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Dominvs Group secures £68.5m for two flagship UK hotels Dominvs Group has secured almost £70 million of fresh-bank funding from Coutts and Clydesdale Bank Plc for two new flagship hotels in London and Oxford…


ominvs Group, a London real estate development and investment group, has successfully secured £68.5 million of fresh funding, facilitated by Coutts and Clydesdale Bank Plc in two separate facilities; with £48 million from Coutts allowing for the development of a new Hampton by Hilton hotel in London’s Aldgate, and a £20.5 million investment loan from Clydesdale Bank Plc for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Oxford. The group highlights that the successful raising of funding for both projects reflects the firm’s good banking relationships and confidence in the group’s development and operational capabilities, alongside rising optimism in the UK hotel industry after the start of COVID-19 vaccination programme in the UK.

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The hotel at 12-20 Osborn Street in Aldgate, formerly the Arbor City Hotel, was purchased by Dominvs Group in October 2018 and planning was granted for a new larger hotel scheme on the site during Q4 2018. The new £48 million of funding from Coutts covers the refinance of the original acquisition loan for the site and allows for the development of the new 118,000 sqft 278-key Hampton by Hilton London City hotel, with practical build completion scheduled for June 2023.


The new five storey Hampton by Hilton London City hotel will comprise the refurbishment of the existing hotel plus a new-build extension, with the construction undertaken by leading contractor McAleer and Rushe. Alongside 278 guestrooms and suites, the new hotel will provide meeting, dining and events space including a cinema room and large function room. The hotel is located in the heart of East London by Brick Lane, an area undergoing significant investment from Tower Hamlets Council, and just five minutes from the City of London.

Located in the historic centre of Oxford, close to the world famous Oxford University buildings and libraries, the Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre hotel is situated at 15 Paradise Street overlooking the Castle Mill Stream canal on both sides. The hotel was completed in July 2019, with an 11-room extension opened in January 2020. Despite the pandemic, the 151-key hotel achieved more than 50 per cent occupancy rates during the summer of 2020. The new investment of £20.5 million from Clydesdale Bank Plc refinances an incumbent loan that funded the development of the building and ensured that construction was on schedule. “It is excellent to see confidence in the hotel industry returning.” – Preeptal Ahluwalia, Director at Dominvs Group. The site at Paradise Street was purchased by Dominvs Group in October 2014 and was formerly the HQ of Cooper Callas, a kitchen and bathroom distributor. Dominvs Group obtained planning for a 140-key hotel in 2017 with the construction undertaken by McAleer and Rushe.

The six-storey hotel has a red-brick and glass façade with rooms and suites overlooking the canal and the ruins of Oxford Castle’s St George’s Tower. Alongside the Kitchen and Bar Restaurant and lounge areas the hotel has a spectacular rooftop cocktail bar and rooftop garden/terrace offering panoramic 360 degree views over Oxford’s stunning spires, domes and landmarks. Preeptal Ahluwalia, Director at Dominvs Group, says: “Dominvs Group is delighted to have successfully secured £68.5 million of fresh bank funding which allows for the development of our new Hampton by Hilton branded hotel in London’s Aldgate and has refinanced our Courtyard by Marriott branded hotel in Oxford. The successful funding reflects our good banking relationships and confidence in the group’s development and operational capabilities, alongside rising optimism in the UK hotel industry following the start of the Covid-19 vaccination programme in the UK. It is excellent to see confidence in the hotel industry returning and these two hotels are well-placed to benefit from the gradual return of both domestic and overseas visitors to London and Oxford, two of the UK’s most popular tourist and business trip hotspots and destinations of increasing hotel need.”

London’s Boundary House sold to hoteliers Boundary House on Jewry Street has been acquired for approximately £31m by Austrian hoteliers, Rudolf and Christian Ploberger from GR Properties UK Limited.

It marks Ploberger’s second investment in the capital. They previously owned Bow Street Magistrates Court in Covent Garden, and sold the site in 2016. It is now home to the NoMad London, the brand’s first site outside the US.

Asset manager C1 Capital has been appointed by the Ploberger’s to oversee the delivery of the project. Kristian Dijkstra, managing director of C1 Capital, said: “Boundary House offers a unique opportunity to create a mix-use development capitalising on the building’s central and convenient location for both corporate and leisure guests. We look forward to working with the Ploberger family to bring this exciting development to fruition.”

New Covid-19 rules allow parents to stay in hotels The change in regulations follows on from a campaign made by ex-BBC journalist Tom De Castella, who told the BBC that the worst part of the pandemic was being unable to see his daughter

The government has changed Covid-19 rules to allow parents to stay overnight in hotels so they can visit their children who live elsewhere, according to the BBC. Previously, co-parental visiting during the lockdown in England was allowed, however with the new tiered enforcements, parents were unable to visit their children that live far away. The new use of staying in a hotel reportedly came into effect on Boxing Day, and now can be applied regardless of the tiered lockdown restrictions in England.

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Gerard Nolan & Partners sourced the property as a potential mixed-use development comprising a 300-bedroom hotel with serviced offices. The development will appeal to workers in the city seeking short-term accommodation.


Minister for Hospitality Support from MPs More than 200,000 people signed a petition calling on the government to assign a hospitality minister and now MPs have voiced their support. On 6 October 2020 Claire Bosi, Editor, Chef & Restaurant Magazine created a petition to Parliament to host the Minister for Hospitality debate, requiring 100,000 signatures to be considered. By 16 December, the signature target was achieved, and the debate confirmed for 11 January 2021. Graham Stringer MP opened the debate as Chair and introduced the first speaker, Catherine McKinnell, Labour MP for Newcastle North. McKinnell immediately called for support for the motion and very early in her opening ‘gave way’ to Tobias Ellwood Conservative MP for Bournemouth East. Ellwood said that he “absolutely supported the call and/ or an Envoy for Hospitality.

