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Editor's Viewpoint

Welcome to the latest issue of CLH Digital



t in their manifestos However, the silence from the major political par ties on this issue is as previously stated, deafening

Leading trade organizations, including UKHospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association, the British Institute of Innkeeping, the Bristol Hoteliers Association, and the Nighttime Industries Association, have repeatedly appealed for government suppor t

Despite their effor ts political par ties have yet to address the pressing needs of our sector, which is the third largest employer in the UK

With 3 5 million people working in hospitality, this sector is a cornerstone of our economy, directly contributing £93 billion annually The impor tance of hospitality extends beyond economic contributions; it plays a crucial role in providing jobs and suppor ting livelihoods across the countr y It is high time the sector receives not only the suppor t it desperately needs but also the respect it deser ves

The huge elephant in the room, of course , is hospitality VAT Like most I have my opinions on taxation generally, but VAT on hospitality is a tax I despise immensely It is a tax on people’s leisure Other countries had the foresight to see this and took steps to reduce hospitality VAT years ago, whereas we are stuck with it

Which is why I applaud Bristol Hoteliers Association for their clear and unequivocal demand for it to be lowered There is a misconception which I have always believed needs wider publicity, and that is while VAT is applied to hospitality businesses it is the wider public who pays it!

So it really is time the political par ties to get off the fence and commit to suppor ting the countr y ’ s third largest employer, we need policies that provide financial suppor t, ease regulator y burdens and promote growth and sustainability within hospitality

On a real positive note we are just days away from the Euros a fantastic oppor tunity for the pub sector

According to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), an estimated 300 million pints

could be sold during the 31-day tournament


ered a +9 4% uplift in Beer & Cider

equivalent to +64 pints per game per outlet With England being

is poised to be broken

This fantastic summer of spor t means the sector is poised for a significant boost and other than watching a live event I don’t think there is a better place than a pub to watch spor t!

We are hoping to put together a pub spor t supplement to be shared on our social media, so please do send us through any stories and photographs of events and spor ts days at your pub we would be delighted to publish them I can always be contacted at edit@catererlicensee com

Once more I would ask you to please follow us on X (Twitter), and encourage as many people you know in the trade to sign up to our digital issue fur ther details can be seen at www catererlicensee com

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He added: “The UK has one of the highest rates of VAT in Europe

and tourism ”

“During the pandemic , lower rates of VAT were introduced, and had a positive impact, stimulating demand and generating revenue

“Lower VAT will enable us to make our ser vices more affordable to the public , saving them when they eat or drink out, visit an attraction or book a break

“The impact of the pandemic , a labour shor tage caused, in no small par t, by Brexit, soaring supply and energ y prices and increases in the National Living Wage have all put tremendous pressure on our businesses

“A lower rate of VAT would help the hospitality sector cope with all these costs and could provide the boost that could prevent even more businesses in our industr y from closing down

“The APPG concluded that a lower rate of VAT for hospitality and tourism could help ease the cost of living pressure , improve employment oppor tunities, suppor t regional growth and even improve social wellbeing

“If people haven’t made up their minds about who they are going to vote for next month perhaps they might consider the issues we are facing, and listen to see which political par ties are prepared to take positive steps to suppor t us

That s what we are waiting to hear, and that is what is likely to win our votes!


The Campaign for Real Ale (C AMRA) has announced its Manifesto and e-lobby campaign, and is calling on its members up and down the countr y to lobby candidates in ever y constituency to make sure MPs elected in this election are committed to protecting and promoting thriving community pubs and great beer and cider

C AMRA’s Election Manifesto outlines six key campaigning priorities, these are:

• Fair tax for beer and pubs

• More r ights for beer dr inker s and pub goer s Access to market for sma l and independent brewer ies and cider producer s

• Recognising traditional cask ale under UNESCO’s Intangib e Cultural Her itage of Humanity

• Better p anning protections for pubs [England-only]

• Change the business rates system to make it fairer for pubs [England-only]

Election campaigns are a prime oppor tunity for politicians to be seen pulling a pint behind the bar of their local, but this doesn’t always translate into action that suppor ts pubs, social clubs, brewers, cider makers, and consumers C AMRA is asking for candidates to commit to the campaigning priorities outlined in its Manifesto, and back policy and legislation that can truly help the pub trade , brewers and consumers

To ensure that prospective MPs are pledging their suppor t, C AMRA is enlisting its thousands of members to contact their local candidates to ask for their suppor t for beer and pubs if elected

C AMRA is also providing a campaign pack for members and pub goers to promote the manifesto and e-

lobby including election guidance and social media assets As well as this C AMRA will be providing resources for parliamentar y candidates to pledge their suppor t for beer, pubs and C AMRA s key campaigning asks


UKHospitality has stepped up its campaign and is offering all hospitality businesses the oppor tunity to invite parliamentar y candidates in their constituency to their venue , to impress upon them the impor tance of the sector

In addition UKHospitality members are able to access an exclusive webinar that lays out its election strateg y and key asks during the campaign

Over the past 18 months, UKHospitality’s engagement with politicians has been pivotal in securing key policy pledges from the main political par ties Most notably, these include commitments from the Labour Par ty to replace the broken business rates system and reform the apprenticeship levy

UKHospitality has itself written to all parliamentar y candidates outlining the strategic impor tance of hospitality and sharing our key asks, as well as securing meetings with candidates in crucial constituencies

Kate Nicholls Chief Executive of UKHospitality said: “General election campaigns are all about making your voice heard, and hospitality has one of the best stories to tell

“We’ve already been meeting candidates up and down the countr y, telling them about the critical work the sector does ser ving Britain and creating places where people want to live , work and invest

“Now we ’ re making sure that businesses have the tools to tell their stor y to local candidates Inviting prospective MPs to your venue allows you to show them first-hand just how impor tant hospitality is in creating jobs, driving economic growth and fostering a sense of community in our cities, towns and villages

“Our work over the past year and a half has already been hugely successful in securing critical pledges from political par ties and the general election campaign is yet another step in our strateg y to ensure the next Parliament is filled with MPs who will champion our sector

“I urge all businesses to dive into our election toolkit and get stuck into the campaign – making sure hospitality s voice is at the hear t of the debate


Michael Kill CEO of the Night Time Industries Association said “I recognise the impor tance of stability and effective governance in addressing the challenges faced by our sectors The past years have been marked by uncer tainty and instability, which have taken a toll on businesses and communities across the countr y ”

“It is now imperative that we navigate through the election period with a sense of responsibility and purpose The outcome of this election will determine the direction our nation takes in the coming years We urge all stakeholders to engage in a constructive and informed dialogue , focusing on the long-term interests of our countr y and its citizens ”

Our sector has been par ticularly hard hit by the challenges of the past years, from the impact of the pandemic to regulator y uncer tainties It is crucial that the elected government works towards a comprehensive and inclusive long-term plan that addresses these challenges and suppor ts the recover y and growth of our industries ”

“We call upon all political par ties to prioritise the needs of the night-time economy in their election manifestos and commit to policies that will suppor t its revival and sustainability This includes measures to ensure the safety and security of our venues, suppor t for cultural initiatives, and investment in skills and training for our workforce ”

they won t listen to us, perhaps they should listen to their peers; the All-Par ty
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Herzog continued, If
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public favoured a reduced rate of VAT for hospitality
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The ‘Karaoke Room Effect’:

Academic Research into UK Hospitality Venues Reveals

Financial Benefits of Giving Customers the Opportunity to Sing

British bars and restaurants installing karaoke systems experience a 12 2% increase in ROA, according to research by Finland’s Aalto University Finland’s Aalto University (www aalto fi/en) has under taken the first ever research project into the financial impact of karaoke rooms within UK bars, restaurants, and other hospitality venues At a time when the UK hospitality industr y is under increasing pressure (over 6 000 hospitality venues closing their doors between December 2022 - December 2023, according to data from CGA by NIQ and AlixPar tners), the findings present a potential silver bullet for the sector : the study of 53 UK venues during 2018-2022 revealing venues with karaoke experienced a 12 2% increase in return on assets (ROA) when compared to a control group without THE KARAOKE ROOM EFFECT - KEY FINDINGS FROM AALTO UNIVERSITY STUDY, AND ADDITIONAL RESEARCH

The research was commissioned by Singa (, the Finnish star tup revolutionising the karaoke industr y by providing innovative , professional karaoke software that gives venues access to a fully licensed song catalogue (frequently updated to add new hits), and customisable display and room management capabilities Singa currently provides professional karaoke tech and business consultancy to well-known UK hospitality venues such as Boom Battle Bar and Roxy Leisure (both of which featured in the analysis)

Singa asked Aalto University researcher Ngoc Anh Pham to explore the impact of karaoke rooms on financial performance in UK hospitality venues Aalto University is the leading university in Finland and, created through the merger of Helsinki University of Technolog y, Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Ar t and Design Helsinki in 2010, is in the top universities for business and economics worldwide The study reveals a 12 2% increase in ROA for venues with karaoke compared to those with no such facilities (ROA measures how effectively a business uses its assets to create profit) In addition to booking fees additional revenue is shown to be created through attracting a new customer base and a corresponding uptick on beverage , snack, and other purchases

The benefit to the business is not only financial, but has a positive experiential impact on patrons and customers who are able to enjoy an engaging and fun social activity with friends, increasing likelihood of return

The Aalto University insights suppor t the findings of European research conducted by Singa In spring 2018, Singa analysed 37 European venues, finding that karaoke resulted in a 31% increase in the number of customers, alongside a 35% increase in average customer spend In those venues that hosted occasional karaoke nights, a 42% increase in average customer spend during these special events (2-4 times a month) was obser ved

The business benefits of a karaoke room can also be viewed in light of the current trend towards experiences, including competitive socialising

According to research from Savills published in November 2023, the competitive socialising sector has grown at “unparalleled levels” over the past five years (with a 38% increase in competitive socialising venues since 2015) This reflects a growing trend amongst Gen Z and Millennials for favouring defined experiences over ‘things’, and with sobriety or drinking less becoming more popular for Gen Z (the ‘sober curious generation’), venues which offer alternative enter tainment options are increasingly appealing to previously underser ved customer groups Competitive socialising is not a new concept - dar ts or pool being a mainstay of UK venues for centuries - but new options are increasingly sophisticated and often tech-enhanced

To fur ther demonstrate the interest in competitive socialising - and karaoke in par ticular -

Trends data shows a marked volume increase in searches for karaoke room , with interest (measured by Google searches) more than doubling over the last five years (analysed up to Februar y 2024)

Atte Hujanen, Co-Founder and CEO at Singa, comments: “Our research confirms that Britons want escapism through song Anecdotally, I have always known that karaoke brings a huge benefit to hospitality businesses through the joy it brings, but for the first time the positive business impact to British venues can be quantified Hospitality as an industr y has faced serious challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic and more recently the cost of living crisis in the UK, and it’s clear that karaoke can help venues adapt and continue to thrive by offering local communities additional fun, social experiences

E. coli Outbreak Most Likely Linked To Food Item

An urgent health warning has been issued in the UK after an E coli outbreak was linked to 'nationally distributed food item'

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has stated that 113 cases have been repor ted which are " par t of a single outbreak"

However, they did not give more details about the "food item" that was thought to be responsible

The UKHSA said in a statement “Based on the wide geographic spread of cases, it is most likely that this outbreak is linked to a nationally distributed food item or multiple food items ”

So far there has been 81 cases in England, 18 in Wales, 13 in Scotland and one person in Nor thern Ireland, all cases recorded involve the Shiga toxin-producing E coli 0145 (Stec)

Out of the 81 of people identified in England 61 has given information to the UKHSA which relates to travel, food and potentially have been exposed Darren Whitby, head of incidents and resilience at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), said, “The FSA is working with UKHSA and relevant public health bodies to identify the source of the illness, which

is likely to be linked to one or more food items

We always advise consumers and those looking after vulnerable people to ensure good hygiene practices are followed when handling and preparing food, regularly washing hands with soap and warm water and ensuring equipment, utensils and surfaces foods come into contact with are cleaned thoroughly to prevent cross contamination

“You should not prepare food for others if you have had symptoms, or for 48 hours after symptoms stop

In light of the outbreak the Char tered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has underscored the essential role environmental health plays in protecting public health, urging parliamentar y candidates to recognise the impor tance of environmental health in preventing such outbreaks

The steady rise of food borne illness in 2024, now manifesting into a UK wide outbreak linked to a nationally distributed food item, highlights the urgent need to address workforce shor tages and capacity challenges within the environmental health profession

2024 sees Winterhalter celebrate the 10th Kitchen Por ter of the Year competition, which aims to recognise the amazing work so many kitchen por ters do to keep the UK’s foodser vice industr y in peak condition

Since it was first held in 2013 KPOTY has become one of the biggest and most prestigious awards in the industr y, and has been praised for its focus on the vital role kitchen por ters play in catering and foodser vice In many businesses KPs are the secret weapons of the kitchen, going above and beyond their standard duties to keep them running smoothly For many of the biggest names in the industr y the experience they gained during their time as KPs ser ved as the foundation to their future career

Over seven hundred nominations have been made over the previous nine competitions representing all sectors of foodser vice including the UK’s best hotels and restaurants, pubs bars and clubs, and institutional and contract caterers,

“It’s all about putting KPs and the work they do in the spotlight It’s humbling to read the nominations – learning about the dedication and effor t so many of them bring to their jobs is always inspiring ”

The KP of the Year 2024 will be awarded the prestigious

CIEH are calling upon parliamentar y candidates to engage with CIEH during this campaign and commit to raising awareness of this issue in parliament if elected

Louise Hosking Executive Director of Environmental Health at CIEH said: “Environmental health professionals are the unsung heroes of public health – they are our first line of defence against foodborne illnesses

“The recent E coli outbreak underscores the critical role our members play in ensuring food safety and protecting the public Without sufficient staffing and resources, our ability to prevent such outbreaks is severely compromised

“We need urgent action to address the workforce shor tages and capacity challenges facing our profession I urge parliamentar y candidates to engage with us and commit to raising awareness of this issue in parliament if elected Suppor ting and strengthening the environmental health workforce is essential to safeguarding our communities and preventing future public health crises ”


rant of their choice Fur thermore , the winning KP’s employer will get a piece of Winterhalter equipment wor th up to £10,000

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demonstrating the impor tance of KPs throughout the industr y “When we first came up with the idea for KP of the Year we had no idea that it would get the response it did,” says Stephen Kinkead, Winterhalter UK’s managing director
KPOTY trophy
as well as £1000 in vouchers
a celebrator y meal for friends and family in a casual dining
this, three highly commended KPs will receive vouchers to hospitality experiences, and ever y nominee will get a bespoke KP of the Year apron designed by Oliver Hardy “Over the years we ’ ve received nominations from a hugely diverse range of businesses, says Stephen For our tenth competition we re looking forward to discovering more of the industr y ’ s exceptional kitchen heroes!” Nominations are open until the 30th of August More information about the competition and previous winners, along with a link to the nomination form, can be found at www kpoftheyear com Winterhalter provides a total solution for dishwashing and glasswashing, from pre-sales advice to after-sales ser vice , training and maintenance , with sustainability fitted as standard Alongside its market-leading dish washers and glass washers, the company ’ s range includes utensil washers, advanced water treatment machines, and cleaning detergents
rinse aids For fur ther details, call Winterhalter on 01908 359000, visit
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Card Spending Slows To Three-Year Low But Pubs & Bars Still Showing Growth

Consumer card spending grew just 1 0 per cent year-on-year in May, the smallest rise since Februar y 2021 and significantly lower than the latest CPIH inflation rate of 3 0 per cent, however spending in pubs and bars and clubs grew from 1 4% to 2 9%

Resilient categories such as airlines and takeaways were knocked by rising household bills while wet weather continued to cast a cloud over the high street However, consumers are feeling optimistic about the lat-

est inflation figures, with three in 10 (28 per cent) planning to spend more when the weather improves Brits reined in spending on takeaways and fast food in May, with the categor y recording its first decline (-0 2 per cent) since May 2020 This comes as 44 per cent say they are reducing their discretionar y spending, citing ordering takeaways (54 per cent) as their number one cutback

