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Sustainability is at the heart of what we do and we have gone to a great extent to ensure our company and supply chains are all equally as devoted to responsible product manufacture as we are. Our company is proudly Carbon Neutral, planting 30 trees each month across Kenya, Brazil and the Philippines, offsetting 5 tonnes of carbon. Our raw materials Polyester & WOOL FELT

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SUSTAINABLE BY NATURE Wool is a naturally renewable raw material that is particularly robust and durable thanks to the elaborate production of wool felt and the processing into high-quality products. HEY-SIGN develops and manufactures in Germany. Parts of the collection are produced in adapted labor workshops and in local metal, wood and leather subcontractors. The transport routes are short. This conserves resources and actively protects the environment. We offer an acoustic consultancy service, which will include a site visit, and a reverberation time test, to help understand the best form of treatment for your environment. The results will form part of a free 8 page report on our findings along with our recommendations for treating the noise issue. Whether you have a design or not, our design team can help with CAD, Revit & 3D visualisations of your space. We can work alongside a design team or we can handle the full project in house. We offer an installation service, using our in-house team. This ensures a seamless process between our designers and installers, as well as the high quality of workmanship and service that we are known for.


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Artist Daniel Arsham collaborates with KOHLER 3D-printed sink KOHLER has collaborated with contemporary artist Daniel Arsham to create the Rock01, a 3D-printed sink inspired by technical innovation and craftsmanship… The KOHLER and Arsham Rock.01 is a limited edition 3D-printed sink, which debuted in a co-created space at Design Miami. As part of the debut in KOHLER’s Design Miami space, New York based Arsham created a custom installation entitled ‘Stone Flow’, which featured a series of stone-like objects and forms to reflect the design process, inspired by organic forms found in nature. Like much of Arsham’s work, Rock.01 is a homage to time. Comprised of 3D-printed vitreous china and hand-poured brass, the sink’s vessel blends modern-day technology with KOHLER’s nearly 148-year manufacturing legacy into what can only be described as functional high art. The effects of time are reflected in the patina of the brass ‘rock’ and achieved through a forced coercion process.

The bathroom brand’s revolutionary method of 3D printing vitreous china is at the forefront of innovation in the industry, and the technology itself is what made it possible to produce the design which was too complex to make using traditional methods. Kohler’s exploration into 3D-printed vitreous china challenges the traditional conforms widely accepted within bathroom design, and welcomes the discussions of the future of the bathroom and its relationship with functional art. Arsham’s collaboration with KOHLER reflects the company’s long-standing commitment to the arts. Since 1873, Kohler’s mission has been to contribute to gracious living through the highest level of design, craftsmanship, and innovation. KOHLER is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our Recommended Suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.


Boparan Restaurant Group introduces service robots

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Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) is the first major hospitality operator to introduce service robots at one of its venues. The two robots are currently being trialled at the group’s latest restaurant Slim Chickens, which opened in Guildford last week (3 March). Through cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), the service robots can deliver food at a speed of 4mph with laser-guided accuracy, giving the restaurant team more time to focus on engaging with and serving customers. Programmed to be fully automated, the robots have the ability to hold a conversation with guests, on top of taking orders and delivering dishes. Infrared cameras, laser radars and sensors are included in the robot design to ensure smooth transitions, navigation and obstacle avoidance. Marking the latest step in BRG’s wider investment strategy focusing on innovation and optimisation, the robots will be rolled out accross the group’s estate of over 100 UK restaurants if the trial proves successful.


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“We are committed to evolving the guest experience whilst supporting our teams in delivering the quality food and hospitality that Slim Chickens and BRG are famous for,” says Nick Smith, commercial director of the group. “The robots, along with our kiosks, app and table ordering, are the next stage in our digital journey. We don’t plan to replace our team with robots, they are here to support them and make their jobs easier.”

Big Mamma Group to open fourth site in London Following the successes of Gloria, Circolo Popolare and Ave Mario, Big Mamma Group are opening fourth site in London this year. The site, formerly an HSBC bank, sits between the Ivy Kensington and Ole and Steen. The restaurant will occupy the ground, basement, mezzanine and first floors of the site. No further details have yet been confirmed on the concept or the name. The new venue will join the group’s other restaurants: Gloria in Shoreditch, Circolo Popolare in Fitzrovia and Ave Mario in Covent Garden (pictured). Hanover Green Retail acted jointly for the landlord with Monmouth Dean. Graeme Wait acted for Big Mamma Group.