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McKinnell continued with eloquence, and she knew her subject, her husband works in hospitality. Her emphasis on cash flow and economics demonstrated an understanding of many of the issues the industry faces. She explained the difficulties of switching an industry on and off, and suggested that a deeper understanding of hospitality was required from Government to assist more effectively.


McKinnell covered the full breadth of sectors within hospitality including suppliers and the difficulties now faced within a complex and integrated supply chain. She also looked at consumer demand and the speed at which it will return, slowly, and how adjustment to this is key to reopening. There were 20 MP’s in total that took part in the debate and to listen to hospitality being discussed with such passion and knowledge for 90 minutes was a revelation and a

privilege. Many parts of England were represented as was Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

result and making sure this is seen through to the end and reaching the conclusion we need.”

An outstanding starter course was served by Catherine McKinnell, and many MPs followed to make up the main course, but the signature dish of the day was without doubt delivered by Lucy Powell MP, Labour, Manchester Central.

Kate Nicholls OBE, CEO, UKHospitality was similarly pleased saying: “It was incredibly positive to hear so many MPs being vocal advocates of the hospitality sector. There was unanimous recognition of our importance economically and socially. It was particularly pleasing to hear parts of the sector like nightclubs, wedding venues and conference centres being lauded – businesses that have not grabbed headlines in the way that other sectors have, but are no less important, as the debate recognised. There was also welcome recognition for our critical supply chain.

Powell like McKinnell knew her subject and was equally as eloquent, with no fuss she set about her topic that clearly had been meticulously researched and prepared. Covering the full scope and scale of hospitality and every sector and sub-sector within it. The close of the session saw a unanimous vote in favour on the motion to create a Minister for Hospitality in the UK Government recognised by Chair Graham Stringer Labour MP, Blackley and Broughton. Claire Bosi said: “I am thrilled with the unanimous support shown by MPs today as the petition to government was debated. The resounding opinions mirrored that of our industry – we need and deserve a dedicated minister for hospitality – as one MP stated “to champion the sector within Whitehall”. “In particular, Catherine McKinnel and Lucy Powell offered strength and eloquence to the debate, passionate in their speeches, with a true understanding of the hospitality industry’s needs. “Today was a giant step for the hospitality industry. When was the last time that our sector secured over 90 minutes of parliamentary focus ? But this is the first step. The emphasis now is on maximising today’s

“It is striking that, in the end, the petition got more than 200,000 signatures. We all understand the importance of what we do and it is good to see the Government recognise the importance of working closely with the sector to ensure that we are properly supported, not just during this crisis but more generally.” Harry Murray MBE, Chairman, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa has been a champion of Bosi’s petition since it started, so we also caught up with Murray to gauge his view of the debate, enthused by the outcome Murray told us: “An encouraging and positive debate and Catherine McKinnell exceeded all expectations and making it very clear we a Minister who understands our industry. “Lucy Powell also spoke eloquently and positively highlighting the need for LEADERSHIP with a road map a stronger voice and to stop the sticking plaster and the scatter gun approach. I was pleased to see Tobias Ellwood supporting the bill, he was former

under minister of Tourism and would be an ideal Minister of Hospitality. “All the issues we have discussed were covered like – 5% VAT, Business Rates holiday extended to end of the year, No NI on furlough pay, help for those with cash-flow problems were covered during the debate and the devastating damage to many businesses that will not reopen.

number of people employed in the industry, I was also disappointed to see, if I am correct only 415 people watched the most important debate in the history of our industry and what could turn out to be a major turning point in our future. I hope more people will watch the debate and it is a wakeup call for the industry on what we can be achieved with the right support and with a seat at the table.

“Although 206,000 signatures were achieved it is still only 6% of the

“Although the Ayes have it in terms of going forward I think the Government

have far more pressing issue with Covid Crisis, Brexit and the struggling economy so not over optimistic Boris will be quick to respond to the demands for a Minister of Hospitality. “Time to regroup and reflect on what has been achieved and to focus on MP’s like Catherine McKinnell and Lucy Powell especially MP’s in areas where the economy is dependant on tourism. We must use today’s debate as a springboard and come back with an even stronger campaign.”

Guildford Manor receives four-star AA rating The property, meal offerings in The Newlands Corner restaurant, and cleanliness of the hotel all received high praise, as did the welcoming nature of the team.

able to recognise the hard work and creativity of being awarded our Four AA Star status, based on the quality and range of services and facilities we provide.

Some of the bedrooms are situated on the ground floor, and most have views over the Surrey Hills.

“It is thanks to the vision of our owner, that we have been able to grow, lovingly refurbishing the building with care, with excellent modern décor. I would like to acknowledge every member of my team at the Guildford Manor Hotel, as well as our trusted suppliers – a sincere thank you to all of you.”

Ross Lomanto, general manager, said: “Providing outstanding hospitality, fantastic experiences and enjoyable stays is an impressive feat at any time, but is particularly notable now, and we are delighted to be

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Following an extensive refurbishment, Guildford Manor Hotel and Spa has been awarded a four-star AA accreditation.