Over half (53 per cent) of these consumers are also cutting back on eating out at restaurants, with spending in this categor y seeing an even greater decline in May (-15 7 per cent) than in April (-13 1 per cent)

Travel, another of the UK’s typically more resilient sectors, also had a challenging month Airlines saw their smallest uplift (5 6 per cent) since July 2021, while spend growth at travel agents was as its lowest level (4 3 per cent) since August 2023

On a more positive note , almost three in 10 (28 per cent) Brits say they will spend more when the weather improves this summer – a figure which rises to 39 per cent for 18- to 34-year-olds Two fifths (39 per cent) of this group plan to spend more on food and drink for picnics, a third (34 per cent) say they’ll fork out on drinking and dining al fresco at pubs and restaurants and 29 per cent intend to buy barbeque supplies to host friends and family in the coming months

In addition news that UK inflation has fallen to its lowest level in almost three years has eased consumer concerns Despite some household bills rising in recent months, six in 10 Brits (62 per cent) say the inflation announcement has made them confident in their ability to live within their means each month, and a similar propor tion (56 per cent) say it has made them confident in their household finances

Karen Johnson, Head of Retail at Barclays, said: Retailers faced a challenging May, yet the few sunnier days in the month did bring a welcome uptick in footfall As consumers gear up to spend more with better weather, and with the Euros, Wimbledon, and Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ on the horizon, there’s a brighter outlook for the coming months ” Jack Meaning, Chief UK Economist at Barclays, said: ”The economic strength we saw in the first three months of the year was always expected to ease as we moved into the second quar ter, with GDP having seen the extra bounce needed to recover the ground lost in last year ’ s recession The underlying direction of travel remains though, with falling inflation, real income growth and low unemployment all pointing to a gradual acceleration in consumer spending over the next 12 months, especially as we begin to see the Bank of England reduce interest rates in H2 ”

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How the Hospitality Sector Has Responded

to its Recruitment and Retention Challenges

There has been no shor tage of recent headlines about the hospitality sector s recruitment woes

However, a glance at the headlines might not reveal that the hospitality sector is actually an increasingly popular choice for workers Indeed, hospitality is the third largest employer in the UK, with over 3 5mn workers employed across the sector Fur ther despite a conception that the industr y is struggling and a difficult place to work in The Sunday Times’ recently published list of the Best Places to Work, almost a quar ter of the businesses recognised in the Big Companies categor y were in the hospitality industr y


The hospitality sector has faced a number of challenges in recent years, which have arguably had an outsized impact on recruitment In par ticular the pandemic saw many staff across the sector change careers with businesses in the industr y forced to shutter for months at a time This followed hot on the heels of Brexit which saw immigration restrictions tightened, which had an impact on the hospitality industr y ’ s recruitment pool

The hospitality industr y has also had to contend with systemic challenges, including high inflation and the cost-of-living crisis, as well as being hit by shor t-term problems such as the disruption caused by train strikes which have cost the sector hundreds of millions of pounds in lost sales This may well have had an impact on perceptions about the viability of a career in hospitality, discouraging potential applicants with the corresponding headlines in national newspapers not helping either

The current economic climate has also made it more difficult for hospitality businesses to attract and retain staff just by offering higher wages, par ticularly because the expansion of the National Living Wage is increasing wages across the board That includes in industries that compete with the hospitality sector for talent This is creating fur ther financial pressure the hospitality sector with wages being raised across entire businesses in response rather than just at the level where the National Living Wage applies


Attitudes and aspirations are changing across the workforce and businesses are having to change what they offer employees to reflect that In par ticular, research has repeatedly revealed that for the young adults now entering the workforce finding an employer that treats its employers, customers, and the planet well, is a top priority The hospitality sector has responded in a number of ways, with restaurants, for instance , par tnering with charities to ensure that unused food is donated rather than wasted, whilst businesses all across the industr y have created community-engagement or volunteering programmes

A good work-life balance is also a key consideration for a growing number This has posed a par ticular challenge to the hospitality industr y After all where other industries have adopted hybrid working and flexible hours, the majority of hospitality roles still require work to be done in-person and following shift-patterns which may require less sociable hours

To compensate for this, a growing percentage of hospitality businesses have prioritised rewarding staff in other ways, by offering benefits such as free hotel stays and dinners, personal life experience vouchers, and hosting annual festivals or events where the whole workforce get together to celebrate with food and drinks provided

The hospitality sector has also demonstrated its willingness to invest in its employees For example , 92% of businesses sur veyed by UKHospitality are planning to invest in staff training, an increase of 16% 72% of businesses are also planning to invest in employee engagement which has increased by 19% compared with 2023

It is a reflection of the success of these initiatives that, despite the difficult economic environment, job vacancy levels have fallen across the industr y Whilst they have not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels this is still unquestionably an encouraging sign – not least because there is scope for fur ther progress to be made , par ticularly if more targeted government suppor t was available

All businesses have to find ways of appealing to prospective employees and the

exception But as The Sunday Times recognised, the

cessful in accomplishing this adaptation It is still too soon to say that the hospitality industr y has conquered all of its recruitment and retention challenges, but the industr y has responded and we can say with growing confidence that the future looks bright

Ultimately, the hospitality industr y has a lot to offer for prospective employees which is increasingly being recognised If this trend continues don’t be surprised to see hospitality businesses claiming an even bigger share of The Sunday Times’ list of Best Places to Work in 2025

Semi-Finalists Unveiled for Young National Chef of the Year Competition

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Over the next few weeks, some of the rising stars of the culinar y world will be putting their creative skills to the test as they design innovative menus in a bid to become Young National Chef of the Year Today, the Craft Guild of Chefs has revealed the names of the chefs in the running as well as a thought-provoking criteria for entries Competitors will be allowed two hours to create a three-course meal To give the judges a first taste of their cooking, chefs will ser ve up a filled vegetarian agnolotti pasta dish suitably garnished They are asked to use an ingredient which has been foraged or sourced locally within this star ter For the main course the chefs need to create a dish using fresh Norwegian halibut ser ved with a Douceur de France butter-based sauce which is suitable for a pescatarian guest To finish the menu, candidates are required to create their own interpretation of a filled choux desser t Entries from the invited young chefs will be reviewed by the judging team to determine ten candidates to join two seeded finalistsNathan Cooper who was the
brief, I wanted to take the young chefs back to basics so we can really assess their skills and creativity They will need to think about ingredient choices, seasonality, flavours, balance , and showcasing strong techniques This is their oppor tunity to show the judges who they are as a chef when they step away from their workplace and we can’t wait to see their individual culinar y style personality and talent laid out on the plate ” Competition director and food innovation & sustainability director at Sodexo UK and Ireland, David Mulcahy added: “Young National Chef of the Year continues to grow from strength to strength with this year s list of invited competitors proving that the culinar y talent pool across the UK is in great shape Under Russell’s guidance we are guaranteed an incredible final and I wish all chefs the ver y best of luck ” All twelve finalists will be invited to cook their menus at the live cook-off which will be held on Tuesday 8th October at the University of West London This year ’ s winner will be unveiled at a VIP Awards evening at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square
Highest Achiever from the Graduate Awards and the winner of the Royal Academy of Culinar y Ar ts Annual Awards for Excellence
of judges, Russell Bateman who is head chef at the Falcon Hotel in Castle Ashby said: This is my first year heading up the competition and when setting the
under CCBY 4 0 via Flickr (https://wwwflickr com/photos/rwoan/) Taylor Swift s Eras Tour is forecast to give the UK hospitality sector a generous £78 4 million boost The Eras Tour Spending Repor t by discount site , VoucherCodes co uk, reveals Swifties are expected to spend £52 7 million on drinks either before or during the concer ts Another £25 7 million will be spent on food and other snacks as fans fuel up for the big event Breaking these figures down, this means each fan is set to spend £73 09 on average on food and drink either before or during their show That’s £44 45 on drink and £28 24 on food With London hosting eight tour dates, hospitality venues in the capital are set for the biggest sales boost at £55 7 million Following behind is Edinburgh which can expect sales of £11 5 million and Liverpool at £7 4 million Hosting just one tour date Cardiff will see the smallest bump in hospitality sales at £4 million, but that’s still a pretty healthy amount Whilst hospitality businesses inside the stadiums themselves will see the bulk of sales other businesses in the tour cities will also benefit with fans set to purchase £15 9 million wor th of food and £21 million of drinks outside the venues This accounts for 61 8% and 38 9% of all food and drink sales respectively On the other hand, £31 7 million of drinks (60 2%) and £9 8 million of food (38 2%) will be bought by hungr y fans inside the venues With almost six million drinks forecast to be purchased over the tour and each Swiftie ordering an average of five beverages each, hospitality venues are in for a lucrative night when Taylor Swift comes to town Michael Brandy, Senior Commercial Director at VoucherCodes co uk comments: “As Taylor-mania sweeps the UK hospitality venues can expect a healthy boost in sales over the concer t dates “It’s almost as if The Eras Tour is Taylor-made for businesses drawing fans to the host cities and enticing them to spend Cashing in on the craze , Liverpool’s been renamed ‘Taylor Town in Swift s honour keeping locals enter tained and encouraging them to get out and about, visiting cafes, bars and restaurants Savvy hospitality businesses should hop on the hype while it lasts, keeping fans fuelled and ready to dance the night away UK Hospitality Sector To Enjoy £78.4 Million Boost From Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour
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National Minimum Wage Increase Hits Bottom Line Of UK Hotels

Cost pressures, including the recent national minimum wage increase , are hitting the bottom line of UK hotels despite charging higher room rates, according to the RSM Hotels Tracker

The data, which is compiled and produced by Hotstats and analysed by RSM UK shows labour costs per available room were up from £15 32 (March) to £16 62 (April) in the UK and from £20 65 to £22 16 in London, due to the rise in national minimum wage (NMW) However, gross operating profits (GOP) of UK hotels have remained flat at 31 4% in April and 36 8% in London, largely in line with the same month last year and are lagging behind pre-pandemic levels – highlighting a NMW hit to the bottom line

Occupancy was flat year-on-year in the UK at 74 5% in April, but reached 78 4% in London, up from 77% the previous year Occupancy rates continue to creep back up to pre-pandemic levels of 77 6% (UK) and 79 7% (London)

Average daily rates (ADR) of occupied rooms were flat year-on-year in the UK at £139 51 in April but down from £207 86 (April 2023) to £203 81 (April 2024) in London However, room rates are significantly exceeding pre-pandemic levels at £110 24 (UK) and £169 76 (London)

RevPAR of UK and London hotels were static last month when compared to the previous year, at £103 90 and £159 72 respectively

Chris Tate , head of hotels and accommodation at RSM UK, said:“While UK hotels have been able to charge higher room rates when compared to pre-pandemic levels they’re seeing little of this making its way through to the bottom line Ongoing cost pressures, the latest being the increase in national minimum wage , are chipping away at their operating profits For some hoteliers, the fierce competition for hotel staff over the last couple of years has meant they are already paying above minimum wage However a rise in NMW has a knock-on impact as it ripples through the rest of the workforce as higher paid staff demand similar percentage increases

The weather continues to dampen demand But there s hope this will change as we enter into the summer months With better weather on the horizon, inflation set to fall back to the Bank of England’s 2% target in June and real wages rising consumer confidence should continue improving, which will bring some summer cheer to the hotel industr y ” Thomas Pugh,


The King Supports Pub Is The Hub With Donation To Support Pubs

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economist at RSM UK, added:“April was a tough month for consumer businesses with miserable weather keeping them out of
and putting them off house viewings It seems a similar picture for the hotel sector as well
there are good reasons to expect spending on hospitality ser vices to grow from here First, households’ real disposable incomes
set to rise rapidly from April as inflation drops back to near 2% and tax cuts kick in, which will boost overall consumer spending What’s more
consumer confidence should continue to rise ensuring that house-
their new income
spending on hospitality ser vices has been relatively strong recently when compared to spending on goods There may be some catch up spending on retail goods over the next year, especially as goods prices look set to fall However, the increase in consumer incomes means that even if consumers restock on retail goods, they should also increase spending on hotels and accommodation
more , a strong dollar and rapid growth in consumer incomes will make the UK a more attractive destination for visitors from America Similarly, as the European economies rebound, demand for travel from the continent will increase
holds spend most of
Pub is The Hub has welcomed a donation from His Majesty The King to help independent publicans suppor t local ser vices and activities for communities in rural areas The donation will help the Community Ser vices Fund which advises publicans to diversify their ser vices This can be anything from suppor ting a rural pub to opening a local community café, an allotment, a play area, librar y or village store Pub is The Hub was founded by His Majesty The King, when he was The Prince of Wales in 2001 Over the past 23 years Pub is The Hub has been able to help hundreds of pubs to diversify, with many receiving both advisor y and financial suppor t through its Community Ser vices Fund Pub is The Hub’s future vision is to help 1 000 more pubs diversify over the next three years Pub is The Hub chief executive John Longden said: “We would like to thank The King for this donation and all the suppor t for Pub is The Hub since its formation The King has always been a suppor ter of the local role of the British pub ” He added: “We know there are still many more pubs publicans and rural communities that would benefit from the help and suppor t from Pub is The Hub Pubs and publicans are vital to rural communities adding real social value and being par t of the glue that binds local areas together

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Pubs Demonstrate Inclusivity As Part Of Pride Month

With a growing number of pubs wanting to show their suppor t for Pride Month and events, Star Pubs has produced free point-of-sale kits for licensees

Over 100 packs have been created at a cost of £7,500 Each includes flags, A3 window vinyls and bunting 10 flagship pubs in cities with major Pride Festivals such as Brighton Edinburgh and Manchester will also receive café barriers and T- shir ts

Licensees’ desire to highlight that their pubs are welcoming to all aligns with research1 revealing the impor tance customers attach to inclusivity Around six out of ten people are more likely to visit pubs that are inclusive , with this increasing to three quar ters of those identifying as LGBTQIA+, 82% of people with accessibility needs and 73% of ethnic minorities

Says Cathy Olver, Head of Retail for Star Pubs: “Good pubs are all about providing a warm, friendly environment where ever yone in the communities they ser ve feels welcome and at home As more places round the countr y star t holding their own Pride events, licensees are keen to demonstrate their backing and highlight their pub’s inclusiveness We expect this celebration of Pride to increase in pubs going forward ” CASE STUDY:

The Church on Canal Street in Manchester has a long histor y as an LGBTQIA+

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venue and is a much-loved fixture of the city’s gay village It is one of the pubs to be receiving a Pride point-of-sale kit from Star Pubs As well as being known for a great night out The Church prides itself on providing a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community and hosts meetings for a wide range of social groups Licensee John Hamilton, a former community worker, trains the team to suppor t customers in need of help or guidance and the pub also raises thousands of pounds ever y year for LGBTQIA+ charities such as The George House Trust, The LGBT Foundation and Sparkle Says John: “The Pride promotional materials are a great way for pubs of all kinds to demonstrate their inclusivity and for licensees to educate their teams on the impor tance of being welcoming to all Marking Pride isn’t just about customers though In my experience it can make a real difference to staff too giving those in the LGBTQIA+ community who lack confidence the strength to come out and be themselves ”
Millions of voters who run their own businesses are still to make a final decision on who they will back on polling day, according to a snap general election sur vey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) It reveals that 96 per cent of small business owners intend to vote , but onein-five (20%) have yet to decide which par ty they will choose , while a fur ther one-in-three (33%) have a good idea who they will vote for but could still change their mind FSB’s research found 90 per cent of small business owners are concerned business taxes could rise under the next Government, while 92 per cent of small employers said they were concerned a future Government could increase the costs and risks associated with employing people More than half (53%) say they are concerned about small business energ y costs over the next five years; more than six-in-ten (61%) are concerned about the level of inflation over the next five years The findings come as FSB publishes a manifesto for small businesses and the self-employed - a blueprint for whoever forms the next Government aimed at driving economic growth and increasing the small business community from 5 5 million back to its pre-pandemic size of six million within the next Parliament FSB’s Policy Chair, Tina McKenzie , said: “Small business owners and the selfemployed are a shrewd and motivated par t of the electorate “They’re used to weighing up competing offers when running their businesses, and it’s clear from our research that when it comes to the election they’re looking for which of the par ties has the most compelling pro-small business offer “Small businesses are the key to securing economic recover y, driving innovation and creating jobs in all par ts of the UK “Our small business manifesto sets out the measures needed to create the conditions for that to happen many of which do not involve additional spending “We’re looking to all of those seeking to form the next Government to show their commitment to the millions of hard-working voters who run their own businesses, including through a Small Business Act so we have new legislation to protect small businesses on crucial issues such as late payment

