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Editor's Viewpoint

Welcome to the latest issue of CLH Digital

At first glance our lead stor y about falling inflation would be considered news most welcome!

The recent dip in UK inflation, from 3 4% to 3 2%, might seem like a positive development at first glance However, for those in the hospitality industr y, this reduction in inflationar y pressure is hardly cause for celebration A closer look reveals that the challenges faced by hospitality operators persist despite this modest decline

A repor t released earlier this month by industr y analysts CGA highlighted the stark disparities in inflation between hospitality and retail sectors In March 2023, food inflation in hospitality and retail briefly met at a troubling 19% Since then, while retail inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index has moderated, inflation in hospitality remains stubbornly high, currently sitting at 2 4 times the rate of retail inflation

While any reduction in inflation is welcome , it is imperative that these savings are passed on and realized by operators on the ground, who continue to operate under immense pressure

CGA’s repor t earlier this month did explain that supermarkets often experience a quicker reduction in food inflation Their ability to rapidly pass on savings from decreased energ y and commodity prices to consumers is a key factor This is assisted by their streamlined supply chains and the ability to adjust prices rapidly in response to market shifts and governmental pressure

Hospitality suppliers, with their more complicated operational models, struggle , I understand, to pass these cost savings as quickly

Despite these challenges, there are glimmers of hope within the sector Recent research from the Oxford Par tnership suggests that the first quar ter of 2023 ended on a positive note for on-trade establishments Easter festivities drove a notable uptick in sales volume , with an impressive 2 4% increase compared to March 2023 Some outlets even experienced growth rates surpassing 7%, signalling a potential resurgence in consumer confidence and spending within the hospitality market

Fur ther research from consumer adviser Circana on page 7 Is fur ther welcome news with the research revealing that the foodser vice market is going through something of a resurgence Spending in restaurants pubs café’s and quick ser vice outlets

has returned to double-digit growth, and not before time!

The research did reveal that consumers are becoming smar ter and adapting spending habits, seeking out promotions and any money-saving techniques In shor t consumers believe that prices are too high, and I would agree but that is not a criticism of the sector, more of a criticism of those running the economy

That said, we really do need to encourage the public to come out more often, it can be pretty soul destroying “playing to an empty galler y ” I do remember back in the 1980s when I have my own wine bar restaurant here in Bournemouth how soul destroying it can be to open up and sometimes not have a single customer all evening!

That taught me the value of marketing, discounts, theme nights, goodwill gestures which, I have to admit, were sometimes at a loss in the first instance , but did lead to long-term sales and gains

As operators navigate through these fluctuations, we are ver y much hoping to bring some ideas from industr y exper ts, par ticularly as we approach a wonderful summer of spor t, on how to capitalise on current consumer trends, get people out more often and more impor tantly when they are out then keep them spending!

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Food Inflation Falls... But Hospitality Yet to See Benefit

reduce the different component costs of doing business for our nations iconic breweries and pubs must be commitments in the manifestoes of the main par ties ahead of the general election, including a likely budget this September ”


The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) was not as positive , dismissing the news of the inflation decline , saying it “merely signifies a deceleration in operator costs and price hikes”

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“In order for British businesses to innovate and expand their ventures, we need greater investment into star tups and into scaling our enterprises and inflation falling should be conducive to increasing investor interest in our best and brightest – especially if that decline is coupled with falling interest rates in the near future ”


rate of their counterpar ts in retail Hospitality has dealt well with the inflation crisis but has inevitably had to pass on higher costs to menus, which in turn compromises consumer spending We will hopefully see more easing over the spring and summer, but for now the trading environment remains challenging ”


Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, said: “Inflation continuing to fall is ver y positive for the economy We now need to see this reflected in an easing of interest rates, which will reduce costs for businesses and incentivise investment in growth

“This is par ticularly impor tant for par ts of the economy where prices are more stubborn like hospitality

“Inflation in our sector is more than 50% higher than the national figure and this is before we see the effect of the £3 4 billion increase in rates and wages which hit the sector this month

“With a clear trend of inflation easing across the economy, it’s time for central banks to suppor t businesses and drive investment ”

British Beer and Pub Association chief executive Emma McClarkin said that until there was a fall in interest rates the cost of doing business within the sector would remain a pressing concern adding: “The beer and pub sector is a truly economic bellwether and impactful ways to

Michael Kill CEO NTIA said: “It’s ver y hard to do anything but commend the slow in inflation with the recent repor t indicating a slight decline in inflation figures now resting at 3 2% However it’s imperative to acknowledge that this decrease merely signifies a deceleration in price hikes, rather than a genuine alleviation of the burdens faced by businesses at the operational level Despite this statistical dip, the reality ‘at the coal face’ remains unchanged – operating costs continue to suffocate our industr y ”

“It’s crucial for the government to recognise that the path to recover y demands more than mere patience; it necessitates decisive fiscal action Before the impending election announcement we urge the government to address this pressing issue through a targeted inter vention, par ticularly in the form of a VAT cut Such a measure would inject much-needed relief into our struggling sector, enabling businesses to not only sur vive but thrive amidst these challenging times Ignoring this imperative could risk prolonging the economic hardship faced by countless establishments within the Night Time Industries We implore policymakers to act swiftly and decisively in suppor t of our industr y ’ s recover y ”


Sam Mar tin, CEO of Peckwater Brands, said: “All entrepreneurs will welcome today s drop with open arms Businesses have been grappling with rising costs for too long and a more stable economic environment means a better playing field for star tups ”

“Nothing about the past two years has been easy for UK star tups –the high-inflation, high-interest landscape has led to decreased consumer activity, stagnant investment, and a general lack of momentum across almost all sectors Ever y time I hear inflation has fallen even a fraction of

Tina McKenzie , Policy Chair, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said that the fur ther fall in annual inflation is good news for small firms' future expansion plans, although the wider economic situation is still unsettled said: “March’s fall in the annual consumer price inflation rate takes some more of the heat out of rising prices for small businesses It’s difficult to overstate the toll that the cost of doing business crisis exacted on small firms, so fur ther signs that its worst effects are firmly behind us are ver y welcome ”

“Small business owners know all too well that they can never be complacent, especially in an economic situation characterised by sluggish growth and rising unemployment However, there are some early indications that small business confidence levels are recovering, which – if it translates into investment and expansion plans being put into action by small firms – is good news for our economic growth prospects

“Small firms will now turn their eyes and their hopes to the Bank of England, and will hope that the base rate cut many have been eagerly awaiting arrives sooner rather than later We don’t want to risk stifling the small upward movement in GDP recorded in the first two months of this year

“We’re calling again for the Government and for politicians of all stripes to think ver y hard about how they can best suppor t small business growth to provide the best possible platform for entrepreneurs to star t up new ventures, and for existing businesses to expand and thrive

“Small business owners will be watching carefully to see what is being proposed to help them in this election year Policies which are targeted at helping small businesses to grow, take on staff, and innovate are needed so that green shoots can take root and flourish

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Business owners in the hospitality sector are calling out the emerging trends From the rise of online and remote payments, to increases in travel and tourism the use of cards as a payment mechanism the need for payment software that suppor ts exceptional customer ser vice and card payments which integrate with other financial products and ser vices


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The new structure will also mean that there is space to hold more events and meetings within the garden, suppor ting groups to socialise together which can help to tackle rural isolation, and improve wellbeing

Chair of Yr Heliwr Rhodri Evans said: “This wonderful outdoor events space will encourage local people to spend more time together and volunteer in the garden It will also provide an outdoor space where we can offer educational as well as social events ”

Pub is The Hub Wales advisor Malcolm Harrison said: “This events space will have a positive impact in helping to bring people together to help combat loneliness and isolation Volunteering in the garden and using this outdoor space will have a real social benefit for local resi-

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Celebrations And Early Easter Boost Growth In March

Britain’s top hospitality groups achieved above-inflation like-for-like sales growth of 5 2% in March 2024, the latest CGA RSM Hospitality Business Tracker reveals

Many operators will have enjoyed the boost to trading that events such as Mother s Day and St Patrick s Day brought, but the high growth metrics seen in the Tracker have been aided by early Easter Bank Holiday revenues falling into March 2024, while last year Easter trading fell into April 2023

The Tracker produced by CGA by NIQ in par tnership with RSM UK shows celebrations delivered par ticularly strong growth for the managed pub sector, where like-for-like sales were up by 7 2% in March Growth was softer for restaurants at 3 4%, and the On The Go segment has seen 5 2% decline

Whilst bars still recorded a decline of 0 5% in March this is somewhat of an improvement from the 13 6% and 7 4% declines in Januar y and Februar y respectively showing the impact the early Bank Holiday weekend celebrations and holidays has had on the hospitality sector this month

For the first month since November restaurant pub and bar groups achieved higher growth outside London than within the capital March sales inside the M25 were 4 0% ahead of last year, but ahead by 5 7% beyond it Karl Chessell director – hospitality operators and food EMEA at CGA by NIQ said: “These figures are

Loungers Looks to 600 Sites as Expansion Accelerates

Bar/restaurant chain Loungers Plc operating under the Lounge , Cosy Club and Brightside brands continues to grow with a new opening ever y ten days this year, contributing to local economies with considerable investment and job creation at each location

The company ’ s growth is underscored by a series of industr y accolades, including Best Pub/Bar Company, cementing its position in the hospitality sector

The chain, which was launched by three friends in South Bristol less than two decades ago now has 257 sites

In the past three months the group opened new Lounges in Bromsgrove (Verraco Lounge), Chepstow (Pontio Lounge), Macclesfield (Panadero Lounge), Westwood Cross (Riparo Lounge), Bracknell (Pineto Lounge), Ilkley (Vitello Lounge), Sidcup (Sar to Lounge) and Yeovil (Barolo Lounge)

The sites range from brand new developments to former banks, retail outlets and restaurants on the high street and in shopping centres demonstrating the variety and versatility of the Lounge concept

With each new Lounge site almost £1m is invested into the local high street and an average of 30 new jobs are created

Alex Reilley, chairman and co-founder of Loungers, said: “With a new site opening ever y 10 days so far this year across a wide variety of locations in the UK, Loungers continues to go from strength to strength with a fantastic pipeline ahead

“We still firmly believe that there is scope for over 600 Lounges and are more excited than ever about the future of this business ”

encouraging for hospitality after a slow star t to 2024 and show that people remain eager to celebrate holidays and special occasions in restaurants, pubs and bars While spending remains tight for many consumers, we can be cautiously optimistic that their confidence will continue to increase in 2024 in line with an easing of inflation Operators still face severe headwinds, and it may be some time before they generate sustained real-terms growth, but March showed the sector is moving in the right direction ”

Saxon Moseley, head of leisure and hospitality at RSM UK, said: “An early Easter break and the arrival of Spring weather gave rise to inflation-beating sales growth in March, with pubs the main beneficiaries as friends and family opted to celebrate in their local establishments After two months of sluggish growth to start the year operators will be hoping these results represent the green shoots of consumer confidence returning to the market as inflation slows and energy prices fall

The sector has seen several high-profile closures in recent months, with more challenges to follow including minimum wage and rates increases in April and changes to tipping legislation in July All will be hoping that this sales momentum can continue into the summer months to give businesses some much needed breathing space and help balance the books ”

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‘Double-Digit Growth for Out-of-Home Dining , with Increased Spending Forecast – Research Reveals

Research from consumer advisor Circana, the UK’s foodser vice market is experiencing a resurgence Consumer spending in restaurants, pubs, cafés and quick-ser vice eateries returned to double-digit growth with a rise of +10% year-on-year This hunger for out-of-home (OOH) dining is not just a flash in the pan as forecasts indicate a steady rise of +6% year-on-year in consumer spending throughout 2024, with visits also expected to rise by almost +3%

When asked about their financial situation over the next six months, 26% of consumers said they were optimistic and expected it to improve With this increased confidence , nine out of ten consumers (91%) repor ted that dining out remains comfor tably within their budget Fur thermore , almost one-third (32%) asser ted that their restaurant-going habits remained unchanged due to their stable finances, reflecting a +13%pp increase in this sentiment compared to last year While 9% said they could no longer afford to eat out in bars and restaurants

This surge in dining enthusiasm coincides with a steadily growing population of self-proclaimed ‘foodies’ with the number of people who identified as passionate about food experiences increasing to 21% (+7%pp) compared to 2023

Seton Leung Head of UK Foodser vice Circana said: “Restaurant-goers are becoming smar ter and adapting their spending habits in the eating-out industr y Although consumers are becoming more optimistic in their personal financial situations, the fact remains that the cost of eating out is a lot higher than it has been in the past, and one of the most popular money saving techniques is for consumers to seek out promotions

The alternative is that consumers will drop items from their order, or simply visit bars and restaurants less often To mitigate the latter from happening it is impor tant for restaurants to promote money-saving incentives to tr y to win back some of the lost footfall following heavy price inflation, given that a third of Brits claim to still be able to afford eating out ”


However, Circana’s research also highlighted a notable gap in the return to pre-Covid dining visits across Europe The UK lagged significantly with a -20% deficit compared to 2019 marking the largest gap among the ‘Big 5’ (Including Germany France Italy and Spain) Germany followed the UK with an -11% gap Spain boasted the closest return to its pre-Covid numbers, with just a -4% decline in visits, while also recording the highest increased spending of +11%

Amid rising dining costs, which averaged at +34% vs 2019 prices, around 50% of consumers expressed that restaurant prices have become too much, with two-thirds (66%) expecting prices to continue to increase To curb spending, half of these consumers altered their dining habits, with 27% opting to dine out less frequently When dining out, many customers sought ways to save by looking for the best value oppor tunities, with 43% searching for promotions, 24% avoiding high-priced menu items, and 9% opting for less expensive alternatives

Customers were also being more careful with spending on extra items; 22% passed on star ters, 15% on sides, and 24% on desser ts Additionally, 17% were scaling back on wine and other alcoholic beverages


Claiming more than half of the OOH market, quick ser vice restaurants (QSR) remained in strong growth with 56% of visits (+1pp year-on-year) however visitor numbers remained down on 2019 levels (-15%) The most impressive growth in visits was seen in contract catering; travel and leisure (+12%), vending (+11%), education (+10%), and workplace (+8%), reflecting the growing number of people returning to the workplace

Visitor numbers to QSR have largely shifted towards other channels, with travel and leisure emerging as the primar y beneficiar y (15 million), followed by pubs and full-ser vice restaurants (both 6 million) and workplace/education (3 million)


Snack Surge: Dinner visits dipped by -2% year-on-year as the trend of snacking throughout the day morning, lunch, and evening rose by 6%, driven by tightening budgets

Deliver y dip: Following the decline of Covid-19, the growth in deliver y ser vices has levelled off as more people resume on-premises dining The shift in deliver y visit numbers, year-on-year, included an increase of 21 million towards on-premises dining 5 million for drive-through ser vices and 3 million for carr y-out orders

Café culture: British consumers normally spend ‘connected hours’ related to work/study/hobby at home (86%) Alternative locations included eating out places such as café/baker y (21%) public spaces/libraries (14%) and co-working spaces (17%)

Digital dining: 65% of consumers have multiple restaurant and deliver y apps on their phones enhancing digital ordering, expanding choices and enabling direct engagement

Sustainability selection: Around 40% of British consumers said sustainability influences their loyalty in the restaurant industr y, though price and menu offerings were more crucial Still, 36% were more loyal to eco-conscious restaurants

Green choices: Despite only 6% of the population being vegetarian and 3% vegan, British consumers chose veggie dishes in half of their dining out experiences

Social influence: When choosing food and beverages in restaurants, 37% trusted family and friends’ recommendations, 14% consulted ar ticles and media, 13% considered adver tising and reviews from food producers, 10% valued opinions from trusted figures like journalists and influencers, and only 6% followed advice from doctors or nutritionists

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Hoteliers Urge Government To Be More Hospitable

Hoteliers in Bristol are pleading with the Government to be more hospitable towards their businesses in the wake of growing financial pressures

This month saw an increase in the National Living Wage which businesses have no choice but to tr y to absorb but at what cost!

The Bristol Hoteliers Association (BHA) says the Government must do more to suppor t the nation’s hospitality sector, which he said was once again left out in the cold in the spring budget

Prior to the budget, the BHA, trade body UKHospitality and more than 100 businesses wrote an open letter to the Chancellor outlining the suppor t needed to help their businesses sur vive

More than 40 MPs signed a letter to Jeremy Hunt urging him to suppor t the hospitality and tourism industries

But BHA Chair Raphael Herzog said:

For the most par t, all our pleas fell on deaf ears, and now that the wage increases have come into effect, it s becoming even more challenging for hospitality businesses

Hotels are having to simply absorb the wage increases, but at what detriment? This week they said that the bills for going out, food and retail are increasing, so is the living wage increase good news to ever yone? Cer tainly not

“We’re saying now that enough is enough and the Government needs to open its eyes and fully appreciate the significant contribution the hospitality sector make to the UK economy, and provide some meaningful suppor t “UKHospitality recently outlined three ways in which the Government can quickly ease the challenges we

face and we would really like to see some action taken in these areas

“Ever since the end of pandemic lockdown restrictions we ’ ve been asking the Government to re-introduce a reduced rate of VAT on hospitality leisure and tourism; returning VAT to 12 5% will match the average of our continental competitors

“The Government could also introduce a permanently-reduced business rates multiplier for our sector, at a rate of 30p in the pound

“And to help us cope with the record increase in the National Living Wage , we would like to see a temporar y reduction in the rate of employer National Insurance contributions

These measures would provide a much-needed show of suppor t for our sector and a morale-boosting vote of confidence in our businesses

We ve had a reasonable Easter holiday period, but the fact that the school holidays were split over three weeks in different regions didn’t really help as this means corporate and events were limited to only two weeks in April instead of three

“But there are some positive things happening, as long as our businesses are able to keep going long enough in order to be able to benefit from them

“The recent re-opening of the Bristol Beacon enter tainments venue has been positive , and we warmly welcome news that the Bristol Balloon Fiesta is returning this year, as this always brings a huge number of visitors to the city

“We were thrilled to learn that Ashton Gate Stadium has some big concer t plans again, so there are plenty of causes for cautious optimism, but it would be even better if could finally get the helping hand from Government that we have been calling for, for such a long time ”

The White Horse In Disley Re-Opens With New Business Partners

The White Horse pub in Disley, is re-opening with the arrival of new Business Par tners, husband and wife team Geof and Diane Taking the reins from Robinsons Brewer y, the couple bring with them over 50 years of experience between them in hospitality and a passion for deliver y exceptional ser vice

Geof and Diane met in 2007 at The Plough & Flail a popular gastro pub in the hear t of affluent Cheshire and both were an instrumental par t of its success, Diane as Assistant Manager and Geof as Junior Sous Chef

Geof will be Head Chef, creating a fresh, seasonal, varied food offering that will delight the taste buds He said: “Cooking has always been my passion! My speciality is a cracking Sunday Roast, with an exceptional gravy people have literally sat and drank from the jug!!

During furlough, Geof and Diane along with their niece created a business called Roasties Takeaways, ser ving local residents of Wilmslow and beyond with their takeaway Sunday Roasts during what was a difficult time It became extremely popular amongst locals, and was ver y successful Those customers along with their loyal following from previous employment are excited to visit the White Horse to taste one of his Sunday Roasts again

Diane will be out front doing what she does best A highly experienced customer ser vice professional, with a background in aviation and hospitality She sets extremely high standards for both herself and her team to deliver a complete ser vice journey for the White Horse customers from the ‘first hello’ to ‘thank you and look forward to seeing you again’

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How Voltage Optimisation Can Ease Pressure Of Energy Costs For The Hospitality Sector

With 85% of hospitality businesses confirming that rising energ y bills are a great worr y, many are looking for ways to reduce costs without affecting the level of ser vice and comfor t they provide customers Voltage optimisation (VO) is one solution that is proving successful for businesses that are implementing it, but there is still a high number of organisations that are unaware of how the technolog y works and how it could help them


Electrical equipment in the UK is designed to work at 220 volts, but the national grid can supply businesses and homes with up to 253 volts Not only does this waste energ y, but it can overload electrical equipment, significantly reducing the product’s lifespan and increasing maintenance needs This is where VO comes in

VO reduces the voltage levels supplied to electrical equipment, ensuring their individual optimum voltage is provided whilst preventing overloading devices, which can potentially cause burnout or faults For businesses like hotels, restaurants and bars that use a high level of energ y on ever ything from appliances to heating and lighting VO offers multiple benefits; it reduces wasteful energ y consumption improves energ y efficiency cuts carbon footprint, reduces downtime and costs associated with equipment maintenance , and saves money on energ y bills


One business that has star ted to roll VO out across its proper ty por tfolio is Ashley Hotels, which has more than 23 years ’ experience in developing and managing hotels

Having already installed voltage optimisers in several of its other premises, Ashley Hotels tasked VO reseller Optimized Energ y with finding the best solutions for two more of its proper ties - the Mercure Salisbur y White Har t Hotel and the Apar thotel Farnborough SACO, four-star establishments which offer high end accommodation with a level of guest comfor t that can’t be compromised The business’ aim was to reduce energ y consumption, lower energ y bills, and minimise its impact on the planet without negatively impacting guests’ experiences

On top of this, with hotel owners and investors required to follow initiatives and regulations that promote energ y efficiency and reduce carbon emissions – notably The Energ y Savings Oppor tunity Scheme (ESOS), the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) and the Minimum Energ y Efficiency Standards (MEES) – it was vital that the solutions suppor ted Ashley Hotels to meet these requirements

After the VO products were specified and installed at each hotel, the benefits were soon realised, as Alim Alim Hirji, Director at Ashley Hotels, explains: “Voltage optimisers were installed in our proper ties due to their energ y saving capability and the potential for extremely quick payback Across our group, the numbers speak for themselves ”

Following the installation at the Mercure Salisbur y White Har t Hotel, the business repor ted a 10% reduction in energ y consumption, saving £19,000 in energ y costs per year, representing a payback on its VO investment of just 7 3 months

It was similarly good news for the Apar thotel Farnborough SACO, which repor ted a 12 5% reduction in energ y consumption saving £38 000 reduction in energ y costs per annum achieving a 6 5-month payback on its VO investment

Hirji added: “The installation of voltage optimisers in future proper ties we operate will be a no brainer ”

Other brands in the hospitality industr y such as Holiday Inn and Mitchells & Butlers have also installed voltage optimisers with the latter recently under taking the UK’s largest roll out of VO working with reseller Powerdown220 to install the technolog y at 1,123 of its sites


For hospitality businesses that are interested in finding out how VO could help them, their first step should be to work with a reseller, such as energ y efficiency consultants, facilities managers, electrical contractors or energ y management companies Working with a reputable VO manufacturer, they will carr y out sur veys and deliver a repor t to calculate how much you could save if VO was installed, as well as specify what solutions would be most effective Installation can be quick, with regular repor ts following to illustrate energ y and cost savings