The Student Hotel delivers first phase of digital transformation programme The Student Hotel has completed the first phase of its digital transformation programme, designed and implemented by digital experience agency, Rufus Leonard.


he result is a new website that delivers a differentiated brand experience for a complex mix of hospitality products and an enriched booking journey for student guests. Built on Episerver and React, the new site is intuitive to navigate, built on mobile-first principles, supports accessibility in all its forms, and performs efficiently and reliably. It uses a digital design language that can adapt to any device, enabling a consistent look-and-feel no matter the brand touchpoint. As well as an impactful and user-centric design, under the hood is a refined and efficient codebase.

and deliver a meaningful experience across their digital ecosystem. We used our Experience Playbook process to create an inspiring blueprint for creating The Student Hotel’s industry-leading digital experience. Among other things, it outlines the impact of hero moments on the bottom line as well as the technical infrastructure needed to deliver them. Once we had the Experience Playbook in place, we delivered the first phase of The Student Hotel’s transformational digital ecosystem, their dynamic global website. This is just the beginning of a very exciting and innovative journey.”

Mark Liversidge, Chief Digital & Experience Officer at The Student Hotel: “As we rapidly grow and build our global community, so does our vision of creating purposeful connections, lifelong curiosity and learning. We needed an agency partner that understood this vision and could design and build a digital experience connecting curiousminded student spirits to our built spaces and community. We found this in Rufus Leonard, who had the proven credentials to engineer our core digital platforms to deliver distinctive experience to our customers and community. This milestone is the first step in our digital transformation from offering a collection of individual products, to a seamless lifelong customer experience integrating a complex mix of hospitality products, lifestyle services and learning experiences.”

Pioneering a next generation hybrid model in hospitality, TSH is an urban regenerator, partnering with cities to create new communities based around a blend of coliving, student and hotel accommodation with co-working, private office and meeting spaces, enriched with lifestyle options across wellness, entertainment, events, bars and restaurants.

Laurence Parkes, CEO at Rufus Leonard: “The Student Hotel already had a strong personality, a distinctive tone of voice and a proposition that was disrupting the hospitality industry, but they needed a partner that could define

The new website launch is the first milestone of an ambitious programme of work to deliver next level digital experience at all touchpoints, including a new app for guests which will transform the full customer journey from arrival to lifelong connection with the growing global community. The launch comes at a time of success for Rufus Leonard. The agency is an Econsultancy Top 100 Digital Agency, Top 10 Design & Build Agency and won Best Digital Agency at the 2019 Digital Experience Awards, as well as four 2020 Transform Awards for work with London Business School and ARU.

AWARD-WINNING ECO HOTEL SELECTS BETTE FOR SHOWER TRAYS AND BATHS The Times and Sunday Times Eco Hotel of the Year 2020, The Bull Inn in Totnes, selected Bette to provide shower trays and baths that fit with its focus on sustainability.


he hotel is the fourth brainchild of Geetie SinghWatson, who opened the world’s first certified organic pub in 1998. She worked with Devon-based architect, Jackie Gillespie of Gillespie Yunnie Architects, to ensure that every aspect of the hotel is sustainable. This includes the pastel-coloured plaster walls, organic linens, innovative heating system and bathrooms. The stylish bathrooms feature white brick tiles with accents of muted gold. Each has either a shower, with Bette glazed titanium-steel BetteSupra shower tray or a comfortable double ended BetteStarlet bath, perfect for a relaxing soak. All the shower trays and the baths feature Bette’s almost invisible anti-slip surface, Anti-Slip Pro.

Owner, Geetie Singh-Watson added: “We are committed to a philosophy of Doing Business Better, which drives us to really examine the best way to do things; to scrutinise our habits and our ways of being and

buying. It was really important to me that we didn’t have plastic baths or shower trays and I believe that, if we always looked at the end of life of a product when we buy it, we would change the impact on the planet. The Bette products are not only 100% recyclable but will last for many years.” Bette baths, shower trays and basins come with a thirty year warranty, are easy to clean and available in over 400 colours, including gloss and matt finishes. Made from natural raw materials, they are completely recyclable and verified to the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) as per ISO 14025 and to

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). For further information on Bette see or telephone 0844 800 0547

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Architect Jackie Gillespie says: “We used Bette shower trays and baths because they combine high quality and lasting looks with sustainability, as they are made from natural materials and are recyclable. I particularly like the low profile and solid feel of the BetteSupra shower trays, and the fact that they come with adjustable frames. I have used the shower trays and baths on many projects and like the doubleended symmetry and comfort of the BetteStarlet bath, with central waste. It’s also extremely useful that both the shower trays and baths come in such a wide range of sizes, so we were able to select the right sizes for the rooms, including 1200 x 900mm shower trays in the majority of the bathrooms.”



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Jangro offers tailored solutions to support catering businesses