Blending Security and Friendly Hospitality

Ever yone within the hospitality industr y knows that making guests and employees feel safe is a critical aspect of managing an establishment It goes beyond safeguarding assets and people; it’s impor tant for other reasons, such as reducing the risk of accidents and injur y, and creating a welcoming environment However, achieving this delicate balance is often easier said than done People need to feel comfor table –it’s unrealistic to expect your employees to follow people with lock and key; a friendly reception also bolsters business


Prevention stands as the most effective line of defence , avoiding potential threats before they escalate Inspired by this ethos, Por tico, a leading guest ser vices provider, has introduced a unique security-focused ser vice Here , front-of-house staff act as the vigilant ' eyes and ears ' of the building preser ving the essential human touch and warm friendly ser vice amidst security protocols

This innovative concept is gaining traction with facility managers increasingly using well-trained staff to provide an extra layer of safety and security However it’s not about intimidating scare tactics; first impressions matter, after all The aim is to efficiently manage security risks while cultivating an inviting, pleasant atmosphere Achieving this delicate equilibrium require rigorous training, leading to the inception of Por tico Safe , seamlessly blending front-of-house warmth with security exper tise


Success in the security area requires a heightened sense of awareness and a wide range of skills This might involve teams being SIA-licensed and possessing exper tise in areas such as threat prevention and detection,

conflict resolution, first aid, fire marshal suppor t, proactive hazard management, and building health and safety This comprehensive skill set ensures that guests receive a warm, personalised welcome upon entering the premises, while simultaneously upholding situational awareness


It's crucial to understand that effective ser vices require a deep comprehension of the business, its workforce , and its clientele It’s no secret that ser vice providers within the hospitality industr y must delve beneath the surface to deliver a tailored, purposeful experience This calls for a nuanced approach, favouring individualised solutions over a one-size-fits-all mentality Recognising that each business operates uniquely success lies in customising ser vices to address specific challenges and requirements

Having highly skilled team members can alleviate security concerns and time constraints within daily operations The building management tcan trust that their teams are taking a proactive stance While vigilance remains paramount in security matters, it should never overshadow the impor tance of exceptional interpersonal skills – a hallmark of this exemplar y security model


Choosing such ser vices transcends mere risk mitigation; it s a strategic investment in a business s long-term success The repercussions of crime extend far beyond financial loss, impacting morale and performance within the organisation Those who prioritise security send a clear message to employees and patrons alike: "We have your best interest at hear t" and “We prioritise your safety and wellbeing” By integrating real people into guest ser vice deliver y, businesses create a comprehensive security team that is deeply connected to visitors and their safety Feeling safe shouldn't be an aspiration; it should be the norm

The integration of security measures within hospitality settings reflects a broader trend towards prioritising safety without compromising on customer experience This involves not only implementing robust security protocols but also fostering a culture of safety and inclusivity By staying abreast of emerging threats and embracing innovative solutions, businesses can create environments that are both welcoming and secure Through ongoing collaboration and knowledge sharing, we can collectively raise the bar for safety standards while maintaining the warmth and hospitality that guests expect

Pragmatic Migration Plans Needed To Reflect Business Need

With migration plans being announced by political par ties this week, UKHospitality has stressed the need for an employment plan to meet the needs of the economy

Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, said: “With more than three-quar ters of hospitality’s workforce recruited from within the UK, our commitment to recruiting, training and developing our own is unwavering

While we recognise the need to control migration, this debate cannot be

arbitrar y and divorced from economic reality

“There needs to be a serious debate about a pragmatic and stable employment plan that balances investment in skills and training, including reform of the apprenticeship levy, with sensible access to work visas

“Additional reform of the Migration Advisor y Committee to provide a link between skills development and industrial strateg y would also be positive in meeting the labour needs of hospitality businesses and the wider economy

The AVL A Licence

A Legal Requirement

When travellers check in at a proper ty, they expect a cer tain level of comfor t and entertainment Television is indispensable While some may argue that TV is dying in the age of streaming and ondemand content, in reality it remains essential, especially in the UK Television still holds great value for the hospitality industr y However, with the convenience and benefits of offering television come cer tain responsibilities, particularly respecting copyright laws Hoteliers must ensure they have the necessar y licences to broadcast content legally

AVLA represents the UK largest and most varied community of audiovisual creators, comprising various categories of rightsholders: producers, authors, performers, directors, and visual ar tists The AVLA licence covers an immense catalogue of works and rights not covered by other licensors For clarity, the AVLA licence does not replace the licences of other entities and vice-versa

The AVLA licence enables hotels, apar thotels, B&Bs and similar establishments to legally display in public TV channels containing audiovisual works (films, series, documentaries, car toons and other TV shows) from AVLA’s extensive reper toire It covers TVs in bedrooms and in communal areas of the premises (e g in a hotel’s restaurant bar etc ) Operating without a licence constitutes a legal infringement of the rights of AVLA’s creatives

Respecting copyright law is crucial not only to avoid legal or reputational risks, but also to suppor t the UK’s world-class creative industries So, by taking an AVLA licence , hotels are securing legal compliance and demonstrating their commitment to ethical business practices, while also helping to sustain and suppor t the creative individuals and businesses working hard to produce the TV and film content that is so valued by their customers

To learn more

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Men’s UEFA Euro 2024 Set To Inject £2.75bn Into Retail And Hospitality Sectors

Acclaimed Hospitality Podcast From the Other Side of the Pass Shares Best Practice and Top Tips for Small Business Owners

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

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Retailers and hospitality venues are set to make £2 75bn during the Men’s UEFA Euro 2024 campaign, kicking off on Friday 14th June - a new repor t reveals The Men’s UEFA Euro 2024 Spending Repor t by VoucherCodes co uk, the UK’s most trusted savings site , reveals that 35 4m suppor ters are expected to tune into tournament at home bars pubs and restaurants Of the total viewers, 30 7m consumers will be watching at least one match from the comfor t of their own home UK retailers can expect to welcome 23 6m shoppers through their doors, resulting in sales of £2 1bn This marks a £0 5bn, or 31% increase on the 2022 World Cup Spending on food and drink for celebrations is expected to account for £1 4bn of total sales, with many fans opting to watch at least one match at home , or at someone else’s home As fans look to make the most of the favourable kick-off times and summer weather, retailers can expect 4 2m people to spend a whopping £70 8m on garden cooking products such as pizza ovens, BBQs, and BBQ accessories and utensils As the stage with the most matches, retail spend is set to peak during the Group Stages (June 14th – June 26th) with fans set to spend £1 14bn As the tournament is held in Germany with plenty of favourable kick off times, 14 4m fans will head to hospitality venues such as their local pub, bar, or restaurant to watch at least one game during the competition This is a 115% increase from the men ’ s last major international tournament, the 2022 World Cup, which saw hospitality venues welcome just 6 7m people High expectations for the Three Lions coupled with the tournament being held in the warmer summer months means that the hospitality sector is set to see sales of £613 7m from 12 9m spenders, as fans look to increase spending on enter tainment and enjoyment That’s a £172m, or 39% increase on the 2022 World Cup Breaking this down fur ther, UK hospitality venues are predicted to make £217 3m from food sales and £396 5m from drinks sales, equating to the sale of 110 3m pints of beer and cider, 36 1m glasses of wine , and 10 9m Aperol Spritz’ The Group Stages will provide hospitality venues with the greatest boost in sales, with spending predicted to reach £270 2m as 10m suppor ters head to their local to watch the games Michael Brandy, Senior Commercial Director at VoucherCodes co uk commented: “A summer tournament coupled with high expectations for the England team means consumers are set to increase their spending on enter tainment this summer As a result hospitality venues are set to welcome 14 4m people making for an exciting period for businesses and owners of pubs, bars, and restaurants throughout the tournament “Hospitality venues can take advantage of this busy time and entice customers in by ensuring they have food and drink offers available throughout the tournament ”

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Pushing the Envelope - Why It Pays To Have a Holistic View of Card Payments

In a world where businesses are increasingly facing pressure on resources and margins, having the right payment systems par tner becomes crucial.

Payment ser vices are one of the most fundamental par ts of a business’ finances, but they’re also an area that’s rapidly changing Ar tificial Intelligence , digitisation, and predictive analytics are already star ting to make a difference to how businesses operate and how they plan

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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Frigulti from Viajante87 bar in London’s Notting Hill has won the World Class GB Grand Final, and now goes forward to Shanghai in September to represent Great Britain at the World Class Global Finals where the ‘world’s best bar tender’ will be crowned The two-day competition saw Frigulti fend off competition from 22 other finalists in a series of challenges, finishing in a ceremony at Koko in London on 4 June The challenges included ‘Don Julio: Outside the Box’, where bartenders were tasked with creating any style of cocktail with unknown ingredients presented to them in a myster y box There was also ‘Walker of the World’, where finalists created countr yinspired cocktails using Johnnie Walker Blue and Black Label The final 10 contestants then took par t in a speed round where they created four cocktails in four minutes Danilo is originally from the south of Italy where he star ted his career in hospitality as a barista He then moved to London in 2018 where he star ted his journey in the bar industr y as a barback at The London Edition On his triumph he said: “Wow, this is incredible I’ve worked in this amazing industr y for five years now and I’m so proud to be recognised like this for a career and industr y I feel so lucky to be par t of “Thank you so much to my team and mentors for being so generous with their time and wisdom – you ’ ve all helped me get to this point and I can’t wait to represent Great Britain in Shanghai ” Asked what sets World Class apar t as a bar tending competition Danilo said: “The World Class family, without any doubt It might sound easy now because I got the trophy, but it s not just about the trophy – it s the incredible relationship and connection among ever y single par ticipant
Class GB Fuller’s has announced the return of its popular pub garden productions this year – Opera in the Garden and Shakespeare in the Garden Produced and performed by Rogue Opera, this year ’ s Opera in the Garden production is Carmen [11 June-14 August] Carmen –fier y, daring and uncompromising – meets José, a soldier with a past in a tale of love , death and bull fighting Rogue Opera brings Carmen to life for a modern audience , sung in French with a new English script Four singers and a pianist deliver a show with all of the well-known music and drama in an engaging and original format Shakespeare in the Garden, now in its thir teenth year, is a favourite in the Fuller’s calendar – produced and performed by Open Bar This year there will be two productions – The Tempest [2 July-31 August] and Much Ado About Nothing [22 July-13 September] Shakespeare in the Garden is perfect for Shakespeare aficionados and novices alike The plays are performed by casts of four and six actors respectively so expect plenty of costume changes – as well as laughter, music and some audience par ticipation Shakespeare in the Garden and Opera in the Garden follow a successful tour of Vanity Fair – which took place in a number of Fuller s gardens this spring Sam Bourke , Fuller s Marketing Director, said: I m delighted to be holding so many productions in our beautiful pub gardens this year Fuller’s is ver y proud to suppor t the ar ts The ongoing popularity of Shakespeare in the Garden led us to host more shows throughout the year and these have been well-received too Last year, we hosted productions of Sense and Sensibility which were a great success –and Vanity Fair was popular this year This is the four th year of hosting Opera in the Garden – proving our customers enjoy a range of live productions “We hope you can join us for one of these brilliant performances I know you’ll have a great time ”

Rain Washes Drinks Sales Back Into The Red

Stonegate Group Kicks Off ‘Serving With Pride’ Campaign To Celebrate The LGBTQIA+ Community

cy and specialised suppor t David McDowall Stonegate Group CEO said: “Here at Stonegate Group, our mission is to bring people together We are truly

paign, 10p will be donated to Stonewall Housing, funding their essential ser vices like housing advice , advoca-

Issue 216 CLH Digital 15 After two weeks of year-on-year growth, drinks sales in Britain’s On Premise slipped back last week, according to CGA by NIQ’s Daily Drinks Tracker Average sales in managed venues for the seven days to last Saturday (25 May) were 3% lower than in the same period in May 2023 a disappointing drop after solid growth in the first two weeks of this month Trading was weakened by several days of wet weather over the course of the week Year-on-year sales plunged 22% after heavy rain on Wednesday (22 May), and they were down by between 8% and 12% on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (21, 23 and 24 May) Things were much better on Sunday (19 May), when the final round of Premier League fixtures helped to lift sales by 24% There was also growth of 4% on Saturday (25 May), the first week of the Bank Holiday weekend Interest in Sunday’s football meant beer sales were 1% ahead yearon-year However, cider (down 7%), soft drinks (down 5%), wine (down 1%) and spirits (down 10%) were all behind the equivalent week last year “After a solid star t to May it’s frustrating to see drinks sales slip back into the red year-on-year ” says Jonathan Jones CGA by NIQ’s managing director UK and Ireland “The weather has been far from ideal for pubs and bars, and operators and suppliers will be pinning hopes on some prolonged sunshine as we move into the key summer months In the meantime , with consumer confidence still patchy businesses face fierce competition for sales and share ”
Stonegate Group the UK’s largest operator of LGBTQIA+ venues, is launching its ‘Ser ving With Pride’ campaign to coincide with Pride Month on June 1 2024 The campaign highlights Stonegate’s commitment to inclusivity, transforming its venues into vibrant hubs of celebration and unity throughout Pride Month and beyond Ser ving with Pride builds on last year s success, uniting all venues under a banner of allyship and celebration The goal is clear : to ensure its spaces are safe and welcoming for ever yone , allowing guests and teams to express their true selves without fear of prejudice To celebrate , Stonegate venues will offer a range of Pride-themed drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic Featured drinks include HUK and HUK Zero, plus the new cocktail in a can, the Dir ty Shirley and its virgin version the Shirley Bassey in par tnership with The Drinks Bureau This year Stonegate is par tnering with Stonewall Housing a leading national charity suppor ting LGBTQIA+ individuals facing homelessness or unsafe living conditions For ever y sponsored drink sold during the cam-
proud to suppor t the LGBTQIA+ community and to be able to bring them together in our venues during Pride and beyond Our monthlong Ser ving with Pride campaign reflects our ongoing commitment to inclusivity and our dedication to providing safe , welcoming venues for ever yone to enjoy ” All Managed Stonegate sites will receive a ‘Pride in a Box’ kit, packed with window stickers, flags, bunting, badges, garnish flags, posters and menu table talkers to create a festive and welcoming atmosphere A permanent ‘Ser ving with Pride’ window sticker will also be displayed at all Stonegate venues symbolising its lasting commitment to inclusivity Stonegate kicked off Pride celebrations with a vibrant float at the Birmingham Pride Parade on May 25 featuring fabulous drag queen Karla Bear, winner of Drag Idol 2019 The celebrations will continue throughout June and the summer, culminating in a special event in September to highlight the campaign s achievements and thank our teams and guests for their suppor t

The Future of Cash and What It Means to Hospitality Businesses

Despite what you may have been led to believe , cash isn’t going anywhere While electronic payment providers have pushed the narrative of the death of cash, consumers and businesses remain resolute in their affection for coins and notes

The signs of this are clear, too, with 68% of all hospitality businesses expecting to never become entirely cashless, according to the latest PayComplete research Soon, too, access to cash will be enshrined in UK law by the FC A For hospitality businesses, cash’s resilience presents a unique oppor tunity to rethink payment methods, reduce operational expenses, and improve customer experience