It’s estimated that just 50,000 business proper ties in the UK have VO fitted, with a fur ther 2 5 million potential business proper ties that would be suitable for the technolog y In sectors such as hospitality where rising costs continue to put the pressure on businesses VO could be a solution that more than helps them keep the lights on – it can help them operate and grow as a more sustainable and profitable business well into the future

Chestnut Expand Norfolk Footprint

In 2018 Chestnut acquired Suffolk coastal proper ties – The Ship at Dunwich and The Westleton Crown from Agellus (the vendor) Following that transaction, it was a seamless transition for team and guests – with both pubs going on to receive significant investment

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Following on from a successful first season, hosts Lucy Branson and Ruth Baker embark on Season Two with their conversational chat covering hot topics in the industr y As the hospitality sector continues to navigate challenges, From the Other Side of The Pass fosters a sense of community among industr y professionals Season Two delves into a myriad of topics essential for success in the fast-paced and ever-evolving world of hospitality, including the world of allergens and compliance , people management and culture , and nitty gritty topics, like handling customer complaints Dubbed the relatable EHO , Ruth, founder of Food Safety Consultancy, Simply Safer, offers bitesize episodes giving insight into the real dangers surrounding rice , and the wonderful world of Listeria Lucy, the lover of the people , is co-owner of restaurant group The Coastal Kitchen Family, shining a light on employee wellbeing; inspiring listeners to lead with confidence , by building positive workplace cultures Special Guests so far include All Star Marketing Club’s Victoria Vicker y; Qudos Management Coach, Margaret Faulkner, and Employment Law advise from Solicitor Emma Jewell, alongside a number of restaurant owners who have shared their own challenges and successes In a world where ever ything comes at a cost, this FREE podcast is available on all platforms, and offers actionable tips for you and your teams to take away and put into practice immediately Keep an eye out for new episodes from social media gurus Delivered Social and hospitality training exper ts Purple Stor y Listen here: https://linktr ee/simply safer Contact theothersideofthepass@gmail com if you have any questions you’d like the team to answer live on air, or if you’d like to feature as a future guest Acclaimed Hospitality Podcast From the Other Side of the Pass Shares Best Practice and Top Tips for Small Business Owners The Lifeboat Inn and The Chequers Inn in the Nor th Norfolk coastal village of Thornham have become the latest acquisition for Chestnut, East Anglia’s fastest-growing hospitality business The acquisition accelerates Chestnut’s foothold in the region through the addition of a fur ther 28 bedrooms – with the oppor tunity to add more A 27% increase in the number of overnight stays going into 2023, according to data from Visit Nor th Norfolk, highlighted increasing demands from tourists for accommodation in the area The Group recently hired Rob Spillings as Head of Operations Norfolk to help drive the expanding business The Maltings, Chestnut’s largest development project to date – a 28 bedroomed hotel in Weybourne (near Blakeney) with a barn style restaurant and bar overlooking the sea will open in summer 2024 Founder and Managing Director, Philip Turner, said of the new additions “We acquired our first proper ty in Norfolk one week prior to lockdown not an ideal star t to the journey During Covid we acquired five assets to capitalise on the growth of tourism in the region and the more permanent “work from home” lifestyle Building community around our proper ties is a huge priority for us which
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Hospitality Venue Takings up 52% Across Easter Bank Holiday

The hospitality sector enjoyed a significant uplift as research by London-based fintech SumUp (www sumup com), revealed that the Easter Bank Holiday boosted takings for UK hospitality venues

With news of inflation in UK shops dropping to its lowest level in two years (https://www theguardian com/business/2024/apr/02/inflation-in-uk-shops-drops-to-lowest-level-in-two-years) SumUp’s data suggests of the Easter Bank Holiday provided UK businesses a welcome trading boost, with sector-wide takings increasing nationwide by 26% when compared to the weekend previous, and increasing by 52% when looking specifically at pubs, bars and clubs

Data on SumUp card reader s from 29th of Marc h - 1st of Apr il 2024 compared to 22nd of Marc h - 25th of Marc h 2024 (Fr iday to Monday previous) showed that:

• There was a sector-w de increase in takings of 26%

• Pubs , bar s and c lubs saw a 52% increase in takings

• Restaurants and cafes saw a 26% increase in takings

• Recreation businesses , suc h as spor ts teams , saw a 61% ncrease in takings , with the return of the Prem er League boosting venues Outdoor markets saw a 27% increase in takings

• Cinemas and music venues saw a 20% increase in takings

Corin Camenisch, Product Marketing Lead at SumUp comments: It s great to see the positive effect bank holidays can have on UK businesses after what has been a difficult period for traders across the nation The news of retailers lowering prices in order to tackle inflation seems to have come at perfect time for consumers, who took the oppor tunity to enjoy the rarity of British sunshine and suppor t the highstreet Recreation business, such as spor ts teams, were boosted by the return of Premier League football after the international break and other spor ting events such as the annual boat race between Oxford vs Cambridge would have also helped hospitality venues along the race route and across the countr y ”

Soho’s Admiral Duncan to Host Commemorative Event in Honour of 25th Bombing Anniversary

On Tuesday 30th April from 5pm the Admiral Duncan in London’s Soho is welcoming the LGBTQ+ community regulars locals and allies to the venue to join its celebration of life and to commemorate its histor y 25 years ago the Admiral Duncan was at the centre of a three-par t extremist bombing The one-man campaign intended to stir up ethnic and homophobic tensions and the tragedy sent shockwaves through the nation However, the event marked an impor tant and positive shift in the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and the Metropolitan Police force who compassionately dealt with the aftermath of the scene

As the nation reeled in shock, the London community rallied together, and a huge meeting was organised in Soho Square on the Sunday following the attack and was attended by people in their thousands Among the impassioned speeches was the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, who led the search for the perpetrator and who ensured those taking witness statements and gathering evidence were all LGBTQ+ members of the police force This marked one of the first displays of unity and understanding between the LGBTQ+ community and the police force in London

With great pride the Admiral Duncan rebuilt itself and to this day remains an integral par t of Soho’s cultural fabric and an impor tant venue for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond within London’s nightlife scene

On 30th April the Admiral Duncan team invites guests to join them at the venue from 5pm to commemorate the occasion and celebrate the growth in acceptance and suppor t the community now has At 6pm a ser vice at St Anne s Churchyard will be held to remember those who lost their lives before returning to the Admiral Duncan to raise a glass to those who were affected The pub will also be putting on an evening of Cabaret in honour of the community

At the Admiral Duncan there is a memorial chandelier with an inscription and a plaque in the bar to pay respects to the people that lost their lives and were injured in the blast

The Admiral Duncan is par t of a 17 site LGBTQ+ group of pubs in London that was recently celebrated for raising a phenomenal £60,000 for Stonewall Housing, a UK based charity dedicated to suppor ting thousands of LGBTQ+ people across the nation to access safe housing when they are facing homelessness

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Five Ways to Increase Venue Bookings This Summer Season


UNDERSTAND YOUR AUDIENCE A well-executed approach to driving bookings can make




behind But before you do anything, identify your

and then research ever ything about them Are you looking to host corporate events? Is your venue well-suited for weddings? Or would you prefer to host smaller events like bir thday par ties instead? Once you know your audience , you can focus your event venue marketing on the right people Understand what they care about what their typical budget is and where they hangout online and then build a marketing plan to target them with content they care about


If you re not visible in Google s search engine results pages (SERPs), you are automatically missing out on a whole host of potential customers so invest in boosting your online presence

As well as ensuring your site is technically set up to appear in the SERPs, star t creating a regular stream of high quality and appealing content such as blog posts and videos showcasing what you offer, as well as useful information for potential customers Optimising your website for local search is crucial, so make sure you ’ ve updated your Google My Business profile and make sure the content on your site is properly optimised by using targeted keywords for specific search terms relating to what do and where you are And don’t forget that social platforms, most notably Tiktok, are often the first por t of call for Gen Zers so ensure your social profiles are also properly optimised and regularly populated with content that showcases what makes you special and why customers should come to you over your competitors

Whether it’s promoting special offers showcasing unique experiences or highlighting amenities digital advertising can help you reach a much wider audience than your organic channels allow With the right paid social and Google PPC strateg y in place , you can enhance your online visibility, attract more customers and ultimately drive revenue

However, in a competitive market like hospitality, acquisition costs are rising steeply so be smar t about where you are investing your digital marketing spend Think about who you are targeting and which platforms they are most active on and then what kind of content resonates best with them Only then can you build a successful and cost effective adver tising campaign


Showcasing positive feedback is the best way to build trust with potential customers Encourage satisfied customers to leave a review if they’ve enjoyed an event at your venue Incorporate these reviews into your marketing materials and share them on your website and social media platforms They don’t just reassure prospective clients, but also offer invaluable feedback to refine and customise your ser vices

It’s also essential to demonstrate your venue ’ s success through photos and videos of past events so people can envision the space filled with activity and enjoyment Authentic images capturing guests having a great time are invaluable


Venues that offer special promotions and packages for group bookings often enjoy higher occupancy rates Promotions can range from inclusive food and beverage options to Daily Delegate Rates (DDR) for corporate events These offerings make your venue more appealing by offering financial savings and simplifying the booking process

People always seek good value , so consider bundling ser vices or products Creating special menus for specific seasons or trends, like Dr y Januar y or Veganuar y, can fur ther persuade customers to choose your venue Ensure your packages are visible on your website or provide links to detailed brochures

By really understanding your target audience , investing in your SEO and digital adver tising strategies, highlighting positive experiences and offering regular deals, you will enhance your venue ' s appeal and boost bookings while significantly increasing revenue and staying ahead in the fiercely competitive hospitality industr y

Budweiser Brewing Group celebrates their dedication to ser ve quality, incentivising consumers to rate the quality of their Stella Ar tois ser ve , and rewarding customers who ser ve the perfect Stella Ar tois

Stella Ar tois, a proud par t of Budweiser Brewing Group, has announced the launch of its new ‘Perfect Ser ve ’ campaign, illustrating the brand’s dedication to the perfect ser ve ritual From the 1st of March consumers are encouraged to rate the quality of their Stella Ar tois or Stella Ar tois Unfiltered ser ved in 2000+ venues across Britain Consumers will be rewarded with cash back on the full price of their pint driving footfall to on-trade venues stocking Stella Ar tois on tap

From the 1st of May through to the 26th of June Stella Ar tois the official beer par tner of the Wimbledon Championships will then offer par ticipating consumers entr y to a prize draw for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Wimbledon Tennis Championships; transforming ever y Stella Ar tois moment into a chance to win

At the hear t of the campaign is a mobile powered platform called TaDa, which allows consumers to rate the quality their Stella Ar tois and Stella Ar tois Unfiltered ser ve As par t of the campaign, Budweiser Brewing

A group of people , calling themselves Anarchist Association locked themselves inside the Grade II-listed York & Albany hotel and gastropub situated just outside Regent’s Park last week, setting up an “autonomous cafe” inside the building, called Camden Ar t Cafe , pledging to ser ve free food to the local community, however they have since announced that the café is closed

In a statement Anarchist Association said: "This swanky building has been left empty for years, even though Camden has some of the worst levels of rough sleeping in the countr y

"Some of these rough sleepers decided to take their right to housing into their own hands "

"The fact that the chef was able to obtain the order that quickly shows that the legal system is designed for the rich It has nothing to do with justice

"Laws won t help us, politicians won't help us They only ser ve the wealthy and powerful Only we can help ourselves If people are not allowed to sur vive , they will take action to do so All evictions are violence But that won't stop us from squatting and we hope our actions will inspire others to take back control of their


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Earlier this week lawyers for Gordon Ramsay Holdings International Limited

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the perfect pint " The ‘Perfect Ser ve ’ uses the iconic Stella Ar tois chalice , pouring at a 45degree angle whilst allowing the foam to spill over the top of the chalice Next is to use the skimmer to slice the excess foam off the top – which creates a smooth foam barrier that locks in the CO2 bubbles, providing Stella Ar tois with its distinctly fresh flavour The final step is the placement, with the car touche (the brands iconic emblem representing it’s 600 years of brewing histor y) facing forward towards the consumer Sign up here https://thepubclub beer/ser vice/perfect-ser ve/ to be par t of the campaign Stella Artois Launches ‘Perfect Serve’ Campaign Celebrating The Perfect Pint Venue bookings are the lifeblood of hospitality businesses, from quaint countr yside inns to grand urban event halls And so in today’s market where consumer spending is down and competition is high
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Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous company Gordon Ramsey Holdings International has secured a High Cour t order for the possession of his London pub which is occupied by squatters
(GRHI) told a judge it had an “immediate right to possession” of the pub and asked for an order to re-take the proper ty amid a “risk of public disturbance” Judge Simon Brown granted the order at a shor t hearing in London Timothy Foot representing GRHI which counts chef Ramsay as one of its directors told the cour t that squatters had been ser ved legal papers via email and in physical form Mr Foot said that GRHI “remains the leaseholder of the proper ty, notwithstanding that it has ceased trading at the premises” Last week, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Police were made aware of squatters at a disused proper ty in Parkway, Regent’s Park, NW1 on Wednesday, April 10 “This is a civil matter and so police did not attend the proper ty ” In 2007 film director Gar y Love bought the freehold of the former 19th centur y coaching inn and then leased the proper ty to Mr Ramsay on a 25-year term with an annual rent of £640,000 Image © Copyr ight Sheila Madhvani and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence Gordon Ramsay Firm Secures Court Possession Order For Squatter-Occupied Pub

Oxford Par tnership’s On Trade Tracker has revealed that that Easter drove some cheer for the UK hospitality industr y, finishing the first quar ter of the year on a positive note In the four-week period to 31st March, volumes grew +2 4% vs the same period last year, as consumers celebrated an earlier Easter than 2023 as well as the Six Nations, and a multitude of big Football fixtures Over the Easter break, Suburban outlets alone saw sales grow by +7 2% in Week 14

that’s not all the good news! Outlet closures slowed in the 4 weeks to only 0 1% compared to -2 4% in Februar y

consumer footfall also showed growth +1 7% year-to-date and we can see a +3% growth over the latter par t of the week in Pubs & Bars

Consumer Dwell time continued to grow +4 9%, again driven by Pubs & Bars +6%, which we are also seeing in the latest Barclays Consumer Insight

When it comes to the days that have delivered the best results for the on trade , Sunday was the BIG winner for consumer footfall with a huge increase of +23% vs 23

Food Pubs drove this growth with +33% more footfall than a year ago Other star performers were Bar & Kitchens,

Laine Brings Augmented Reality Experience to Brighton’s Iconic Spiegeltent

Brighton-based pub company and craft brewer - Laine - has forged a unique par tnership with immersive experience studio Pixel Ar tworks to bring Pixel’s ground-breaking AR experienceThe Butterfly Trail - to Brighton s Spiegeltent festival, which takes place throughout May

Brighton s famous pop-up festival, based in Old Steine Gardens, has been an essential fixture in the city’s calendar since 2013 Laine and its par tners host the month-long event throughout May, which provides a unique space for festivalgoers to enjoy great food, drink and enter tainment in the May sunshine

This year, the Spiegeltent programme will feature an augmented reality (AR) experience currently wowing audiences at London’s Outernet on Tottenham Cour t Road The Butterfly Trail promises to add a touch of wonder magic and immersion to the festival’s already exciting enter tainment line-up Set within an eight-meter 360° sphere , visitors to the Spiegel Gardens will be transpor ted to a magical glasshouse , where they will be guided through a botanical haven to interact and explore the wonder of colourful digital butterflies as they flutter around their heads and land on the palm of their hand, all enabled by a smar tphone This natural wonder is brought to life with visual rendering and the smar t use of Unreal Engine to create the content on the complex dome canvas

our for Laine to bring the Spiegeltent festival to Brighton ever y May for the last 11 years It’s hosted some brilliantly enter taining shows in its venues - from grassroots ar tists to internationally acclaimed acts - and it s delivered some excellent food, drink, and festival fun for ever yone visiting the city for England’s foremost ar ts, fringe , and music festivals ”

“ This year ’ s Spiegeltent lineup will be as compelling as ever, but it will be taking an unprecedented leap forward with the addition of an AR experience to the programme Laine is hugely excited to work with Pixel Ar tworks to bring The Butterfly Trail to Brighton It’s a first for both of us to deliver this at an outdoor event like the Spiegeltent but impor tant for us to be showcasing the future possibilities of pub-based enter tainment something Laine has become well known for since it opened its first pub in Brighton in 1997 ” Riaz Farooq Senior Creative Director for Pixel Ar tworks commented: “It’s been amazing working with Laine and being able to bring this magical immersive experience to a new audience of families and festival goers Creating the content in a 360° format opens a much wider use of The Butterfly Trail experience , and people can feel fully surrounded by the butterflies It’s exciting to see the first rollout of our licensed ar t, cultural and purpose-driven experiences, Originals, after the success of The Butterfly Trail and our par tnership with The Outernet I can’t wait to see the response it gets from ever yone visiting ”

Speaking about this year ’ s Spiegeltent, Laine’s Co-Founder and CEO, Gavin George , said: “It’s been an hon-

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where Brunches and Ultimate Roasts have been attracting +31% footfall Suburban outlets were key to this growth +32% with City Centres behind the pace at +14% vs 2023 March’s consumer spending on overall Eating & Drinking saw stronger growth than in Februar y, at +2 6% compared to +2 1% This was driven by consumers gathering to watch the Six Nations and FA Cup fixtures, and to celebrate St Patrick’s Day Pubs & Bars drove the growth +3 2% whilst restaurants continued to decline -12 6% For restaurants the issue continues to be the decline in footfall with transaction volumes -15%, compounded by the declining length of the consumer visits -5 2% per occasion From a categor y perspective , in the 4 weeks we can see that draught Beer & Cider volumes grew +0 7% and year to date +2 3% driven by a welcome return of volume to City Centres and especially London Stout continued to drive growth +9 6% YTD as well as World Lager +7 3% So, all in all, a ver y healthy end to the first quar ter of the year for the UK on trade!
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The UK’s biggest RTD brand in the on-trade categor y, VK, has announced a par tnership with charity Ask For Clive in an effor t to suppor t venues in creating welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ customers

Founded in 2019 Ask for Clive is a charity that par tners with venues to promote inclusion and to create welcoming environments for the LGBTQ+ community The charity notably launched ‘Pub Pride’, to give venues the oppor tunity to celebrate Pride locally

As par t of the par tnership, VK’s has commissioned research on the topic of inclusivity in venues, revealing just how impor tant embracing LGBTQ+ policies are for venues, in terms of both customer footfall and spending

One of the key findings was that members of the LGBTQ+ community prefer to visit establishments that actively embrace diversity with over 70% repor ting feeling safer and more welcome in such venues, and 80% indicating a preference to spend more money in bars that actively prioritise inclusivity [1]

Unsurprisingly, over two thirds of respondents who identified as LGBTQ+ state that they would actively recommend a bar that introduces inclusivity policies to a friend; these venues will ultimately reap the benefits of repeat custom, with patrons returning to spend more following a positive experience

The stats also revealed the challenges encountered by LGBTQ+ patrons and how incidents of discrimination are leading to a reduction in spending in pubs and bars, with a staggering 1 in 4 people repor ting experiences of discrimination on a night out As a result of this experience , 59% of those now admit to completely avoiding pubs and bars that do not have inclusivity policies in place

These findings demonstrate a critical need for the implementation of initiatives aimed at fostering diversity and inclusivity within the hospitality sector

As the official RTD par tner of Ask For Clive , VK is sponsoring 1,000 venues to become par t of the Ask For Clive programme , with those who sign up receiving the Ask For Clive training pack and in-venue display items

The resources made available to pubs and bars will ensure they are able to showcase their suppor t for LGBTQ+ staff and customers, as well as openly communicating that they do not tolerate any form of discrimination

Daniella Mulvey, Senior Brand Manager at VK, commented on the brand's commitment to driving positive change in the hospitality sector : "VK’s mission is to bring people together to share unforgettable experiences, and we want to help create a more inclusive experience for pub and bar goers across the U K We’re working with our customers to help create spaces free from discrimination through our par tnership with Ask for Clive , and are dedicated to championing inclusivity within the on trade industr y "

"The research results are clear a huge percentage of LGBTQ+ drinkers are both visiting, and spending more in venues that actively suppor t diversity and inclusivity By implementing LGBTQ+ inclusivity policies, bars and pubs not only foster a sense of belonging but also cultivate a loyal customer base Those that don’t, risk losing custom both now and in the future

Danny Clare for Ask For Clive added: "We are delighted to par tner with VK in our mission to promote inclusivity and combat discrimination within the hospitality industr y Together, we can effect positive change and create environments where all bar goers feel respected and valued " Recently, the RTD brand achieved a Foundation Level Accreditation from the All Equals Char ter, created by Manchester Pride’s programme , to help businesses and organisations recognise and challenge any form of discrimination in the workplace This confirms VK is striving to champion equality and diversity for all members of the LGBTQ+ community not only in venues, but within its workplace too

To find out more about VK’s par tnership with Ask For Clive and to sign up a venue , simply click here: www vkofficial com/ask-for-clive

There are just days to go until the Grand Finals of Nestlé Professional’s prestigious Toque d’Or competition And award-winning chef and judge , Tommy Banks, has offered last-minute advice for the 12 budding chefs and restaurateurs competing for the grand prize

As the finalists prepare to go head-to-head, Tommy shares his five top tips to help them excel under pressure and make the most of the transformative , week-long experience:


“First and foremost it’s all about maintaining your composure And nothing helps more than staying organised and focused on the job at hand Remember to stick to your usual methods and stay disciplined, while always taking a moment to think through your approach This time you invest will pay off in your work ”


Toque d Or opens doors to extraordinar y experiences and exper t mentoring Whether you win or not, there will be so many learnings that help you come out of this experience stronger And you will gain so much experience , that I can promise , so it’s a ‘win-win’ situation


“It’s what stands you out from the crowd And in our dynamic industr y, a good work ethic and a positive attitude really does make a huge difference But don’t ever forget to be your true authentic self – your personality is what makes you unique and it’s what sets great chefs and restaurateurs apar t ”


“While you might have to step outside of your comfor t zone , the competition offers fantastic oppor tunities to meet new people This is a rare oppor tunity, so seize it by networking with your fellow contestants and judges You never know, these connections can become invaluable as you advance in your career ”


“Most impor tantly, enjoy yourself Although finals week will be ner ve-wracking,

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especially the Fine Dining Challenge , the experience of doing a good job and putting smiles onto people s faces makes you feel great That s what is unique about hospitality – so don’t forget that and be present in those moments It’s also just as much about self-care So prepare as much as you can to ease the ner ves and ensure you get plenty of rest and sleep in-between the challenges It can work wonders for performance!” The Finals will comprise a series of action-packed challenges built around the competition’s overarching theme of sustainability, covering topics such as locally sourced produce , regenerative agriculture and how hospitality plays an impor tant role in suppor ting communities Competitors will get the oppor tunity to hone their skills while exploring the latest culinar y trends and learning about farm-to-fork dining Joining Tommy on the judging panel for Finals Week will be winner of the 2023 Gold Ser vice Scholarship and footman at The Royal Household, Jupiter Humphrey-Bishop The Finals will also comprise a mix of judges from Nestlé Professional and former Toque d Or competitors – both finalists and winners – providing a platform for them to continue to develop their knowledge and also pass on their advice to this year ’ s competitors
Two Michelin-Star Chef Shares His Top Tips Ahead Of Toque d’Or Grand Finals More Than Half Of Bar-Goers Actively Avoid Venues Without Inclusivity Policies After Experiencing Discrimination

Culinary Creativity: The Latest Gimmick Or A Modern Hospitality Staple?