The catering industry has been fundamentally threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, with tighter restrictions set to stay in place for the foreseeable future. Jangro, the UK and Ireland’s largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has expanded its comprehensive range of solutions to help businesses in the food industry continue trading throughout (and beyond) these uncertain times. They are able to offer everything the sector needs to adapt their processes and keep trading, from sustainable takeaway packaging, to effective cleaning and hygiene supplies and processes. During the initial lockdown, many bars and restaurants adapted their offering to include takeaway and delivery options. With a second lockdown across some parts of the UK and no confirmed end date for tighter restrictions everywhere, catering businesses should review their packaging options. With sustainability, as well as safety, high on the agenda, meals should be provided in environmentally friendly food containers. To help reduce

the amount of plastic pollution, Jangro offers a range of sustainable packaging, ideal for hot and cold foods, which is made from re-used board, and is recyclable, compostable and fully bio-degradable. The lids are made from recycled plastics (rPET) and are also recyclable themselves. Jangro is also able to help establishments implement effective cleaning and hygiene measures. As well as specialist food packaging, its comprehensive ‘Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies’ catalogue contains a wide range of high quality and effective products and supplies, including Jangro’s Enviro H6 General All Purpose Sanitiser, which has been proven to kill coronavirus. Jangro also recently extended its innovative range of digital wall charts to include the hospitality sector. These cleaning guides include colour coded plans to ensure a safe and hygienic working environment is maintained. As well as their bespoke copy, the customer automatically receives a full health and safety compliance pack, comprising of relevant safety

data sheets, product user guides, and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) risk assessments of the products that feature on their chart. Jo Gilliard, CEO at Jangro, comments, ‘COVID-19 is one of the most significant threats that the catering industry has ever faced. With mass gatherings banned for now, even when people are able to socialise more freely, it is likely that a coronavirus hangover will remain – that is, a consumer nervousness around the health and hygiene of an establishment. Many will still prefer to order takeout to enjoy in the safety of their own home, whilst others will assess the cleanliness of an establishment before deciding to visit. She continues, ‘The way that the catering industry has adapted in the face of such challenges this year has been impressive. Jangro is here to help support these businesses make sustainable choices, and when it comes to cleaning and hygiene, stay compliant and help them to build trust with their customers.’ For more information about Jangro, please visit or call 01204 795 955.

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Independent janitorial and cleaning distributor provides services to help the catering sector act sustainably and stay compliant


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50 Year old product makes dramatic comeback to help beat the virus When the Melaphone Speech Unit was

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beginning of this development, they were aware of a setback: A variety of video conference tools allow for easy connection of people from all over the world. But the simultaneous interpreters required to facilitate smooth understanding had to travel on site to render their services, which meant high expenses and a lot of logistical effort – the greater the number of languages involved, the more complex.

In June 2020, two industry experts – Benjamin Bühl (Dolmetscheragentur24 GmbH) and Mike Bertsch (B&B Technik + Events) – pool their competences, establish BeMi Virtuell GmbH and launch Qonda, a browser-based remote interpreting platform. It is an online service for booking and assigning simultaneous interpreters for online conferences – in any language. Instead of having to be present on site of the conference, the interpreters can now dial in to the event from wherever they are located to provide their interpretation. Qonda is compatible with all common video platforms but can also be used on its own as a stand-alone video conference platform. The founders Benjamin Bühl and Mike Bertsch are old hands at the conference industry. With a total of 17 years of experience in the language services sector, Benjamin Bühl has been managing Dolmetscheragentur24 GmbH for five years. Managing Director of B&B Technik + Events for more than 20 years, Mike Bertsch is an expert for event technology and organization. For some time, both men have observed a strong increase in international online conferences which will certainly be strengthened further by the current Covid-19 pandemic. Right from the

Benjamin Bühl says: “In a world where it takes just a few clicks to connect thousands of people from several countries in a video conference, we think that there should be an uncomplicated and readily available remote solution for real-time communication in different languages. Our aim is to make simultaneous remote interpreting as easy to handle as a video conference.” Suitable for any type of international online conferences – with up to 100,000 participants world-wide In cooperation with experienced simultaneous interpreters, the two founders developed Qonda, a new and simple tool which fulfills this aim. Via the Internet, companies can book and assign interpreters for multilanguage online conferences – in all language combinations available on the market. They can use their own tried-and-tested interpreters,

or book via a translation agency. Whereas the commonly used video platforms offer a limited number of language channels, Qonda has no restrictions as to the number. This revolutionizes the processes, because the entire assignment of simultaneous interpreters can now be handled online for the first time. While Qonda is compatible with all the usual platforms, it can also be used as a standalone all-in-one video conference tool. Located in Frankfurt am Main, the servers are in compliance with the GDPR. “For us, uncomplicated, technically perfect handling and high-quality language services are as important as ensuring that Qonda is suitable for a wide range of possible applications. Qonda is designed for the providing interpretation of video conferences, video streams and audio transmissions, as well as hybrid live and on-site meetings. Our customers are international corporate groups and organizations but also mediumsized enterprises. They increasingly use Qonda for board meetings, press conferences, product presentations, webinars or training courses, some of them with up to 20,000 participants from all over the world,” explains Mike Bertsch.

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A new startup provides a platform for virtual simultaneous interpreting to simplify hosting multilanguage online conferences


Domaine Gayda scores on two counts Heads, Chemin de Moscou; Tails, Sélection Grenache Gris. Though both IGP Pays d’Oc, they are as different as the two sides of a shiny coin, but offer the ultimate in pleasure.

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hemin de Moscou, the iconic label by Domaine Gayda in Brugairolles, Aude, has been a resounding success since its inception. It is named after a path that leads from the village to the top of a hill. “There was a tree at the top that acted as a beacon for the intrepid pioneers of the air mail routes and this is where we built our winery in 2004”, recalls Vincent Chansault, the winemaker and co-founder of an estate where a breath of fresh air blows, literally and figuratively. Right off the bat, Chemin de Moscou went against the grain of French appellation conventions, focusing on a blend of Syrah (the majority varietal), Grenache and Cinsault grown over a patchwork of soil types and climates, including limestone soils in La Livinière, schist in the Col de la Dona, gneiss in Latour de France and calcareous sandstone in Brugairolles.