Currently the state of cash management in the hospitality sector leaves plenty of room for improvement As par t of PayComplete’s Cash Chasm Repor t, it was found that nearly half (48%) of hospitality businesses still handle cash manually Unfor tunately for these businesses, manually handling cash creates significant and unnecessar y costs In fact, the research found that, on average , hospitality businesses spend over £231,000 alone on cash security measures! Yet, despite this they are still losing £17,000 a year to cash handling errors This is an astonishing amount of money that could be better spent on critical areas like staff training and improving facilities Nonetheless, hospitality businesses are tr ying to reduce these losses For a star t more than a third (35%) of businesses are encouraging customers to pay with electronic payment methods However, this

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is not a longterm solution Not only do electronic payments come with increased costs due to processing and transaction fees but steering customers away from their preferred payment method risks damaging customer experience and expectations Alternatively hospitality businesses are turning towards regular staff training (35%) conducting audits to identify weaknesses in cash handling (32%), and implementing strict cash handling protocols (30%) While these measures are a good initial step in reducing cash handling losses, they don’t go far enough and fail to deliver a long-term solution to the problem Put simply, cash handling for many hospitality businesses is stuck in the Stone Age , at a time when ever y other process has moved to the digital age This difference has created a chasm between cash and how modern businesses operate Closing this chasm will not only save businesses money but also enhance customer experience and expectations, and create new oppor tunities for growth
CASHTECH Enter CashTech Sitting alongside existing FinTech systems that hospitality businesses already use , like account software and electronic payment methods, CashTech empowers businesses to completely reimagine their cash handling processes Just as FinTech solutions revolutionised finance , CashTech systems digitise and transform cash handling, creating operational savings and new oppor tunities for growth Innovations in software and hardware have created platforms that enable hospitality businesses to connect their entire cash estate into one system – regardless of a device’s make or model – for the first time Creating a single system with a holistic view of the entire cash estate allows businesses to seamlessly integrate CashTech with other business processes and systems like accounting and customer experience For hospitality businesses this is a complete game changer Digitising cash transactions and management with CashTech systems reduces cash handling operating costs and prevents cash leakages What s more , creating a platform that can connect to accounting and customer experience software , hospitality businesses will enjoy efficiency gains and improvements in critical business processes Cash is here to stay Not only is its use set to be enshrined in law but it remains a preferred payment method for many customers For hospitality businesses, cash s resilience is an oppor tunity to rethink processes stuck in the Stone Age and bring them into the digital age Adopting CashTech solutions enables significant savings when it comes to cash handling and transforms accounting and customer experience processes unlocking fur ther funds and improving ser vice Despite many talking up cash s demise , hospitality businesses must consider the potential oppor tunities that come from providing customers with all the payment options they want, inclusive of cash To do so they must ensure they can handle cash in the most sophisticated and efficient way possible to maximise the value it can bring Cumbria Tourism is congratulating two trailblazing tourism businesses after they triumphed at last night’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in Liverpool The VIP awards ceremony, hosted by hotelier and TV presenter Alex Polizzi, saw Allium at Askham Hall scoop the prestigious Gold Award in the ‘Taste of England’ categor y The Michelin-starred restaurant overseen by Head Chef Richard Swale specialises in home-grown, home-reared produce and was shor tlisted after winning the ‘Taste of Cumbria’ in the 2023 Cumbria Tourism Awards Meanwhile , The Yan at Broadrayne is coming home with the Bronze Award in the Ethical Responsible and Sustainable Tourism categor y after last night’s ceremony The bistro with beds is based in a 17th-centur y conver ted sheep farm in Grasmere and also took the regional crown at last year ’ s Cumbria Tourism Awards There was fur ther success in Liverpool for journalist Ben Aitken who secured the Travel Content Award for a Guardian ar ticle highlighting the accessible Miles without Stiles route up Orrest Head – following a press trip suppor ted by Cumbria Tourism Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, says: Yet again, Cumbria has performed strongly in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence , which champion the ver y best quality, innovation and best practice across England “Winning any award at this level is an exceptional achievement and reflects the sheer quality and diversity of Cumbria’s tourism offering Well done to The Yan for their Bronze award, and huge congratulations to Allium at Askham Hall who were honoured with a Gold Award against fierce national competition Ever yone involved should be ver y proud!” The announcement comes just a month before the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2024 taking place at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal on Tuesday 2 July Many of this July’s winners will themselves have the chance of representing the county nationally at next year ’ s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence
Recent data from the Lumina Intelligence Eating and Drinking Out Panel indicates that economic improvements are positively impacting the coffee shop sector The repor t highlights key market trends driven by eased cost of living pressures and increased consumer confidence The latest market insights reveal a significant uptick in market penetration for coffee shops, increasing by 4 6% to 59 0% for the total market This growth is attributed to a year-on-year decline in inflation and rising consumer confidence High interest rates have kept the frequency of visits stable at 1 4, as consumers continue to be selective with their spending The increase in market penetration has led to a notable rise in drink-only occasions which have grown by 1 3% This trend reflects the growing number of consumers seeking necessity-driven visits Coffee and sandwich shops have benefitted the most, with their share increasing by 2 2%, indicating a preference for drink-only occasions within this channel In contrast, pubs and bars have experienced a decline , with their share dropping by 1 0% This downturn is linked to a reduction in dinner occasions (-0 5%) and adverse weather conditions, which have deterred consumers from visiting beer gardens and terraces Traditional pub fare such as chips wedges fries burgers and pizza has lost share , while cake has gained 2 0% in popularity, driven by the coffee shop trend

Bureau Service Technology: A Path To Financial Precision For Hospitality Businesses

In moments of financial difficulty, hospitality businesses would cer tainly benefit from greater precision within their budgets UKHospitality has even claimed we are living through a ‘cost of doing business crisis’ as a result of skyhigh energ y costs and inflation Sadly, as many as 70% of the UK s independent hotels are estimated to have closed since the pandemic , while restaurant closures also hit an all-time quar terly high in Q4 2023, according to data obtained by Price Bailey Ensuring that budgets are as accurate as possible can make a big difference to businesses in precarious financial circumstances So how can independent hotels, pubs and restaurants use technolog y to achieve financial precision? This is where a bureau ser vice comes in Enabling hospitality managers to gain around-the-clock access to their energ y and utilities usage data, unhelpful disruption caused by unexpected billing errors could be a thing of the past

Here are the key reasons for implementing a bureau ser vice for smar ter consumption and energ y management


Like most businesses, the hospitality sector primarily uses one of the following meters for energ y billingHalf Hourly (HH) meters or Non Half Hourly (NHH) meters HH meters automatically send readings to the data collector for billing, while NHH meters rely on the hospitality businesses to provide the readings From my experience , businesses often fail to submit these readings on a regular basis, resulting in estimated bills However these estimates can often be unreliable For instance last year bill validation by Advantage Utilities revealed that over 60% of NHH meter bills were based on estimates But even HH meters sometimes get billed by estimates due to miscommunication with data collectors This is a significant obstacle for hospitality owners striving for financial precision Estimated bills can lead to unreliability, with businesses overpaying or underpaying for their actual consumption, creating confusion in their consumption patterns and financial records

What’s more , the accounts payable process only makes this issue more obvious, with about 10% of bills having at least one error, leading to wasted time of accounts payable staff This inefficiency has meant that 25% of time is being spent on handling exceptions within the invoicing process For tunately, adopting bureau ser vice technolog y allows hotels in par ticular to gain control over these challenges and minimise errors


Beyond impor tant financial gains hospitality businesses can also gain impor tant insight into their consumption histor y payments histor y and also carbon calculations for their electricity and gas usage Ever-increasing ESG repor ting requirements also add additional pressure for hotels and restaurants to understand what they are

responsible for within their operations and supply chain This is where a bureau ser vice is once again crucial, including aspects such as energ y usage , waste , water and the fuels used within an organisation - even down to vehicle usage

Think of a good movie that you recently watched Before that movie was filmed and released, there must have been a good script There was a sense of what message the writers wanted to get across and of the direction of the stor y That's why having a monthly repor t pack is essential to enabling a holistic view of a business ’ por tfolio, of their consumption, their payments and their carbon emissions


Identifying and fixing any discrepancies found during the bill validation process is a time-consuming task For tunately, a bureau ser vice enables hospitality businesses to efficiently understand their contracts, automatically highlighting any errors between contracted rates, taxes or levies For the hospitality sector, electricity, gas and waste are all likely to be notable expenditures, but where one hotel uses more gas or produces larger quantities of waste a bureau ser vice can be tailored so that greater insight is given to these variables - exploring all oppor tunities to reclaim costs After errors have been identified the bureau ser vice provider then steps in to liaise with the business’ suppliers to confirm these , reclaiming incorrect charges where overpayment has been made

Bureau ser vices have already enabled numerous businesses to reclaim overpayments Since the star t of 2024, Advantage Utilities has discovered £54,000 in overcharges and have already recovered more than £18,000 of this We will continue to recover these overcharges until this entire amount has been recovered


With most bureau ser vices providing a monthly repor t pack containing key information on the business decision-making process, this helps to develop a better approach for energ y and utilities management in the future For example , a bureau ser vice can monitor kVA (kilo-volt-amperes) consumption versus the kVA set for each meter within a business - this is used to determine energ y use Any discrepancy between the two readings means an inaccurate bill will follow, whether that’s one that’s too high, or too low A bureau ser vice can help to eliminate this issue by giving hospitality businesses the tools they need to view their historical consumption, in addition to setting up a new agreed kVA depending on whether they consume more or less than their set kVA consumption - saving money in the process

To summarise , hospitality businesses stand to significantly benefit from implementing a bureau ser vice that navigates energ y billing inaccuracies with greater efficiency By identifying errors automatically, hotels, restaurants and pubs can not only reclaim costs where overpayments happen, but this also frees up time and gives greater confidence to future bills received Coupled with monthly repor ting, key decision-makers within each hospitality business now have a path available to them that enables a more reliable decision-making process At such a difficult moment for the hospitality sector, this technolog y should not go unnoticed

Jamie Delap Of Fyne Ales Named ‘Brewer Of The Year

2024’ By The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group

of Fyne Ales as the 2024 Brewer of the Year at their annual awards dinner

The All-Par ty Parliamentar y Beer Group (APPBG) named Delap as the winner not only for Fyne Ales’ brewing achievements but for Jamie’s voluntar y work on the Scottish Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) – lobbying for changes which led to the scheme’s postponement, which will now give more time to work on a much-needed UK-wide solution Andy Slee , Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers and Associates of which Jamie Delap is a Scottish Director, attended the awards and had this to say in praise of Delap;

“Jamie’s tireless and entirely voluntar y work on behalf of Scottish brewers in fighting for necessar y changes to the proposed Deposit Return Scheme has led to it being delayed to come in line with other similar schemes across the UK It s a real victor y for the sector, as in its previous form the scheme would have imposed huge bureaucracy and cost on all brewing and pub operators in Scotland Without Jamie’s work in this area all Scottish brewers would now be worse off and it is for this – in combination with the superb industr y-leading beers being produced by Fyne Ales – he has deser vedly been named the All-Par ty Parliamentar y Beer Group’s Brewer of the Year 2024 ”

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Shaping the Future of Hospitality: Top Trends from The National Restaurant Association Show

From the 18th to the 21st of May, McCormick Place in Chicago welcomed 58 000 food ser vice professionals from 124 countries to the National Restaurant Association Show Henr y Stephenson (www stephensons com), managing director of Stephensons Catering, a Stockpor t-based catering supplier, shares the key trends and insights from the event

Despite increasing challenges, the UK hospitality market remains resilient The sector's long-term prosperity will depend on adapting to changing consumer behaviours and innovative trends to enhance the customer experience The National Restaurant Association Show unveiled trends set to shape the industr y, from experiential-led venues to evolving drink preferences, providing a glimpse into the future of dining and hospitality


Exhibitors showcased experiential leisure options within their bars, ranging from shuffleboard and pool tables to foosball and chess boards This mirrors a rising trend in the UK, where leisure bars offering immersive experiences are becoming increasingly popular

In today's fast-paced world, consumers, especially younger generations, are seeking memorable experiences rather than just products or ser vices A Mintel study in 2018 found that 22% of younger millennials agree that more bars should offer activities such as trivia and dar ts Additionally PROOF Insight repor ted a 9% increase in the number of competitive socialising venues between October and March 2023 in the UK

Venue operators understand the need to offer more to keep patrons engaged suggesting this trend will only continue to grow Food hall establishments like Mackie Mayor in Manchester and Seven Dials in London, which offer a more communal dining experience , are also likely to increase Time Out Market, which has eight food markets worldwide including one in Chicago, exemplifies this trend, and it will be interesting to see how other major brands adopt this foodie experience in the future

Another experiential insight from the show is the evolving design of nightclubs and bars Nightclubs are

increasingly making the DJ a focal point, rather than hiding them in a booth, while central bars are gaining prominence in restaurants This enhances the immersive experience customers seek, and UK venues that are currently struggling might benefit from adopting these layout changes to create a more engaging atmosphere


A prominent trend at the show was the increasing popularity of non-alcoholic beverages Low or non-alcoholic drinks are set to continue rising in popularity, with retailers predicting that it’ll be the biggest growth area in 2024 This shift reflects changing consumer behaviours in the UK where 1 in 3 UK adults are now opting to cut down the amount of alcohol they drink or avoid it completely

Interestingly, water is ser ved as standard in the US, unlike in the UK, where it is usually provided only upon request This practice may gain traction in the UK, especially given the growing focus on wellness and moderate drinking Bars and restaurants could also upsell bottled spring or sparkling water instead of just offering tap water

For alcoholic drinks, the once market-leading spirit gin is seeing a decline in the UK due to market saturation, with sales in the Chicago bar scene also dropping by 30% While tequila is gaining popularity in the US, a third of UK retailers agree that rum now holds the top spot for spirits


Sustainability continues to be a driving force across all sectors in 2024 With the UN’s goal to eliminate plastic pollution in the UK by 2040 fast approaching, hospitality venues must adopt sustainable products and processes The UK has already taken steps towards this goal by introducing a single-use plastic ban last year

According to the 2024 Drinks Retailing Trends Repor t, respondents say that improving sustainability credentials in packaging is the most vital component when it comes to reducing environmental impact

However, this doesn t seem to be the case in the US, as a surprising insight from the show was that only 17 states have banned plastic straws and many bars in Chicago were ser ving cocktails in plastic cups In this sense , they are trailing behind the UK and Europe , but with the increased consumer awareness around environmental responsibility US hospitality businesses will need to seek eco-friendly alternatives to appeal to eco-conscious customers

The National Restaurant Association Show highlighted a range of key trends shaping the future of catering and hospitality While many of these trends, such as experiential-led venues and a focus on sustainability, are already present in the UK, there are still valuable lessons to be learnt from international practices to drive further innovation Staying informed and adaptable will be crucial for success in this dynamic industr y

Young North East Chef Cooking Up A Storm

A young Nor th East chef is making a name for herself after winning a regional cooking accolade and securing a job with James Close , the former chef patron of 2 Michelin star Raby Hunt

Abigail Smith, a commis chef at Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington, recently competed against other chefs to win the coveted title of Nor th East Young Chef of the Year She was both the youngest entrant and only young woman in the competition

As a result of her win, Abigail has earned a coveted spot in the semi-final of the national competition Young Chef of the Year, organised by the Craft Guild of Chefs

The 18-year-old from Darlington caught the eye of many top regional chefs but it was James Close who offered her a job and promotion to chef de par tie at his new summer residency TERRA, which opens at Rockliffe Hall on June 13

Abigail who is still studying at New College Durham explained the competition was a ner ve-wracking exercise: “It was a little bit intimidating I was up against older chefs I was both the youngest and only girl in the competition

“Ever ything went fairly smoothly during the morning competition The only issues were my equipment, which kept breaking on me , but somehow, I got on with it When the result was announced I did get a bit emotional – relief as much

as anything ” She is delighted to get the new job with James Close and one day hopes to become a head chef and or even run her own restaurant