Fast-food chain, Domino s, has recently launched its new lasagne and carbonara flavour toppings –putting an unusual end to what now seems a pretty-plain pineapple-on-pizza debate Despite mixed reviews, these atypical menu items have cer tainly taken the internet by storm, discussions ablaze with astonishment and excitement

The unconventional choices follow earlier, 2023 effor ts to generate Eurovision toppings for each nation using AI – leading to the creation of a roast-beef-dinner pizza for the UK, a bratwurst pizza for the Germans and a coq-au-vin pizza for France

Meanwhile , Coca-Cola is ready to launch yet another flavour, after a series of experiments with hints and twists It’s all par t of an effor t to capture the hear ts and tastebuds of younger generations –with the spiced addition claimed to taste more like raspberr y than the chilli peppers conveyed According to Coca-Cola’s Nor th American Marketing Chief, Shakir Mon, it’s because consumer palettes are changing – and the drinks company sees an oppor tunity in that But is there more behind the latest trend in taste innovation? And more impor tantly is this just a gimmick to spark temporar y peaks in sales – or a trend that’s here to stay?


Exclusivity appears to be one of the major draws behind these out-of-the-box offers Take , for instance , Coca-Cola s limited-edition Happy Tears flavour, launched solely on TikTok on the 17th of Februar y, in the US and UK Designed to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, the salty yet peachy beverage captures the taste of happy tears that strangers’ generosity is said to inspire – encapsulating the trending mood of the brand’s new target demographic , typically expressed through emojis It’s a bold and ingenuous marketing move – particularly when followed by a range of exclusive merchandise


Far from limited to bids for profit and visibility, however, culinar y creativity is emerging as a norm across all areas of catering and hospitality

Nowadays, anything goes, whether it’s a combination of sweet and savour y in one dish, different tastes and textures from around the world – made popular by TikTok – or classic dishes with an unexpected twist There are clear social motivations behind this, with new foods and drinks providing people with a form of escapism and adventure amidst the mundane realities of their daily lives

In a cost-of-living crisis in par ticular, people want a break from the norm and don’t want ordinar y dishes they could make themselves at home if they re going to par t with their hard-earned cash This ties into the idea that young people now look to eating out as an experience rather than just fulfilling a basic human need,

making catering to weird and wonderful menu requirements a great way for restaurants to add value


Social media has fur thermore made food an integral par t of online sharing – and the more unique a dish is, the more people will want to talk about it This not only benefits restaurants, which can quickly go viral, but also benefits the original poster, who will garner more likes – explaining why ‘quirky’ will always be trending


Flavour experimentation is also becoming a form of self-expression with consumers now demanding customisable options to satisfy their cravings In fact, Technomic research has revealed that 65% of customers like tr ying new flavours from time to time and 62% feel the ability to modify their order is impor tant when visiting a fast-casual dining establishment

Adding new flavours is therefore a good way to increase both customer visits and spend – par ticularly as the same Technomic research found that 73% of consumers are more likely to visit a restaurant that offers new things and 66% are willing to spend more on peculiar items It seems variety is, indeed, a vital par t of customer engagement

Embracing new tastes and fresh ways of thinking

To this end, keeping up with new trends is essential to remaining relevant in the competitive hospitality industr y So, as consumer preferences evolve , restaurants must adapt accordingly, demonstrating a commitment to both customer satisfaction and innovation

To incorporate experimentation into their culture , without losing their core essence , restaurant owners must encourage collaboration amongst staff and chefs, to brainstorm and test new flavour combinations and ideas Likewise , they must conduct regular customer sur veys and tastings, gathering feedback on experimental dishes


More impor tantly, however, they must emphasise a balance between innovation and maintaining the core menu items that are central to their establishment’s identity For instance , whilst its fun to taste the latest deser t or limited-time menu item at McDonald’s most people will agree that the removal of the chain’s iconic fries would be a huge mistake Likewise , a pizzeria known for its traditional bases and famous Italian flavours shouldn’t venture too far away from its roots, adding a few complementar y items to spice up its regular menus, rather than replacing its existing identity and offers completely

This ser ves to ensure that loyal elderly or less adventurous customers are not alienated Remember cer tain demographics have less of a propensity for experimentation, including traditional thinkers or neurodivergents , who may prefer their ingredients not to be touching This is where customisation becomes so relevant, especially for restaurants looking to foster inclusivity Consistently delivering on core values, quality and ser vice will always be most impor tant

It s all about creating a suppor tive environment where creativity and individuality are valued and leveraged as business tools, allowing chefs to express themselves when cooking and customers to express themselves in their menu choices – provided that it aligns with the overall brand

The Summer of Love

Something about spring and summer makes the season perfect for getting back into the dating scene , whether it s the hot weather or the brighter evenings We conducted a sur vey to see how hospitality businesses can use music to enhance first dates and create a much calmer atmosphere The sur vey results give us insight into what music people want to hear on a first date Whether you ’ re a café or pub, there’s a genre of music suited to your venue that’ll create a memorable atmosphere for those ner vous first daters

The sur vey shows that around 61% of people prefer there to be music playing in the background on their first date as it can help them to relax (64%) and reduce awkwardness (57%) as music is a helping hand for breaking the ice (42%) Music can be a great way to star t conversation with 33% agreeing it’s a good talking point and puts them in a much happier mood (34%)


Working with our neuroscientist Dr Julia Jones (AKA Dr Rock) said: “studies show that our brainwaves often synchronise to the music we hear This means that you can use slow relaxing music to slow your brain-

waves and enter relaxing brain states ” So, when the first date ner ves kick in, they can really let the music do the talking!

We asked these UK singletons which genre of music they prefer hearing on a first date in different venues and the results show:

• Bar s should bop to pop (47%)

• Pop music in a pub (48%)

Restaurants should add c hill out music to the menu (63%)

• Cafes should look to play c hilled-out tunes (55%)

Not only can using music in your business help set the scene for first dates, but having background music as an aid to create a positive and relaxing atmosphere could result in those customers having a memorable experience which in turn, can help create customer loyalty with future visits

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Stonegate’s Property Team to Tackle Snowdon for Charity This summer, 26 members of Stonegate Group s proper ty team will be under taking the challenge to climb Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, for the group ’ s dedicated charity, Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND Association) Stonegate’s proper ty team are located across the UK and will come together on 3rd July to take on the challenge which has been spearheaded by Head of Proper ty, Jonathan Guise Andy Cavanagh, Director of Proper ty at Stonegate commented: “MND Association and Stonegate have a longstanding relationship and the team are always looking for creative ways in which to fundraise for this wor thy cause I’m proud that we have rallied 26 willing volunteers for our Snowdon hike challenge and we ’ ve been amazed by the funds raised so far The group of walkers will be taking the Llanberis path up Snowdon, the longest route to summit which stretches 14 5km with a 3,199 feet ascent The Snowdonia National Park Authority classifies Llanberis Path as a hard and strenuous route and the terrain includes steep hills, uneven footing and sections of scrambling Andy added: “It will cer tainly be a challenge to climb Snowdon, but we ’ ve got a determined team who are dedicated to the cause ” MND affects the ner ves known as motor neurones that are found in the brain and spinal cord These neurones are responsible for muscle function and the disease can lead muscles to weaken, stiffen and waste , which can affect how you walk talk eat and drink At any one time there are up to 5 000 individuals living with the condition in the UK The MND Association helps those dealing with their diagnosis to manage their symptoms and improves their access to care and research in England Wales and Nor thern Ireland

Speaking of Compliance in Allergies... In Light of Allergy Awareness Week

Ed Heaver is a retailer-turned-auditor and co-founder and CEO of Ser ve Legal (www.ser

obligation for retailers, it’s a moral imperative – a duty to safeguard the health and well-being of ever y consumer that walks through the doors of a restaurant, the aisles of a supermarket, or orders food that comes from the kitchens of food retailers

Recent audits from the UK and Ireland age-verification and compliance testing ser vice , Ser ve Legal, has revealed allergen awareness isn’t a rosy picture after all Their pass rates (instances where undercover auditors were offered allerg y information) for 2024 so far show an 11% dip from their audits in the previous year Their findings also reveal that while the overall compliance rate stands at 68%, there are alarming variations when it comes to specific allergens The audits examined and compared compliance rates for various allergens, namely – peanuts (63 5%), dair y products (51 6%), and gluten (47 9%) While each allergen presents its own set of challenges and health risks, determining the significance of specific allergens should ultimately be left to the discretion of consumers Take the case of Owen Carey, as an example On the night of his death in London (2017) his medical repor ts suggested that Carey had been exposed to multiple food allergies including spices peanuts milk and wheat Despite receiving assurances from the menu and staff regarding allergen-free options, the chicken burger he consumed had been marinated in buttermilk, to which he was highly allergic

Since then, the Carey family has been campaigning for a change in legislation

Amongst their list of proposals is the mandator y use of standardised labels for the four teen regulated allergens on restaurant menus, as well as the requirement for ser vers to proactively engage in conversation with customers about their allerg y needs This goes to the point that the severity of customers’ allergies is at their discretion, and as responsible retailers in the industr y, businesses must suppor t compliance with these revised recommendations and possible future regulations


For customers dealing with food allergies dining out can feel like navigating a minefield That’s why clear communication and a proactive approach are essential for a safe and enjoyable dining experience Here are five practical tips for customers managing food allergies while dining out/ordering in:

1 Do your research: Before c hoosing a restaurant, c hec k their menu and allergen information online Look for establishments that have c lear labeling or allergen menus available

2 Communicate your allergies: When making a reser vation or upon arr ival at the restaurant, inform the staff about your food allergies Be specific about the allergens you need to avoid

3. Ask questions: Don’t hesitate to ask detai ed questions about ingredients , cooking methods , and potential crosscontam nation r isks It s better to be safe than sorr y

4 Be vigilant: Even if a dish seems safe based on the menu descr iption, double-c hec k with the ser ver or c hef to ensure it doesn’t contain any hidden allergens

5. Trust your instincts: If something doesn’t feel r ight, or if the staff seems unsure about allergen protocols , don’t take any c hances It s okay to c hoose another dish/restaurant where you feel more confident about your safety


For retailers, managing allergies is both a legal and a moral obligation Failing to do so not only risks fines and legal repercussions but also damages the reputation of the business Here are some practical things retailers can do to mitigate the risk or allergic reactions:

1. Train staff: Ensure that all staff member s , inc luding kitc hen staff and ser ver s , receive comprehensive training on allergen awareness , handling, and communication protocols

2 Clear labelling: Implement c lear and accurate al ergen labelling on menus and food pac kag ng to help customer s make informed c hoices Consider using standardised symbols or color-coding to indicate allergen-free options

3. Test compliance: Regularly test and assess comp iance with allergen management policies and procedures Conduct internal/third par ty audits and inspections to uphold standards and promptly address any areas for improvement, ensur ing the ongoing safety of customer s and adherence to regulator y requirements

4 Stay informed: Stay up-to-date on the latest researc h, regulations , and best practices related to a lergy management

"Times have changed and compliance is now more critical than ever before Having lost my pub license due to non-compliance , I’ve experienced firsthand the consequences of failing to adhere to regulations The consequences of negligence can be devastating on both ends, and it's something responsibility retailers cannot afford to overlook," emphasises Ed Heaver, co-founder and CEO of Ser ve Legal

New Opening: Glasgow ’s Glaschu Restaurant To Open Second Site In City Centre

A Shepherd Neame pub in Canterbur y is now

20 CLH Digital Issue 209 Porkka is a leading Finnish manufacturer of high quality, energ y efficient refrigeration, Cold -rooms & hot-holding equipment and have been supplying high quality solutions to the UK commercial catering industr y, education, medical & marine sectors for many years Porkka UK has its headquar ters in Binfield Berkshire , from where wo operate a wide network of dealers and installation par tners Porkka maintains a large stock of spare par ts in Binfield for next day deliver y countr y wide We have recently taken steps to enhance our spare par ts business by launching a WebStore for 4/7 access to our extensive spare par ts list Known throughout the world for their reliability, longevity & energ y efficiency, Porkka cabinets, counters, modular cold rooms & ice makers are designed and manufactured to the highest standards to withstand the demands of the commercial catering environment Porkka manufacture a wide range of standard refrigerated products and importantly we can design and build bespoke solutions for any application from HOREC A to Pharma These capabilities allied with our unique patented cam-locked PIR solution have seen the Porkka Group go from strength to strength Contact Porkka today to see how we can work together for a brighter, more efficient future www porkkawebshop co uk
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home to a Blue Plaque commemorating where the Canterbur y and District Bat and Trap League was
in 1922
Canterbur y
to celebrate the
groundwork for its establishment Mr Humphreys – known as Bill – defined the standard size of equipment and pitches, before petitioning pub landlords to create spaces ahead of the inaugural season in 1923 Shepherd Neame held a successful centenar y celebration at Ye Olde Beverlie in 2022, which included the chance for guests to tr y their hand at the game in the pub garden where it was first played Deputy Chair of The Canterbur y Society John Walker said: “The game of Bat and Trap is something of a Kent tradition and it is believed that the game ’ s ancestor was first played in the 14th centur y The Beverlie Inn opened for business in the 1740s and it has records of the game being played there since it opened ” He added: “Canterbur y had ver y few of the famous Blue Plaques despite having been home to many interesting and impor tant people We were delighted to receive a nomination from Shepherd Neame to include Mr Humphreys in our bid to recognise those connected with the City who deser ve to be remembered and commemorated ” General Manager Scott Senior said: “Bat and trap is still alive and kicking at Ye Olde Beverlie! We are honoured to be able to commemorate its beginnings here , and it is fitting that we are able to do so where it is still being enjoyed – and will be for years to come ” Canterbur y and District League Press Officer Jakey Janes said: “We are thrilled that Bill Humphreys has been honoured with a Blue Plaque at the home of bat and trap Bill worked tirelessly for 33 years to put bat and trap on the map and it’s fantastic to see this recognised “The Canterbur y and District League began with five teams, including one at the Beverlie , and Bill’s work helped the spor t grow in popularity It’s been great to work with Shepherd Neame to help invigorate this competitive pub spor t once again ”
Britain’s oldest brewer has worked closely with The
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spor t s histor y The groundwork for the quintessentially British spor t was laid in a meeting held there on Thursday, September 22, 1922 Thought to be the forerunner of cricket, it was there that founder of the Canterbur y and District Bat and Trap League , Rober t William Humphreys, laid the

Says Brixton

The whole team over the past 7 years have ploughed hear t, soul, blood, sweat and a few tears along the way, into creating amazing beers and fantastic memories The past two years have been more than an uphill struggle due to the financial climate , huge increases in production costs and a stressed market which have all lead to the business being unviable ”

“We have appointed Administrators, Evelyn Par tners, today after spending time over the past few weeks tr ying to find a buyer for Cellar Head to take it onto it’s next chapter, but unfor tunately even with plenty of interest no one was found to be willing to take that risk

Any enquiries to be directed towards anthony young@evelyn com ”

our hear tfelt condolences remain with their families and friends

“Brixton Academy has consistently held a special place in the hear ts of music aficionados, and its cultural significance is immeasurable We have consistently advocated for its safe reopening, and today we reaffirm our unwavering commitment to ensuring its continued success as a safe hub for live music and nightlife ”

“Today is also a testament to the potency of collective action and the enduring passion for live and electronic music culture , and we are indebted to each and ever y individual who signed petitions, par ticipated in meetings, and voiced their suppor t through various avenues ”

“As the venue embarks on this new journey, we eagerly anticipate it welcoming music enthusiasts, ar tists, and the community to par take in the enchantment of live performances once more within this iconic space ”

“We personally want to thank our team suppor ters and ever y one of you who has bought a pint of Cellar Head over the years or spent time with us at the tap room Your suppor t whether that was in our early days in Uckfield, over COVID when the community dug deep and suppor ted local businesses with open

Did you know that just 1kg of food waste sent to landfill produces the same amount of carbon emissions as 25,000 500ml plastic bottles?

That’s not to say plastic waste isn’t also a problem that we need to solve But the impact of food waste is much more serious, while also being harder to describe and much less direct And, as around 12% of all wasted food occurs in the hospitality and foodser vice sector, foodser vice operations have a direct influence on this ver y real problem

At Prowrap, we ’ re committed to helping foodser vice operators balance food and material waste , minimising both to create a more efficient, profitable kitchen

That’s why we ’ re updating our market-leading Speedwrap film, foil, and parchment dispensers with a new, improved range – the Speedwrap Pro –making them faster, safer, and more efficient


Outside of environmental considerations, there’s also the financial angle to consider Wasted food is wasted money – and, at a time when the costof-living crisis is squeezing already thin profit margins, this can have catastrophic consequences

WRAP estimates that food waste costs the foodser vice sector £3 2bn ever y year – an average of £10,000 per outlet This is money that many outlets simply cannot afford to lose Throwing food in the bin means you ’ re leaving money on the table

However, on par ticularly busy shifts in the kitchen, it’s easy to see how wrapping and unwrapping small batches of ingredients or garnishes can get missed from time to time

That was the problem we , at Prowrap, set out to solve when we designed our new Speedwrap Pro dispenser Like its predecessor it cuts

arms, or more recently in spending time with us at the tap room, will ALWAYS be appreciated by us We hope we ’ ve added some happiness

Now made in the UK we designed the Speedwrap Pro to be as efficient as possible – and that process always begins with safety Nothing can derail a kitchen’s process like an accident, which is why we improved the cutting action of the Speedwrap Pro with a patented sheathed blade The blade only unsheathes and makes a cut once the lid of the dispenser has been pushed closed dramatically reducing the risk of accidents

The compact 300 model is ideal for smaller kitchens thanks to its minimal footprint Meanwhile , the wider 450 model is essential for catering businesses that regularly have

go beyond reducing food waste as they are also designed to reduce material waste with each use

The Speedwrap Pro is launching a fully recyclable refill roll across its film, foil and parchment range The plastic adapter required for the previous model will be removed and as a result, will dramatically reduce plastic use We’re excited to be introducing a range of fully recyclable films and our foil refills, which are proudly made from recycled content

precise lengths of cling film with a simple press on its lid streamlining the wrapping process while also minimising the amount of cling film that is wasted If you ’ ve ever spent precious time wrestling with a box of cling film tr ying to get the integral cutter to make a clean cut you ll understand how that time can add up quickly, spilling over into the rest of the kitchen processes No more sogg y serrated cardboard edges and twisted ragged lengths of cling film – just quick, clean cuts ever y time That’s Speedwrap Pro All dispensers are made in the UK significantly reducing carbon footprint during the manufacturing process The Speedwrap Pro 300 and the larger Speedwrap Pro 450 model feature several upgrades that emergered from our understanding of the fine balancing act between food and plastic
to wrap larger platters of prepared food or other ingredients Both models include antimicrobial technolog y for enhanced dispenser protection to reduce the risk of contaminants spreading onto stored food during the wrapping process, which will help when preser ving highly perishable ingredients But the benefits of the new dispensers
impor tant for operators to have a
they can rely on That s why Speedwrap Pro is a must for any kitchen looking to reduce its overall environmental impact and improve efficiency For fur ther information visit Prowrap Dispensers are a Cut Above Thanks to the New Speedwrap
Academy Reopening Marks New Era of Crowd Safety Within Performance Spaces Ahead of the Re-Opening of the Brixton Academy this evening more than a year after being closed Michael Kill CEO NTIA says: "We are pleased that the Brixton Academy will finally be able to open its doors this evening for the first time in over a year, with a comprehensive safety plan and extended licensing conditions which have been agreed by authorities to safeguard future events within this iconic building ” “It is impor tant to recognise at this
par ties
as well as establishing a new operating best practice for safety within licensed and performance spaces across the UK ” We also recognise the profound responsibility that accompanies this, and acknowledge the tragic events of December 2022 which resulted in the loss of two amazing individuals Gaby Hutchinson & Rebecca Ikumelo to which
As the foodser vice industr y continues to throw up unexpected chal-
point the immense effor ts made by all
to ensure a
and successful reopening
The Cellar Head Brewing Company based in East Sussex has closed with immediate effect Taking to social media owners Chris and Julia Mckenzie said It is with immense sadness that we announce the immediate closure of Cellar Head Brewing Company & Tap Room
and good times to your lives as you have to ours ” “Keep suppor ting small independent
as best you can, it’s tough out there
and raise a toast to the memories”!
Andy Slee
“This manifesto puts improving fairness
independent brewing
its core and
full of initiatives
we hope
all political par ties will consider as
up their plans for the next government ahead of the General Election “Independent breweries operate at the hear t of our communities, suppor ting our local pubs and delivering innovative fresh and tasty beer However they are constrained by a lack of access to market and a tax system that burdens small businesses We believe that with government suppor t we could boost the sector and ensure that independent brewing continues to thrive across the UK ” East Sussex Brewery Announces Closure 22 CLH Digital Issue 209 How Much Is Your Used Cooking Oil Worth? Fats, Oils and Greases (FOG’s) are used and produced in the cooking process To the catering industr y and food manufacturers, they were long considered a valueless waste product To the water authorities they are considered a noxious substance that dramatically increase the costs of maintaining the sewage networks To the Environmental Agencies they are a source of pollution in the waterways they are tasked with looking after Recent changes in environmental attitudes and the push for net zero carbon emissions have seen the increasing use of these waste FOG’s in alternative fuel production and have moved FOG s from waste to an additional revenue stream for the catering industr y The increase in value of these FOG s is evidenced by the increasing problem of used cooking oil theft from catering establishments One estimate suggests that this could account for a fifth of all used cooking oil This increase in value is driven by legitimate industr y demand as alternative fuel sources become mainstream One of those businesses has recently been showcased in Birmingham, with a joint project involving leading grease recover y unit manufacturer Fatstrippa, Lifecycle Oils, Severn Trent Water and Gurdwara Aid, a charitable enterprise of the Sikh community The project involves the supply of fresh cooking oil to the Sikh Temples for use in their Langar kitchens at competitive prices and collection of the used cooking oils by private equity backed Lifecycle Oils As par t of the agreement, they are supplied with free installation and ser vice of Fatstrippa Grease Recover y Units The used cooking oil is then processed by Lifecycle Oils using their patented method for use in electricity generation supplied directly into the National Grid and for their mobile generators that are used to power festivals and mobile electrical vehicle chargers Fatstrippa and Life Cycle Oils are looking at expanding this offer to the wider catering industr y in the coming months So how much is your used cooking oil wor th, probably more than you think! Call 020 7207 7713 Email or see the adver t on page 2
Last month the Society of Independent Brewers and Associated (SIB A) launched its election manifesto calling for more government
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Concerns Raised At Stonegate’s £2.2bn Debt