A turning point Without disavowing its inimitable style, Chemin de Moscou has turned a new page in its history. “In 2017, the earliest and one of the most

successful vintages at the estate, we started to vary the vessels used for maturing our wine over 24 months, using 500-litre casks, wooden vats, amphorae and eggs”, continues Vincent Chansault. The resultant wine, now the 2018 vintage, is a high-end red fermented with no added sulphur and delivering an assertively open, rounded, supple style. Its impeccably balanced, intense aromatic expression of dark fruits and spices, complexity and length on the palate make it a wine that can be savoured now - or in 15 years’ time!

Boutique This is not the only surprise lurking among Domaine Gayda’s IGP Pays d’Oc portfolio. Tasted blind, it is difficult to know exactly what wine is behind the Sélection Grenache Gris

label. Turns out, it’s a one-of-a-kind white wine made from old vines in the Opoul winegrowing site in the Pyrenees-Orientales. “In 2014, we decided to hive off the Grenache Gris during harvesting, then use very gentle, whole-cluster pressing and fermentation in 16-hectolitre eggs so that it could develop the fat characters of a lees-aged wine, with a totally hands-off approach”, explains the person who transformed an experiment into a stroke of genius. Vincent Chansault successfully created a very fresh wine from red clay soils that are renowned for their heat. The 2018 Sélection Grenache Gris displays extraordinary aromas, acidity and minerality and not only encapsulates the vintage, the site, the grape variety and the vineyard block, it also mirrors constant research in the winery. It is the jewel in the crown of a boutique range, which is often gone in a heartbeat - yet another reason to taste it without further ado! Chemin de Moscou - 11300 Brugairolles Tél. +33 (0)4 68 31 64 14


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the comfort revolution in the hotel industry

The lodging industry has one single, well-defined goal: to ensure their guests have the most enjoyable stay possible. A good night’s sleep is one of the key criteria. Suitenings is on a mission to ensure an exceptional sleeping experience. Cradled in the womb of bedding manufacturer Latexco, Suitenings offers hotels and other providers of accommodation a wide range of customized bedding products, including services – from consultancy at the start of the project thru’ to after-sales advice and support.


leep quality has become increasingly important over the past decade. So, when people book a night in a hotel, resort, B&B or holiday home they expect an unsurpassed sleeping experience. Suitenings helps the lodging sector offer their guests that outstanding experience. By providing mattresses, toppers and beds made of high-quality materials, with luxurious finishing and a clear focus on ergonomics and comfort, Suitenings turns any overnight stay at a hotel into a memorable comfort experience.

Latexco quality tailored to the accommodation sector At the foundations of Suitenings is Latexco, which has been setting the tone in sleep comfort for over 65 years. The Suitenings collection consists of high-quality latex mattresses and toppers manufactured by Latexco. In fact, Suitenings is the first to introduce latex-based bedding products in the hotel sector: hotels rarely choose mattresses with a latex core, despite the durability, natural origin and exceptional comfort properties of latex (resilience, ventilation and anti-bacterial and anti-dust characteristics).

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From expert advice thru’ to ‘Suitenings at home’


Suitenings bundles its high-quality product offering with a wide range of services, in every step of the project. In a first step, Suitenings selects the most suitable mattresses, toppers and beds, together with its customers. Before and during delivery – often a complex job – Suitenings experts assist hotels by word and deed: from making practical agreements and delivering and installing the products to even removing and recycling the existing mattresses. And even long after delivery, Suitenings is available to provide hotels with expert advice on how offer their guests the ‘suitest dreams’. There is even a ‘Suitenings at home program’: guests who are enthusiastic about the bedding products in a hotel can purchase an identical bed for home use – including five-star delivery by the Suitenings team.

Many years of experience Suitenings’ extensive range of services is based on many years’ experience. The team is led by Gaëlle Verstraeten, who was a business manager in the

sleep, hotel and tourism industries for many years, and Lieven Vandendriessche, CEO of Latexco: “Over the past decades, I have stayed in many hotels around the world. Quite often, I was disappointed about the level of sleeping comfort. As the CEO of Latexco, I now know the secrets of a good night’s sleep. I am happy to share this experience with the accommodation sector, together with Gaëlle and our entire team, to help hotels and other starrated accommodation set the tone in terms of sleeping comfort”.

A fresh start, together The hotel industry is currently at the dawn of a new era. The corona crisis pandemic heavily impacts our travel behavior and poses a series of big challenges. Many people are postponing their travel plans and investing in better comfort at home. Suitenings is confident that everyone will be happy to swap their comfortable beds at home for an overnight stay in a hotel, a B&B or a vacation park as soon as that becomes possible again. “For hotels, this is the perfect time to prepare for that moment, making sure they’ll be able to treat their guests to an amazing sleeping experience. We will gladly help the hotel industry prepare for that fresh start. By investing in a five-star sleep experience, they are guaranteed to gain a competitive edge,” Verstraeten concludes.

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Are you still relying on “quick fix” conventional hand sanitizer dispensers to protect guests, diners and staff? These outdated systems are unhygienic, fragile, frequently need repairing or replacing and have a low capacity that means constant refilling. It’s time for a permanent solution: DispenserONE®. From a revolutionary dosing pump that delivers long life, low maintenance and smooth dispensing to a vast capacity range from 3,000 to 50,000 doses and remote access to remaining product level via your personal online dashboard, the days of empty dispensers and poor infection control are over. Plus, do away with disposable batteries thanks to DispenserONE®’s mains power connection and select a 17” screen version to unlock revenue from advertising and promotions. Choose the ultimate hand sanitizer system for a COVIDsecure future.