Hair y Bikers star Si King, who was one of the judges, said: I loved being par t of a great event The standard was high, and the brief was locally sourced produce where possible All the par ticipant chefs and their teams did just that

“There was some exceptional talent on show at the NECTA competition But Abigail shone out above the competition, with her confidence , understanding of the task and her exper tise in food preparation and cooking We’ve got it all in the Nor th East and I’m ver y proud of that We just got to let the rest of the countr y know ”

Chris Jewitt, CEO of FADNE, said: “The NECTA annual competition is becoming a key diar y date for all young and aspiring chefs across our region Many past winners of the accolade have gone on to build and develop fantastic careers in the food and hospitality sector and there is little doubt that Abigail will do the same and be a star of the future

“Each year the competition is becoming a bigger affair with senior chefs and restaurateurs keen to encourage and promote the enormous talent in kitchens around our region ”

Hot Off The Press: New Jangro Catering & Hospitality Catalogue

Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, is proud to present its new Catering & Hospitality Supplies 2024/25 catalogue Boasting a fresh new look, the latest edition is the ultimate caterer’s companion, offering a wide range of quality brands and choice at competitive prices

Enabling establishments to keep up to date with trends, the catalogue offers all the equipment and supplies required to stir up positive customer experiences From front of house to back of house , casual to fine dining, the latest crocker y and table presentations to environmentally friendly catering disposables Jangro’s new Catering & Hospitality 2024/25 catalogue has it all

Jangro is committed to becoming a more sustainable business and helping its customers reach their own green goals This new edition, therefore , offers a plethora of eco-conscious products, from food packaging containers, which are recyclable , compostable , and fully bio-degradable , to Jangro s award-winning and innovative ntrl range of vegan cleaning solutions

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Moderation Nation: A Quarter of UK Adults ‘Zebra Striping’ on Every Pub Visit

consultancy KAM and alcohol-free beer brand Lucky Saint

The new repor t, ‘2024 Low and No: Drinking Differently’ launches this week looking at evolving drinking habits across the UK, with the clearest indication yet that the UK is a nation of moderators

Historically seen as the reser ve of designated drivers, we re now seeing a significant number of people incorporating alcohol-free drinks into occasions they are also drinking alcohol A quar ter of the UK population are moderating their alcohol consumption through the practice of ‘zebra striping’ - when an individual alternates between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks within a single visit

When you include situations where an individual is combining alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks whilst not necessarily ‘zebra striping’, this figure rises to 2 in 3 UK adults (78% of 18–24-year-olds)

Moderation of alcohol is now a year-round habit for UK adults, the repor t finds 3 out of 4 UK adults who drink alcohol have said they are currently actively moderating their consumption of alcohol across 2024 Backed up by last year ’ s sales data, many Brits moderating during the summer months as during the festive season and Dr y Januar y, boding well for the big summer of spor t ahead (Circana BWS all outlets 52wk to w/c 26 08 23)

A notable decline in the number of UK adults consuming alcohol more than once a month has been repor ted, with the figure dropping to 88% in 2024, down from 93% in 2023 (95% in 2022) This coincides with 11m UK adults (16% of UK adults) tr ying low and no alcohol beer for the first time in the last 12 months

According to KAM Insights, more than 1-in-5 18-24s claim to not drink

alcohol the highest of any age group The repor t also found that 53% of 18–24-year-olds repor t visiting a pub or bar once a week or more

With over 1 in 3 pubs visits by UK adults being alcohol-free the repor t highlighted how the UK’s love for the pub continues to endure

The figures show that whilst younger people’s consumption of alcohol declines, the pub remains cemented as the place for social connection

There is a clear demand from younger people for quality alcohol-free options, with 68% saying they have left a venue early or disappointed due to poor low & no options, in the last 3 months

The repor t also showed the sway a non-drinker can have on the choice of venues 65% of UK adults say non-drinkers in their group influence the choice of venue , an increase from 46% in 2023 The figure in 2024 is higher amongst 18–24-year-olds, at 85%

As drinking habits change moderation is becoming par t of ever yday life We no longer see moderation as solely tied to specific occasions or weekdays Instead, the most regular occurrence of moderation is during weekends (31% of UK adults vs 27% weekdays, 17% celebrator y events, 11% Dr y Januar y)

As alcohol-free drinks gain in popularity and emerge in different areas including major supermarket lunchtime meal deals, the research highlights the UK’s attitudes to them in different settings The repor t found that 76% of UK adults find it acceptable for a colleague to drink alcoholfree beer at their desk at work with this rising to 85% amongst 18-24s Katy Moses MD at KAM said: “Increasing numbers of UK adults are actively moderating their alcohol consumption, whether driven by a desire to improve their physical or mental wellness or to save money Active moderation (where people are actively changing their behaviour in order to consume less alcohol) is happening across all age groups and all days of the week – 1-in-4 UK adults say they employ tactics to moderate their alcohol consumption to some extent ”

“What’s key, however, is that a decrease in alcohol consumption doesn’t mean a decrease in the demand for great experiences in pubs, bars and restaurants People don't want to miss out on all the occasions where alcohol is normally present, going to the pub with friends, celebrating a bir thday, enjoying a beer while watching spor t, for example The research identified that many are drinking differently now when they go out and embracing new moderation tactics such as alternating between alcoholic and alcohol-free drinks in the same evening, known as zebra striping The future of socialising in the UK will cer tainly be less centred around alcohol ”

The full repor t is available here: https://kaminsight com/insights/low-and-no-2024/

Liberation Posts ‘Record’ Sales Following Accommodation Business Expansion

Total group revenues were £144 4m for the year ended Januar y 27 – a jump of 20% compared to the same period last year

The group said its like-for-like managed pub EBITDA had also increased 19% despite a “ par ticularly challenging” inflation and cost environment Jonathan Lawson, chief of Liberation Group said that 2023 was a “standout” year for the business and set sights on expanding its room offering by 300

However Liberation said the national minimum wage increase in the UK and Channel Islands had presented “ongoing pressure ” on payroll The group attributed its recruitment programme , focusing on hiring South African chefs and managers, to reducing costs and improving vacancy rates

Mr Lawson added, It is par ticularly satisfying to see the way that mature par ts of our business continue to grow such as our managed estate , tenancy and Butcombe drinks, whilst also seeing newer elements coming through strongly, such as accommodation ” The group ’ s strateg y of prioritising accommodation has increased growth in food and drink sales over the financial year Occupancy in the new pubs is 19% points ahead of last year, the business said, and like-for-like sales on food is up 18 8% for the first quar ter

“It is par ticularly satisfying to see the way that mature par ts of our business continue to grow, such as our managed estate , tenancy, and Butcombe drinks, whilst also seeing newer elements

coming through strongly, such as accommodation,” said Liberation Group chief executive , Jonathan Lawson

“We should remind ourselves that in 2016 we only had ten rooms and now we have over 400, with the potential to achieve 700 in the existing estate as our accommodation offering increasingly forms a substantial lever for our overall managed business This performance is undoubtedly a differentiator for our group when we look at the wider performance across the sector ”

“Our events-led offering is key as we

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Stella Artois Launches ‘Perfect Serve’

Campaign Celebrating The Perfect Pint

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24 CLH Digital Issue 216 Bidfresh has kick-star ted the Spring with an event to celebrate fresh produce and the impor tance of it on menus The event focuses on Campbell Brothers (catering butchers), Direct Seafoods (nationwide fishmongers) and Oliver Kay (fresh ingredient suppliers) Bidfresh believes that by utilising fresh food, operators can open the door to products that are full of flavour and packed full of quality ready to meet to the expectations of consumers Brian Hall managing director at Bidfresh commented: “I’m pleased to see the spotlight on fresh produce and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the products delivered to customers are of the ver y best standard “All exper ts within their sector the teams at Direct Seafoods Oliver Kay and Campbell Brothers are always there to suppor t chefs and operators find what they need Sustainability, provenance and seasonality are at the ver y hear t of all three businesses and it’s their dedication to these details that truly makes them champions of fresh ” To demonstrate their knowledge and credentials, each business took a different area of fresh to champion, explaining how it is weaved into their ethos and the benefits it brings to chefs and operators THE BENEFITS INCLUDE: • Direct Seafoods are dedicated to helping operators find the perfect species and achieve their sustainability goals •Oliver Kay are on hand to help caterers make the most of the fresh fruit, vegetables and other produce in season • Campbell Brothers offer quality meat that is fully traceable and suits the requirements of chefs working at all levels of catering
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 Group will also be ensuring continued excellent ser ve quality by refreshing tap lines, training staff on the perfect ser ve ritual, and using targeted ads to drive local customer traffic into par ticipating pubs year-round Each pub will also receive promotional kits with coasters, bar runners and other materials to promote the ‘Perfect Ser ve ’ campaign "We're excited to give pub-goers even more reasons to enjoy a pint of Stella Ar tois through this new campaign," Elise Dickinson, Stella Ar tois Marketing Director "By focusing on the Perfect Ser ve , we aim to boost dwell time and keep customers coming back for 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 vice/perfect-ser ve/ to be par t of the campaign
The CBI’s Business Manifesto, shaped by input from over 400 business leaders and 70 Trade Associations, has mapped out the steps the next Government can take to redefine the UK’s growth trajector y and place the UK firmly on a sustainable path As public spending is squeezed and monetar y policy is likely to remain tight growth across the next Parliament will come squarely off the back of the private sector With capital in no shor t supply and the UK in a global race for investment, the defining challenge for the new Government s first 100 days will be to develop a credible plan to crowd in private sector investment and deliver sustainable growth KEY RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE: REVITALISE THE INVESTOR PITCH FOR ‘BRAND BRITAIN’:
Launch a cutting-edge trade and investment strateg y – increasing UK expor ts, securing impor ts, and growing investment, to maximise the UK’s competitive advantage , growth and productivity, boosting employment Deliver a Net Zero Investment Plan – secure the UK’s standing as world-leader on green growth, fostering investment oppor tunities so firms want to invest and grow in the UK Success can create jobs, provide greater energ y security and efficiency, lower energ y costs, increase tax receipts, fund public ser vices and help aver t a climate emergency
the power
UK regions – Aligning UK industrial and trade strateg y with the transformative role of UK Mayors via a new industr y-par tnered Mayoral Economic Compact launching on 17 July 2024
Build a tax environment that drives investment – develop a long-term UK Business Tax Roadmap to deliver a simplified and digitised business tax system with international competitiveness at its hear t Transform the planning system – speed up decisions and cut bureaucracy with a UK-wide Planning for Growth Strateg y, and prioritise grid connections • Boost the labour market & productivity – by expanding tax-free occupational health suppor t to incentivise business investment in early workforce health inter ventions helping prevent employees leaving the labour market and extending the Made Smar ter programme to all sectors, giving firms the suppor t and funding they need to grow Rain Newton-Smith CBI CEO said: “The UK economy has spent the last five years buffeted by a series of ‘one-off ’ shocks – from the aftermath of Brexit, to Covid, to global conflict and the subsequent energ y crisis As a result, our economy has understandably focused more on shock absorption than on boosting growth “Firms can now see some bright spots emerging in the UK economy But the challenges are persistent: sluggish productivity growth, underperforming business investment compared to our international counterpar ts, and ongoing labour and skills shor tages “A new Government of whatever colour provides an oppor tunity to shift gear and prioritise the long-term decisions that can deliver a decade of sustainable growth
of the in-tray should be sharpening the investor pitch for ‘Brand Britain’ – ensuring we are at the ver y top of the league table when it comes to investment At the same time , a focus on building momentum behind the ‘big three’ enablers across tax, planning and the labour market within the first 100 days can give firms a clear flightpath for growth “We want to see a new Government deliver a bold pitch to investors across the globe , restore the UK’s competitiveness, and double down on our climate commitments and oppor tunities ”
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North East Tourism Stars Take Centre Stage At National Awards

The UK’s biggest RTD brand in the on-trade categor y*, VK, is entering the alcohol-free market for the first time with the launch of ‘VK Blue 0 0%’

The launch comes following shifting market dynamics and consumer behaviours, which have seen low and no-alcohol products become the fastest-growing categor y in the ontrade sector in the last year, according to Neilson (NIQ) data

To suppor t its development, VK commissioned research among students in key university towns across the UK, in a bid to better understand evolving drinking habits within the 1824 age demographic

The findings reveal nearly half (49%) of students now consume less alcohol compared to the previous year with 32% intending to fur ther reduce their intake in the coming months

The primar y motivation for 79% is a focus on mindful socialising and connecting with only 6% driven by the ‘buzz’ of alcohol

VK Zero maintains the signature fruity flavour profile synonymous with VK Blue but with 0% alcohol content, providing a more inclusive option by appealing to those looking to reduce their alcohol consumption or abstain

Unlike many competing brands in the categor y, VK Blue 0 0% offers an added caffeine boost (32mg per 100ml, similar to standard energ y drinks), ensuring consumers stay energised throughout

their night

Craig Chapman, spokesperson at VK, explains: We are proud to introduce our ver y first VK Zero available in our ‘OG’ Blue flavour Our loyal VK fans are at the hear t of ever ything we do, so recognising the changing drinking culture among 18-24s and suppor ting these choices through product innovation is incredibly impor tant to us “The

insights highlight a clear oppor tunity for on and off-trade stockists to suppor t consumers ’ changing needs and tastes, while providing greater choice when it comes to high-quality, fun, alcohol-free options ” Craig continued: “VK's mission is to bring people together to share unforgettable experiences With Blue being our best-performing flavour the decision to launch it in 0 0% format was an easy one and we ’ ve already received strong interest from a number of customers VK Blue 0 0% is not the only new product joining VK’s lineup ahead of summer The RTD brand is also announcing its newest VK flavour, which is set to launch following the successful #WEAREFLAVOUR campaign, which has asked consumers to vote for the next product to join the lineup For fur ther information on VK Zero click here: https://www vkofficial com/vkzero/
As energ y-intensive operations, for hospitality businesses the drive towards sustainability and reducing carbon emissions also needs to factor in the careful balance of customer experience and efficiency That’s why a fuel that does it all can be a game-changer
bars requiring a fuel source that offers increased reliability and a controllable flame for cooking LPG can be utilised for a variety of uses, such as hot water, heating and cooking requirements In addition Calor’s range of storage options including underground tanks which can be hidden out of sight, means there s a solution for ever y business Ready for the future Despite being one of the most carbon intensive fuel sources, oil-fuelled boilers are still commonly found in off-grid catering outlets Switching from oil to LPG can immediately cut CO emissions by up to 18%1 compared to oil and is ideal for rural businesses where electricity is simply not viable due to the processes needed or simply because of limited supply to the location From providing an instant and controllable flame needed to create mouthwatering meals, to offering the versatility for heating and hot water requirements, Calor LPG is the fuel source catering businesses can trust To take this step fur ther, once a business is on LPG they can easily switchwithout any change of equipment or infrastructure - to Futuria Liquid Gas which is a sustainable fuel made from a blend of waste , residues and sustainably sourced materials For catering businesses keen to demonstrate their reduction in carbon emissions, the Green Gas Cer tification Scheme ensures traceability of all Futuria Liquid Gas delivered to, and used up by, our hospitality customers, while also highlighting the amount of CO2 saved To find out how Calor can help your business thrive , visit calor co uk/caterers
is Key VK Enters Alcohol-Free Category with VK Blue 0.0% It’s double Gold for Nor th East England at last night’s (Wed June 5) national tourism awards For the second year in a row Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours picked up GOLD in the Experience of the Year categor y at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence for its Grey Seals and Seabirds Cruise Duncan Wise , Visitor Development & Tourism Officer at Nor thumberland National Park was also awarded GOLD in the Unsung Hero categor y Blackfriars restaurant received a Silver in the Taste of England categor y and Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa resor t held on to its Bronze title from last year in the Large Hotel categor y The four finalists headed to the national awards, which were held at The Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, after winning Gold at the Nor th East England Tourism Awards in Februar y The regional tourism awards are delivered by Destination Nor th East England and run in par tnership with VisitEngland the awards celebrate quality innovation and best practice showcasing the fantastic range of high-quality experiences on offer for visitors in our region Andrew Douglas, owner of Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours, said: “It is absolutely amazing, to have won the first time was brilliant, but to get Gold for a second year in a row is just fantastic The night was made even more special as it was also my daughter, Charlie s 18th Bir thday, and she was there to celebrate along with me The hard work and dedication of our staff is what makes this experience so special, the Farne Islands are an amazing place but the staff help to bring it to life for visitors and make it a memorable trip for ever yone ” Duncan said of his win: “It’s an honour to be recognised on a national level for following my passion to conser ve our vital dark skies and suppor t people in discovering how wonderful they are I feel truly for tunate to work ever y day with colleagues, volunteers, and par tners who share my passion for Nor thumberland International Dark Sky Park and I hope will continue to conser ve these wonderful skies for future generations to enjoy ” Destination Nor th East England Chair, John Marshall said: “What an incredible achievement for our regional finalists and a huge congratulations to Duncan and ever yone at Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours for their muchdeser ved Gold awards They have not only done themselves and their teams proud but the whole of the Nor th East helping to shine a light on the fantastic individuals and businesses we have in this region “Being recognised on a national scale is testament to their dedication and passion for their industr y They are fantastic ambassadors for the diverse , innovative and exceptional visitor offer in the Nor th East “Through Destination Nor th East England we are working collaboratively with our deliver y par tners Visit County Durham and Visit Nor thumberland and in par tnership with all seven local authority par tners to unlock the potential of our visitor economy, an industr y which is wor th £6 1bn and provides employment for 63,000 people It is our brilliant tourism businesses that will deliver our target of doubling the size of the visitor economy in the next 10 years, creating jobs and providing the welcome and experience that ensure visitors return to the region The national tourism awards are a brilliant oppor tunity to celebrate and showcase our businesses Next year ’ s Nor th East England Tourism awards are now open and we’d encourage all our tourism businesses to consider applying ” 26 CLH Digital Issue 216