Concerns have been raised over the future of the UK’s biggest pub chain as it struggles to refinance £2 2bn of debts before 2025

Stonegate which operates over 4,400 establishments including popular chains like Slug & Lettuce and Be At One said in newly filed accounts that there was a material uncer tainty around its ability to continue as a going concern

In its latest annual repor t, bosses said: “Whilst there is a plan in place for refinancing this debt, as at the date of signing the financial statements there is a risk that it exists over the completion of this exercise

Despite ongoing discussions with potential lenders, the company has yet to secure new loans to replace existing debt set for repayment in June 2025 This predicament forced Stonegate to raise concerns about its ability to continue operating as a going concern, with uncer tainties surrounding its capacity to meet financial obligations and liquidate assets

Stonegate , based in the Cayman Islands and owned by private equity firm TDR Capital, expanded significantly in 2019 with the acquisition of Ei Group for £1 3 billion However this expansion came with a hefty debt burden of £1 7 billion coinciding with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic which severely impacted the hospitality sector through successive lockdowns

Rising costs and subdued consumer demand have fur ther strained margins for pub and restaurant firms leading to closures and insolvencies across the sector

Stonegate’s financial struggles are underscored by its significant debt load with total debt exceeding £3 bil-

lion and substantial finance costs incurred in the previous year Despite a rise in revenue to £1 7 billion, the company repor ted losses nearly doubling to £257 million, attributed to various costs including negative revaluation of brands and finance costs

David McDowall, CEO of Stonegate , said: I am really pleased with the performance of the business in 2023, which included a sectorleading Christmas trading period We have delivered a rise in revenue and a significant increase in profitability Our all-round performance exemplifies the strength and depth of the Stonegate estate , with our outstanding Craft Union and L&T divisions continuing to lead the way This is testament to the hard work of our people and par tners but also to the success of our on-going initiatives to increase profitability across our por tfolio of brands and venue formats

“Our performance gives me real confidence in the future and excitement in seeing our strateg y come to fruition Notably our asset optimisation plan which makes sure we have the right pub in the right location, further profit improvement initiatives, and above all our effor ts to continue to suppor t the Great British pub

“With a summer of spor t on the horizon, and the Euro’s and T20 World Cup fast approaching, we are looking forward to building on this momentum in the months ahead We have been ver y clear that we continue to work towards achieving our long-term balance sheet goals, with the successful refinancing of a por tion of our estate in December marking a significant strategic step towards this We would also like to assure our valued employees and par tners that venues are not at risk as a result of this process ”

The GMB trade union raised concerns about the company ’ s debt pile earlier this year, suggesting that failure to address it could place 19,000 jobs within the group at risk

The Plant-Based Zone Returns To Food & Drink Expo

With the prevalence of plant-based food growing significantly within the food & drink market, Food & Drink Expo aim to shed light on this booming sector through their dedicated Plant-Based zone , home to vegan and plant-based products

Suppor ted by The Vegan Society and Chirpea, the zone returns after a successful launch in 2023 to showcase some of the ver y best vegan and plant-based products the UK sector has to offer, including a range of meat alternatives, snacks, drinks, ingredients and just ever ything plant! Big names exhibiting include Suma Wholefoods (Stand CC210) BioVit (Stand EE211) Moving Mountains (Stand BB228) and Novameat (Stand FF210)

Food & Drink Expo also has an exciting line-up of sessions covering a range of industr y-impacting topics, highlights include:


The panel of exper ts in this session will debate the future of the plant-based categor y, identifying the challenges and oppor tunities that lie ahead


VBites founder Heather Mills sits down for an exclusive inter view with The Grocer to discuss ever ything plant and the future of VBites

Across five content theatres, a variety of exper t panels will call on some of the industr y ’ s biggest names for their take on the sector’s most pressing challenges Planet Organic’s founder Renée Elliott, UK&I MD of Innocent Drinks Sam Akinluyi, CEO of FareShare George Wright and Better Nature Tempeh’s Co-Founder & CEO Christopher Kong are just a few of the panellists scheduled to appear at the event

Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show, National Convenience Show, The Forecour t Show and The Restaurant Show will form par t of the UK Food & Drink Shows, encompassing the whole spectrum from food development grocer y to specialist retail wholesale hospitality and foodser vice

To find out more and to register for your free pass, visit: www foodanddrinkexpo co uk

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Tripadvisor UK’s Top 20 Most Popular Travel And Tourism Website In 2023

A new study has revealed that Tripadvisor was the most popular travel and tourism website across the UK in 2023

SEO agency Digital Climax analysed annual web traffic data to find the UK’s most popular travel and tourism websites over the past year based on the total number of visits they received each month

Using SEMrush, they compiled a list of the countr y ’ s twenty most visited travel and tourism websites and then used Ahrefs to find the estimated number of UK visitors throughout 2023 These results were then ranked to determine the most popular sites

Tripadvisor ranked as the most popular travel and tourism website across the UK in 2023, with approximately 428 million total visits in the past year It receives an average of 35 7 million monthly visits and was visited most in August when it received approximately 41 2 million website visits Tripadvisor specialises in comparing travel websites to showcase the best deals and as a platform for user-generated reviews

Booking com came second with around 127 9 million total visits throughout 2023 It had the most visits in August last year with around 12 6 million visits and receives an average of 10 7 million visits monthly Booking com compares the prices of hotels flights transpor t and attractions to highlight the best deals when planning a holiday

TUI took third place with around 120 2 million visits in 2023 The travel agency website was most popular in Januar y, with around 11 3 million visits, and receives an average of 2 million visits each month TUI is known for its holidays, cruises, flights, and hotels across the world and owns multiple airlines, cruise lines, and hotel chains

Trainline came four th with around 116 2 million visits throughout 2023 It had the most hits in July last year, with 10 7 million visits, and receives an average of 9 7 million visits per month Trainline specialises in selling train tickets and rail cards, alongside showing live train times and railway station information through its website and mobile app

Skyscanner ranked fifth with approximately 86 million visits in 2023 It receives an average of 7 1 million monthly visits and was visited most in July when it received approximately 8 5 million website visits Skyscanner allows users to research, compare and book travel options for their trips worldwide , including flights, hotels and car hire

Other travel and tourism websites that made the top ten include Easyjet, Jet2holidays, British Airways, Expedia, and Loveholidays

Axl Van Steenacker, SEO specialist and founder of Digital Climax, commented on the findings:

“The British public has always spent much time traveling for work or pleasure , whether staying in the countr y or heading abroad on holiday According to the Office of National Statistics UK residents spent around £58 5 billion and made 71 million visits abroad in 2022 after the easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions

“Travel websites make it easier than ever to book transpor t ahead of time or explore potential destinations with sites like Tripadvisor and Booking com covering all aspects of planning a trip It will be interesting to see whether the rankings for different airlines and hotels stay the same or fluctuate from year to year as new data is released ”

After the incredible success of the debut Pedalling 2 Pubs ride in 2023, the epic industr y bike ride and sibling fundraiser to Pedalling for Pubs, is returning for another year, having raised over £25k so far for two vital industr y charities; Only A Pavement Away and the Licensed Trade Charity This year ’ s Pedalling 2 Pubs team will set off in just over a month, with 50 hospitality professionals cycling 230km across the rolling hills of Nor th Devon from the 16th – 18th May 2024, all for a fantastic cause

2 Pubs launched last year, with riders tackling the Yorkshire Wolds and raising an incredible £80k

year ’ s UK ride follows the incredible effor t of the Pedalling for Pubs team, which saw 30 riders from across the hospitality sector take on the mammoth 400km cycle across rugged terrain in Kenya from Nairobi to the Masai Mara last month

Through the united effor t of Pedalling for Pubs and Pedalling

and CEO at the BII said Alongside the fantastic and incredibly tough challenge recently under taken in Kenya, organised and led by the inimitable Katy Moses, I am delighted to be leading the UK edition of this fantastic charity initiative We have 50 fantastic fundraisers signed up to cycle over 230km across Nor th Devon in May, with some tough climbing of over 3,300m which is higher than the 3 peaks combined! All of the riders are passionate about the life changing impact of the two critical sector charities that we are raising vital funds for, as well as being able to refuel and

Hospitality costs are up all over the place with utilities, fuel, food, staff and product costs all contributing to the inflationar y pressures In addition, new legislation will add fur ther cost pressures The Environment Act 2021 bans food waste going into general waste and down the drain in disposal units, so you’ll need separate , additional wheelie bins So where can you cut costs and increase profits without cutting ser vice and putting off customers?

One answer is in waste disposal and in par ticular food waste disposal If you can reduce your food waste wheelie bins your bills will go down

The Eco-Smar t Food Waste Dr yer is taking the countr y by storm saving catering and hospitality owners around 80% in food waste disposal costs Hotels restaurants and hospitals have all taken advantage of the easy-to-use technolog y which has been in the UK for over ten

years now The concept is ver y simple: you load the food waste throughout the day and turn it on at night when it’s full The machine extracts the water from food waste , (typically about 80% of the weight) overnight, leaving a dr y powder, only 20% of it’s former weight and volume , a fraction of the original wet food waste Simple and effective Six models from 20kg to 350kg daily capacity take all types of food waste so even small premises can benefit It is a ‘plug and play’ solution: you just need a power socket and a nearby sink drain for the extracted water to drain off “The new legislation will add costs This machine will reduce your
It’s also a hygienic solution which ends the headaches from
food waste in bins and compactors ” said David Boyd from Eco-Smar t For more information and a brochure go to or call 01522 692888
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2 Pubs organisers have set the impressive target of raising over £350k for the two charities this year Adding to an astounding £670k already raised in the first 2 years since the challenge was founded in 2022 Commenting on this year ’ s Pedalling 2 Pubs, Steve Alton, Lead Rider
recover at some great British pubs along the way ” Chris Welham, CEO of the Licensed Trade Charity added “It’s brilliant to be involved in this year ’ s Pedalling 2 Pubs ride It’s an initiative that’s great at bringing the industr y together and is so effective at raising vital funds and awareness for the Licensed Trade Charity, both of which are critical in enabling us to help even more people across our industr y that need it most Good luck to my fellow riders and thank you to all who have already donated ” Greg Mangham, Founder and CEO of Only A Pavement Away said “I’m beyond grateful for all those who are taking par t in this year ’ s Pedalling 2 Pubs, and to those who have donated so far Both these rides really are a testament to how our industr y comes together year on year to help those who need it most The funds Only A Pavement receives from this campaign enables us to reach more people facing homelessness and provide them with a pathway into a stable career in hospitality It really does change lives, so thank you to all our riders, sponsors and suppor ters ” 50 Hospitality Leaders Take On A 230km Cycle Across North Devon’ In The Return Of Pedalling 2 Pubs: UK Edition

Britain’s top hospitality groups achieved above-inflation like-for-like sales growth of 5 2% in March 2024 the latest CGA RSM Hospitality Business Tracker reveals

Many operators will have enjoyed the boost to trading that events such as Mother’s Day and St Patrick’s Day brought, but the high growth metrics seen in the Tracker have been aided by early Easter Bank Holiday revenues falling into March 2024, while last year Easter trading fell into April 2023

The Tracker produced by CGA by NIQ in par tnership with RSM UK shows celebrations delivered par ticularly strong growth for the managed pub sector, where like-for-like sales were up by 7 2% in March Growth was softer for restaurants at 3 4%, and the On The Go segment has seen 5 2% decline

Whilst bars still recorded a decline of 0 5% in March, this is somewhat of an improvement from the 13 6% and 7 4% declines in Januar y and Februar y respectively, showing the impact the early Bank Holiday weekend celebrations and holidays has had on the hospitality sector this month

For the first month since November, restaurant, pub and bar groups achieved higher growth outside London than within the capital March sales inside the M25 were 4 0% ahead of last year but ahead by 5 7% beyond it

Karl Chessell director – hospitality operators and food EMEA at CGA by NIQ said: “These figures are encouraging for hospitality after a slow star t to 2024 and show that people remain eager to celebrate holidays and special occasions in restaurants, pubs and bars While spending remains tight for many consumers, we can be cautiously optimistic that their confidence will continue to increase in 2024 in line with an easing of inflation Operators still face severe headwinds, and it may be some time before they generate sustained real-terms growth, but March showed the sector is moving in the right direction ”

Saxon Moseley, head of leisure and hospitality at RSM UK, said: “An early Easter break and the arrival of Spring weather gave rise to inflation-beating sales growth in March with pubs the main beneficiaries as friends and family opted to celebrate in their local establishments

After two months of sluggish growth to star t the year, operators will be hoping these results

Pub’s Place In Bat And Trap History Commemorated With Blue

Britain s oldest brewer has worked closely with The Canterbur y Society to arrange for the plaque to be established at Ye Olde Beverlie to celebrate the par t it played in the spor t’s histor y

The groundwork for the quintessentially British spor t was laid in a meeting held there on Thursday, September 22, 1922

Thought to be the forerunner of cricket, it was there that founder of the Canterbur y and District Bat and Trap League , Rober t William Humphreys, laid the groundwork for its establishment

Mr Humphreys – known as Bill – defined the standard size of equipment and pitches, before petitioning pub landlords to create spaces ahead of the inaugural season in 1923

Shepherd Neame held a successful centenar y celebration at Ye Olde Beverlie in 2022, which included the chance for guests to tr y their hand at the game in the pub garden where it was first played

Deputy Chair of The Canterbur y Society John Walker said: “The game of Bat and Trap is something of a

Kent tradition and it is believed that the game ’ s ancestor was first played in the 14th centur y The Beverlie Inn opened for business in the 1740s, and it has records of the game being played there since it opened ”

He added: Canterbur y had ver y few of the famous Blue Plaques, despite having been home to many interesting and impor tant people We were delighted to receive a nomination from Shepherd Neame to include Mr Humphreys in our bid to recognise those connected with the City who

been ser ved legal papers and have been forced to cancel the opening of their community cafe on the premises today

represent the green shoots of consumer confidence returning to the market as inflation slows and energ y prices fall The sector has seen several high-profile closures in recent months, with more challenges to follow including minimum wage and rates increases in April and changes to tipping legislation in July All will be hoping
this sales momentum can continue into the summer months to give businesses some much needed breathing space and help balance the books ” Uber Grossed
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Marco Pierre White’s Leicester Square restaurant, which closed its doors in Februar y this year has been secured by police after hundreds of squatters moved in according to media repor ts Squatters have moved into the site putting up a sign window warning that they cannot be removed without a cour t order as the building was not being used for residential purposes and was vacant Up to 400 squatters were believed to be in the proper ty which was the location of the Mr White’s restaurant until it closed at the star t of this year Although he was not directly involved in the 600 cover venue , it was run by Black & White Hospitality, the company he set up with entrepreneur Nick Taplin The company runs nearly 30 restaurants around the UK Gordon Ramsay has also seen squatters move int his Grade II-listed York & Albany pub and hotel he owns in Camden, nor th London That restaurant closed during Covid and on Tuesday Mr Ramsay applied to the High Cour t to have the squatters removed Yesterday, (April 17) the squatters said they had been ser ved papers, forcing them to cancel their soup kitchen that they were running from the establishment The group of so-called “autonomous” activists say they are “committed to providing free food and creating a space for the community” but now say they have now
From Its Food Delivery Business In Five Years
A Shepherd Neame pub in Canterbur y is now home to a Blue Plaque commemorating where the Canterbur y and District Bat and Trap League was founded in 1922
deser ve to be remembered and commemorated ” General Manager Scott Senior said: “Bat and trap is still alive and kicking at Ye Olde Beverlie! We are honoured to be able to commemorate its beginnings here , and it is fitting that we are able to do so where it is still being enjoyed – and will be for years to come ” Canterbur y and District League Press Officer Jakey Janes said: “We are thrilled that Bill Humphreys has been honoured with a Blue Plaque at the home of bat and trap Bill worked tirelessly for 33 years to put bat and trap on the map, and it’s fantastic to see this recognised “The Canterbur y and District League began with five teams including one at the Beverlie and Bill’s work helped the spor t grow in popularity It’s been great to work with Shepherd Neame to help invigorate this competitive pub spor t once again
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Manchester’s new so-called ‘tourist tax’ has raised almost £3 million during its first year, it has been revealed

The City Visitor Charge , a £1 per room, per night fee , was introduced in April 2023 to pay for measures aimed at attracting more visitors and is currently being collected from 73 hotels and ser viced apar tments that fall within the Manchester ABID Zone

Manchester was the first city in the UK to introduce a tourist tax with Cambridge now considering a charge of £2 per night with plans to increase the rate after two years

However, in Manchester, the levy has been frozen for five years so will remain at £1 plus VAT until then

When the City Visitor Charge was introduced, Manchester ABID said it would use the funds raised to carr y out a number of measures in the city that will contribute to increasing tourist visits and

Tourism Business

overnight stays, including marketing campaigns, securing large-scale events , conferences, and festivals in low-season months, and improving overall street cleanliness

Kumar Mishra, the general manager of The Edwardian Manchester, who is the chairman of Manchester Accommodation BID said cash raised from the charge had funded a campaign to boost stays during “traditionally lower occupancy months”

New music events and business conferences have also been suppor ted to fill bed spaces, alongside backing for events like the Manchester Flower Festival, Manchester Pride and Chinese New Year Training has been offered to security staff, and funds have also gone on extra street cleaning around the city centre

Mr Mishra said “big plans” were emerging in the next year to make the city even more attractive to visitors

Encouraged To Enter Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards For Chance To Shine Bright On Tourism’s

The 17th Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards, celebrating the best tourism businesses in the Highlands s encouraging is encouraging hospitality businesses to enter and bring together industr y leaders, rising stars new enterprises and trusted names to celebrate achievements and recognise excellence in the sector

The Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards (HITA) categories encompass ever y aspect of the tourism and hospitality sector including food and drink, accommodation and experiences to outstanding individuals, action on climate change , inclusivity and innovation

The 2024 HITA categories are:

Best bar or pub

• Best eating exper ience

• Best hotel exper ience

• Best se f-cater ng or unique stay

• Best B&B or guest house exper ience

• Outstanding cultural event or festival

• Celebrating thr iv ng communities

• Inc lusive tour ism

• C imate action

Best visitor attraction

• Best outdoor or adventure exper ience

• Tour ism and hospitality emp oyer of the year

• Tour ism individual of the year

• Highland ambassador

• Rising star

• Innovation in tour ism

Ben Thorburn, head of marketing at Wilderness Scotland, Aviemore which won the HITA and national Scottish Thistle awards in 2023 for best outdoor or adventure experience and also climate action, urged fellow businesses to enter the awards: “If you ’ re thinking about entering ‒ just go ahead and do it! The anticipation of being shor tlisted and then hopefully turning up at the awards ceremony and taking away an award is fun and can really act as an incentive for the team

Beyond that, it s a celebration of ever ything you yourselves are doing as businesses across the Highlands and Islands ”

Garr y Munro, director for commercial markets for the Highlands and Islands at headline sponsor, Royal Bank of Scotland, added: “It’s a great way to showcase how well you ’ ve done , to tell your stor y, to tell peo-

ple about all the excellent work your business does, how you deliver fantastic customer ser vice how you collaborate and how well you treat your people

“It’s a great way to demonstrate that and to get to a wider audience ”

Covering all the regions of the Highlands and Islands; from Arg yll in the west to Moray in the east and Orkney and Shetland in the nor th the annual Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards bring together industr y leaders, rising stars, new enterprises and trusted names to celebrate achievements and recognise excellence in the sector

Winners proceed to the Scottish Thistle Awards national final to represent the region and compete with the best of the rest of the countr y IN ADDITION TO THE HITA CATEGORIES, THERE ARE ALSO THREE NATIONAL-ONLY SCOTTISH THISTLE AWARDS CATEGORIES TO ENTER:

Best business event

• Best luxur y experience

• Outstanding spor ting event

The Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards ceremony will be held at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness on October 4, and will be a fantastic opportunity to shine the spotlight on the region s best tourism and hospitality businesses

Entries to the awards close on April 28

Visit www hita-awards com to find out more

Pump Technology Ltd Sponsors London Broncos

Ever since Jeremy Brownlee , the company s Chairman and an ex rugby player himself, founded Pump Technolog y Ltd over thir ty years ago they have suppor ted and been involved with rugby in all its forms, from youth sides right up to the professional game

In fact, they are now a major suppor ter of the London Irish Foundation (who were instrumental in making this deal work) and who they suppor t in the community they work with LIF also intend to regularly run charity events at the Broncos games

Jonathan Barker, Pump Technolog y Ltd’s MD comments:

“We are excited to have been able to secure the back-of-the-shir ts spot and know that this will increase our brand visibility across the media We look forward to a long and successful relationship with London Broncos, utilising this to develop our work in the community with our friends at the London Irish Foundation”

About London Broncos - London Broncos RL is a professional Rugby League Team in the South East of England, based in West London but with fans across the South of England and beyond The club plays in the Super League , the highest tier of British Professional RL, and is well known for its successful Women s team and Lion’s Development Programme which aims to integrate the spor t into local schools and develop the next generation of Elite Rugby League talent in the South of England

Head of Commercial, Mark Kemp, says “We are delighted to have Jeremy, Jonathan & all the guys at Pump Technolog y involved with us through this sponsorship We would like to thank Andy and his team at the London Irish Foundation for the introduction and bringing this par tnership together and we are all looking forward to working together over the coming season and beyond”

Pump Technolog y Ltd specialises in supplying equipment from all of the major wastewater and sewage pumping manufacturers and hold extensive stocks in their Aldermaston warehouses

The group also incudes – LeeSan (Marine Sanitation) Pegasus Pumps (Custom Tank Manufacturers) Pump Technolog y Ser vices Ltd (Pump Commissioning and Ser vicing) and Cinderella UK (UK distributors of

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Pump Technolog y Ltd one of the UK’s largest supplier of wastewater and sewage pumping systems, has completed a sponsorship deal with Rugby League s London Broncos
The Pump Technolog y Ltd logo will now feature on the back of the team’s shir ts and will also feature on pitch-side boards and various other promotional media associated with the club
Cinderella Incineration Toilets) More information: www.pumptechnolog or 0118 9821 555