Mother and daughter duo launch new luxury interior design consultancy Mother and daughter duo Helen and Scarlett Blakey have together launched Ophelia Blake, an interior design consultancy service and studio.


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phelia Blake offer a unique art-inspired approach to clients across residential and commercial sectors, providing a mix of services ranging from comprehensive inspiration boards, technical plans through to complete interior design packages.


Ophelia Blake’s clients receive a bespoke, carefully considered consultancy service, with a passion and attention to detail that are second to none. From classic elegance to vibrant and daring interiors that celebrate art, texture and colour, Ophelia Blake designs are inspired by an intricate understanding of design trends and timeless luxury.

approach. Collaboratively, the duo delivers dramatic transformations and unique interiors that embody both classic and cutting-edge design principles and expose the very essence of individual aesthetic.

“A focus on the individual personality of either your home or business is always at the forefront of our design process” said, Helen Blakey, co-founder of Ophelia Blake.

Scarlett Blakey, co-founder of Ophelia Blake, said: “We’re passionate about delivering professional, tailored excellence and luxury design concepts. To us, interior design

The individual yet contrasting skill sets of founding partners Scarlett and Helen combine to complement and balance one other. Scarlett’s Fine Art education and professional practice has led to an innovative, artfocused approach to their design, whereas Helen’s professional business background brings forth a technical, solution focused

is about working tirelessly to give our spaces soul, character and purpose, and we do this through intensive client consultancy, intelligent and creative space planning, custom art creation, curated material finishes and unrivalled attention to detail.” To find out more about Ophelia Blake, visit their website at work-interiors/

Aston manor unveils vodka-based hard seltzer in three unique flavours New Sol Duc is a refined mix of sparkling water, pure vodka and natural fruit flavours. Available in three distinctive flavour fusions - Strawberry & Lime, Raspberry & Rose and Rhubarb & Ginger - Sol Duc delivers a superior, 95 calories drink experience. Leading UK cider maker, Aston Manor, has launched Sol Duc, a trio of low-calorie, alcoholic hard seltzers that provide a naturally fruity and delicious alternative for consumers. Sol Duc is Aston Manor’s first foray into the hard seltzer market and is part of its ongoing investment into new production capabilities and resources.

Calli O’Brien, marketing controller at Aston Manor said: “Consumers more than ever are seeking balanced options to support their lifestyle, but with this, the expectation for full flavour and no compromise still stands. They want transparency and honesty in their products, with great taste to boot. “Sol Duc is all about purity and transparency; in contrast to the fermented alcohol bases seen in some other hard seltzers. Sol Duc is simply sparkling water, a dash of vodka and natural flavouring. Why make it any more complicated than that? We also wanted to be playful with flavour. Our dual flavours

are designed to provide an initial flavour hit, followed by a lingering intensity, to spark interest and give something to discover and enjoy. This is not another ‘citrus’ flavour. Our consumers are curious, and we wanted to play up to that!

Cider Company, which is based in Washington, we have gained invaluable insight and understanding of the hard seltzer category following its phenomenal success in the US. With Sol Duc we’re aiming to emulate that success in the UK.”

“We are well-placed to diversify our product range, especially with a hard seltzer. Through our transatlantic relationship with the Seattle

Sol Duc has a recommended retail price of £2 per can. To secure a listing or to find out more, visit

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The range, available in three delectable flavours - Strawberry & Lime, Raspberry & Rose and Rhubarb & Ginger - combine sparkling water, a dash of pure vodka and natural fruit flavours. The 330ml (5% ABV) cans contain just 95 calories, no additives or artificial sweeteners, and are suitable for anyone following a gluten-free or vegan diet.


Trends On Instagram For Food Bloggers


nstagram is an excellent social media platform where users can share their work, promote their services, or just put up their casual holiday pictures. But this space has been widely taken over by Instagram food bloggers as well, and it’s become very popular content. The food-based accounts have garnered many new followers, and new trends are always on the rise. Foodies are on Instagram an average of 18 times each day, and the hashtag #food is used on 250 million posts every month. Instagram has become the ideal place for food bloggers to share their creativity and recipes for their dishes. In turn, food fans can get first-hand information about their favorite dishes and give feedback.

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Top food bloggers like Food Network Star Ree Drummond use Instagram to connect with their fans. Ree has over 3.1 million followers and posts behind-the-scenes content of her cooking show, shares recipes, and gives us a peek into her personal life.


Smaller food bloggers like Lorie Yarro have built a following on Instagram, too. She shares delicious recipes, her own journey with food and, like Ree, shows her followers a look behind-the-scenes into her life. Lorie frequently talks about intuitive eating and shares recipes and posts that are “anti-diet.” So, whether you’re a food blogger with an established following or someone who’s just getting started, Instagram is a great place to be. If you’re looking to grow your account and engagement, here are the key Instagram food trends for you to follow:

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New flexible antimicrobial surface covering from Alanod protects hospitality businesses against coronaviruses and bacteria