New Legislation To Cost 25,000 UK

Hospitality Businesses Over £60,000

A new repor t reveals how the government’s Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023 will push hospitality operators to breaking point, with 83% of respondents expecting to incur costs of at least £12,000 a year to comply, the equivalent of 118,690 UK operators Nearly one in five (18%) claim costs could increase by £60 000 to £360 000 a year under the new regulations

Despite hospitality closures slowing these findings come at a worr ying time for the industr y, with more than 4 hospitality businesses closing in Britain ever y day so far in 2024, according to data from CGA by NIQ and AlixPar tners

The Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023 comes into effect from 1st October and will require hospitality businesses to distribute 100% of customer tips and ser vice charges to staff, with no exceptions other than standard-rate tax deductions The changes also make it mandator y for all hospitality businesses to have a written policy accessible to staff on how tips are dealt with at their place of work

The repor t, ‘Tipping Point: How new legislation will impact hospitality’, commissioned by customer experience technolog y company three rocks®, sur veyed 1,000 hospitality businesses, 1,000 customers and 500 staff in the UK to gain their insight into the new government legislation and to understand feelings towards tipping The study included UK hospitality businesses of all sizes from independent operators to national restaurant pub and bar chains

The findings revealed that only a mere 28% of operators are currently compliant with the Act distributing tips among all staff without any deductions The majority, two thirds (63%) of businesses, currently take a percentage of tips from employees 29% of those use these tips to cover costs such as processing fees, costs the business will now have to cover under the new Act, while over a quar ter (28%) take a profitable share of the

tips, money they will be unable to claim from October This means that 63% of businesses will have to make changes to the way they operate to comply with the new legislation, which is equivalent to more than 90,000 hospitality businesses currently operating in the UK according to latest government figures

Speaking to 500 hospitality staff the research uncovered that 42% of hospitality workers in the UK have never been told about how tips are distributed to staff, which equates to 756,000 employees across the UK*, based on the latest government figures When asked whether they were happy with how tips are distributed to staff, more than a third (37%) of staff said they were unsure but felt they should get more tips

The study revealed that there could be a better and fairer alternative tipping process to the Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023 Nearly half (44%) of operators would suppor t the creation of a Tipping Standard Practice , an official tip amount implemented ‘ across the board’ for cus-

tomers and a standard process for businesses to distribute tips to staff

Scott Muncaster, founder and Managing Director of three rocks®, said: “The UK hospitality industr y has been under immense pressure in the last few years Beginning with the pandemic , then one of the biggest labour and skills shor tages in decades and now the cost-of-living crisis operators need all the help they can get This legislation although introduced with good intentions could push many businesses to breaking point as our research shows The reality is that increasing costs by tens of thousands of pounds a month isn’t viable for many in the current climate

“Tipping has long been a sticking point for customers, staff and businesses, with many not knowing what to expect, what to give , or

Arc Inspirations To Double Up In Nottingham And Sheffield As Growth Strategy Continues

Manchester and Brindleyplace in Birmingham Also opening in the autumn will be Manahatta Edinburgh, and the Edinburgh and Nottingham locations will both launch with a new interior look and feel evolving the brand whilst staying true to the original concept a glamorous, exciting cocktail bar inspired by the beat of New York The new design is confiand immersive , providing guests with an ever yday escapism and the

Foodles Partners with ReFood to Eliminate Unavoidable Waste

As par t of a strategic drive to fur ther enhance its sustainability credentials, B-Corp Cer tified corporate catering business Foodles has par tnered with ReFood to eliminate unavoidable food waste generated across its national operations

The agreement will see the surplus meals collected from Foodles’ smar t fridges across London sent to ReFood’s state-of-the-ar t anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Dagenham and used to generate both renewable energ y and biofer tiliser Foodles is a fast-growing company with a rising need for sustainable waste management, and this par tnership with ReFood unlocks new circular solutions which both benefit the environment and have the ability to scale with Foodles’ rapid expansion

Founded in 2014 Foodles has pioneered a revolutionar y approach to tackle mundane corporate catering Rather than running a canteen the innovative business delivers fresh, healthy, home-cooked meals on a daily basis, which are stored in next-generation smar t fridges and dispensed to customers much like a vending machine

The concept was originally launched in France , but has since expanded fur ther across Europe – first into Belgium in 2020, before entering the UK in 2022 Ever y year, the business delivers more than 1,000,000 preprepared meals, with hundreds of smar t fridges operational across the continent Michaël Ormancey, co-founder and co-CEO of Foodles, commented: Since setting up our ser vices in

London, we ’ ve seen a variety of companies sign-up to receive daily deliveries We aim to offer complete flexibility to both employers and employees – in essence , we ’

ve re-imagined the lunch break However, while our cutting-edge approach is far more sustainable than the old fashioned corporate catering model, uneaten meals must be dealt with responsibly Our par tnership with ReFood will enable us to continue to grow with this sustainable , scalable solution ” Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, added: “We’re pleased to be working with Foodles to recycle its surplus, unavoidable waste Thanks to our state-of-the-ar t AD sites, we can offer a scalable solution that builds on the company ’ s already impressive sustainability credentials “What’s more , we can even handle fully packed material, meaning less hassle for Foodles and a more streamline solution overall ” With three AD sites in the UK (Dagenham, Doncaster and Widnes), ReFood works with hundreds of businesses for across the food supply chain to enable best practice , sustainable food waste management Ever y year the company handles 480 000 tonnes of waste using it to generate renewable energ y and sustainable biofer tiliser For more information about Foodles visit To find out more about ReFood or its pioneering food waste recycling ser vices, visit
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Arc Inspirations operator of premium bar brands, Banyan, BOX and Manahatta, has announced plans to open new sites in Nottingham and Sheffield this year The two new sites will build on Arc’s city centre growth strateg y, which is key to its ambition to operate 50 bars by 2030 After successfully launching Manahatta Sheffield in early 2023 and BOX Nottingham in November last year the company will double its presence in both cities with the launch of BOX Sheffield, and Manahatta Nottingham, this autumn Arc recently secured £7m in extra funding to accelerate its expansion across the UK, with a £4m loan alongside a £3m equity injection
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BOX Sheffield will bring a game-changing, high-quality spor ts bar and kitchen to the Steel City, where customers can watch, play and par ty Relaxed by day and energetic b night, BOX has something for ever yone , with award-winning locations including Leeds City Centre , Deansgate in
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find neon touches around the venue but cleverly used in new and exciting ways, such as in lighting and reflections Manahatta s famous mirror ball has also been evolved into a giant NY-inspired ball drop to bring light and movement into the venue Arc Inspirations Co-Founder and CEO, Mar tin Wolstencroft, said:“We’re thrilled to be doubling our presence in the centre of Nottingham and Sheffield, two cities where we ’ ve seen great success in the last year, and we can’t wait to unveil our new-look Manahatta design The new sites in Nottingham and Edinburgh mark a significant evolution for the brand, and the new design will be rolled out across existing Manahattas over the coming months ” e three new sites will create around 225 new jobs which can turn into long-term with team members at all levels able to take advantage of Arc’s industr y-leading training and development programmes and immerse themselves in the company ’ s famous culture Building on its ambitious growth programme and city centre strateg y, Arc is also eyeing fur ther launches in London, Liverpool and Cardiff in the near future , and will look to dispose of older, legacy sites which don t fit the future strateg y of the business 28 CLH Digital Issue 216
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Publicans Urged Celebrate Contribution Of Volunteers To Their Local Areas

Pubs across the UK are being invited to get involved in this year ’ s Thank You Day on Sunday 7 July to help recognise the volunteers and people in their communities who make a real difference to the lives of local people

Since 2021 Thank You Day has brought millions of people together to celebrate and give thanks to those who go above and beyond It offers a fantastic oppor tunity for people to come together and thank the local legends who are at the backbone of communities and give their time and energ y to help others

For pubs offering community ser vices and activities enabled by volunteers, or for those that are community-owned and suppor ted by unpaid heroes, Thank You Day offers an ideal occasion to recognise their contribution

Together, the organisation behind Thank You Day, is encouraging publicans to get involved by hosting events and activities, or par tnering with other organisations to put on community takeovers and


He added: “Taking

t in Thank You Day and helping to recognise others who help to make a difference in their communities feels a natural fit for pubs to get involved in Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The value that pubs bring to local areas, be they on a busy urban high street or in a countr yside village , is more than the economic; it is also the social, cultural and community value that makes pubs such an essential and dynamic par t in knitting together neighbour-

‘cheers for volunteers’, a ’ BBQ-Thank-Q’, afternoon tea, live

pubs teamed up with WI choirs) or a dinner and quiz for local

Pub is The Hub, The British

Urban Pubs & Bars Launches Where To Watch The Euros Guide

An Urban Pubs & Bars spokesperson said: “We have brilliant food and drink and this summer ever y pub has great screens and is geared up to be the best place to enjoy the Euros ” Urban Pubs & Bars’ first site The Whippet in Kensal Rise opened in May 2014

In the last year, the business also successfully opened three other new sites including The Victor y at Waterloo Station, The Railway in Putney and The Junction in Islington with trading exceeding expectations The UP&B Group includes flagship pubs Nest Bishopsgate The Wheatsheaf, Tooting and The Gatehouse , Highgate

Pubs & Bars, who have just celebrated their 10th anniversar y, have planned something for ever yone with the finest beers, cocktails, wines, spirits as well as mouthwatering food to enjoy during the games


Food Waste Dryer Slashes Hospitality Food Waste Costs

How Much Is Your Used Cooking Oil Worth?

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 costs It’s also a hygienic solution which ends the headaches from vermin and pests of food waste in bins and compactors ” said David Boyd from Eco-Smar t For more information and a brochure go to www bergmanndirect co uk or call 01522 692888 30 CLH Digital Issue 216
local events as a way to say “Thank You” Olivia Williams, Together’s campaign manager said: “Pubs are the perfect place for this celebration They are natural gathering spots for communities to come together and give thanks ” She added: “Organising a Community Takeover in your pub for Thank You Day is simple You could host a
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year pubs help raise over £100 million for charities and there are numerous examples of pubs hosting local voluntar y groups in bringing together people in achieving good causes for their communities There can be no better place to celebrate these volunteers than by saying Thank You than in their local pub ” Pub is The Hub has produced a free guide for publicans full of ideas and information on how to get involved which can be downloaded here London pub and dining group Urban Pubs & Bars has launched the “ultimate guide” showing the best places to watch the Euros across the capital The group have put together a live blog with all the information needed to watch the Euros across the capital (the blog shows all upcoming games, scores and best places to catch each match) The pubs and bars span central, Nor th, East, South and West London and plan to show ever y game in the tournament which begins on Friday June 14 with the opening match between Germany and Scotland
first match is two days later Sunday June 16 against Serbia and falls on Father’s Day The game kicks off at 8pm and the leisure group are also featuring their famous Sunday Roasts in many venues to celebrate the ultimate Father s Day! Urban
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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 info@fatstrippa co uk or see the adver t on page 2
For fur ther details: https://www urbanpubsandbars

Angellica Bell To Reveal AA Hospitality Award Winners

Image credits: Angellica Bell and Paul Ainsworth, Andrew Callaghan (Callaghan Studios)

Celebrating outstanding hotels, restaurants, and their dedicated teams nationwide , the AA Hospitality Awards stand as a pinnacle event in the industr y, eagerly awaited by all

This year ’ s awards

The Summer of Love

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 SAVING MONEY AND MATERIALS WITH EVERY USE

Outside of environmental considerations there’s also the financial angle to consider Wasted food is wasted money – and at a time when the cost-of-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


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 waste

Speedwrap Pro


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 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 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

recycled content

As the foodser vice industr y continues to throw up unexpected challenges, it’s impor tant for operators to have a set of tools and processes 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 https://wrapex com

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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 brainwaves 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
which genre of music they prefer hearing on a first date in different venues
results show:
and the
Bar s should bop to pop
d 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 See the adver t on the facing page for fur ther information *A sur vey comm ssioned by PPL PRS of 1000 UK respondents by Attest in June 2023
you know that just 1kg of food waste sent to landfill produces the same amount of carbon
(47%) • Pop music in a
(48%) • Restaurants should add c hill out music to the menu (63%) • Cafes shou
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
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
are a Cut Above Thanks to the New
Prowrap Dispensers
will take place at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London on Monday 23 September Adding to the style and splendour will be Celebrity MasterChef winner of 2017 (BBC1) and Bafta-nominated television and radio broadcaster Angellica Bell, who is set to host over 1,000 guests from hotels and restaurants across the UK
awards span 17 categories, each judged by AA inspectors to select the best hotels and restaurants across the UK as well as shining a light on those individuals going above and beyond, with awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award (won last year by Jonathan Raggett, Red Carnation Hotels Chief Executive), and national Hotel and Restaurants of the year awards The winner of the AA Chefs Chef Award 2023, Paul Ainswor th, restaurateur and owner of Paul Ainswor th at No6 in Padstow, will be creating the menu for the Awards, including key industr y figures from world famous chefs and prominent hoteliers to restauranteurs and hospitality exper ts Commenting on his award, Paul Ainswor th said: “As a recipient of the esteemed AA Chefs’ Chef award from last year, I am privileged to continue the legacy by curating the culinar y experience for the AA Hospitality Awards 2024 Alongside the Grosvenor House hotel team we can’t wait to bring a taste of Cornwall to London’s Park Lane for this year ’ s guests Speaking of the upcoming awards Simon Numphud Managing Director at AA Media added: “The AA Hospitality Awards showcase the brilliance and innovation within our industr y, igniting a celebration of quality It’s an honour to acknowledge the exceptional work of countless establishments and their dedicated teams, who continually redefine excellence across the UK hospitality scene We’re excited to celebrate with you at the awards in September ”

The Rise of Pub Snacks: A Prof itable Oppor tunity

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 THE IMPORTANCE OF SNACKS IN THE PUB SECTOR

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

in the UK Hospitality Sector

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

16bn and growing

8% Snacking occasions are growing +2% with savour y snacking (+20%) growing ahead of sweet (+11%) in pubs and

• 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 SUMMER OF SPORT: A BOOST FOR PUB SNACKS

The convergence of major spor ting events such as the Olympics and European football championship provides a unique oppor

The Perfect Snack for All Your Trade and Hospitality Needs

Rober t's Dorset provides an unparalleled snack experience that will elevate your trade and hospitality offerings to your customers

At Rober t's Dorset, we understand the diverse dietar y preferences of your patrons, whether they follow a vegan, keto, or allergen-free lifestyle Rest assured; our selection of snacks caters for all

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

Our vibrant packaging is designed to catch the eye , while the contents are sure to satisfy From our stackable pots which optimise your shelf space , and fit most cup holders, to our elegant mason jars which add the " wow factor" to any display

Handcrafted products made in beaut ful Dor set, England • Ever y item is prepared to order, ensur ing customer s always receive the freshest products

Discover the perfect bar snacks to complement your fine beverages or enhance your guests' welcome baskets with something truly special


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in 2011 we are a family-owned and operated business At the core of our operations lies a personal touch, ensuring our trade customers enjoy the following advantages:
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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 TIPS FOR BOOSTING SNACK SALES 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

Cocktails and Spirits

A Twist on the Traditional – The Perfect Wine Cocktail

World's First Pre-Mix Is A Party For Your Taste Buds!

of yuzu

It's like a par ty for your taste buds! Perfect for stocking up your minibars at home or adding a splash of excitement when you visit your favourite bar "

Last month Pergola Drinks jazzed up the classic Margarita with a kick of fresh mint and the exotic tang


for a guilt-free sip!"