The Rise of Pub Snacks: A Prof itable Oppor tunity in the UK Hospitality Sector

In the ever-evolving landscape of the UK hospitality industr y, where trends come and go one thing remains a steadfast companion to pub-goers: snacks Often overlooked but essential, pub snacks have emerged as a lucrative market segment, providing crucial suppor t to the licensed trade In this feature , we explore the significance of pub snacks, their evolving popularity, and how they present a unique oppor tunity for operators amidst changing consumer behaviours and the backdrop of a major spor ting summer



Pub snacks have long been synonymous with the quintessential British pub experience These modest offerings play a pivotal role especially during times when economic constraints or shifting consumer habits impact dineout behaviour As people opt to eat out less frequently due to economic uncer tainty, pub snacks offer an accessible and affordable alternative , aligning perfectly with the pub's social ambiance

The pub sector s reliance on snacks has deepened over the years

According to industr y data sales of pub snacks have experienced steady growth, with an increasing number of consumers opting for light bites or quick nibbles during their pub visits This trend underscores the impor tance of snacks as a revenue stream contributing significantly to the overall profitability of pub establishments While snacking is popular all year round, consumers look to the savour y snacks categor y during summer holidays and spor ts events when they can enjoy quality time with friends and family Comfor t is key when it comes to pub and bar food choices and stocking customers favourite flavours will heighten their enjoyment

Snacks are an impor tant driver to increase out of home spend Snack sales in Pubs & Bars are now well exceeding pre COVID-19 levels and in a 2023 repor t savour y snacks was wor th £4 16bn and growing at +13 8% Snacking occasions are growing +2% with savour y snacking (+20%) growing ahead of sweet (+11%) in pubs and clubs

• 38% of pub visitor s say they are interested in see ng snac k menus n Pubs

• 62% of out of home customer s buy snac ks


The convergence of major spor ting events such as the Olympics and European football championship provides a unique oppor tunity for pub operators to capitalize on increased footfall and heightened consumer engagement During these peak seasons, traditional pub snacks witness a surge in demand, as patrons gather to cheer on their favourite teams while

enjoying a selection of savour y treats


To optimize snack sales and enhance the pub experience , operators can implement strategic measures:

• Diver sify the Snack Menu: Introduce new and innovative snac k offer ings to cater to var ying tastes and preferences , inc luding vegan and gluten-free options

• Promotional Bundles: Create entic ng snac k and dr ink bundles , encouraging customer s to explore different combinations

• Enhanced Presentation: Visibility is Key Ensure your snac ks are vis ble! Elevate the presentation of snac ks through attractive ser v ng platter s or themed offer ings tied to major spor ting events

• Seasonal Specials: Introduce seasonal snac ks or limited-time offer s aligned with spor ting fixtures , foster ing exc tement and boosting sales

• Social Media Engagement: Leverage social med a platforms to showcase snac k offer ings , promote special events , and engage with customer s

In an era defined by shifting consumer behaviours and economic uncertainties, pub snacks emerge as a beacon of oppor tunity within the UK hospitality landscape Their enduring appeal, coupled with the upcoming summer of spor t, presents pub operators with a golden chance to not only boost revenues but also foster lasting patronage By embracing innovative strategies and catering to evolving consumer preferences, pubs can transform snack time into a profitable venture while keeping punters engaged and satisfied one bite at a time

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As a trusted supplier to independent shops, pubs, and the hospitality industr y, we offer a range of sizes in all our products for direct reselling

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A Twist on the Traditional – The Perfect Wine Cocktail

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The sweetness of Por t can help balance out flavour s in a coc ktail, especial y when comb ned with other ingredients like citrus juices b tter s or spir its with higher alcohol content It adds depth and complexity without being overly c loying

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FSA have now discussed the allergen information proposals during its December 2023 board meeting and the government body has confirmed

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It’s been more than two years since Natasha’s Law came into force , but there’s evidence that many food businesses are still struggling to comply with it

The law, known formally as the Food Information (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019, means all businesses in England that produce pre-packaged for direct sale (PPDS) food to customers on site must label food clearly with information on potential allergens present These need to stand out so a customer can tell at a glance what they’re about to eat

A 2023 study carried out by Erudus the market leading source of accurate allerg y, nutritional and technical product data, found that more than half (54%) of 116 PPDS products sampled still failed to meet the requirements by accurately declaring the presence of allergen ingredients on the labels

The repor t also revealed the most common reasons for noncompliance in the sample In a quar ter of cases no information at all had been placed on the packet a third failed to list ingredients two fifths didn t emphasise allergens and a third featured illegible information

Incorrectly labelled PPDS can not only put customers’ safety at risk, but those who don’t comply also face the possibility of large fines of £5,000 per instance and reputational damage , with longer-lasting consequences for customer

numbers THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB One way to achieve compliance with Natasha s Law reliably and efficiently is by adapting your labelling processes Small businesses have historically opted to handwrite their labels, but these are time-consuming and risk poor legibility Pre-printed labels from an external supplier is one alternative , but can lack flexibility and prove costly as any changes or additions to a product’s ingredients will mean ordering a new run of labels and potentially throwing away unwanted bulk-printed batches An on-site printing solution avoids these issues To help business of all sizes comply efficiently, integrated packages are available that bundle a label printer with easy-touse menu-management software These make it simple to keep your labels up to date as you make changes to your menu, and multi-site solutions are available for those businesses with more than one outlet If you ’ re looking for a compliant labelling solution, a Brother printer can help make it easy, whether as a standalone device or as par t of a turnkey menu-management system from one of our par tners To find out more go to Taking the Fear From the EHO Inspection Ask any food operation, and they’re likely to agree that an EHO inspection provokes feelings of anxiety and sleepless nights But it shouldn’tfor establishments who audit carefully and have the right checks and processes in place , an inspection should be an oppor tunity to demonstrate their competence and secure that crucial 5 rating The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) relies on regular face to face meetings on the food premises which allows the EHO to see the facilities, ask questions and examine process, paperwork and general hygiene standards Dependant on the evidence available during the inspection, the EHO will score the premises in three key areas and the rating will be awarded based on these scores Environmental health practitioners are a valuable source of information and advice and can help a food business shift their operation from good to great The Safer Food Group have teamed up with a leading Environmental Health consultant to produce a comprehensive FREE training course to help food business managers assess their readiness for their inspection, available now from www thesaferfoodgroup com The course details the three areas of an inspection and how it will be under taken Learners are suppor ted by a comprehensive checklist that
secure a 5 rating uses a blend of video and written content to suppor t the learner throughout their training Businesses with SFG accounts can secure access to the free course for any employee with a learner account – adding even more value to our comprehensive food safety training por tfolio View the course and the whole por tfolio here: www thesaferfoodgroup com or call 0800 612 6784, info@thesaferfoodgroup com for more information FOOD HYGIENE RATING 0 1 2 3 4 5 VERY GOOD The Food Standards Agency
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A New Oil Enters the Kitchen

Although Sunflower oil is a popular and well-regarded oil, it has a cousin, ‘High Oleic’ Sunflower oil that is less well known and vastly different

This new oil is impor tant because it has proper ties that will be of interest to professional cooks It is high in Oleic Acid, also known as monounsaturated fat (Omega 9) which is also the main fat in Olive Oil

It is not just about health though

High Oleic Sunflower Oil is par ticularly resistant to Oxidation (breakdown) and so will perform significantly more fr ying cycles in a busy kitchen Extensive trials have proven that the oil will outperform even a rugged Palm Oil and easily surpass a rapeseed or soya medium It can also be filtered cold and more cycles mean less downtime for the friers

High Oleic oil is stable in high temperature cooking and has a high smoke point which degrades more slowly than cheaper oils

Because the oil is strong it means that even with a modest premium price , it saves money and waste , so you are effectively increasing the quality of your ingredients and cutting costs at the same time

The oil is a great alternative to rapeseed as there are now calls to reduce the amount of Rape cropping as it is less sustainable than Sunflower crops, which are naturally resistant to insects and as a regenerative crop need less nitrogenous fer tiliser It is the most sustainable oil

High Oleic Sunflower Oil was once the preser ve of food manufactures who prized the resilience of the oil, but it is now available wholesale from Flavoil, who introduced the oil to the UK trade and its distributors

For more information please feel free to contact Mar tin McHugh on mar tin m@flavoil co uk There is more information on

the countr y with fresh chips and this supply remains ver y much at the hear t of our business today

We grow more than 15 000tn of potatoes each year and select the finest quality and best tasting, UK grown Red Tactor approved potatoes when producing our chips through our BRC accredited facilities Ever y batch of Triple F Chips undergoes rigorous quality checks prior to leaving site , ensuing we offer consistent quality tasty fr ying chips day in day out

Par tnering with a broad network of distributors allows for us to supply you with our freshly prepared and cut chips, wherever you are in the UK We have recently also made it even easier to order our chips having opened our own online shop to ser vice customers in areas where we continue to expand our distributor network

If you would be interested in finding out more about FFF, par tnering with us as a distributor or would like to discuss your fresh chip requirements in more detail please contact our sales team directly on 0113 5136875/ sales@fyldefreshandfabulous com /

Chef's Buyer's Guide Introducing the new Alber t Bar tlett inspired by James Mar tin range , a chef's dream come true for elevating catering menus with convenience and high-quality ingredients This range celebrates the renowned quality and taste that has made Alber t Bar tlett a beloved homegrown brand in the UK LUXURY MASH: Crafted from single variety British Alber t Bar tlett Potatoes, this high-end restaurantquality mash offers a rich taste and silky-smooth texture that screams luxur y Packaged in 800g containers for por tion control it can be cooked from chilled or frozen without compromising on quality CLASSIC MASH: Made from British Alber t Bar tlett Potatoes this high-quality mash is perfect for ever yday meals With the same convenient packaging and cooking versatility as the Luxur y Mash, it ser ves as an excellent base for adding your own creative twist CLASSIC FRIES: Experience the perfect taste and crunch with these classic fries made from British Alber t Bar tlett Original Rooster potatoes Coated and fried to perfection, these gluten-free fries are consistently tasty and crispy, ideal as a classic side or as a base for additional flavors TRIPLE COOKED CHUNKY CHIPS: Indulge in the ultimate chip experience with these chunky chips featuring a bespoke batter for the perfect crunch Made from British grown Alber t Bar tlett Original Rooster potatoes, these chips lock in quality and freshness through freezing, providing a delightful side or a canvas for culinar y innovation SWEET POTATO FRIES: Delight your customers with sweet potato fries coated in a unique batter that delivers a crispy outer layer and smooth sweet inner flesh These fries offer a healthier alternative with the same attention to quality and freshness found across the Alber t Bar tlett range SKIN ON FRIES & TRIPLE COOKED CHIPS: For a rustic touch, tr y the Skin on Fries or Triple Cooked Chips made from British grown Alber t Bar tlett Original Rooster potatoes The skin-on feature adds texture and flavour while the triple cooking process ensures a perfect crunch and fluffy interior, ready to complement any dish on your catering menu Elevate your culinar y offerings with Alber t Bar tlett inspired by James Mar tin range , where convenience meets quality to create unforgettable dining experiences for your customers See the adver t on the facing page for details Elevate Your Catering Menu with Albert Bartlett Inspired by James Martin Range Fylde Fresh and Fabulous Established in 2005, Fylde Fresh and Fabulous has fast become one of the UK’s leading processed potato vegetable and chip suppliers thanks to our exper tise in the field In those early days the Fylde Fresh and Fabulous team recognised the lack of consistency in the supply chain for manufacturers and food ser vice operators and addressed this issue by establishing a unique potato growing programme The result from this was a high-quality product for customers that provided a platform on which Fylde Fresh and Fabulous could build for the future Powered by potatoes! Processing over 1000 tonnes of vegetables each week, the peelings generated through this process are used in our ver y own bio-gas plant! Vegetable peelings, balanced with whole crop silage and animal manure , produce sufficient gas to generate up to 1800KWe per hour of both thermal heat and electricity This energ y is used to power and heat our Preston site with the remaining expor ted back to the National Grid supplying enough power to run over 1000 homes in the local community Triple FFF Chips remain at the hear t of all we do Since the star t of Fylde Fresh & Fabulous way back in 2005 we have supplied chip shops throughout
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Taking a Closer Look at Seafood in the Foodservice Sector

In the ever-shifting seas of consumer spending anyone involved in the selling of seafood can thrive from a better understanding of the current trends and market oppor tunities Our latest repor t, ‘Fish and Chips in Foodser vice , looks at the insights we ve uncovered based on data gathered over two years (to September 2023)

The first step to changing or reacting to buying behaviour is knowing what drives customers Our repor t on out-of-home seafood sales combines industr y data with consumer sur veys to reveal the bigger picture

The headline news is that, despite declining fish and chip shop sales, overall fish and chip sales across total foodser vice are recovering, with 1 1 million more ser vings in the last two years While the cost-of-living crisis has had a dampening impact on the market post-pandemic recover y continued steadily, slowing only in the most recent quar ter (July to September 2023)


Foodser vice equates to almost a third of the volume sales of seafood Of that fish and chip meals represent around 20% of all foodser vice seafood consumption In the two years analysed 337 million ser vings of fish and chips were sold – a 0 3% increase on the previous two years


Despite under-50s representing 73% of the out-of-home total of food and drink ser vings, 59% of all fish and chips ser vings are to consumers over 50 This skew is more apparent in pubs, where over 72% of fish and chips ser vings are to over-50s


Fish and chips perform better in adult-only occasions, par ticularly in pubs and full-ser vice restaurants where over 80% of ser vings are to adults without children


Saturdays are now the most popular day for fish and chips, with Fridays a close second Together, they account for 43% of all fish and chips ser vings per week


In line with the trading behaviours seen in foodser vice , there’s been an increase in purchases of frozen fish and chips products from supermarkets

as a cheaper substitute to takeaways For many people dining in at home has become the new ‘going out’


On-premises dining remains impor tant to people for the socialising oppor tunity it offers with full-ser vice restaurants seeing an overall traffic growth of 2 5% Meanwhile , fish and chip shops have seen a significant dip in sales as consumers tighten their purse strings to cope with the cost of living


1 Engage younger consumers to broaden the consumer base

2 Expand the buying window by finding ways to make fish and chips relevant throughout the week

3 Embrace deliver y ser vices and app-based ordering, and explore digital loyalty schemes

4 Explore oppor tunities to diversify with por table snacking options or expand menus for fish and chip shops

5 Emphasise value for money, promoting fish and chips as a delicious, filling and affordable meal option

In navigating the evolving landscape of the fish and chips market, businesses must be willing to adapt, innovate and strategically target emerging oppor tunities to ensure sustained success

Want to dive deeper? Read the full repor t at www seafish org/insightand-research/seafood-in-foodser vice-data-and-insight

Atlante: Excellence Beyond Borders; Exploring Flavours, Markets and Opportunities


We develop, source , manage & distribute private label and branded food, wine & textiles

We delight in connecting retailers in the UK and Ireland with our fantastic network of regional Italian producers Whether your needs lie in food ser vice products, private label, impor t/expor t, or brand creation, we can help THE ATLANTE METHOD

Our exper t cross-functional team works on an end-to-end process basis with you, to develop tailor-made products for your specific requirements, from brief to basket Atlante is unique as we are neither an agent nor broker We are a value-adding link between retailers and producers

We are totally independent and do not represent producers so are able to use our exper tise to identify the producers best suited to meet your needs

We simplify the process and help you to do more with less and in in doing so we save cost, we save time and we save effor t


We are a dynamic and international team of professionals We operate all over the world through a network of producers and our international staff Our headquar ters are located in Bologna, in the hear t of the Italian Food Valley whilst a dedicated team is based in London suppor ting our UK customers and par tners We bring together the best of Italy and UK, whilst also working globally For all enquiries and to discuss your brief with us today, please contact:

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Carpigiani is the global leading manufacturer of soft ser ve , milkshake , gelato, and frozen drink machines As industr y leaders, we know best how to balance the science and ar t behind this colourful sector of food production, and we ’ re taking our ser vices even fur ther by providing exclusive insight and extra suppor t that our customers deser ve with our Soft Ser ve and Shake Consulting scheme

Desser t specialists and business owners can get the recipe for sweet success with first-hand exper tise from Carpigiani development chefs dishing up industr y insights, flavour trends, menu development, and how to get the most out of the latest technolog y from soft ser ve and shake machines

Our Carpigiani consultants will show you various techniques and accessor y recommendations to help put tailored twists on your soft ser ve and shake products and explain how these ideas can be developed using different flavours, ingredients, textures, and colours to create a solid business strateg y to help develop your desser t and drink menus This brand-new initiative is set to leave attendees feeling confident and inspired to shake up their menus using insights from Carpigiani UK’s development chefs

The Soft Ser ve and Shake Consultancy sessions focus on four key areas: machine configuration and settings food style , machine-mix capability analysis, and operations management This will cover ever ything from

understanding successful retail concepts to profitability targets and expected sales flow

As all the Carpigiani machines are manufactured with the industr y-leading and patented technolog y Hard-oTronic - which consistently measures and adapts the mix consistency - as well as Carpigiani’s patented Hopper Agitation technolog y - ensuring the mix stays fresh without splitting - the four-hour sessions will explain and demonstrate how to best utilise these ground-breaking features to create a truly special and delicious product

If you ’ re looking for new ideas, techniques, recipe inspiration, or the perfect machine for your business, the new Soft Ser ve and Shake Consultancy run by Carpigiani UK is most definitely for you!

The courses are £35+VAT and bookable on the website - www carpigiani co uk/soft-ser ve-consultancy Alternatively please call Carpigiani UK Ltd on 01432 346018 or see the adver t on page 7

Follow us @CarpigianiUK

LittlePod - The Campaign for Real Vanilla

When LittlePod launched in 2010, we discovered that even some of the best chefs in the business did not realise that vanilla was the product of an orchid

It became clear that there was a need to educate cooks about real vanilla as opposed to the ar tificial alternatives that had become so prevalent

This prompted us to initiate our Campaign for Real Vanilla – a mission that continues to this day

Four teen years later, having inspired countless professionals to keep it real in their kitchens, we are delighted that so many young people are using LittlePod products

Educating future generations of chefs remains high on our agenda and at Colchester Institute , patisserie teacher Stephanie Conway is helping spread the word

As we see some welcome signs of spring, the eating out market is also showing evidence of green shoots, and we look forward to seeing consumer optimism and visits to the on-trade recover though the year

So how do we tempt them back and nur ture spend with the right menus? To help hospitality businesses stay ahead of the cur ve , Bidfood have uncovered five key trends that are shaping consumer choices in 2024

This year it s all about creating a sense of adventure and providing consumers with the oppor tunity to tr y something new, as well as focusing on authenticity and provenance Consumers also continue to be sustainability and health-focused, and these concerns are also influencing their choice of venue as well as food and drink From interesting flavour pairings, to creative , playfully presented dishes, a twist on British cult-classics and an increased focus on health and wellbeing – this year ’ s trends are tipped to be more exciting than ever!

great scope for chefs to be creative and have fun when planning their menus for 2024 68% of consumers find British fusion appealing, with over a third (35%) feeling this is because it bridges the gap between the exciting flavours of global cuisines and the safer ground of familiar British classics Tr y mixing up your Sunday roasts, English breakfasts and even desser ts such as crumble with interesting global flavours

To suppor t with the unveiling of these trends, Bidfood has launched its 2024 interactive guide , designed to help operators navigate the changing market and consumer behaviours, adapt their menus and fully explore the latest cuisines and flavours taking hold of the industr y The repor t also comes with a range of useful suppor t tools, including new additions to the trends video series expanded web content tasty new recipes and much more

For a look at the trends and to download the interactive trends guide head to their website: www bidfood co uk/food-and-drink-trends-2024

British Fusion is one of the trends which allows

We have to teach these kids not just how to use vanilla but also what it is where it s from and why it matters,” Stephanie said “The ethical side is impor tant and we must teach the students about sustainability If we don’t they’re not going to go into their own kitchens and educate their staff in the future

LittlePod is the only vanilla we use We get through tubes and tubes of vanilla paste and we love it The consistency is perfect and the tube is great You can squeeze ever y last little bit out, which is something we always do here I’m always stressing to the students that it’s impor tant to use real ingredients and nothing is better than LittlePod ”

Janet Sawyer MBE BEM, LittlePod’s founder and MD, has given numerous talks at the Michael Caines Academy, whilst Joe Mann, our former marketing manager, is now inspiring his students as Head of Food and Nutrition at Queen’s College in Taunton

Joe brought his current cohor t to LittlePod’s base in East Devon for last summer ’ s King’s Award for Enterprise presentation With education still at the forefront, and with such enthusiastic advocates on board, we re hopeful that the top chefs of the future will keep it real for years to come

www LittlePod co uk or see the adver t on page 30

the nationwide-based air and water hygiene company, has recently launched its new Kitchen Extract Auditing ser vice It has been developed primarily to suppor t Facilities Management companies when they take on a new multi-site contract When a new facilities management team takes over the running of a new multi-site contract, they may, as par t of that contract be required to make sure that the current specialist cleaner of the kitchen extract systems is carr ying out the work to the required standard As a member of the BESA and the Ventilation Hygiene Elite Scheme , Swiftclean has the experience and qualifications to carr y out these audits and ensure that they have been completed thoroughly and competently following the TR19® Grease specification TR19® Grease is issued by the BESA (Building Engineering Ser vices Association) and is widely accepted as the leading source of authority on kitchen extract system hygiene Our audit repor ts include a summar y of the overall condition of the extract system with photos They will detail the grease thickness levels before and after the clean and, if there are any inaccessible areas they will make recommendations as to how to resolve these issues More and more insurers are now insisting that systems are cleaned to the TR19® Grease specification It is impor tant for you to check your policy as there will be a possibility that you may not be paid out in the event of a fire if you cannot provide clear evidence of your compliance with TR19® Grease Swiftclean, as a member of the Vent Hygiene Register, is also a leading provider of exper t cleaning for kitchen extract systems routinely providing clients with compliant systems www swiftclean co uk See the adver t on page 34 for details Chef's Buyer's Guide 32 CLH Digital Issue 209 Cleaning and Hygiene Carpigiani Shares Recipe For Sweet Success With New Soft Serve Consultancy Discover Bidfood's 2024 Food and Drink Trends Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising Practising good hygiene maintenance is crucial for creating a safe and sanitar y environment for facility users in the hospitality sector Consistently implementing proactive cleaning measures helps to reduce the need for intensive deep cleaning, allowing facilities managers to allocate resources more efficiently By preventing the entr y of dir t into the building, the accumulation of unwanted debris inside can be reduced by up to two thirds, maintaining high hygiene standards A key way businesses can ensure hygiene maintenance is upheld is through selecting the right product for the job The Kärcher Puzzi 8/1 spray extraction cleaner is a product that is renowned for its exceptional cleaning performance and efficiency This compact machine effectively sprays cleaning solution deep into textile fibres, dislodging dir t which is then swiftly removed through back suction Its rapid dr ying capability ensures that textile surfaces can be promptly reused helping to increase efficiently and decrease safety risks For facilities prioritising operational efficiency steam cleaners like the SG 4/2 Steam Cleaner from Kärcher, offer a compelling solution Featuring onboard water tanks designed for continuous operation these steam cleaners minimise downtime , enabling cleaning teams to work uninterrupted for extended periods In today’s environment where businesses face increased scrutiny regarding cleanliness and hygiene all venues must show close attention to their cleaning practices From product selection to staff training and investment, prioritising hygiene is essential for achieving business success Kärcher Professional allows facilities to prioritise cleaning and hygiene with high performance efficiency with a vast range of products available www kaercher com/uk Cleanliness is Always in Season Independent Kitchen Extract Auditing Service

Cleaning and Hygiene

Reckitt Pro Solutions are proud to be presenting at Interclean 2024 (14-17th May) and will be bringing their por tfolio of internationally recognised cleaning and hygiene brands to Stand 403 in Hall 11 Reckitt Pro Solutions will be bringing the latest research results information and best practices for cleaning and hygiene in commercial spaces and demonstrating the role efficient and effective products have in helping create cleaning and hygiene protocols that suppor t stronger businesses

Jonathan Weiss, Commercial Director for Global Business Solutions EUANZ at Reckitt Pro Solutions, shared his excitement for the event and the oppor tunities that it presents: “Interclean is one of

In some ser vice industries cleaning is a necessar y byproduct of other activity

However for hotel managers it is par t of what makes your front-of-house impression from your foyer to your bar restaurants and rooms In any case , good hygiene takes time and resource to get right But can better cleaning lead to better productivity?