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Public opinion forces McDonald’s to close all restaurants in Russia McDonald’s has announced this afternoon that it is “temporarily” closing all restaurants in Russia, following widespread threats of boycotting through social media. The burger chain said that it would cease all operations with immediate effect today, but continue to pay all team members in full. A statement from McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski read: “McDonald’s has decided to temporarily close all our restaurants in Russia and pause all operations in the market. “We understand the impact this will have on our Russian colleagues and partners, which is why we are prepared to support all three legs of the stool in Ukraine and Russia. This includes salary continuation for all McDonald’s employees in Russia. Kempczinski added saying the nonprofit Ronald McDonald House Charities would continue operations in Russia, underling that Ronald McDonald House Charities Ukraine is


partnering with local hospitals and providing humanitarian aid throughout the country. Kempczinski also said: “As we move forward, McDonald’s will continue to assess the situation and determine if any additional measures are required. At this juncture, it’s impossible to predict when we might be able to reopen our restaurants in Russia.” An email from CEO Chris Kempczinski to all McDonald’s employees and franchisees can be seen here. McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in Russia on January 31, 1990, three months after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Today McDonald’s generates circa 9% of their global revenue from Russia where they operate 847 outlets.

Countless global super brands have already exited Russia including car makers BMW, GM, Toyota, Volvo, and a whole tranche of other global market leading brands across many different sectors including Apple, BP, ExxonMobil, Harley-Davidson, Microsoft, and Nike. But some are seemingly staying put, such as Burger King, Coca Cola, KFC, Mondelez the owners of Cadbury chocolate, Nestle, Pepsi, Starbucks, and Unilever, amongst others. Their positions are looking more untenable by the day The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has today renewed his calls on businesses across the world to support Ukraine and boycott Russia.

Sainsbury’s announce 30 restaurant openings with Boparan and 30 coffee shops with Starbucks Sainsbury’s has announced new plans to transform its eat-in, takeaway and home delivery food and drink offer.

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The move follows a successful trial of a new food hall format called The Restaurant Hub at its Selly Oak store in Birmingham. Working in partnership with Boparan Restaurant Group, The Restaurant Hub at Sainsbury’s Selly Oak store offers customers eat-in, takeaway and home delivered hot food and drink from a range of popular brands – including Caffè Carluccio’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Ed’s Diner and Slim Chickens. Sainsbury’s and BRG plan to open 30 more The Restaurant Hubs in the next year, with the intention to accelerate the roll-out in future years if the format continues to be popular with customers. At the same time, Sainsbury’s will also open a further 30 Starbucks coffee shops in its supermarkets in the next twelve months, bringing the total number of Starbucks in Sainsbury’s supermarkets to 60. Working with BRG and Starbucks, Sainsbury’s plans to transform the eat-in, takeaway and home delivered hot food and drink offer in 250 of its supermarkets over the next three years. Sainsbury’s has spoken to all of its cafe colleagues to let them know that it is proposing to close 200 Sainsbury’s cafes in the spring this year. Around 2,000 colleagues are likely to be impacted because of the changes. Colleagues affected will be prioritised for vacant roles in Sainsbury’s stores and will be encouraged to explore alternative roles within the wider business. Reacting immediately to the news, Unite the union has demanded Sainsbury’s rule out compulsory redundancies for cafe workers. 67 Sainsbury’s cafes will stay open while Sainsbury’s reviews rollout plans. Sainsbury’s also today announced plans to close less popular hot food counters


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in 34 stores and simplify the way it runs its bakeries in 54 stores. These colleagues will enter into consultation, with the aim of redeploying those affected to other areas of their store where possible. Simon Roberts, Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Officer said: “Through our trials with Boparan Restaurant Group and Starbucks we have learnt that we can offer customers a much better eat-in and takeaway experience working with partners. “As we go through this period of transition, we have taken the difficult decision to close 200 of our cafes next month. We have spoken to all colleagues affected by these changes today and are absolutely committed to supporting them in any way we can during this uncertain time. Of course, we understand this is very unsettling for our colleagues, but we must keep adapting our business to make sure we are offering customers the best possible food and drink at affordable prices.”

Satnam Leihal, CEO, Boparan Restaurant Group said: “The Restaurant Hub allows customers to enjoy multiple brands by placing one order with one payment which can all be enjoyed on site, or all delivered in one bag with just one delivery charge. This gives customers choice that never existed before and we’re delighted to be the first in the market to land this experience with such incredible brands.” Alex Rayner, General Manager Starbucks UK said: “We look forward to building on our existing relationship with Sainsbury’s to bring the safe, convenient, Starbucks Experience to more of their customers, and for our cafes to play an important role as a gathering place within the community. “COVID-19 accelerated customer trends towards convenience and as a result we’ve continued to increase investment in new formats and digital channels such as Drive-Thru, delivery, Mobile Order and Pay and our loyalty program Starbucks Rewards.”