To secure your supply of our Margarita with Mint and Yuzu and Tequila and Tonic with Cinnamon and Vanilla, simply reach out to us at rahul@pergoladrinks com

Whether you ' re interested in sampling our products or have inquiries about marketing suppor t,

Great Experiences Start Way Before The First Sip…

If we were to say ‘Por t makes the perfect wine cocktail’ you might think we ’ ve got our wines confused – surely Por t is reser ved for Christmas? Por t wine is exclusively produced in the Douro Valley region of nor thern Por tugal, an area famed for its Mediterranean climate so, if you think about it, drinking Por t as a refreshing cocktail makes perfect sense – you wouldn’t want a warming drink on a hot day Visitors to Por tugal may have enjoyed Por t ser ved chilled as a delicious aperitif The traditional way is to pour equal par ts white Por t and tonic or soda water (or lemonade for a modern twist) in a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of citrus (lemon, lime and orange are all good) Another super simple ser ve is to drink Por t chilled straight up in a white wine glass or a shor t tumbler over ice Not only do these make for refreshing drinks, Por t + mixer is a great alternative to gin and tonic And, as well as easy to make , margins are attractive with a ‘house’ bottle of Por t available at a relatively low price compared to spirit – and lower ABV Por t can also be a fantastic ingredient in mixed drinks to add depth, richness, and a touch of sweetness Indeed, Por t is often used in cocktails for several reasons: • Por t has a dist nct f avour profile that sets it apar t from other types of wine It is typically r ic h, sweet, and full-bodied with notes of r ipe fruit, spices , and sometimes a hint of nuttiness These unique flavour s can add depth and complexity to coc kta ls , provid ng a r ic h and indulgent taste exper ience • Whether it's a robust and fruity Ruby Por t or a mellow and nutty Tawny Por t, the ver satility of por t makes it a ver satile ingredient in mixology Th s var iety allows bar tender s to exper iment and create a wide range of coc ktails with different flavour profiles 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 • Por t has a long-standing histor y and is often associated w th soph stication and elegance Incorporating por t into a coc ktai can evoke a sense of tradition and c lass , add ng a touc h of refinement to a coc ktai menu It can be a unique c hoice for those looking for someth ng beyond the usua spir its For more information on Lanchester Wines Por t and Wine selection please visit www lanchesterwines co uk 36 CLH Digital Issue 216
White Port and Tonic AKA the c assic Por tuguese aper t f Over ice pour : • 2 measure Wh te Por t Top w th tonic (around ½ bottle per glass) • Garnish with a s ice of citrus – lemon l me orange or a combination al work rea ly well If you ’ re not a fan of tonic soda water or lemonade also make refreshing alternatives Rosé Port Bramble Over crushed ice pour : • 1 measure Rosé Por t • 1 measure gin ½ measure lemon ju ce • ½ measure sugar syrup Fi l w th lemonade and garn sh with summer fruits The beautiful colours in th s cocktail make it perfect for Instagram! Pergola Introducing Our New Offerings Marg arita with Mint and Yuzu Embark on a flavor journey with our Margarita infused with invigorating mint and the exotic zest of yuzu Tequila and Tonic - Cinnamon and Vanilla Flavoured This innovative blend offers a delightful balance of flavors, providing a unique drinking experience that is both comforting and invigorating Hot on the heels of their successful new drink-in-a-can margarita, (which launched on World Margarita Day in Februar y) Pergola Drinks is introducing a second new drink: Tequila and Tonic The world's first pre-mix in a can Tequila and Tonic has been infused with the cosy warmth of cinnamon and the creamy sweetness of vanilla Pergola Drinks has been created by husband and wife team Rahul and Sheetal Mur thy The company is a cocktail creator with a focus on the premium market Sheetal said: Say goodbye to boring drinks! Pergola s unique flavour combos take the tequila experience to a whole new level "Say hello to the world's first canned Tequila and Tonic that's gonna blow your mind!
citrus It's fizzy it s allergen-free it s preser vative-free - and it's about to become your new favourite go-to drink whether you re chilling at home or hanging out at your favourite bar
Rahul said: "Margarita
Mint and Yuzu takes the tequila experience to a whole new level With a chill 5% abv, our cocktails are down for whatever - from lazy poolside days to wild wedding par ties "What s more , our cans are eco-warriors - no plastic sleeves here , just crush and recycle
our team is here to assist you ever y step of the way
are confident that our allergen-free preser vativefree fizzy tequila cocktails will be a hit at your establishment, providing your customers with an unforgettable drinking experience Cheers to success and innovation!
Transform your menu into a sensor y apothecar y with Flavour Blaster! Harness the power of scent to deliver mind blowing instagrammable drinks - treat your patrons to an experience they won’t forget Wow your guests with a theatrical aroma filled bubble garnish, perfectly paired to your menu Choose from over 20 aromas guaranteed to match ever y spirit, mixer and flavour combination! Our aromas can be used on any recipe - it’s the perfect way to add excitement to your no and low options or make your cocktail menu go viral! Reveal your cocktails from within our swirling gilded cloche , or encourage guest interaction with an immersive burstable bubble filled with their favourite scent Looking for something more unique? Stir up a frenzy with a flock of our hand blown Flamingo glasses, or shock your guests with our Electric Jellyfish glasses With a unique range of quirky drinkware , our collections are guaranteed to set you apar t from the rest However you choose to ser ve your drinks ser ve them in style with Flavour Blaster bespoke glassware The Flavour Blaster aroma gun is more than just an accessor y it’s a tool for success Enjoy viral marketing at your finger tips with a globally recognised garnish that invokes awe and wonder whenever it is ser ved Developed with operators in mind, choose quality with an industr y trusted brand - complete with a 1 year guarantee on all products for peace of mind For an impression that lasts, choose the original patented aroma gun today www flavourblaster com

Taking the Fear From the EHO Inspection


allows them to analyse their own operation’s performance in detail, including an action plan that suppor ts them to make improvements as par t of ever yday business – ensuring that the business is well prepared and food safety is always front and centre , not just saved for inspection day

How to

Revolutionise Your Business's Allergy Management

have recently announced its suppor t for Owen’s Law - a campaign to mandate allerg y information on menus in restaurants and cafes in the UK

As it currently stands, there is only guidance in place to advise those in the food industr y to include written allerg y information on their menus It is not currently a legal requirement

Owen s Law aims to change the law by requiring restaurants to clearly state the allerg y information in all of their dishes

The FSA have now discussed the allergen information proposals during its December 2023 board meeting and the government body has confirmed their backing to the proposal and plans to write to the government about the matter The FSA also said it would work on developing fur ther guidance for restaurants on how to provide written information for food allergies

However, if the change in how food businesses supply allerg y information to their customers goes ahead, it likely means a big switch up for restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, delis and other

food outlets

Businesses may struggle to supply the correct allergen information on their menus ever y day, especially if any ingredients change at the last minute

Ser vices like Allerg y Menu can help restaurants, cafes and other food businesses small and large ensure they meet any new legislation and comply with the law using technolog y as a simple , easy and cheap solution

Able to run on mobiles or tablets, digital menus can be provided to customers to ensure they meet the law With unlimited free downloads and pricing per menu, Allerg y Menu is the cheapest and the only provider with a downloadable app for both android and apple devices, making it the leading edge provider for allerg y management https://allerg

Are You Natasha’s Law Compliant? Many Still Aren’t

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

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

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
an external
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
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
find out more go to
tunity to demonstrate their competence and secure that crucial 5 rating
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
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
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 (FSA)
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Elevate Your Catering Menu with Albert Bartlett Inspired by James Martin Range

A New Oil Enters the Kitchen

Fylde Fresh and Fabulous

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
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 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 / 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
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
trials have proven that the oil will outper-
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
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
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 distribu-
For more information please feel free to contact Mar tin McHugh on mar tin m@flavoil co uk There is more information on
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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 FISH AND CHIPS ARE MOST POPULAR WITH OLDER GENERATIONS

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


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

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por table snacking options or expand menus for fish and chip shops
Emphasise value for money, promoting fish and chips as a delicious, filling and affordable meal option
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
WHO IS ATLANTE? 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 THE PEOPLE BEHIND ATLANTE 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: uksales@atlanteuk co uk Or check out our website here: www atlanteuk co uk

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Carpigiani Shares Recipe For Sweet Success With New Soft Serve Consultancy

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

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LittlePod - The Campaign for Real Vanilla



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

Discover Bidfood's 2024 Food and Drink Trends

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

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

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roasts, English breakfasts and even desser ts such as crumble with interesting global flavours
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
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
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
prompted us to initiate our Campaign for Real Vanilla – a mission that continues to this day
teen years later, having inspired countless professionals to keep it real in their kitchens,
last summer
King’s Award
enthusiastic advocates
top chefs
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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
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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
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Reckitt Pro Solutions are Proud to Be Offering Exceptional Cleaning and Hygiene Solutions for Stronger Businesses at Interclean 2024

Better Cleaning Means Better Productivity For Hotel Managers

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? 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 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 For more information on our hygiene solutions, visit www tork co uk 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 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 46 CLH Digital Issue 216

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A Real 90s Classic: Nostalgic RTD Returns to Pubs and Bars

Already available in a variety of independent venues across the UK, the RTD is readily accessible for listing in on-trade stockists as well as wholesalers

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

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

Unlocking Sustainability With Hot Water

48 CLH Digital Issue 216 The range and number of outdoors activities is constantly developing and mobile coffee is evolving and growing to meet the demands of the outdoors consumer in a really big way! Fracino manufacture one of the most powerful LPG powered espresso machines range available Our BSI Kitemark accreditation – the only espresso machine manufacturer worldwide with this prestigious endorsement - reinforces the commitment to quality and durability; ensuring that you ’ re making a solid and astute investment The trend and enthusiasm for enjoying great coffee in the outdoors appears to have really caught on – and many ar tisan roasters are now using the concept for sharing their unique talents for creating amazing coffees and taking them to the places that people meet for leisure activities This gives plenty of oppor tunity in a relaxed environment to share their knowledge and fantastic flavours to multiple new customers With such a wide range of Dual Fuel models available , Fracino provide ever y new venture with the perfect solution for their specific requirements Operating from LPG – in the form of regular barbeque gas bottles - and a 12v batter y, connected through an inver ter to the machine to power the pump and electronic control system, these innovative models ensure full mobility and the oppor tunity to ser ve coffee in the remotest of locations! Back at base the same machine can then be connected to a mains power and water supply and, without any technical work required, become a standard, electric powered machine again! Ingenious! Durable construction from high quality stainless steel the Fracino Dual Fuel models are robust and strong to ensure they can handle the rougher treatment of moving around the roads and fields their owners take them to Where there’s people the motto is becoming ‘ ser ve great coffee – and make money’! Check out the range at www fracino com or contact us for more details at sales@fracino com CLEAN Linen & Workwear are one of the UK's most trusted laundr y companies They supply tailored workwear solutions provided by real people Their comprehensive laundr y network means they can ser vice customers throughout England and Wales, providing chefswear, workwear and linen rental ser vices Whether you operate from a single-site hotel, pub or restaurant or have multiple locations, CLEAN can tailor a workwear rental solution to suit your business requirements They offer a range of functional, non-restrictive , breathable chef clothing perfect for the modern commercial kitchen ensuring that your people look smar t and are comfor table boosting their confidence and productivity They offer various uniform options to suppor t the entire kitchen brigade , from Executive Chefs to Kitchen Por ters With their workwear rental ser vice , you can say goodbye to the hassle of purchasing, storing, and maintaining chef and kitchen uniforms Instead, enjoy the convenience of a hassle-free rental system that provides freshly laundered garments whenever your team need them By renting with CLEAN, you can avoid upfront purchase costs, spread the payments over your contract, and ensure quality and care with ever y wash Deliver y is free , and there are no hidden charges; contracts even include repairs Each item of clothing can be branded and tailored to the wearer with logos and embroider y Their managed ser vice prevents issues compiling when supplying your team with work clothes; a convenient locker valet ser vice helps distribute and store uniforms, and they tackle minor repairs early to extend the ser vice life of a uniform Ultimately this avoids costly replacements wherever possible as it reduces uniform losses and uniforms only need replacing when a repair is not safe or cost-effective With CLEAN's workwear rental and laundr y ser vice business owners can focus on what matters most running their business while CLEAN takes care of the rest To find out more: www.cleanser or see the adver t on page 3
Can Do The Work Sustainability shouldn’t be difficult But with ever present energ y demands leisure and hospitality organisations are potentially significant contributor to UK carbon emissions However, as a sector, it has been one of the first to lead the charge in sustainable practices Activities such as responsible sourcing of ingredients through local suppliers has become a familiar activity for many businesses, defining a brand and encouraging engagement from new customers who are increasingly aware of, and seeking to par ticipate in collaboration with brands which empower them to make eco-conscious choices more easily The existence of such sustainable culture is par ticularly advantageous when addressing the more challenging technical challenges of addressing sustainability within our buildings Water heating – which alone can account for anywhere up to 30% of overall daily energ y demands – is inherently more complex and expensive in the commercial sector as regulations are more exacting to ensure the safety of staff and customer alike Addressing the sustainability of inherently business-critical water heating is the most straight-forward and therefore cost-effective way to unlock energ y savings Working as a ‘closed system’ water heating is easier to upgrade without major structural changes, the focus being on the plant room storage and heat sources whether gas, or preferably electric and renewables in the shape of air source heat pumps (ASHP) and/or solar thermal The renewables are deployed in a hybrid approach to provide low carbon pre-heat reduce the energ y demands on gas or more expensive electric , offsetting operational costs reducing carbon emissions and as a bonus avoiding costly scale buildup in hard water areas A well-designed water heating system will actively meet demands when required, minimising flow and return to avoid waste energ y When combined with hot water conser vation effor ts which can include low-flow showerheads or tap aerators, there is a real oppor tunity to cut wasteful energ y demands from a daily ser vice supply Such practical responses are eminently repeatable and ver y demonstrable , enabling capital investment in sustainability to be clearly communicated to both staff and customers, building trust and attracting the environmentally conscious Adveco can help your sustainability strateg y with hot water system metering, design and supply to maximise investment and minimise buildings works www adveco co or see the adver t on page 9 See the adver t on page 9 for details
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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 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 ideal for summer drinking occasions ” To drive fur ther interest from stockists, Global Brands will execute an extensive marketing strateg y to suppor t Reef, utilising tactics including PR, social media and digital marketing activity, in a bid to land a major national on-trade listing 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, Shake Baby Shake , Kick Energ y, Lustre , Amigos Tequila Beer and TAKE Tequila For enquiries regarding Reef s availability and stocking oppor tunities, please visit:
Summer’s Coming – Time For Espresso On The Go!