The benefits of copper in combatting the coronavirus are well-known: a study by The New England Journal of Medicine showed that SARS-CoV-2 was able to retain surface stability on stainless steel and plastics for up to 72 hours but after just four hours no viable virus was found on copper. Research carried out by independent laboratory Eurovir® has proved that MIRO® CU is highly effective against coronaviruses. In tests, MIRO® CU reduced the presence of the virus by 99.97%. MIRO® CU is a thin, flexible film backed with a pressure sensitive adhesive that is easy to cut and stick onto existing surfaces, enabling hospitality businesses to protect areas such as counter tops, tables and food service areas. “Our unique MIRO® CU surface covering allows hospitality businesses to offer a significantly enhanced level of safety to customers and employees. It’s scientifically proven to

prevent the spread of coronaviruses, especially on surfaces that many people touch throughout the day, such as bar counters, hotel receptions and POS,” explained Stuart Tranter, General Manager, Alanod UK. MIRO® CU can be manufactured, serviced or retrofitted to hospitality surfaces that are frequent contact areas for multiple customers, such as hotel gym and sports lockers and luggage storage, where goods are stored and accessed by many different people throughout the day. It can also be used as a removable sticker for light switches and push buttons, for example on hotel elevators. Copper changes its appearance with age and as a result of contact with other substances, and so, over time, MIRO® CU develops a tarnish. This is a natural evolution of real copper oxides and the surface remains active against virus bacteria and other microbes. Samples of MIRO® CU are available on request to Alanod. With over 40 years of experience in the research, design, development and manufacture of specialised metal materials, Alanod offers unrivalled application advice and expertise to the hospitality industry and beyond.

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Alanod, the world’s leading manufacturer of specialised coated metal surfaces, has launched MIRO® CU. This unique copper-coated antimicrobial surface covering is designed to protect hospitality staff and customers against the transmission of bacteria and viruses, including coronaviruses.


Profilo Smart _ design solutions for functional and inclusive environments

the company that revolutionizes spaces in a sign of inclusiveness and design


he company, founded in 2008, has created an innovative approach in the management and organization of spaces, through transformation and creativity, where design and functionality meet and merge to satisfy real people’s needs. This vision is realized through the Profilo Smart furniture system, a modular track that is installed on the wall, designed to revolutionize the way in which spaces are organized.

The Profile, with a minimal design, is equipped with a customizable cover that hides the track and hooks and allows you to easily change and move the installed accessories, without specialized workers. Architects and interior designers can rely on the company to develop projects that can grow, change and adapt to needs. The company therefore intends to transform environments, in the name of functionality and inclusiveness, for each age group and population, which can find the suitable accessory, thanks to Profilo Smart. The hospitality sector and public spaces have, now more than ever, the necessity to combine comfort and flexibility because requirements may be different depending on the end user.

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In the hotelier world, the system blends harmoniously with the style and furnishings of rooms and suites to ensure the same aesthetic and quality levels for each guest.


Cheers to a small, talented North East design team for worldwide drinks branding Raise a glass to a small Newton Aycliffe design agency in County Durham who have just gone global with their world-class creative campaigns!

The LemonTop team now works with T Warriors brewery in China, Lairgforest in Hong Kong, KHS in Germany who supply the biggest breweries in the world, and Au P’tit Brasseur D’Argentonnay, a craft brewery in France. That’s in addition to creating websites, branding, digital and point of sale material for Quantock Brewery in Somerset, 4ts Brewery in Warrington and the Molson Coors brand as well as George Samuel Brewery, Castle Eden Brewery, and The Herbal Gin Company closer to home.

LemonTop Creative is also a proud “Supplier Associate of the Year” SIBA Award winner which recognises excellence in the brewing industry from can and bottle design, to efforts taken by associates to make their business more eco-friendly and supporting local communities. So it’s “cheers” all the way for the three Directors as LemonTop Creative becomes the “go-to” agency within the national (and now international) brewery and drinks world. Creative Director Arron Stoutt explains how it happened: “Steve Gill and I had worked together on successful creative campaigns including Sainsburys and Franks Flooring for many years but LemonTop’s dominance in the hospitality and drinks sector came about almost by chance. Fellow director Andy Mogg happened to

have a lifelong passion for craft beer and had written on the subject extensively. He had friends in the brewing world, and together we took on a couple of branding and website projects for microbreweries. Once larger players in the market saw the finished creative work they immediately wanted something similar and it grew from there.” LemonTop now also works with The Co-op nationally. So what’s the secret of the trio’s creative success? Director Steve Gill says: “Putting it simply, whatever business our clients are in, we try to build a bridge from where brands are, to where they want to be. We make sure we have a very detailed brief, get right under the skin of an organisation, look far beyond the logo and always ensure a brand will stand the test of time.”

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LemonTop Creative has quickly made a name for itself in the drinks industry and now works with major clients across the Far East and Europe, as well as breweries, distilleries, and industries closer to home.


Private Island, a social event app, has organized a plethora of well-known influencers to a Hawaii Friendsgiving, with name on the trip like Nickelodeon star Isaak Presley, Tik Tokers Colie Nuanez, India Good, Carson Paw, Isaak Presley, Mishka Silva, Sam Frank, Katelyn Elizabeth, Sebastian Topete, Cristopher Romero, Lauren Kettering, Giovanny Valencia, Quinton Griggs and Cynthia Parker confirmed as attendees the the first official event on Maui, Hawaii hosted personally by CEO and app creator Nicholas Duro. The exclusive Maui event will include luxury hotel accommodations, fine food and loads of activities meant to get the blood pumping. Anyone up for skydiving, jet skis, and motocross under the warm tropical sun? It sure beats a zoom meeting in my pajamas. Private Island is making a point to show the world that there’s a light at the end of this long tunnel of quarantine for travel, socializing, and group fun while also maintaining respect for pandemic regulations.