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MOTHER’S DAY MENUS WITH AN AMERICAN CRAFT BEER TWIST! Lotte Peplow, the Brewers Association’s American Craft Beer Ambassador for Europe, on ideas for Mother’s Day with a twist! Mother’s Day on 26th March is an important trading day for the hospitality industry but how do you make your outlet stand out from the crowd and offer a point of difference? One idea is to celebrate American craft beer with food and offer mums the chance to sample new and different taste sensations that will surprise and delight. American craft beer with its bold, complex, full-flavours is the perfect meal accompaniment and it’s never too late for mums to appreciate beer’s flavour packed aroma and taste. Beer is a better partner for food than almost any other beverage due to its wide flavour spectrum and unrivalled versatility. Think about traditional taste preferences and find similar matches, eg: Canapes - offer a clean, crisp, refreshing perfectly balanced Helles lager, with subtle floral or citrus hop notes and a high level of carbonation, eg. new DC Brau Tuk Tuk Helles lager Steaks, casseroles, burger, Sunday roast - instead of red wine offer a porter or a stout, a beer that is fullbodied, rich and roasty that mimics the depth of flavour of red wine and pairs well with the types of food red wine usually accompanies, eg Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout Fish, seafood and shellfish – instead of white wine try a gose with its gentle acidity and slight tartness. This style maybe brewed with fruit additions to add further flavour. For the adventurous offer a witbier with its orange, coriander and peppery kick that will pair well with foods usually associated with white wine eg. Cigar City Frost Proof Belgian Style White


Dessert – a barrel-aged imperial stout or porter is a classic accompaniment to rich, heavy and indulgent desserts and pairs beautifully with chocolate, coffee, mocha or dried fruit puddings. Beers can be aged in a variety of used spirits’ barrels to give a rich depth of flavour and intriguing levels of complexity with bourbon being a classic example. eg. Firestone Walker Parabola Cheese – beer and cheese is a winning combo. A mild, creamy goats cheese calls for a light, crisp, bready pilsner

such as Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils while a strong and salty stilton needs a smooth and mellow stout with a hint of sweetness to match the intensity. Cheddar cheese is perfect with a juicy, tropical hop-forward IPA such as Stone IPA. American craft beers is available from national wholesalers or direct from Athletic Brewing, or Cascade Club

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ZAI URBAN WINERY TELLS AN EPIC STORY IN METAL Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East helps Zai Urban Winery launch high-quality wine in a convenient, sustainable format Italian consumers are in for a real treat with the launch of Zai Urban Winery’s organic wine in beverage cans. And Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East (Crown) was called to bring to life this visually appealing story to life as the brand’s partner for the manufacture and design of the six unique cans featuring high-quality graphics that give the product a premium look. To develop the emerging canned wine market in Italy and beyond, Zai Urban Winery expanded its canning facilities within a few short months of the products’ successful launch. Although wine is, of course, a traditional market in Italy, it has great potential for innovation. Zai has taken the opportunity to push the trend towards canned wines forward, diversifying into a versatile, sustainable packaging format that offers greater opportunities than glass and which fits the company’s dedication to safeguarding the future through a biodiverse circular economy. At the same time, Zai has an original, creative way of telling its story. It has created a vision of a world where, in 2150, wine is no longer available due to a lack of care for the environment. Pollution has ravaged the Earth and only a miracle can bring back the joys of wine to those remaining on the planet. To bring the brand story to life, Zai Urban Winery has assigned six distinct characters for each of its organic wines, all of whom play a key role in returning wine to the world: DR. CORVINUS, GAMEA MR. BUBBLE, LADY BLENDY and CORK BORG. All wines are available in 250 ml cans. Five of Zai’s products are vegan. The low alcohol and low-calorie wines are perfectly suited to connoisseurs looking to enjoy their favorite drink that prioritize health and well-being. The premium designs, each featuring a character and using vivid, eyecatching graphics, will also appeal to a


younger audience, who invariably also take sustainability into account when making purchasing decisions. Here, metal packaging delivers effortlessly, it being 100% recyclable with zero loss of properties, making it a major contributor to the circular economy.