Kitchen Equipment and Fit-Out

Temporary Catering Facilities

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
“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
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Fridge Seals Direct

Hot Wastewater Pumping – The Problems and the Solutions!


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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

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Blue Seal Fryers and Oil Filtration 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
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Get a Grip on Food Prep with the new Onyx from Williams

Sharp new design makes it easier than ever to keep your prep station clean

Williams has launched the latest versions of its Onyx prep stations with a sleek new look complementing the innovative features under the hood that deliver energ y efficient performance and ensure food safety

The Onyx prep station combines refrigerated storage beneath a worktop with refrigerated food wells on top – these provide instant access to regularly used fresh ingredients The wells are ergonomically designed to be at the ideal working height and are positioned within easy reach for the chef

The latest model combines practicality and good looks, with

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Hospitality Technology

Address F&B Profitability Before It Takes You Under, says Guestline

Technology / SOTpay

52 CLH Digital Issue 216 Profitability in food and beverage (F&B) dropped by over 30% in the last five years In 2018, hotels’ F&B profit margin stood at an average of 32% according to STR, but fast-forward five years and it stands at 22% Consumer behaviour and attitudes to F&B have shifted since the pandemic with some outlets struggling to keep pace Revenue leaks in hospitality F&B are varied including food waste overstaffing and no-shows or - even worse - an increase in ‘dine and dash’ Operating with increasingly tight margins, hotels simply cannot suppor t loss-making business units; action needs to be taken now to address the falling profitability in F&B F&B teams need to ditch time-consuming, inefficient paper-based procedures for automated and digital processes including: prompts to upsell products and customise orders; maintain inventor y management with real-time stock updates; process bills from the POS to the PMS; and, waitlist management to handle walk-ins and no-shows to minimise lost revenue By using data, hotels can improve revenue , identify customer preferences and shape menus and promotions to fit guest profiles By using intelligent forecasting to respond to market changes, F&B profitability will improve Working with a fully-integrated PMS POS and procurement platform hotels can automatically bill in-house guests; better understand restaurant performance; assess inventor y to work with high-profit margin items; and streamline menus to manage the supply chain Savings in procurement go straight to the bottom line of your F&B depar tment Guestline suppor ts its customers with integrated solutions to drive excellence in customer experience , finance , and operations, promoting sustained business growth with impactful commercial data at its core Contact Guestline on +44 (0) 1743 282300 and https://www.guestline .com/ to discuss how you can improve the overall financial health of your business
Gala Technolog y is a leading name in payment solutions and cloud-based innovation, committed to transforming the hospitality industr y through technolog y, and has recently added Oracle Opera Cloud capabilities to its growing suite of integration options Gala Technolog y ’ s SOTpay payment solution helps pubs, hotels and restaurants to boost direct advance bookings, by enabling secure payments by telephone without the added security risks of the customer reading their card details over the phone , especially when customers are more cautious over their personal data than ever before The link-based process offers payment convenience across all channels, including email, SMS texting, live web chat and social media channels and provides enhanced customer ser vice with its digital wallet compatibility These key features mean that ever y booking is safe and secure , with easy deposit-accepting processes reducing the potential for no-shows, and that all hospitality businesses can meet their guests and patrons on their own preferred platforms to provide a superior customer experience SOTpay can offer additional financial benefits for any business that implements it for accepting distance payments, including lower transaction fees due to increased security The user-friendly platform requires no hardware for deployment in any business It can be seamlessly integrated with accountancy software Xero and Quickbooks, offers international payment acceptance and is now available on the Oracle Opera Cloud Marketplace Empower your hospitality business with the SOTpay payment platform, by Gala Technolog y To book a free consultation with Gala Technolog y s team of payment industr y exper ts and elevate your booking numbers, visit www sotpay co uk or call 01709 911661 now
newly designed doors made from solid stainless steel featuring full-width integral door handles These provide an easy to use , non-slip grab while being quick to clean, with no dir t traps The generously sized work area makes the Onyx ideal for creating a range of foods including pizza, sandwiches, tapas,
door model up to the large 1043 litre capacity five door version The ingredient wells are capable of holding a selection of 1/3 and 1/6 GN pans, up to four 1/3 pans on the two door model, with the five door model taking twelve , or up to 24 1/6 GN pans The system maintains temperature in the ingredient wells in two ways Pans are cooled from beneath, and a cur tain of cool air is blown over the top of the food A honeycomb shaped air guide directs the air cur tain straight down across the product, minimising air loss into the environment, and concentrating cold air in the pans This maintains an internal temperature of 4°C , by keeping warm kitchen air away from the ingredients After passing over the ingredient wells cold air is drawn back into the Onyx, where energ y is recycled helping to reduce power consumption Energ y efficiency is fur ther improved by EC (Electrically Commutated) brushless fans, which allow for precise control with reduced power consumption The new Onyx range uses natural hydrocarbon refrigerant which as well as having low GWP/zero ODP offers excellent thermodynamic proper ties which fur ther reduce energ y usage Capable of operating in ambient conditions up to 43°C and constructed from sturdy, food safe stainless steel, the Onyx comes with a lift-off cover to allow ingredients to be stored overnight, and removable , easy to clean crumb catchers A choice of customisation options is available , including drawers, a hinged lid, granite worktop, and a polypropylene chopping board Williams Refrigeration offers a comprehensive range of commercial refrigeration including gastronorm cabinets and counters, specialist baker y equipment, coldrooms, multidecks and blast chillers To learn more about Williams extensive product range visit www williams-refrigeration co uk
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 Web-Store 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

Hospitality Technology

Facilities Maintenance Visibility, Cost Control and Improved Compliance

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

Preventing Dine & Dash with CardsSafe®

Notts County FC's Fan Experience

Castra Solutions - Wired and Wireless Solutions

It's a good idea to hold customers' bank cards securely while they run a tab to ensure they don t make off with payment The hospitality industr y has been plagued with dine-and-dash since the cost-of-living crisis A few bad apples leaving a bar, pub or restaurant without paying can cost the venue hundreds if not thousands of pounds ever y year Too many dine-and-dash cases are being repor ted, but simple , affordable solutions exist Hospitality managers shouldn't worr y about dine-and-dash The good news is that CardsSafe is a genuine deterrent for walkouts because the venues securely store cards Deers Hut pub in Liphook, Hampshire , first came to CardsSafe in 2013 to seek help with a large volume of indoor and outdoor customers' bar tabs One of the main motivations for utilising CardsSafe was to stay on top of where their customers sat outside Deborah Steel, the Director, told us, "The CardsSafe system is great for ser vicing customers who enjoy our outdoor areas " Over 5,000 venues in the UK use CardsSafe The system is used by Young's pubs, golf courses, Hilton Hotels, Lord s Cricket Ground, and many independent restaurants and bars in the hospitality industr y CardsSafe is affordable , too Each unit, containing ten card drawers, costs just £9 95 per month So, just one £120* walkout is the cost of a 10-card CardsSafe unit for an entire year In addition each hire comes with customer ser vice troubleshooting and free replacement keys, and additional units can be added at any time The question is can you afford not to have CardsSafe as a par t of your business? For more information, please visit www cardssafe com or contact the sales team on 0845 500 1040 *Plus a sign-up fee of £39 95 (plus VAT) for new customer s In football, it's not only about the game; it's about creating a memorable experience for fans That's why clubs are continuously seeking ways to enhance matchday experience by reducing queues and providing more options for their suppor ters Notts County FC adopted an innovative strateg y to achieve this by installing a 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
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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
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
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
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Banners are an Exceptionally Effective Tool for Drawing Crowds into Your Pub

Create a Cohesive Indoor and Outdoor Look

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
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
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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 or within high-visibility areas in the pub can entice spor ts fans to choose your venue over others 4. ENCOURAGE FAN ENGAGEMENT 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 5 USE BANNERS FOR DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE For larger venues, banners can ser ve as effective directional 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 6 CAPITALISE ON LOCAL PRIDE 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 7 SOCIAL MEDIA TIE-INS 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 8 ANNOUNCE POST-GAME ENTERTAINMENT 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!
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Outdoor Spaces

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 offering a warranty for commercial use , unlike cheap impor ted barbecues, but also built to ISO 9001:2015 standards


The barbecues have internal self-cleaning too, removing the odious chore of post-barbecue cleandown The grill merely needs to be left running for a few minutes to burn off residue , which is then brushed away or ejected Once cool, the Classic can be folded down and easily stored away To discover

more call 01524 262900 or www cindersbarbecues co uk Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising
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Since 1999, the family-owned Gala Tent has supplied robust event shelters to hospitality businesses for many purposes From pop-up gazebos covering smoking areas and patio benches to commercial quality marquees large enough to cover an entire beer garden Gala Tent supplies them all POP-UP GAZEBOS With five models available to suit your budget, the Gala Shade Pro Gazebo range is renowned as the tent that stays standing when inferior products crumble in poor weather The UV-protected, highly water-resistant PVC-coated polyester covers are available in 12 colours and can be printed to incorporate your business logos and information Perfect for : Pat os and Smok ng She ter s COMMERCIAL MARQUEES Incorporating patent-protected framework components and industr y-leading cover materials, the Gala Tent marquee is available in sizes from 3m x 2m up to 6m x 24 in two distinct cover materials Each marquee comes with 3 door options at either end, plus privacy blinds in each windowed side wall Perfect for : Large beer gardens and outdoor eating spaces CLEARSPAN MARQUEES The Gala Tent Fusion marquee range uses industrial strength T6061 aluminium and 650gsm wipe-clean PVC covers, providing cover for anything from 120 to 500 customers and beyond The modular design means that the Fusion can be reduced in size to suit the occasion, or extended as you choose Perfect for : Pr vate functions and ver y large beer garden spaces All Gala Tent structures come with warranties up to 5 years, with spare par ts available quickly in the case of accidental damage To cover your venue ’ s outdoor space with a seriously strong temporar y structure from Gala Tent no matter what the size just call 01709 242454 or visit www galatent co uk
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 | 07842680653 Old Smokey – The BIG Pit
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?"
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Leading the Way in Table Numbers & QR Code Labels



New Stock Chair Ranges from ILF

www ilfchairs com email terr y kirk@ilfchairs com 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 selection 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 the best products for their hospitality site
Issue 216 CLH Digital 59 Brunel Engraving proudly stands as the UK's foremost supplier of table numbers and QR code labels, catering to the evolving needs of the hospitality sector With a commitment to excellence and innovation, we offer swift and efficient solutions to enhance the dining experience for both establishments and their patrons 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
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 At Brunel Engraving, quality is paramount Our ISO9001 accreditation ensures that ever y product meets
standards of excellence , reflecting our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction Our reputation for reliability and superior craftsmanship is fur ther underscored by the continuous stream of 5-star ratings we receive on Trustpilot
addition to our signature rotar y engraving, we offer a comprehensive suite of printing and engraving techniques, including laser engraving, chemical etching, and various printing methods This diverse range of capabilities allows us to cater to the unique needs of each client, delivering tailored solutions that exceed expectations
large blue-chip chains to local privately owned establishments our table numbers and QR code labels can be seen installed across the UK Join countless satisfied clients in experiencing the Brunel Engraving difference Contact us today to learn how our solutions can transform your establishment s operations and elevate your guest experience T: 01275 871 720 E: info@brunelengraving co uk

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

Recycled Plastic Furniture Outdoor Spaces

website www kangaboxuk com
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 PLASTIC 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
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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 Sustainable 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 trees from previously illegally logged ground so that replantation can occur an essential under taking to create reusable ground Incidentally these now form our teak root tables Sustainability 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 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 www sustainable-furniture co uk vicky@sustainable-furniture co uk 01726 884123/07878 851693
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 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 Increase
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Warner Contract Furniture

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
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
62 CLH Digital Issue 216 ReFurnishUs Is Your Go-To Source for HighQuality Contract Furniture at Unbeatable Prices! Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising

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Celebrating 39 Years of Illumination Excellence: The Lightique Journey

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 excellence , we reflect on the journey that brought us here Our success stor y is not merely one of growth and expansion but a testament to the enduring par tnerships we ’ ve cultivated with our most cherished asset: our customers

Mayfair Furniture

As Neil and Gar y lead Lightique into the future , they carr y forward the legacy of their father’s vision, built on sturdy foundations and fueled by the trust and loyalty


Experience the per fect blend of style, functionality, and innovation Discover our collection today and let us brighten up your space in ways you never thought possible

With over 39 years of experience of manufacturing and supplying the pub restaurant and hotel industr y we have something for ever yone We understand the how impor tant it is to supply on time and within budget

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!

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
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!
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
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MST Auctioneers Ltd

Need to Increase Footfall? Our Custom Made Quality Furniture Could Help!

Welcome The Crowds With Flexible Furniture On Fast Delivery

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
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
days on some products) please call us on 01162 864911 or fill in our contact form at www.trentfurniture
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
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 ABOUT DRAKES BAR FURNITURE 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 time-ser ved officially trained craftsmen or externally based professionals FREE QUOTE AND PROFESSIONAL ADVICE Got you interested? 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, just search for Drakes Bar Furniture and give us a follow!
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Restaurant Furniture Store

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 made-to-order pieces Visit www restaurantfurniturestore co uk
Issue 216 CLH Digital 65 Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising Rosehill Furnishings Group are proud to have a longstanding histor y within the furniture industr y It’s their unique histor y and knowledge of the market which sets them apar t from the rest They’re committed to quality, and their standards have continued to excel over the last 40 years The exper t team at Rosehill understand the market and can tailor your order to suit your exact requirements With over four decades experience in the industr y you can feel at ease knowing that you re in safe hands They take pride in the quality products they supply which are built to last, while also being great value for money Their products and designs are inspired by innovation using only the best quality materials and trends Rosehill have an extensive supply chain meaning you can use them as a one-stop shop for all areas of your Hotel or Hospitality Venue Whatever you are looking for they can find with ver y competitive pricing Knowing this market, their experience means they understand the usage you will like have and the importance of having durable and comfor table seating, which also fits the style of the space They offer furniture for receptions including reception desks as well as seating tables and chairs for lounges or dining rooms and restaurants, bar stools, and furniture for use in individual hotel rooms or suites They also offer items for staff areas including lockers Their furniture is available in a variety of styles and is designed and manufactured with the appropriate contact testing for hospitality venues Many of the made-to-order products have a huge selection of customisations too Browse their wide range of furniture for your lounge dining room, conference space , reception, bedroom or staff area online at www rosehill co uk, or call 0161 485 1717 to discuss your requirements with their helpful sales team
customer ser vice from star t to finish, deliver y on time as chosen, good deliver y company and good packaging Ver y pleased with the chairs ordered and the condition they arrived in ”
ser vice from ever yone at Rosehill has been excellent From our initial enquir y through the process of choosing the best chairs for our use , helping to meet our par ticular requirements, and the deliver y on schedule that went exactly to plan
chairs are being admired greatly and we look forward to using them for many years to come ” For fur ther information contact: 0161 485 1717, sales@rosehill co uk or www rosehill co uk
Design and Refit 66 CLH Digital Issue 216 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 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! Please mention the Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News when replying to advertising New Stock Chair Ranges from ILF email terr 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 selection 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 the best products for their hospitality site

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OakNorth Completes First PanEuropean Deal with £22m Loan to Sticks n Sushi to Support its Growth

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

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

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 ”

Stocktake UK Offers New

Hospitality Career Opportunities

As Pub Closures Rise

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
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restaurant group
McWin Capital Par tners, which focusses on the food ser vice
food technolog
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
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
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Wimbledon in 2012, and the UK is now the group ’ s
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

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team needs careful
skilful Management
planned Marketing
Marketing, such as Social Media marketing, Websites,
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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. 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 www lafalaise1923@gmail com
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