For hotel managers, maintaining a clean space for guests is pivotal and can be the difference between a guest returning or not Fur thermore with social media and public reviews becoming ever more commonplace hygiene is a key factor in ensuring the hotel s reputation is upheld

The simple answer is yes - by investing time in creating better cleaning practices and equipment you can keep staff moving forward throughout the workday to reduce lost time For example Tork Xpress® Multifold hand towel refills are 50% compressed enabling dispensers to hold twice as many towels to ser ve twice as many customers before requiring a refill With a simple upgrade you can save your staff time refilling and save valuable time for your end user This improves the overall efficiency of the business to help you offer the best possible experience to guests Additionally by designing the hand towel dispensers to only provide one towel at a time , Tork is helping to reduce waste , so businesses get more from less and reduce environmental impact

For more information on our hygiene solutions, visit www tork co uk

the most significant dates in the calendar, and it presents an oppor tunity for us to deliver the latest hygiene research and thinking as well as talk to businesses about the cleaning needs of their spaces along with the hygiene needs of staff and customers ” “In addition to our VIP lunch workshop, we will be at stand 403 consulting with attendees and discussing how to strengthen businesses through efficient and effective hygiene and cleaning protocols At the stand Reckitt Pro Solutions will be demonstrating how their exceptional hygiene solutions help create stronger businesses Alongside Dettol and Sagrotan the Finish Professional range will also be a key focus Specifically formulated for professional dishwashers The Air Wick range will also be on the stand at Interclean 2024 Products on show will include newer additions such as the award-winning Air Wick 24/7 Active Fresh which is the brand s first aerosolfree automatic air freshener and has a 95% naturally derived formula free from dyes and propellants See the adver t on the facing page for fur ther information or please visit uk reckittpros com Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising 34 CLH Digital Issue 209 Better Cleaning Means Better Productivity For Hotel Managers Reckitt Pro Solutions are Proud to Be Offering Exceptional Cleaning and Hygiene Solutions for Stronger Businesses at Interclean 2024

Products and Services

Global Brands, the leading independent ready-to-drink exper t, has announced the relaunch of its popular 90s RTD, Reef

Already available in independents pubs and bars across the UK the unique alcoholic orange and passionfruit juice drink is now accessible to on-trade for stocking, as well as wholesalers

Perfect for summer sharing occasions and with an ABV of 3 4%, Reef combines a real fruit juice base with vodka for a taste like no other ; juicy tropical and still chill It is set to be marketed as the ultimate nostalgic RTD beverage , stirring up memories of good times and carefree days and nights

Originally introduced in 1998, Reef quickly became a fixture in bars, offering a refreshing blend of orange and passionfruit that captured the spirit of the 1990s For the last 4 years, Reef has been the top-selling brand on online retailer Goodtimein co uk and now after a hiatus, Reef returns to the ontrade with a refreshed design, while retaining its classic flavour profile

Jacob Barrett, Brand Manager at Reef, said “We’re seeing the impact that 90s culture is having for today’s consumer, especially with the growth of our iconic Hooch brand We feel that Reef is perfectly

Exclusive Elegance and Quality by Design

Benefiting from Fracino's extensive research and development programme world class engineering skills and state-of-the-ar t production technolog y, the Romano-R is a genuine fusion of style and luxurious quality

Available in 2 or 3 group versions, it boasts all the power, technical qualities and reliability synonymous with Fracino products in a stunning design to create the ultimate coffee bar furniture The Romano elegantly combines classic cur ves and retro styling with contemporar y materials and close attention to detail, ensuring a truly outstanding finish Featuring latest technolog y integration, the full width touch pad features ‘digital trace’ icons for the drink selection and a wide range of control features within the programme - including controlled on/off times for maximum energ y efficiency, coffee extraction displayed in volume and time for each espresso shot for precise drink quality multi-lingual display selection and digital programme set-up for easy user adjustment capa-


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placed to join the nostalgia revolution and bring its chilled vibes to venues up and down the countr y “It’s still the same great product that ever yone knows and loves but now at 3 4% ABV to make the drink more sessionable , and

Our powerful combination of stylish design and creative technolog y enables discerning clients to choose a bespoke finish for their Fracino espresso machine Our exper tise caters for individuality – whether it be to enhance a theme or interior design, promote a brand - or simply to challenge convention

We offer the option to select a bespoke mirror finish in a range of lustrous colours, which draw out the beauty of the highly polished stainless steel, whilst an extensive range of dramatic solid colours – in a satin or matt finish – are available to complement and enhance the interior designer’s creativity and provide the finishing touch befitting the individuality of the exclusive luxur y restaurant and coffee bar

Transforming the purely functional into an enviable work of ar t; that s Romano!

Fracino - +44 (0)121 3285757 sales@fracino com www fracino com or see the adcer t on page 13 CLEAN Linen & Workwear are one

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Marketing Director at Global Brands, Matthew Bulcroft commented “Convenience alone is not enough to entice customers they're also seeking an experience when they’re out drinking Reef offers a unique proposition that resonates with consumers memories of carefree summers and vibrant social gatherings in the 90s We aim to amplify Reef's presence in the on-trade sector, ensuring that bars recognise the value it brings to their RTD offering Global Brand’s wider por tfolio of RTD’s includes VK, Frankin & Sons, be , Hooch, All Shook Up,
Baby Shake , Kick Energ y, Lustre , Amigos Tequila Beer and TAKE Tequila For enquiries regarding Reef's availability and stocking oppor tunities, please visit: https://globalbrands co uk/contact/ A Real 90s Classic: Nostalgic RTD Returns to Pubs
Mobile Kitchens Ltd specialises in the hire of temporar y catering facilities and foodser vice equipment Ideal for events or to provide temporar y catering facilities during your kitchen refurbishment, our versatile units and equipment offer an efficient and economical solution to the caterers’ needs Production Kitchens, Preparation Kitchens, Ware-washing Units, Dr y Store Units, Cold Rooms and Restaurant Units are available as individual units in their own right or they can be linked together on site to form a complete complex Alternatively we can offer modular open-plan facilities usually for larger longer-term hires We offer a free design ser vice , and project management from concept through to deliver y and installation on site , plus full technical suppor t throughout the hire period So if you ’ re planning a refurbishment or need to cater for an event then why not give us a call and we ll be happy to provide advice and put forward a competitive proposal For fur ther information or to arrange a site visit, email: sales@mk-hire co uk or call us on 0345 812 0800, or visit our website: www mk-hire co uk Temporary Catering Facilities “Meiko already leads the market in terms of sustainability for rack transpor t dishwashing " says Meiko UK MD Paul Anderson "and Meiko has once again stunned the market by announcing massive savings on energ y and water which could not have come at a better time for UK caterers ” Meiko previously announced in 2023 running cost savings of up to 21% for its new MiClean undercounter dishwashers! ‘Maximising productivity with minimal staff ’ is our theme – ask us how a re-design can help boost productivity ’ • Up to 21%* energ y and up to 38%* water can be saved (* compared to the previous model KM 280) thus reducing operating costs The UPster K range is what Meiko calls its ‘restaurant’ dishwasher because UPster provides top-quality cleaning with minimum space requirements The theme of this year ' s HRC stand is helping caterers combat staff shor tages Meiko's dishwashing specialists explain how using sound design ergonomics and clever accessories such as tabling and sor ting stations are vital to maximising productivity with minimal staff UPster K comes in a choice of lengths giving caterers precisely the dishwashing capacity needed, from 120 racks per hour to 150, 190 and 210 There is maximum flexibility for dishwash design because UPster K can take a variety of shapes using powered exit and entr y cur ves, tabling and sor ting racking Heat recover y systems come free with UPster K because they are built in at the factor y Given sufficient air changes no direct exhaust air connection is usually required because heat recover y effectively manages air quality Award-winning customer ser vice includes commissioning always by Meiko At a time when operators are looking for guaranteed hygiene , combined with maximum economy and improvement to staff working conditions – the steamfree UPster machines provide the most sustainable rack transpor t choice MEIKO Announces 38% Less Water, Detergent, Rinse Aid and 21% Less Energy Consumption on Upster Rack Transport Dishwashers Kitchen Equipment and Fit-Out Issue 209 CLH Digital 37 Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising

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Caterquip Ventilation Ltd is proud to be celebrating their 23rd Anniversar y this year This Warwick based company offers nationwide coverage for all your commercial catering needs: free site sur veys, quotations and designs (C AD), quality bespoke and standard fabrications specialist knowledge of catering ventilation systems including input air, odour reduction (carbon filtration and ESP) and sound attenuation Affiliated members of Constructionline and CHAS, Caterquip Ventilation have a strong hold in the marketplace often advising industr y professionals on ventilation systems to a DW172 specification & BSEN:6173 They have strong relationships with all leading kitchen equipment suppliers, and they offer a kitchen design ser vice to help you build your ideal kitchen Projects under taken have included Olympic Villages, Basildon Hospital, The Mitre Hotel at Hampton Cour t, The Truck Stop at Anglesey The Lodge at Old Hunstanton, Colleges, Schools, Hotels, Restaurants and Public Houses They ensure their systems are compliant with the current guidelines whilst maintaining an efficient and dynamic facility With extensive knowledge of manufacturing and installing ventilation systems, they can help you design the best kitchen within the space available Call: 01926 887167, visit: www caterquipventilation co uk, email: info@caterquipventilation co uk Reliability is absolutely essential for busy commercial kitchens This is especially true when pumping hot wastewater from equipment such as pasta boilers glasswashers dishwashers, combi ovens and even sinks with Zip taps The Problem: While all wastewater pumping systems utilise submersible pumps, these are generally only designed for pumping wastewater at nominal temperatures of 35°C The Solution: For wastewater coming from a system that regularly discharges hot wastewater a submersible pump rated for continuous use is therefore essential Over many years of testing and development, one range of pumps has become the benchmark for reliable hot wastewater pumping These are the Jung Pumpen 730HES (10m closed valve), or for higher discharge requirements, the 1030HES (12 5m closed valve) Due to their internal shaft seal design, specification and choice of construction materials these pumps are reliably rated for continuous operation at 90°C , meaning that they are specifically designed for hot wastewater These unique pumps can be used as par t of an automatic hot wastewater pumping system and a number of different floor mounted tank designs and options are available These include the Pump Technolog y Ltd, DrainMajor (pictured) for single pump specification or, if a twin duty standby pumping system is required, the DrainMajor Duo and DrainKing The automatic star t stop is controlled by the pump ’ s own large , triangular, low-level float, which is external to the pump body and attached via a rigid float arm This design ensures accurate and reliable operation even when the incoming flow is turbulent or contains debris that could tangle or block conventual lead or tube float systems More assistance and technical advice is always freely available from the experienced Pump Technolog y Ltd team, who will ensure that the correct pumping system to meet the required discharge pumping parameters is specified for any application Caterquip Ventilation Hot Wastewater Pumping – The Problems and the Solutions! Fridge Seals Direct Fridge Seals Direct proud to be UK's no1 supplier of replacement fridge and freezer seals We fabricate for a wide variety of commercial fridge & freezers The management team at Fridge Seals Direct have over 30 years of experience in the refrigeration industr y and have each spent many of those years installing gaskets and hardware for a range of styles, brands and sizes of fridges From restaurant kitchens to food warehouses - we have experience in dealing with fridge & freezers of all sizes and scales To learn more about fridge seals, be sure to explore our range of extensive guides on how to replace a refrigerator door seals Otherwise , find your specific guides in how to identify, measure , install or maintain your fridge or freezer door seal Our reputation in the industr y along with our commitment to providing a high-quality gasket without having to buy from the factor y allows us to have competitive pricing and fast turnaround time Tr y us out, order your door gaskets from us and discover a better way to do business We are here to help you www fridgesealsdirect co uk 38 CLH Digital Issue 209 Evolution Fryers and Filter Units The Premium Fryer and Bur ner System The ultimate solution for any catering establishment, perfect for pubs, hotels, restaurants, cafes and much more Kitchen Equipment and Fit-Out Operators should consider when purchasing a fr yer and their oil the oil capacity against production rate , burner efficiency and recover y rate as well as a true cool zone in gas fr yers to help prolong the oil life Blue Seal V ray Gas Fr yers are our premium fr yer and burner system, which come at a higher price compared to some competitors’ gas models However the fuel efficiency, cost saving, performance and stainless steel high build quality far out way the additional initial cost to the operator Blue Seal produce high performance thermostatic controlled gas & electric fr yers Our Evolution range gas fr yers GT60, GT46 & GT45 have a premium feature benefit of all using our patented “V’Ray” burner system This system uses infra-red technolog y radiating the heat into the tank only heating the area of oil the baskets are sitting in This promotes incredibly fast recover y rates, high efficiency for limited fuel consumption provides a true cool zone in conjunction with the specially shaped tank The true cool zone prevents crumb and food debris that drops below the batter plates from continuous cooking and carbonising, which in turn helps prevent the degrading of oil quality This all achieves considerable cost saving for the operator with fuel and oil as well as time efficiency, producing the finished products Blue Seal also offer an additional Filtration units that give a fantastic solution to improving oil life , have great mobility and space saving features as well as powerful pumps & full stainless steel construction Moisture fatty acids and food residue contaminate cooking oil, spoiling fried food taste and causing the oil to smoke Blue Seal Filtamax removes impurities, quickly and effectively maintaining consistent high cooking quality and considerable extension of oil life The Carbon Pads remove sub-micron par ticles down to 0 5 microns – this is 100 times smaller than a grain of sand Daily filtering of fr yer oil using carbon filters can massively increase the life span of the oil creating large cost savings and create more consistent finish and taste to the food product Blue Seal Fryers and Oil Filtration By David Chesshire , National Accounts Manager, Blue Seal (www blue-seal co uk) • Be ready for your inspections • Damaged fridge seals are unhygienic • Make your fridge more energy efficient with a good seal on your fridge • We provide custom seals for cold rooms, discontinued models, and units with no identification information • Next-day delivery service • Discounted prices on large orders WhatsApp, phone, and email support 07936807320 sales@fridgesealsdirect co uk fridgesealsdirect co uk Rational iVario by CEE Boil, fry and deep-fry with just a single cooking system Rational iVario by CEE You can boil fr y and deep-fr y with just a single cooking system Up to 4 times as fast and with up to 40% less energ y The iVario thus replaces numerous conventional kitchen appliances Such as the stove pots, pans, deep-fat fr yers, pressure cookers and bainmarie And in the restaurant, it is impossible to imagine the mise en place and à la car te without it Use the iVario to blanch, deep fr y or confit effor tlessly and in no time Thanks to the powerful heating system iVarioBoost, the oil is heated in record time and you can star t deep-fr ying immediately At the same time the temperature is regulated so sensitively and precisely, that even meat, fish or vegetables can be prepared using the confit method Call For the best prices in the UK on 01902 495634 Issue 209 CLH Digital 39 Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising

If you want to build trust and relationships with your customers CardsSafe can help The system wirelessly and securely holds customers' bank cards while they run a tab As a result, staff can spend more time with customers, upsell and build valuable relationships Customers will also feel more relaxed knowing that their cards are safe The CardsSafe system is specifically designed to securely retain customer credit, debit and ID cards while the cardholder runs a tab As a result, the technolog y not only protects against credit card fraud but also eliminates dine and dash and allows for checking the validity of bank cards The CardsSafe system has revolutionised how hospitality businesses manage their customers' payment obligations The wireless technolog y can be safely tucked away behind the bar, POS or ser vice station The units are easily installed, and the system does not capture data, so it never breaches GDPR CardsSafe helps pubs, bars and restaurants avoid losses, and it helps to increase profits That s why over 5000 venues trust CardsSafe to manage their customer food and drink tabs and leisure facility hires From Young's pubs to Hilton Hotels the London Golf Club Lord's cricket ground and numerous restaurants and bars utilise the CardsSafe system Timothy Young's Bar Manager explains "Average spend is up, and chargeback has vir tually disappeared after we installed CardsSafe , which really puts our customers' minds at rest " CardsSafe is affordable too Each unit contains ten card drawers that can be hired for just £9 95* per month In addition, each unit hire comes with customer ser vice troubleshooting and free replacement keys Additional units can be added at any time For more information please visit www.cardssafe .com In football, it's not only about the game; it's about creating a memorable experience for fans That's
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new bar inside a repurposed shipping container at their Meadow Lane stadium with the aim of improving fan experience and boosting matchday revenue To ensure seamless operations and efficient transactions at the new bar Notts County turned to MCR Systems, a leading provider of EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) solutions INSTALLING A WINNING SOLUTION MCR Systems swiftly responded to Notts County's needs by installing eight cutting-edge EPOS terminals with the new bar These state-of-the-ar t terminals were equipped with interactive media screens and integrated payment devices, providing a robust solution to manage the bustling crowds during home games MCR Systems conducted thorough training sessions with the club's team to ensure a seamless transition and help the team maximise the functionality of the new system Notts County FC Nets Immediate Results The installation had an immediate and practical effect Fans enjoyed shor ter wait times and quicker transactions, significantly improving their matchday experience Encouraged by these positive outcomes Notts County FC decided to take fur ther steps to enhance their matchday offerings by expanding their par tnership with MCR Systems Notts County ordered an additional ten terminals from MCR Systems for two new sections in the away end of Meadow Lane These terminals were operational just in time for the Boxing Day fixture against Doncaster Rovers fur ther enhancing the stadium's amenities and revenue potential MCR Systems T: 0116 299 7000 E: enquiries@mcr-systems www.mcr-systems See the adver t on the back cover Notts County FC's Fan Experience Transformed with the Help of MCR Systems Hospitality Technology Ostara Systems focuses on helping clients manage maintenance costs, especially in the F&B and Hotel sectors with clients such as Whitbread and Admiral Taverns The Ostara System establishes a culture of paying for completed work using automatic cost calculations based on contractor rates and time on-site The Ostara Mobile App validates engineers ' attendances to sites, while proprietar y Bluetooth technolog y can replace QR codes for more accurate data Fur ther cost control options include replacing fixed cost quotes with estimates based on agreed rates, time , par ts, and miscellaneous costs, acting as a ceiling for costs rather than a fixed amount This then works alongside the check-in and time on site processes cited earlier, resulting in the client only paying for actual time spent and par ts used Customizable authorisation rules allow for flexible approval processes, based on a range of conditions At all authorisation statuses there is functionality for spend value comparison to a budget However, it is clear to Ostara that it is not just client expenditure that proves costly, but also administrative labour An automated invoice validation process reduces invoice review time , while legislative compliance repor ting identifies actual compliance levels and PPM needs, based on what clients should have not just what they have Ostara s also has a built-in auditing process that allows clients to audit invoices based on specific criteria and sample size Finally, one of the key applications and benefits of a C AFM system is client ‘buy-in’ to the process and world of maintenance Ostara’s self-ser vice por tal and mobile app enhance client involvement and job information capture improving the maintenance process All work order information can be captured, including all email chases and notes, resulting in clear job histor y in one place Contact us on: +44(0)844 880 2582
Attention all hospitality business owners! Are you tired of dealing with poor WiFi that's costing you positive reviews and customer satisfaction? It's time to take control and enhance your venue ' s connectivity with Castra Solutions at your side Our team specializes in providing tailored Hospitality WiFi solutions IT Suppor t, and cutting-edge cybersecurity ser vices that are designed to elevate your business to new heights Picture this: a seamless WiFi experience that not only meets but exceeds your expectations We recommend that you say goodbye to outdated captive por tals and hello to alternative data capture methods that will keep both you and your customers smiling Our vendor-agnostic approach means we focus on finding the perfect solutions for your unique business needs, maximising your ROI ever y step of the way Don't let technolog y hurdles hold you back from achieving success Join forces with Castra Solutions and let our experienced IT suppor t team and cybersecurity exper ts safeguard your business while enhancing your customer's experience Our team is dedicated to providing personalised suppor t that caters to your ever y need From seamless connectivity solutions to proactive cybersecurity measures we are committed to helping your hospitality business thrive in the digital age Let Castra Solutions be your trusted par tner in leveraging technolog y to its fullest potential, ensuring a secure and efficient operation that leaves both your staff and customers impressed Say goodbye to connectivity woes and hello to a future-proof IT infrastructure that sets you apar t from the competition Elevate your hospitality business with Castra Solutions today! Reach out to us to schedule a consultation and witness firsthand how Castra Solutions can revolutionise the way technolog y empowers your hospitality business Embrace the future of connectivity with Castra Solutions by your side! hello@castrasolutions co uk 0300 124 5005 See the adver t on page 2 for details Castra Solutions - Wired and Wireless Solutions Avoid Losses, Increase Profits and Build Relationships with CardsSafe® Facilities Maintenance Visibility, Cost Control and Improved Compliance 40 CLH Digital Issue 209 Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising
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or within high-visibility areas in the pub can entice spor ts fans to choose your venue over others

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Encourage patrons to wear their team's colours by promoting a "Best Dressed Fan contest on banners This not only increases engagement but also fosters a lively, competitive atmosphere , making your pub an exciting place to be during major spor ting events


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signage , guiding guests to specific areas set up for watching the games This can include different sections for fans of competing teams, enhancing the overall experience by catering to the tribal nature of spor ts fandom


If your pub is in a city with a local team, use pub banners to show your suppor t for the home team during their games Local pride is a powerful draw and showcasing your pub as a suppor tive hub for the community can significantly boost patronage


Use banners to promote your pub s social media hashtags or handles encouraging patrons to share their game-day experiences online This not only increases your pub's visibility but also creates a digital community of fans who frequent your establishment


Attract patrons to stay longer or come in after the game by using banners to adver tise post-game enter tainment, such as live music , karaoke , or a DJ This can turn game day into an all-night event, increasing your sales and patron satisfaction

Implementing these strategies with banners not only elevates the gamewatching experience but also solidifies your pub's reputation as the ultimate destination for spor ting events By visually communicating excitement, offering, and community, banners can significantly influence spor ts fans' choice of venue , ensuring your pub is their first pick for enjoying the game

Check out the online Banner Librar y at www hfe-signs co uk for promotional ideas for your pub!