Highly Innovative Zone The name Zai is an acronym of Zona Altamente Innovativa (Highly Innovative Zone in English), after the historical industrial area of ​​Verona where the company is based and taps into what it perceives to be an increasingly vegan and organic future. Gabriele Stringa, one of the partners at Zai Urban Winery, said: “We have developed a new way of offering wine while remaining focused on well-being, efficiency, resource management and innovation - values ​​that are the backbone of our production strategy linked to sustainability. Metal packaging is key to this, as it is 100% recyclable with zero loss of properties. We believe beverage cans will be the future as consumers increasingly look to the impact their purchasing decisions have on their personal health and that of the planet. Our partnership with Crown has made this possible, and now our unique story is

reaching audiences across the continent as they enjoy our wines.” Veronique Curulla, Marketing and Business Development Director at Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East, added: “Working with Zai Urban Winery to create these masterpieces in metal packaging has been an inspirational process for us all. Metal is undoubtedly a key component as we look to the future with sustainability in mind and delivers many practical benefits. Metal does not alter the taste of the wine inside, for example, and the ability to deliver a singleserve portion means there is no need to open a full bottle when only one glass is wanted. It helps promote responsible consumption and can be easily transported and enjoyed in a wide variety of situations – such as on the beach, at picnics or outdoor events, for example.” Each can features a QR Code that sends consumers to the winery website. Once there, they can access details about the provenance of the wine and read the story behind this exciting brand. The new line of wines is available in the hospitality and retail outlets across Italy, Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark, U.K. and Israel.


Sarah Willingham’s Nightcap extends bar openings

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Nightcap runs 27 sites across its London Cocktail Club, Barrio Bars and Adventure Bar Group businesses and has plans to add a further 26. In December 2020, when London was facing tier 3 coronavirus restrictions and industry bosses were warning of a £2.7bn hit to the economy, one hospitality entrepreneur saw an opportunity too good to pass up. Sensing the appetite for experienceled, quality nights out in unique, local style venues, former Dragon’s Den investor Sarah Willingham’s Nightcap first bought London Cocktail Club and then Barrio Bars and the Adventure Bar Group. The inspiration behind the move? Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s infamous Eat Out to Help Out scheme in the summer of 2020. According to Willingham: ‘Everybody thought I was completely bonkers doing it in an industry that was so hard hit. But what we saw in the summer of 2020 – when I came up with the idea – was that when we were allowed to go out, people wanted to go out. ‘I think the impact on people’s mental health will be one of the main stories of the pandemic. One of the things that is so great about the hospitality industry – and something I’m so proud to be a part of – is the part the industry has played in creating safe environments where people are allowed to feel normal. ‘We’re pack animals, we want to socialise, we want to go out and that demand has been there whenever we’ve been allowed to open our doors.’ And she was right, with Nightcap hitting £15.5m in net sales in its first year of trading. Further expansion is on the cards in 2022, with 26 new sites in the pipeline, taking Nightcap closer to its goal of becoming the UK’s leading bar operating group. The group is focused on easy to replicate scalable business models with nationwide rollout potential.

It comes as no surprise that Willingham is succeeding despite a tough climate for hospitality – she co-founded London Cocktail Club and her experience includes time at PizzaExpress, The Bombay Bicycle Club and Clapham House Group.

state of the property market to expand across major cities in the UK. The next sites scheduled to open are: The Cocktail Club in Exeter and Tonight Josephine in Cardiff, with a further 24 on the cards.

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A tantalising restaurant interior for top chef Ali Güngörmüş Tubular steel cantilever chairs from Thonet take centre stage in the new Pageou restaurant in Munich A well-known TV chef in Germany, Ali Güngörmüş serves fine Mediterranean cuisine in a tasteful, open, welcoming and timeless new space created by interior designer Nora Witzigmann. The light-filled restaurant prominently features Thonet’s iconic S 64 cantilever chair design. Their classic, formal simplicity and reduced aesthetics, together with airy canework in the seat and backrest, make the S 64 chairs the perfect fit for this elegant dining room. “Pageou is a place of sensory experience; it reflects the personality and the history of its owner,” says Nora Witzigmann, explaining the interior design concept that she developed in collaboration with Ali Güngörmüş. The restaurant, located in the Fünf Höfe shopping mall in Munich’s city centre, is named after the East Anatolian village where the chef was born. “Well-crafted pieces in wood, leather and beautiful fabrics are combined with clean lines. Custom-made lampshades, shiny gold glass mosaic tiles and wood panelling are reminiscent of the Art Deco movement, which took its influences from the Ottoman period,” Nora continues.


