing trends accelerated and new trends have come to the fore. And, despite serious issues, including staffing, inflation and wobbling consumer confidence, there are new opportunities arising.

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‘It’s not the job of businesses to solve global problems’ says Mangrove MD

Published:  30 June, 2022

A new taxpayer-funded ad campaign will ask businesses to cut prices to help with the cost-of-living crisis from July.

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