The UK outdoor furniture market is heavily influenced by changes in weather conditions, with consumers more likely to purchase picnic benches during periods of good weather MG Timber specialise in the manufacturing and supply of highquality wooden picnic tables Their picnic tables are made from high-grade timber and are designed to withstand the harsh outdoor elements Whether you re a restaurant seeking to enhance the cosy ambiance of your outside space with a high-quality dining set A hotel wanting to revive your garden with a premium picnic table or a pub landlord aiming to elevate your beer garden with an impressive selection of pub benches and wheelchair accessible picnic tables MG Timber are the garden furniture suppliers for you Crafted from the finest Swedish Redwood, each piece is exper tly pressure treated to ensure longevity and protect against the elements Renowned for their robustness, our treated wooden outdoor furniture is designed to withstand the unpredictable British weather making them a reliable choice for any catering and licensing industr y outdoor space For full details about our vast array of top-quality outdoor picnic benches for sale contact us today We are also offering up to 15% off on commercial orders, please visit our website or call us on 01902 953166 See the adver t on the front cover Domestic & Trade Handmade Garden Furniture From MG Timber We create appealing and comfor table outdoor seating areas for your clients supplying ever ything required including:• planter s with real or faux plants • cafe banner s and restaurant screens • lighting • heating c lass c neon signage • parasols nstalled and repaired • lenticular bladed roofed shelter s tables and c hair s Our hardy planters are built to order using rot proof ar tificial wood planks This unique material is not only completely waterproof but is formed from UK factor y waste plastics and materials that would otherwise have gone into landfill They will last you countless years and are a genuine recyled investment From our workshops in Kent we deliver UK wide and are happy to visit and sur vey your site to to discuss your needs and prepare a drawing and quotation outlining what could be done , all within your available budgets We firmly believe the better you look on the outside , the more customers will come to the inside so contact us on 01733 559437 or sales@cafeculture biz Café Culture - Pavement Profit Having a cohesive indoor and outdoor look is a great way of encouraging your guests to make the most out of your outdoor space this summer It ensures that all areas of your establishment are welcoming to your customers and helps you to create a recognisable brand Woodberr y knows that your outdoor areas can look just as good and work just as hard as your indoor areas So, here are some top tips on creating a cohesive stylish and hardworking establishment USE SIMILAR COLOUR SCHEMES & MATERIALS Using similar colour schemes and materials throughout your establishment will help you create that cohesive look It will also help you to attract the right type of customers to your business which is great if you ’ re hoping to bring in people that will want to come back time and time again INVEST IN A SHELTER There are multiple ways you can use a shelter to elevate your outdoor space You could use it to extend your indoors out by placing it next to your building or create a freestanding shelter for a separate event space USE FURNITURE SUITABLE FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR USE Indoor outdoor furniture can offer you a higher level of flexibility as you can move your furniture in or out depending on where you need it most while giving you a cohesive look The best furniture for this would be pedestal tables and chairs However if you wanted a cohesive look without the need for flexibility you can invest in similar furniture throughout Woodberr y ’ s Discover y and Gabion ranges are great for this as they have indoor and outdoor versions of the products within the ranges, and they are as sturdy as they are stylish If you need have any questions regarding shelters or indoor-outdoor furniture the Woodberr y team are happy to help: Call 01926 889922 Email mail@woodberr Create a Cohesive Indoor and Outdoor Look Banners are an Exceptionally Effective Tool for Drawing Crowds into Your Pub Banners are an exceptionally effective tool for drawing crowds into your pub for spor ting events, turning a regular night into a bustling hotspot of fan excitement and camaraderie Here's how creatively leveraging banners can significantly boost your pub s appeal and bring in spor ts enthusiasts: 1 PROMOTE UPCOMING GAMES WITH VIBRANCY Use large , colourful banners outside your pub to announce upcoming spor ting events These banners can highlight key matches special game-day discounts, or viewing par ties With bold graphics and the logos of competing teams you'll not only capture the attention of passersby but also ignite the spirit of rivalr y and anticipation 2. CREATE A THEMED ATMOSPHERE Inside the pub banners can transform the space to reflect the fer vour of the games Hang banners of the teams playing in the upcoming matches to create a themed environment that resonates with fans This visual appeal can make your pub the go-to place for fans looking for an immersive gamewatching experience 3 HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL OFFERS AND PROMOTIONS Custom banners can effectively adver tise special promotions, such as discounted drinks or game-day menus, exclusive to spor ting event nights Placing these banners strategically at the entrance
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Cinders ‘Classic’ Barbecue

The Cinders ‘Classic’ barbecue has exceeded customers’ expectations for decades, due to its unique , patented design It easily cooks 1000 burgers in one session but being a true workhorse is not its only selling point Robust, reliable and low-maintenance are just three adjectives to describe a barbecue whose repair costs are typically non-existent over long periods, generating a healthy ROI for many years

The Cinders ‘Classic’ comes as a six-foot long double grill (TG160), or a half-sized single grill (SG80), with both running on LPG and offering incredible food output for the price of the energ y used The user-friendly grills are easy-to-light and powerful, getting up to temperature in around five minutes, to quickly feed a queue or facilitate an impromptu pop-up barbecue if great weather arrives Cinders’ production values are impressive - not only

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For a free quotation: 01943 851444 Outdoor Coverings, Upholstery and more for Hotels, Bars and Restaurants Updating your outdoor area can make a significant impact to your brand customer experience and profitability From pavements and roof tops to gardens and terraces, tapping into the potential of your premises is essential in today’s competitive market Here are our top tips on creating the perfect weatherproof indoor /outdoor living space 1. Get comfor table Let guests sit in comfor t on made to measure , quality upholster y Choose specialist outdoor foam and fabrics to ensure durability, and easy maintenance 2 Shelter from the elements: Awnings and shade sails protect your guests from heat and harmful rays and a strategically placed gazebo will provide shelter from the rain as well as creating a stylish outdoor event space Adding side panels makes it usable all year round giving you an adaptable extra room and excellent value for money 3 Embrace your surroundings: Use colour to make the most of what you already have Whether it’s a peaceful garden, or a vibrant busy street use it to your advantage to create a distinctive style and atmosphere Choose complimentar y upholster y and covering fabrics to make a statement that sets you apar t from your competitors
Branding: Align your brands aesthetics and incorporate logos and ar twork to your panels and awnings to promote brand recognition and loyalty from your guests and customers
Protection: Protect investments like outdoor kitchens, BBQ’s and furniture with tailormade covers designed to fit perfectly and last year after year At Canvasman Ltd, we specialise in designing and manufacturing bespoke outdoor upholster y and protective coverings for hotels, restaurants, and bars Call us on 01943 851 and quote ‘PROTECT’ FOR A 5% DISCOUNT. We can help you create a truly aspirational outdoor setting Visit our website for more www canvasman co uk
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Our passion is creating the best Barbecue , Smokin and Grillin Experience If you need a point of difference that delivers high levels of taste & exper t professionalism with a truly unique talking point – whether bespoke large scale celebration events, iconic street food deliver y at a festival or food focused market or indeed special corporate day tailoring all aspects of your needs day Old Smokey is your operator Our team is made up of highly experienced chefs who put flavour and fun customer focused ser vice first! With a 6ft long smoking chamber and a 2 5ft square Parrilla style grill to cook and lock in BIG flavours, Old Smokey sits on a Tri Axle Trailer that gives presence and the most incredible wow factor So, if your event demands and craves Slow & Low smoked Classic Americana moist Brisket, sticky Burnt Ends tender sweet pulled Pork and you need seared flashed cooked steaks, burgers and smoky charred loaded dogs -our imposing 12ft stand on and cook” rig is for you Old Smokey is based in the Derbyshire Peak District, but we are more than happy to discuss travel & suppor ting events that need our skill and one of a kind atmosphere in further afield locations Contact us to make your event super special: @oldsmokeyofficial e-mail andrewdaniels321@gmail com Mob 07842680653 Old Smokey – The BIG Pit Like No Other! Our passion is creating the best barbecue and smoked food for weddings, corporate events and private events. @oldsmokeyofficial andrewdaniels321@gmail com | 07842680653 www oldsmokey co uk Old Smokey – The BIG Pit Like No Other! Over 79% of UK diners have attested that they would spend more time and money in a restaurant if they incorporated outdoor dining Integrating outdoor dining into your establishment is a no brainer decision especially when you consider the al fresco movement across the UK and return on investment oppor tunities The maths is simple; seating 16 people under a 4m x 4m parasol, at an average spend of £12 50 per head equals £200 If you were to turn these 3 times a day that would equal £600 If we multiply that by a realistic 4 days of the week, you ’ re looking at £2400 or £9,600 a month! Multiply that by 12 and your revenue would increase by £115k per annum Assuming 50% gross margin the investment of 1 parasol could provide a profit contribution of £57 6k per annum, which is a welcome statistic in these economically tr ying times What’s more , our zero deposit leasing options allow for payments to be spread over 2-5 years So taking a 4mt X 4mt parasol with a moveable base import deliver y and fitting the monthly payment over 36 months would be £184 09 or the weekly equivalent of £42 98 As such, your potential R O I massively outweighs this no deposit figure What are you waiting for?! 01352 740164 www indigoawnings co uk enquiries@indigoawnings co uk "Can We Sit Outside Please?" Outdoor Spaces 44 CLH Digital Issue 209 Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising

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Leading the Way in Table Numbers & QR Code Labels

Brunel Engraving proudly stands

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Our investment in cutting-edge equipment and software underscores our dedication to meeting the increasing demand for personalised table numbers and QR code discs These meticulously crafted items ser ve as invaluable tools for modern establishments, seamlessly integrating technolog y into their ser vice offerings

By utilizing our table numbers and QR code labels businesses can streamline operations and elevate customer satisfaction Guests can effor tlessly access menus promotions, and other per tinent information with a simple scan, eliminating the need for physical menus and expediting the ordering process

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New Stock Chair Ranges from ILF

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the best products for their hospitality site

With the continuing success of the ILF Chairs website , 2023 has seen an increase in their STOCK chairs to 11 ranges available in different Faux and Velvet upholster y and selection of frame colours, plus a 12 colour STOCK range of Egger laminated 25mm table tops in a selection of sizes and colour finishes A full range of table bases in metal and stainless steel are also kept in STOCK In addition ILF now also have a comprehensive range of STOCK outdoor seating and tables to suit all budgets plus real wood table tops and real wood table bases for indoor use More STOCK ranges coming soon please check the website Their online website offers both indoor and outdoor seating and table solutions Divided into Contemporar y seating Boutique Lounge Seating Period Seating Outdoor seating and tables plus Indoor Dining & Coffee height wood tables, creating a great
of products to view at your leisure Most made to order indoor seating and indoor wooden table bases and tops can be finished to any customer specification Outdoor items offer a variety of colours within the same product style Enquiries can be sent to ILF directly from the website and they will reply within 24 hours ILF hope you will enjoy the experience of viewing their easy to navigate website and they look forward to helping clients get
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Catering Equipment Ltd Catering Equipment Ltd are the authorised UK Distributor for the range of Kängabox thermoboxes that keep items Hot or Cold Kängabox is a revolutionar y new high density EPP series of containers in which hot or cold items can be transpor ted with an average temperature loss of less than 1°C plus or minus per hour within a temperature range of -40°C to +120°C Kängaboxes are available in a range of capacities and attractive colours Kängabox are available in eight different designs and four different depths The various gastronorm, pizza, ice cream and euro norm formats are available Our Transpor t Boxes perfect for keeping food HOT or COLD whether delivering food, running an event or managing extra food production in the Kitchen Comprehensive product details can be found on our website www kangaboxuk com We are also leading suppliers of European manufactured Stainless Steel items such as Sinks, Gastronorms, Accessories and other products In addition Catering Equipment Ltd are also the UK s largest specialist supplier of European manufactured gastronorm containers ice cream containers sinks, hand wash and restaurant equipment See our extensive range of products on our website clickonstore net Catering Equipment Ltd are a family firm that has been trading for almost 30 years Our commitment is to our customers you are the most impor tant people in our business Our promise is that you can count on Catering Equipment Ltd to help you and that our team will do their utmost to ensure that dealing with us is a pleasant and wor thwhile experience Call the team on 0121 773 2228 now LeisureBench Ltd, is proud to announce its new RECYCLED PLASIC FURNITURE manufacturing facility Made from 100% recycled plastic , our new ranges are designed and manufactured at our new premises in Granthan using the latest technolog y From picnic tables to planters, the growing range of products are ergonomically designed for the commercial sector at affordable prices and most items come with a 25-year construction guarantee Introducing our new stylish side chairs available in several colours they are both comfor table and at a star ting price of just £99 45 +vat in black, they represent excellent value for money Our new website has automated muti-buy discounting Discounts star t at 5% for as little as two of the same product and up to 15% the more bought the more saved for exceptional value We believe we are the most competitive in the market Our in-house design team can design bespoke products for our clients and no job is too big or too small Customer ser vice is key to our success We welcome visitors to our factor y showroom at Old Wharf Road, Grantham, Notts, NG31 7AA LeisureBench W: www leisurebench co uk TEL: 01949 862920 We all want to see less plastic waste our products are not only made from recycled plastic but are also 100% recyclable , future proofing sustainability Recycled Plasic Furniture Outdoor Spaces 46 CLH Digital Issue 209 Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising

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Sustainable Furniture

Sustainable Furniture is a Cornish family run business headed by Margaret Larson The company founded in 2007 comes from Margaret s many years of experience in furniture retail combined with a love for all things

Margaret star ted with a vision to exclusively sell products that are ethically and sustainable sourced Ensuring that throughout the supply chain, from sourcing of timber right through to deliver y in the UK, that ever y aspect of the business is conducted in the most ethical of ways Seeing obvious shor tfalls Margaret set about to readdress the balance with Sustainable Furniture Utilising her large knowledge of the industr y she went about procuring products sourced from forestr y protected by commissions These commissions prevent illegal logging from occurring whilst ensuring re-plantation does Logging when under taken happens in an eco-manner using techniques such as thinning to promote growth of the trees around it We also suppor t the removal of the roots of

allow them to flourish

Closer to home in the UK we also suppor t Cornish manufacture from local sawmills using timber sustainably sourced from Devon and Cornwall, cer tified woodlands

All our products be they indoor or outdoor are built to last This means that the investment in timber is not for a loss

All our products are manufactured using traditional, tried, and tested methods which will ensure longevity, meaning less replacement and less timber needs to be used

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vicky@sustainable-furniture co uk 01726 884123/07878 851693

Increase Your Revenue with a Commercial Shading Solution

The battle for customers is tougher than ever but with recent research suggesting 40% find the pub garden their Ultimate Happy Place now is the time to make the most of your outdoor space and turn it into a haven for customers and a true talking point

Whether it’s covering a terrace bar, expanding your seating area or providing a truly unique standalone outdoor experience our commercial awnings and Louvred roof systems can create a unique feature for your business and add not just a significant WOW factor but an area to be used again

trees from previously illegally logged ground so that replantation can occur an essential under taking to create reusable ground
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means more than just suppor ting the timber supply chain; we also suppor t the local communities to which this trade is their only source of income We ensure fair pay and equitable wages for these communities to
and again At Roché we offer award-winning retractable wallmounted and freestanding awnings from leading German manufacturers Markilux and Weinor, as well as the stunning Louvred Roof systems from both Renson and Weinor Our team of exper ts have over 20 years ’ experience in advising businesses on the right shading solution to suit a variety of outdoor spaces and can help you maximise potential revenue by increasing usable floorspace both kerbside and in any garden areas you may have All our products are made-to-measure and completely customisable to meet your exact requirements, with powder coated frames in a range of RAL colours and hundreds of weather-resistant fabrics to choose from Take advantage of accessories such as lights and infa-red heaters to create a desirable location for customers to relax and be comfor table while they enjoy evening meals or drinks For an added wow-factor you can add signwriting to help reinforce your brand and drive people into your premises who may have otherwise walked by without noticing Our teams of engineers and sur veyors are based nationwide and use their experience to ensure each installation is completed to an extremely high standard Call us on 0800 060 8844 to arrange a free site survey or visit www rocheawnings com
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This year, Warner Contract Furniture , a Nor th-West-based contract furniture supplier celebrates 10 years of providing highquality commercial contract furniture to leisure and hospitality businesses across the UK Over the past decade , Warner Contract Furniture has collaborated with our customers & suppliers to deliver top-notch contract furniture at competitive prices We have built a loyal and trusting client base , setting the stage for continued exceptional ser vice in the years to come All commercial furniture from Warner Contract Furniture is meticulously tested to ensure maximum safety and commercial compliance This commitment to quality allows clients to have peace of mind knowing that their commercial furniture meets industr y safety standards and is designed to stand the test of time Whether you are planning a refurbishment or need quick replacements, Warner ContractFurn iture's exper t team can help you find the right furniture You can shop online for readymade commercial furniture to match your aesthetic or contactthe team for a completely bespoke order Offering a fully customisable ser vice , Warner Contract Furniture ensures clients receive the perfect furniture solutions for their hospitality or leisure spaces Contact Warner Contract Furniture Today If you ' re searching for a reliable contract furniture supplier or planning a refurbishment and need suppor t with commercial furniture , reach out to Warner Contract Furniture Call 0161 408 2390 email the team at sales@warnercontractfurniture co uk, or browse their extensive range of commercial furniture at www.warnercontractfurniture Warner Contract Furniture In the competitive landscape of the hospitality industr y, finding reliable suppliers for high-quality contract furniture at competitive prices is essential for businesses aiming to optimise their budgets without compromising on quality Enter ReFurnishUs, a leading provider in the field dedicated to meeting the diverse furnishing needs of hospitality venues across the UK, from small independents to larger chains At RefurnishUs we pride ourselves on our commitment to offering a wide range of premium commercial furniture from table tops and bases to an extensive outdoor collection that will guarantee to refresh any space With hundreds of products in stock readily available for fast deliver y we ensure a seamless and efficient process, allowing businesses to furnish their establishments promptly and without hassle Our promise goes beyond mere price matching – we go the extra mile by beating any like-for-like quote provided by our competitors, ensuring our clients receive the best value for their investment In addition to unbeatable prices, we prioritise customer satisfaction, offering a no-quibble return and replacement ser vice in the rare event of any issues Our commercial-grade furniture , sourced from reputable suppliers with extensive industr y experience , is rigorously tested and cer tified to meet Crib 5 fire regulations, providing peace of mind to our clients With RefurnishUs, businesses can rest assured that they are investing in furniture that not only meets their functional needs, but also their budget requirements Contact us today to discuss how we can beat any like-for like quote and discover how we can help with all your furnishing needs www refurnishus com Design and Refit 48 CLH Digital Issue 209 ReFurnishUs Is Your Go-To Source for HighQuality Contract Furniture at Unbeatable Prices! Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising

In 1985, David Smith, along with two esteemed business associates, embarked on a mission to redefine the lighting industr y David a seasoned electrical contractor ser ving the commercial sector, grew increasingly dissatisfied with the subpar quality and delayed deliveries from suppliers Determined to set a new standard he founded Lightique Limited

From its humble beginnings, Lightique swiftly gained recognition for its unwavering commitment to quality and reliability The company ’ s initial focus on a small yet comprehensive range soon garnered acclaim

As fashion trends evolved over the next five years, so did Lightique David ever attuned to the pulse of innovation, steered the company towards expansion and adaptation It was during this period that his sons, Gar y and Neil joined the ranks of the company Through rigorous apprenticeships under their father’s mentorship, they ascended through the ranks to become joint managing directors

Today, as Lightique marks 39 years of illuminating

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of our valued clients The Lightique saga continues, driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence and a steadfast commitment to ser ving your lighting needs

Join us as we illuminate the path ahead, guided by innovation quality and a profound appreciation for our customers Together, let’s script the next chapter of the Lightique legacy a tale of brilliance , forged in the glow of shared success

Check out our website www lightique com to see some examples of what we can do Or drop us an email sales@lightique .com with your enquir y and we will do our best to help!