Fittingly, it was also during the Art Deco era that Thonet’s iconic S 64 cantilever chair was created. For the furniture in the dining area, Witzigmann specified 34 of Thonet’s much-loved tubular steel cantilever chairs in the stained black beech version with natural canework. The S 32 cantilever chair and the S 64 version with armrests are among the most well-known of the tubular steel classics. Marcel Breuer designed both models in 1928 during his time in Berlin, and they have been manufactured by Thonet since 1930. Their popularity stems from the appealing combination of something new with something tried and tested: the seat and backrest made of curving solid wood and canework embody the Thonet tradition of skilfully bending wood and working with wicker, while the tubular steel frame, which was revolutionary for its time, remains totally current and contemporary to this day. Their inherent versatility has also made these chairs some of the best-selling cantilever chairs in the market.

Ali Güngörmüş came to appreciate the iconic chairs, in the distinctive version with armrests, during his time as owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Canard Nouveau in Hamburg. “I love these chairs,” he enthuses, “And I know that they will be around for as long as I am. Their canework is beautiful, timeless and sturdy. I can be confident that my restaurant guests will happily relax on them for hours at a time because they are so comfortable.”

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The Most Popular Takeaway Choices Around the World Food delivery services have revolutionised the take-away trade, on a global level. The birth of gigeconomy delivery services such as Deliveroo, coupled with online takeaway aggregators like Just Eat, has changed the game entirely, allowing households to order and enjoy food and drink without ever setting foot outside their home. The sheer convenience offered by these services ensures they won’t be going anywhere any time soon, but for restaurants and takeaways alike, competition has become even more fierce. With online ordering and delivery being a global phenomenon, what do ordering habits look like around the world?

In the U.S.A. Speaking of competition, the U.S.A. represents its pinnacle; the food delivery industry has tripled overall revenue in five years alone, with over 100 million users buying $26 billion worth of food online. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, American cuisine dominated the rankings for most popular


foodstuffs ordered by Americans on average. Chicken products, from burgers to dippers and wings, were best-in-class, closely followed by homely staples like mac and cheese. Japanese cuisine was particularly popular with services like Door Dash, who reported that California rolls were the 9th most popular dish ordered through the app.

In the UK Continuing the trend of popular online deliver orders matching national stereotype, UK consumers were quick to buy fish and chips and Indian cuisine through takeaway services, with Chinese foodstuffs from chips and curry to chicken and sweet and sour sauce also coming out on top. However, delivery users in the UK are also adventurous, using the service to take advantage of supermarket and even drinks deliveries. Be it a mixed case of beer from an independent bottle shop or a range of specially-picked wines, home delivery of craft beverages has become all the rage in the UK.

In China Local cuisine dominates online delivery statistics across China, with larger chains and independent food stalls alike appearing as options for locals to choose from. While their culinary choices are less telling, the wider delivery industry in China is interesting to say the least; China was responsible for the largest portion of global food delivery revenue in 2021, and its innovation in terms of food delivery methods is second-to-none. Drone delivery programmes have already been rolled out in built-up areas like Shenzhen, indicating where the future of delivery could be headed for the West. As online ordering and home delivery become ever-more ingrained into our everyday lives, the future is beginning to look more convenient than ever. Whether your chosen takeaway is a lamb bhuna or a pie and chips, you could be looking forward to receiving it from the heavens in the near future!

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Food & Drink Expo is set to return to the NEC, Birmingham this April (25th – 27th) as part of the UK Food & Drink Shows, bringing the very best from across key industries back together for an unrivalled three days of trends, innovation, networking and insight. the ultimate retail test. Game-changing start-ups will have 15 minutes to pitch their ideas to a team of fearsomelyexperienced industry ‘dragons’ and impress with their ideas, strategy and understanding. With thousands of visitors expected – drawn to the variety of products on show, the insight from expert panels and the opportunity to take stock of the market in person for the first time since the pandemic hit – Food & Drink Expo is firmly in the diary as the event to attend in 2022 to reignite business while rubbing shoulders with some big industry names.

Free to attend, the UK Food & Drink Shows comprise Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show, National Convenience Show and The Forecourt Show. Registration is now open with one badge providing access to all four shows.

to see, sample and secure a fast track to profitability. Porky Whites, Belvoir Farm, Brusco Food Group, Meatless Farm and Il Gelato di Ariela are just a handful of the innovative exhibitors preparing for the show alongside many others. Take a look at the exhibitor list here.