The group has been spotted by a number of sources driving around the island of Maui this week in their 4 Cadillac Escalades, but only from their villa to the adventure destinations with no exposure to the outside world. There is a special surprise event that the group has planned for Thanksgiving Day. Any of us are rightfully skeptical of planning an event in this climate, as we all are more than aware of the dangers and limitations COVID-19 poses to large group events. Private Island strays far away from the impersonal planning that you might find on other applications. With Private Island, the user (host) is not only in control of how an event is financed and planned, but is able to keep precise tabs on who is allowed to join an event and can go as far as mandating recent COVID tests as a requirement for entry. In statements made by CEO and app creator Nicholas Duro, he has clearly conveyed his utmost concern for Islanders’ their health, safety, and wellbeing. This webservice is practically tailored around the “new normal” that COVID has imposed on people across the world. The launch party itself will be ardently restricted to party-goers who have undergone COVID tests less than three days before boarding the plane to Maui, and Islanders will be split into quarantine “activity groups’’ to astronomically reduce any spread. Private Island is an event planning application that has just launched on ios and android platforms, and has already begun turning heads throughout a broad demographic of adventure-hungry users.

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Private Island Influencers show their 50 Million fans how to travel safely during a pandemic

The group has received a lot of hate already for this decision but firmly agree that travel and social interactions can be amazing experiences and yet still executed safely.



New YOUNG bath screen collection from Novellini. Designed and manufactured in Italy. All Young bath screens are fitted with rise and fall metal hinges, double seals and chrome optional anti-splash trim for a secondary seal. Available in black, white, silver and chrome finishes. No more damaged bath panels and flooded bathrooms


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Regency Design launches external WeatherGuard to protect customers obliged to queue

The need for retailers, hospitality venues and other customerfacing establishments to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, and enforce social distancing, has led to a challenge that many are familiar with: how to protect customers who are obliged to stand outside in a queue from being subjected to the elements such as wind and the rain.

While in the summer months this has not been such an issue, the onset of autumn is causing retailers and customers alike to rethink their strategies. Regency Design believes it has come up with the answer, with a low-cost modular tunnel that can be built as long or short as required and either bolted or weighted to the ground or on casters for ultimate portability. Zak Manhire, Chief Commercial Officer at Regency Design, says that the British-built product has been specifically designed with customer service in mind: “The weather tunnels will help to protect customers who are queuing outside and encourage them to continue shopping, eating or generally going about their business on rainy days,” he says. “Retailers, pubs and restaurants, banks and building societies, post offices and GP surgeries or indeed any environment where a customer is obliged to wait outside can benefit from our system which delivers a new definition of customer care and comes with bespoke branding.” The External Q WeatherGuard System comes with 1.5 mm

Zintec construction and 5mm PetG interchangeable inserts with predrilled holes or plates that bolt into the floor for safety and stability. The guards are 1.5m long x 1m wide x 2.1m high with gradients for run off. With optional lockable casters and a fully brandable side panel, the WeatherGuards are safe and secure and can be branded and customised to fit any customer-facing establishment. The WeatherGuard system is lightweight yet robust, they can be wheeled in/out of a venue outside of working hours to prevent them from being damaged or vandalised. Additionally, a pitched roof design prevents a build-up of surface water and associated dirt.

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Regency Design, the British design and manufacturing specialist, has invented a novel way of protecting queuing customers from the elements – a modular tunnel system known as the External Q WeatherGuard System.


A true gem THDP – UK and Italian architecture and interior design multi award winning studio with expertise in hospitality and high end residential projects spanning multiple countries – is renowned for creating true gems of art and beauty.

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The Hilton Frankfurt City Centre, finalist at the Sbid International Design Awards 2020 and shortlisted for the International Hotel and Property Awards, stands among the latest projects signed by THDP. The uniqueness of the project lies in the observation of the environment and cultural background of the place, thus joining and reflecting the enchanting eclecticism and modernity of Frankfurt city.

Centre’s international guests and their understanding of what luxury means. The modern design of the rooms is therefore tailored to the modern contemporary traveller, with a selection of neutral colours and warm timber panelling and flooring, thus imbuing a familiar feeling blended with smart and business touches. The rooms are also equipped with high-tech solutions, modern light fittings and carefully selected artworks that aim at giving a glimpse into the local culture.

The inspiration provided by Frankfurt city and its position as a global financial hub is combined with a particular focus on the consumers’ priorities and expectations in terms of latest technologies. Indeed, the ‘smart modern approach’ chosen by Nicholas Hickson and Manuela Mannino – co-owners and creative directors of THPD – takes into account the Hilton Frankfurt City

The Hilton Frankfurt City Centre’s modern structure also provides his guests with an exclusive space of healing and recovery: the new Hudson Yards Bar. The adaptable framework of the Hudson Yards Bar consists of a back bar having swing doors closing a ‘day’ focus section ­for coffee, afternoon teas and cakes, and a ‘night’ time set up of cocktails and spirits. Designed as a place of

refreshment for business travellers, the bar features a New York style, with brass gantry shelving, custom counter lights, brass foot stops, strong colours and natural leather details. Finally, the design project developed by THDP includes the refurbishment and modernization of the check-in area, in the sign of a style continuity with the new guests rooms and suites. The new check-in area is provided with individual checkin pods, thus ensuring the easy flow of people inside the building and maximising the comfort of the guests. The bespoke design purposely resemble a concierge desk at a New York residential high rise, with rounded shaped check-in pods incorporating natural Rosso Levanto marble, copper mesh and walnut veneer, so as to elevate the Hilton Frankfurt City Centre to the level of a modern luxury space.


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