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Mayfair Furniture will be celebrating 12 years this year of providing the UK s fastest and affordable commercial furniture Supplying all kinds of establishments from high end hotel chains to small local takeaways We keep in stock a huge variety of items ready for immediate dispatch, and can fulfil a wide range of bespoke orders We deliver to all areas of the UK Ireland & Europe We are not just a supplier ; we understand that from time to time hospitality and leisure establishments like to give themselves a fresh new look That's why not only do we supply contract furniture , but when it's time for your establishment to go through a refurbishment we also offer a complete clearance ser vice We ll organise ever ything from a suitable time and date , professional clearance staff to remove contract furniture whether fitted or unfitted Along with our sister company Caterfair who provides commercial catering equipment for your kitchens we are the ideal people to speak to when you are looking to refurbish 01733 310115 sales@mayfairfurniture co uk www mayfairfurniture co uk Design and Refit Issue 209 CLH Digital 49 Celebrating 39 Years of Illumination Excellence: The Lightique Journey Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising
MST AUCTIONEERS Ltd specialise in handling & auctioning a wide variety of goods We act for Insolvency Practitioners, Receivers, Bailiffs and Solicitors as well as large PLCs We are members of The National Association of Auctioneers and Valuers (NAVA) For the past 25 years, we ' ve provided a unique disposal ser vice tailored to suit, liquidators, banks, receivers as well as private and corporate vendors We carr y out probate valuations and conduct complete house and commercial clearances We have the largest Auction venue in the South of England Our regular monthly Auctions occupy 45 000 sq ft of undercover space , selling over 2500 lots from 3 rostrums over two days We also hold regular Auctions ”On Site” and "On Line" See adver t on this page for fur ther details MST Auctioneers Ltd Trent Furniture have a great range of chairs that can be delivered to you in super quick time Available in brown or grey easy-to-clean faux leather, the retro looks and high back of the Bremen Chair means it’s as at home amongst the traditional dark wood and leather of a traditional pub as it is in a modern bar Alternatively, the Hamburg Chair offers comfor table and flexible seating in vintage grey or vintage brown with its generous propor tions and stylish fluted back Or why not opt for the always popular Bella Chair, based on the iconic Tolix design and available in a large choice of colours ranging from mint green to silver? Thanks to its French café origins, Bella is stackable too! Poseur Tables are also a great bet if you want to create more space for your customers, and many of these are also available on shor t lead times The simple clean lines of the Chrome Pyramid Poseur Table means it offers ultimate leg room for those sitting around it and is super easy to clean Alternatively, the Alma Aluminium Poseur Table provides the ultimate in lightweight flexibility for use indoors or out And don’t forget our wide range of stacking tables such as the Square Stacking Table can also be delivered to you quickly when you need to cater for crowds To find out more about these items and the other great furniture we currently have available on fast deliver y (in as little as 2-3 days on some products), please call us on 01162 864911 or fill in our contact form at www trentfurniture co uk Welcome The Crowds With Flexible Furniture On Fast Delivery Have you recently taken over premises, just fancy a change or need to replace your tired old fixed seating and fixtures? At Drakes, we can help you realise your dreams with our bespoke furniture design ser vice Ever y week we build new tailor-made furniture up and down the UK working with owners to come up with design concepts for fixed seating booths and even bars and fixtures We can take ideas from you, or your interior designer, or we can design something ourselves, all done efficiently, with professional quality and on time within budget Our ser vice provides a unique oppor tunity to make your establishment stand out from others and add additional comfor t for your customers We have been providing bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes, clubs and hotels with high-quality furniture and fixtures for decades We employ over 15 joiners, upholsterers, polishers and designers who are capable of installing fixed seating and bespoke joiner y new bars and full refurbishments or simply making stools for the front of the bar, or providing quality tables that last Our dedicated team are either timeser ved officially trained craftsmen or externally based professionals Got you interested? Let us give you a free quote or ask for professional advice We are available for a chat Monday –Thursday: 9 00 am > 4 00 pm and Friday: 9 00 am > 12 00 pm on 01422 839 690 If you prefer, email us at sales@askdrake .com and of course please visit our website www askdrake com to see some of our range and past work We are also available on Facebook and Instagram, so give us a follow! Tailor-Made Designed Seating For You Design and Refit 50 CLH Digital Issue 209 Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising

At Nobis, we understand that exceptional ser vice is the cornerstone of any successful business That's why we go above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction ever y step of the way Whether you ' re browsing our extensive collection online or reaching out to our dedicated sales team you can expect nothing but the best Need assistance selecting the perfect pieces for your restaurant or hospitality establishment? Our knowledgeable staff are here to

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Restaurant Furniture Store , the leading UK supplier offering a wide selection of affordable and high-quality indoor and outdoor restaurant furniture Whether you ' re searching for restaurant chairs, tables, table tops, or table bases, we have the perfect options to suit your needs Our extensive range caters to various styles, from classic to contemporar y, ensuring that you find furniture that complements your establishment s aesthetic We understand the impor tance of affordability and good value , which is why our collection offers competitive prices without compromising on quality With thousands of products in stock, including faux leather restaurant chairs and laminate table tops, we are well-prepared to meet your immediate requirements We take pride in our commitment to next-day deliver y ensuring that you receive your furniture promptly And here's the best par t: we offer FREE deliver y to enhance your experience , making it even more convenient for you to furnish your space At Restaurant Furniture Store customer satisfaction is our top priority We strive to create a collaborative environment where we work together to bring your vision to life With our reliable and durable products, we offer a warranty to ensure your peace of mind Whether you ' re furnishing cafes hotels bistros bars or restaurants we have the furniture solutions you need Browse our online store , take advantage of our next-day deliver y, and enjoy the convenience of purchasing in-stock items or personalised
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help! With years of industr y experience we can provide exper t guidance to help you make informed decisions that meet your specific needs and budget Experience Nobis Restaurant Furniture today and discover why our customers keep coming back for more From the initial consultation to the final deliver y, we prioritise your satisfaction above all else Our dedication to ser vice doesn't end after your purchase – we ' re here to suppor t you ever y step of the way ensuring a seamless experience from star t to finish Whether you ' re outfitting a cosy café or a bustling restaurant trust Nobis Restaurant Furniture to deliver exceptional quality and ser vice that exceeds your expectations Shop now and elevate your space with furniture that's as remarkable as your establishment But don't just take our word for it –see for yourself! Visit www nobisrestaurantfurniture com to explore our range of high-quality furniture options or reach out to us directly at sales@nobisfurniture com or 01733 342 372 Experience ser vice so good, you ll fall off your seat –in the best way possible ’ Service So Good You’ll Fall Off Your Seat... Take A Look For Yourself! Issue 209 CLH Digital 51 Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising

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As HMRC seemingly continues to target the UK hospitality sector, we ask what can be done to ensure we sleep soundly at night? We speak to Jonathan Cooper, founder of The Director’s Helpline (www thedirectorshelpline org), for exper t advice and best practice .

From cozy rural countr y inns to chic urban eateries, establishments across Britain face a range of fiscal complexities

Brexit uncer tainties and economic shifts loom large Add to the mix the spectre of a for thcoming General Election and it’s only likely we’ll see more upheaval before the end of the year

The sector is facing significant challenge on many fronts but there are simple steps to follow regardless of the economic climate

At The Director’s Helpline we provide free suppor t to tens of thousands of company directors each year and the one bit of advice we repeat again and again is to invest time in communication with HMRC

This might seem an obvious piece of advice but communication really is key regardless of whether you ’ re in arrears or not If you foresee an issue then it’s best to be proactive rather than hope it goes away

Taking the time to deal with correspondence from HMRC is rarely time wasted (apar t from the frustratingly long time spent on hold)

Maintaining an open and transparent dialogue with HMRC is vitally impor tant when it comes to compliance and mitigating potential risks It also means that you ’ re able to resolve issues and stay informed about changes in tax legislation or repor ting procedures The old saying that “knowledge is power ” has never been more true

One of the complaints we hear most frequently from directors is about the current VAT threshold At the standard 20%, it places a huge burden on smaller businesses which are already facing financial pressures such as energ y hikes, wage increases, inflation, and the cost-of-living crisis

I m cer tain that a reduction in the VAT threshold would give businesses the confidence and ability to invest their businesses Investing in extra staff training, for example , would result in better customer experiences all round An uplift in the quality of ser vice across the industr y would be transformational A simple cut in VAT

could quite easily deliver a vibrant and dynamic hospitality sector

The Time to Pay Scheme has undoubtedly been a lifeline for many but there needs to be a different approach for the hospitality sector We often hear from distressed directors how they’re struggling to make repayments because of fluctuations in revenue When you ’ re running a bar in a seaside resor t for instance

your income is seasonal and often weather dependent Cash flow crises are more likely and it’s therefore hard to meet fixed tax obligations throughout the year

If HMRC was to adapt its Time to Pay Scheme to acknowledge the unique needs faced by hospitality businesses, it would be a great star ting point More flexibility and longer payment terms need to be introduced A one size fits all approach simply isn t working

Directors often ask which payments should get greater priority Which is deemed most impor tant to HMRC? VAT, PAYE or Corporation Tax? The answer we give is pretty simple

Businesses need to prioritise VAT and PAYE debt over Corporation Tax ever y time HMRC will be more open to longer term agreements for tax on previous years profits than collecting VAT

There s also the fact that VAT and PAYE are collected at point of sale or when payroll comes around, which directly affects a company ’ s liquidity Falling behind with VAT or

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HMRC is not a commercial entity therefore it will usually be the largest and most aggressive creditor If you can keep an open dialogue with HMRC and show that you ’ re prioritising VAT and PAYE, then you ’ re effectively showing your commitment to financial stability and complying with regulations Building a strong and credible cash flow is vital to any successful business It’s also a huge tick in the box for HMRC when deciding on pay back of arrears Few business owners will say that financial compliance – or dealing with HMRC - is stress-free But it’s impor tant to remember that help is available Either by speaking directly to HMRC or taking independent advice Recognising you need advice is key Seek suppor t early and nip any problems in the bud Jonathan Cooper is the Founder and Director of The Director’s Helpline The Director’s Helpline provides free , conf dentia suppor t to tens of thousands company director s eac h year on a wide range of issues from general financial information through to business recover y restructur ing and c losure HMRC
PAYE can lead to big penalties
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Best Practice To Help You Sleep At Night
With over 30 years of industr y experience in the Hospitality sector, The Bowden Group’s Managing Consultant David Hunter will work with you to address the following elements: Profitability Operational Strateg y Staff Management Marketing and The Future of your business PROFITABILITY & OPERATIONS Our exper ts will analyse your entire operation and also its key operating figures if they are available We then help you to identify strategies to manage costs and overheads associated with the core Profitability of running a Hospitality business The largest overhead even higher than Cost of Sales is the Labour cost so with detailed analysis of your wages and being able to understand the way your business actually works we can ensure that you are maximising the labour usage in your business Budgeting, Forecasting, Menu Management, Stock Controls, Purchasing, and controlling Variable Costs are just a few of the other areas that David Hunter, your Restaurant Consultant will work on with you and improve with you MANAGING PEOPLE Managing people brings with it a whole set of new skills that are now needed more than ever From ‘’Managing the Managers’’ through to Ser vice and Kitchen staff, your team needs careful and skilful Management, Motivation, guidance and Development MARKETING We will help you build a workable , planned Marketing Strateg y From Digital Marketing such as Social Media marketing Websites eMail Marketing and online advertising to print design Promotions and offline adver tising your Hospitality business should be constantly working on ‘’ all things Marketing’’ If your business is actually struggling, or if you just feel that it could be doing some things better give David Hunter a quick call on 07831 407984 to arrange a Free of Charge initial consultation (please quote CLH Offer), when David will discuss with you what could be achieved if you ask us to work with you Why Use a Specialist Hospitality Consultant? Answer: because we can help your business to succeed. PROFITABLE BUSINESS FOR SALE La Fiesta is regrettably for sale. I can assure a potential buyer that this is a Diamond opportunity not to be overlooked. Catering for just four guests at £250 per head for a four course tasting menu inclusive of Champagne, and Paring wines for either lunch or dinner, with just two crew members and a three hour cruise included With the investment capital returned within two seasons. Not to mention the enormous attraction at the Henley Regatta offering a potential income stream of around £50,000 in one week The price is £150.000 or nearest offer. This is a Hospitality, Home, & Business Opportunity Based on the River Thames in Surrey Presently undergoing a complete repaint and out of water survey For further details and contact kindly email La Fiesta is a classic twin screw motor yacht I purchased her ten years ago and have spent most of that time fully restoring her into what she is today I have been a cordon Bleu chef all my adult life having worked on Hotel Barges in France , Together with Ski Chalets throughout Europe From the onset my plans were to offer Classic fine dining to just four guests, together with a four hour cruise down the River Thames to Sunbur y and return to Weybridge She is one of, if not the Prettiest boats on the river I commenced trading from a cold star t without adver tising in August 2019 and the business was hugely successful , however I only traded for seven weeks This because I suffered serious injuries from a road traffic accident which has left me permanently disabled Hence the reason for the sale In that seven week period I turned over in excess of £35 000 with just one other crew member I am also a Qualified RYA yachting pilot The boat has ever ything one can imagine on board , Full air conditioning throughout, desalination unit , fully fitted catering kitchen, two en/suit twin cabins, Ar t deco style salon with piano She is due an out of water sur vey this coming spring at which point she is being completely repainted She has enormous provenance listed on the National historic ships registr y , and once belonged to Sir Alex Guinness For fur ther details and contact kindly email Unique Profitable Business
Sale Hospitality stocktaking specialists, Stocktake UK has announced the launch of a new franchise programme designed to help hospitality managers impacted by the growing number of pub closures With over 500 pubs closing in 2023, according to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), the initiative aims to harness the skills and experience of former pub and hospitality managers offering them business oppor tunities within their chosen industr y Over recent years there has been unprecedented strain on the hospitality industr y, with many businesses succumbing to the dual pressures of rising operational costs and changing demands from customers seeking better ser vice and increased value for money This has left many skilled professionals seeking alternative career oppor tunities Stocktake UK's franchise programme enables hospitality professionals to utilise those skills in a viable business venture STOCKTAKE UK'S FRANCHISE OFFER As par t of its goal to help those affected by closures, Stocktake UK is inviting experienced managers and others from the broader hospitality sector to join its national network of professional stock auditors The franchise oppor tunity comes with an average turnover of around £50 000 per year with the company ’ s top franchise par tners earning over £125,000 For an initial investment star ting at £11,999 plus VAT, franchisees will receive comprehensive training all necessar y equipment and a steady flow of leads from Stocktake UK's head office The offer is designed to appeal to individuals seeking to be their own boss and who want to work regular hours instead of the long and unsociable hours normally associated with the hospitality industr y Andrew Consterdine Managing Director at Stocktake UK said, "Stocktake UK is committed to helping those hit hardest by the recent challenges in the hospitality sector Our franchise offers people a chance to rebuild their careers within an industr y they are familiar with and with the suppor t of a company that values their experience and skills We're not just offering a career ; we re offering a completely new way of life The franchise programme is aimed at individuals with a background in hospitality but who are looking for a change in career direction The company believes that their extensive hands-on experience will be invaluable in providing high-quality stocktaking ser vices to hospitality businesses across the UK However, extensive stocktaking experience is not required, as full training is provided This will cover ever ything from the use of bespoke stocktaking software , developed in-house , to effective business management practices Those interested in becoming a franchise par tner are encouraged to contact Stocktake UK or download the franchise brochure and application form from the company website , www stocktakeuk co uk Stocktake UK Offers New Hospitality Career Opportunities As Pub Closures
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How to Protect Your Premises Licence from Insolvency

in order to keep it active There are steps that can be taken to prevent loss of a premises licence , such as:

• Speaking to an insolvenc y practitioner and a icensing awyer at an early stage

It is impor tant to get the correct adv ce to al ow you to prepare for an inso venc y event The date of the insolvenc y event can be unc lear and therefore early advice can ensure that you can fully prepare to submit an inter im author ity not ce (allowing a fur ther three months before the licence must be transferred again) or to transfer the licence to another company or an individual

Consider ing who holds the premises licence If the icence is held by a company whic h is at r isk of nsolvenc y, consider whether there are other companies to whic h the licence could be transferred in order to keep t act ve Consider ing this at an early stage a lows other companies to be incorporated if necessar y If t is not possible to transfer the licence to another company, the licence may be transferred to an individual or an insolvenc y practitioner It is mpor tant to consider the legal implications of holding the l cence and the egal responsibi ity placed upon the holder of the licence to ensure that the conditions of the icence are complied with Premises licences he d by ndividuals also lapse when

the individual becomes bankrupt, loses capacity to hold the icence or dies , and therefore the same advice applies in

Founded in 1994, Sticks n Sushi is a restaurant group specialising in sushi and yakitori, with 27 restaurants across Denmark, the UK, and Germany;

The group has recently been acquired by McWin Capital Par tners which focusses on the food ser vice and food technolog y sectors;

With OakNor th’s and McWin’s suppor t, the restaurant group will continue to open new restaurants across the UK

OakNor th the digital bank for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs has provided a £22m loan to Japanese premium restaurant group, Sticks n Sushi, to suppor t its future growth

Founded in Denmark in 1994 by brothers Jens and Kim Rahbek and Thor Andersen the group has successfully scaled to 27 restaurants – 12 in Copenhagen, 12 across the UK, and three in Berlin making this OakNor th’s first pan-European transaction It opened its first restaurant in the UK in Wimbledon in 2012, and the UK is now the group ’ s largest market in terms of turnover, with its 13th UK restaurant due to open in Richmond in May The group ’ s CEO, Andreas Karlsson, joined in 2011 as its operations director, and was promoted to CEO in 2019 He has more than 36 years ’ experience in the industr y having led the global roll out of Wagamama

The business has been acquired by leading private equity firm, McWin Capital Par tners McWin is a sector specialist with stakes in a number of chains, including: Gail’s Baker y, Popeyes, Big Mamma, Vapiano, and Burger King Germany to name a few

Commenting on the transaction, Andreas Karlsson, CEO of Sticks n Sushi, said: “Our continued growth is really exciting – we ’ ve opened a restaurant ever y year since 2012 and we launched two last year in Shoreditch and Kingston, followed by Richmond this May – which will make it three in nine months Over the years we ’ ve built a loyal customer base who continue to choose us because of the quality of food we ser ve , and the quality of ser vice we provide We have identified great locations for several new restaurants in the coming years and with the suppor t of McWin and OakNor th we will be able to take advantage of this We’re incredibly grateful for both of their suppor t and the commercial and collaborative nature in which they operate – it genuinely feels like a par tnership and a relationship that will help make us an even stronger business for years to come ”

Stuar t Blair, Director of Debt Finance at OakNor th, added: “Given the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, it is no surprise that many hospitality businesses have struggled over the last 18 months However, Sticks n Sushi is a business that is more than bucking this trend – it has a strong brand presence , and a model focussed on high quality food production that has stood the test of time Over three decades it has grown to 27 individually designed restaurants, and it has never had to shut one down, demonstrating its sensible and smar t location selection, as well as the clear demand for its offering In Andreas, the business has a seasoned leader with more than three and a half decades of experience in the industr y, and with the backing of McWin, it is primed for future growth ”

01392 201262 T H E W E S T C O U N T R Y S P E C I A L I S T S THINKING OF SELLING? C ALL FOR A FREE VALUATION BUTTERLEIGH INN, BUTTERLEIGH, DEVON SHIP INN, BURCOMBE, WILTSHIRE PALM BAR, EXMOUTH, DEVON SWAN INN, BAMPTON, DEVON DUKE OF LEEDS, LEEDSTOWN, CORNWALL LIVE & LET LIVE, LANDSCOVE, DEVON BOATYARD BAKERY, EXETER DEVON OSTLER INN, UFFCULME, DEVON SOLD IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2024 THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOSPITALIT Y OR C ATERING BUSINESS? C ALL US FOR A FREE APPR AISAL SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! PER RAN PO RTH , CO RN WALL Stunning 17th Centur y Trad tiona Corn sh Inn • Successfu Business Oozing w th Character and Atmosphere Well Equipped Commercial K tchen Attractive Owner s Accommodat on Outs de Seating Areas w th Sunny Aspect & Car Park PRICE: £30,000 LEASEHOLD REF: 4711 PRICE: £35,000 LEASEHOLD REF: 4860 NEWTO N ABB OT, DEVON Modern Cater ng K osk Located n Popu ar Park Benefitt ng From Be ng The So e Catering Unit Prov d ng Hot & Cold Dr nks and Snacks Pretty Decked Area Seating C rca 16 Great Owner/Operator Opportun ty PAIGNTON, DEVON Niche Home Del very Serv ce Offering a Choice of Hot Lunches • Operat ng 7 Days a Week Prov d ng 80-100 Lunches a Day • Freshly Prepared Ons te Dai y Us ng Qual ty Produce • Huge Potent a to Expand into Breakfast & D nner Options New Lease Ava lab e at a Rent of £4 992 PA PRICE: £30,000 LEASEHOLD REF: 4268 LON GD OW N, EXETER 17th Century Country Freehouse Only 4 Mi es from Exeter • Substantial Property w th 2 Sets of Owner s Accommodation • 2 Beaut fu ly Presented nterl nk ng Trade Areas • Outbui d ngs and Storage Space • Recently C osed – Has to be seen to be Appreciated PR ICE: NIL IN GOING – NEW FR EE OF TIE LEASE R EF: 4386 SO UTH DE VO N • Stunning Coasta Thatched Vil age Inn - Rethatched n 2023 • Recently Renovated Reequ pped and Remode led 70 Plus Covers Ins de & Stunning Outs de Trad ng Areas Beautiful Owners Chalet Bunga ow with Sea V ews Very Strong Bus ness Viewing Essent a PRICE: £1,200,000 FREEHOLD REF: 4351 PRICE: £600,000 FREEHOLD REF: 4265 MIN EH EAD, SOMER SE T Impressive Detached Tudor Style Property in Fabu ous Location • Wel Appo nted L cenced Restaurant with Outs de Seating • Commercia kitchen w th Prep Area & Wash Up Room • Se f-Conta ned 4 Double Bed Accommodat on • Private Park ng for 4 Cars & Outbui d ngs OFFERS IN EXCESS OF: £350,000 +VAT FREEHOLD R EF: 4420 B ISHO PSTEI GN TON , D EVON • Beautiful y Presented Grade I Listed V l age Freehouse E evated Posit on Overlooking the Teign Estuary n South Devon • Character Ma n Bar Lower Bar/D n ng Room & Library Sunny Trade Terrace to Front with Partial View of the Teign Estuary Spac ous & We l Presented 5 Bed Pr vate Accommodat on NEW! TOR QU AY, DEVO N Elegant Restaurant Prem ses Offering Fine D n ng Located Close to Town Major Hotels & Mar na Wel Establ shed with Potent al for 40+ Covers Further Potential to Increase Business Large 2 Bedroom Res dent a Accommodat on PRICE: £69,950 LEASEHOLD REF: 4344 NEW! NEW! OakNorth Completes First Pan-European Deal with £22m Loan to Sticks n Sushi to Support its Growth Following a year of news stories about insolvencies increasing to record levels, a recent Allianz repor t predicts that corporate insolvencies could increase by 10% in 2024 and that 15% of small and medium sized businesses in the UK are at risk of becoming insolvent A premises licence is a valuable asset, which not only authorises licensable activities but can also increase the value of a proper ty For this reason, it is impor tant to ensure that premises licences are protected Many hospitality operators and insolvency practitioners are unaware of the provisions in the Licensing Act 2003 which state that an ‘insolvency event shall result in the lapse of the premises licence That lapse is immediate as soon as the insolvency event takes place For example , if the company holding a premises licence enters administration the premises licence lapses at the point in time where the appointment of administrators is approved The business will generally continue to trade whilst in administration but unless the premises licence is transferred or an interim authority notice is applied for, the business will be trading without a valid premises licence and therefore an offence will be committed The Licensing Act 2003 allows a 28-day period for an Interim Authority Notice to be applied for or for the premises licence to be transferred following an insolvency event
the case of per sonal bankruptc y • If you are a landlord of a premises and your tenant holds the premises licence , cons der making an application for a shadow licence A shadow l cence s a separate premises icence whic h duplicates the terms and conditions of the licence whic h is being utilised by the tenant If the tenant becomes nsolvent and the premises licence lapses , the shadow licence can be uti ised and ensure that the landlord or a new prospective tenant does not have to go through the process of obtaining a new premises licence for the proper ty This is par ticular y important in areas where obtaining new l cences for later hour s or ver tical dr inking premises has become increasingly difficult due to Counci Cumulative Impact Zones or residential developments in the area The prospect of your business facing insolvency can be stressful and it is common for business owners to concentrate on dealing with the financial aspects of the insolvency process and to assume that the premises licence will continue to remain in force It is crucial to take early advice if you or your business holds a premises licence and there is any prospect of bankruptcy or your business facing insolvency – this ensures that plans can be made to protect your premises licence and ensures that your business can continue to trade
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