The flagship event for retail, wholesale and foodservice audiences, Food & Drink Expo centres itself around ground-breaking new products and technologies that are set to help businesses thrive in 2022 and beyond.

Meanwhile, The Grocer Magazine’s Talking Shop Live will hold a series of events to discuss and debate the key challenges facing the sector. The stellar line-up of business boosting live seminars will be discussing everything from sustainability and the latest trends to boosting profits and customer satisfaction. At the Dragon’s Pantry, brave entrepreneurs will experience

Visitors looking for inspiration will get the inside track on this year’s latest, greatest launches, alongside the chance

Andrew Reed, Managing Director – Wine & Exhibitions, William Reed, said: “Visitors and exhibitors alike will benefit from the insight, innovation and trends on show at Food & Drink Expo. The entire industry has had a tough time of it over the last two years and I’m so glad we’re able to bring people back together to share new products, create networking opportunities and celebrate the fantastic business that is hospitality.” Encompassing four key sectors across the industry, the UK Food & Drink Shows are unrivalled in their ability to bring people together, build and foster better relationships, discover business building insight and celebrate innovation, all with the support of the multi-award-winning William Reed brand. Register to visit free today.


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The once in a lifetime location for this VIP experience is Crossroads Maldives including the stunning Hardrock Hotel, Saii Lagoon and The Marina. These interconnected islands are situated in the breathtaking Kaafu Still and Emboohoo lagoon and have all been exclusively taken over for O Beach Maldives. The three islands will come alive with daily events from beach parties to beach club events, brunches and after parties that all offer their own unique vibes.

Well, wonder no more: O Beach Ibiza, celebrating their 10 year anniversary, are taking over Maldives for a pioneering, first of its kind ultimate paradise island experience for those who love the highlife, taking place from 24th - 29th November 2022. This four day, four night event welcomes just 800 people to two breathtaking islands The Hardrock Maldives and Saii Lagoon, with parties hosted by O Beach favourites KISStory, Boat Club, Pool Party, Aces, Ibiza Spray, SIN Sundays and Hot Bed, two idyllic resorts to stay in and a wealth of unbelievable activities, restaurants, holistic experiences and so much more. Prices start from £1750 for four nights all inclusive F&B accommodation, access to all events, plus transfers from Male airport at O Beachs first ever international weekender is the perfect way to celebrate 10 years of the beloved brand, and there


Says Gemma Charters, Director of Brands & Events; ‘We are so excited to be offering this trip of a lifetime to the Maldives so people can come and celebrate our 10th year with us in true style! It will be 4 days and 4 nights of pure celebration with one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world, the Indian Ocean. It is unlike anything anyone has seen before upon those archipelago of islands and it will be a very special trip not to be missed.’ Throughout your stay you’ll be free to island hop, sample the rich variety of bars, restaurants, shops and beach clubs or simply lay back and soak up the sun on your own private deck. The 5* Hard Rock Hotel has a music inspired rock spa, pools with underwater speakers and large suites, beach villas or overwater villas to stay in. Meanwhile, Sail Lagoon is another 5* resort that pairs high end luxury with bohemian detail, world class facilities and expansive balconies offering open sea views of the ocean with a range of exceptional gastronomical experiences.

The islands have a delicious selection of all-inclusive restaurants all with their own flavour of cuisine including fresh BBQ, Asian, Mediterranean, Mexican as well as some fresh Maldivian dishes with unlimited house wine, beer, branded spirits, cocktails, mocktails, juices, teas, coffees and water. There is also a resort gym based in the sumptuous and leafy surroundings of Saii and a second has views overlooking the Indian Ocean at Hardrock, while an ultimate day of pampering awaits at Len Be Well with new levels of relaxation, spa treatments and holistic activities. Complete your escape with some activities both above and under the water, including snorkelling, kayaking and diving. On top of what the islands already offer, O Beach will program a range of hospitality and wellness experiences to make this a truly magical getaway. With endless activities and parties hosted by all your favourite O Beach brands and residents, O Beach Maldives will be a paradise experience like no other. Join us as we celebrate 10 years in style.

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Panasonic launches ‘try before you buy’ to speed up your food offer Panasonic, the professional microwave giant, is giving catering operators the chance to trial its SCV2 speed convection oven for four weeks, for free!

Such is the Company’s confidence in this amazing piece of kit being able to transform any operator’s food offer, they are giving caterers the chance to apply for a free four week trial* so they can see for themselves how the SCV2 can assist in the kitchen with cooking, toasting, grilling, baking and reheating a wide range of fresh and frozen menu items. Using Panasonic’s unique Inverter technology, the SCV2 heats gently enough for soup and will toast a panini in under a minute, yet has a small footprint, is stackable and can be located anywhere, front or back of house, thanks to its catalytic converter, eliminating the need for any extraction! The SCV2 oven can store up to 1,000 cooking programmes with images, so is easy for anyone to use. Andrew Whyte, Assistant Product Manager, Panasonic UK; “We wanted to make the SCV2 accessible to as many operators as possible because we understand there may be hesitancy in investing in a piece of quality equipment up


front. By offering a free trial, we can ensure that any barriers to making a decision can be removed, and demonstrate fully the features and benefits of this remarkable oven in a customer’s own kitchen.” To get your hands on an SCV2, free for four weeks, all you have to do is email your interest at To learn more about the SCV2, go to pro-cooking or to see the SCV2 in action, go along to the Panasonic stand at HRC between 21st – 23rd March 2022 at ExCel. *Subject to terms and conditions. While stocks last To find out more about Panasonic’s range of commercial microwave ovens, call 01344 476516, email or go to

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EAT. DRINK. SLEEP April 2022 Villa at The New Four Seasons, Bodrum (Turkey), a contemporary, luxury hotel with a focus on wellness.

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Remaining relevant, highly creative, and delivering emotion-evoking, award-winning luxury hotel design during the pandemic’s travel decline Those of us working in the travel and hospitality industry tend to count ourselves lucky – and with good reason given that frequent travel opportunities to see and shape some of the most beautiful parts of the world is all in a day’s work. I have been fortunate enough to find myself catching my breath on countless occasions as I stand on a pristine beach looking out at a stunning sunset, thinking …WOW ...this is my office for the day…. Until, of course, COVID hit, and everything came to an abrupt stop. As creative designers we faced a huge challenge, a challenge of the unknown, a challenge of how to stay creative and relevant during this time. You see, for me - travel, culture, experiences, and human interaction are the key ingredients to creativity. It’s the fuel that stokes the fire of imagination.


Chin Lim, Design Director Principal at HKS Architects - credit Sisi Burn Photography

So, when the world stopped it gave me, like so many others, a huge opportunity to reassess my life. I realised that I needed to find new ways of engaging with inspiration. It was at this time that I chose to take the plunge and start working with a coach. I reached out to Alex Kergall, an executive coach who coaches high performers from different fields. I was his first architect client which was critical to me. I subconsciously wanted someone who could bring insight from a different perspective. I needed Alex to think from outside of the architectural sphere.

“The common thread I see when working with high performers is their appetite for growth and Chin was no exception. Enabling Chin to unlock so much potential professionally and personally was achieved by aligning him with meaningful goals and a solid vison, using wellbeing as the driving incentive. – I believe it’s this that positions Chin as a leader in his industry” – Alex Kergall, High Performance Coach.

Technology has also played a huge part in enabling a virtual environment to collaborate in a different way. While we couldn’t gather around physically to work on a project, we could meet virtually. There are now so many tools that enable us to workshop and exchange ideas remotely. We can have many frequent meetings with people from locations all over the world without getting on a plane and that hugely excites me. Travel will always be a critical part of my work and design process but the challenges we have had to go through recently have opened new and exciting ways of working. My work with Alex had a massive impact in setting a vision of what I wanted to achieve. My creative focus and general wellbeing are at their highest right now, my team and I at HKS are working at the highest echelons of luxury hotels and resorts. Clients routinely notice the passion and uniqueness of our designs -we design with emotion. This enables us to continue working with amazing brands such as Fairmont, Four Seasons, Six Senses, Corinthia, Baccarat and continue to push the envelope of design. As travel begins to open up, I am hugely optimistic for the future. I cannot wait to travel again and experience the world once more, armed with a renewed vision and powerful purpose.

What stood out for me about Alex was his holistic, 360° approach to coaching, which encompassed mind, body, heart, and spirit. We can all be guilty of getting so bogged down in our daily tasks that we forget to take the blinkers off and take a good, hard look at ourselves from a macro lens perspective to take sight of the bigger picture. Everybody’s process for this will be different. Alex helped me work with my need for a morning routine; waking up an hour before the kids every day, so that I have a moment to for myself, to read, exercise, and get set up for the day ahead. Through the coaching journey, we worked on a series of different exercises to keep pushing me.

Exploratory Sketches for design details at the new Four Seasons, Bodrum



I have key elements in my week that are not strictly project related which are critical to maintaining creativity. For me, these are times to paint or draw, time to read and time for side projects. For example, currently I am working on a collaboration with an interior designer and product designer to produce a range of lighting and furniture. While these things might seem to be a distraction when you are busy, Alex and I believe they are a critical part of keeping the mind fresh and motivated. And this has been part of my solution to remaining creative, relevant, and ahead of my game, during recent, Alex Kergall, international Performance Coach who has worked with Chin Lim to unlock his highest potential unprecedented times.

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Creativity does not exist in a vacuum - I seek inspiration from all around me, be it fashion, technology, music, the environment, nature, or day-to-day conversations. This is one of the key ingredients of our work.

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SiteMinder, Hopper partner to fuse benefits of online commerce and travel fintech for hotels SiteMinder, the world’s leading open hotel commerce platform, and Hopper, the most downloaded travel booking app in North America, have partnered to bring together the benefits of online commerce and travel fintech at a scale never before seen for hotels. The partnership will see SiteMinder’s more than 33,000 hotels in 150 countries gain a newfound ability to reach modern travelers, by directly accessing Hopper’s 70 million users, 70 percent of whom classify as Generation Z and millennials. Hopper’s appeal among younger travel consumers has been driven by the company’s unique use of data to help its users secure the best deals. The mobile-first travel app uses approximately one trillion price points per month, over eight years of historical data and trillions of archived prices to create several ‘travel fintech’ products that improve the customer journey. This wealth of data allows Hopper to offer its users algorithm-based tips


on when to book a room versus when to wait, as well as the opportunity to ‘freeze’ a room rate for a small deposit – two features in demand by what SiteMinder has identified as today’s ‘dynamic traveler’ who is driven by fresh experiences and the need to be more in control of their stay. To enable the latter feature, Hopper guarantees its users the ‘frozen’ rate and pays the difference if the rate goes up, and offers alternatives if the room becomes unavailable. Additionally, where online travel agencies commonly use search engines and metasearch to acquire users, Hopper optimizes its reach among younger travelers by almost exclusively using social media, especially newer platforms such as TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram. Hopper’s appeal among younger travel consumers has seen the company grow its revenues by over 300% yearon-year. Today’s partnership with SiteMinder forms Hopper’s first since its recent fundraise of US$175 million. James Bishop, Senior Director of Global Ecosystem at SiteMinder, says, “This partnership brings together two aligned visions for the opening up of every hotel’s access to the world of online commerce and the transformation of

travel through technology. We know through our research that today’s traveler is more tech-savvy than ever before and demands greater flexibility. Through Hopper’s innovative technology, we are pleased to be able to bring more of today’s dynamic travelers to the doorstep of hotels.” David Lewis, Head of Hotel Supply at Hopper, adds: “Our customers are young, app-first and brand agnostic, but they will become the corporate travelers of tomorrow which gives our hotel partners a great opportunity to establish brand loyalty now. In addition to our app business, we’re now seeing significant sales volume from our Hopper Cloud partnerships – a B2B initiative where other travel brands can seamlessly integrate and distribute Hopper’s fintech and travel agency content. Through these partnerships, Hopper is reaching new demographics such as older consumers with more discretionary spending. As we internationalize through 2022, partnering with a global leader like SiteMinder is a great asset.” For more information, visit To find out more, visit

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Hospitality sector sees a huge uplift in footfall following the addition of an awning Commercial Awning and canopy specialist Roche, have today released their 2021 figures which reveal an 82% increase for awnings in hospitality year on year. This coincides with a huge uplift in footfall and revenue for their hospitality customers following the addition of an awning being erected outside their pub/bar/restaurant. Bars and restaurants with outdoor space saw a spike in revenue of up to 30% with increased footfall following the popularity of alfresco dining and drinking last summer. 2022 looks set to see this continued trend, though in order to maintain business, and continue with a steady

stream of customers, hospitality businesses need to find a suitable solution that’s right for the spaces they have available. Using the Roché calculator, businesses can calculate where they are missing out on crucial business and factor this into their plans for 2022. The Roché calculator helps business owners

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Try out the calculator here Simon Watkin of Junction Bar in Chesterfield said “We have two patio awnings installed by Roché to cover the pub's beer garden. Weather can discourage people from eating outdoors - the awnings mean they have somewhere to retreat to and gives us more space to spread out tables and chairs which has been important during the pandemic and as we’ve moved into the winter months.”


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