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Gusto undertakes MBO from Living Ventures

Gusto undertakes MBO from Living Ventures

By John Harrington

Restaurant and bar group Gusto has completed a management buyout from Living Ventures, the Tim Bacon-led premium operator, with funding from private equity group Palatine as it looks to add about 15 sites over the next four years, including a move into...

Ex-Gaucho MD to launch new venture ‘M’

Ex-Gaucho MD to launch new venture ‘M’

By Mark Wingett

Martin Williams, who stepped down as managing director of Gaucho earlier this month, plans to launch a new restaurant venture called M in London later this year.

Hot Talent 2014: front-of-house finalists revealed

Hot Talent 2014: front-of-house finalists revealed

By Carina Perkins

Five talented young hospitality managers have made it through to the finals of this year’s Hot Talent awards, which are organised by Hotelympia and supported by BigHospitality and Restaurant Magazine.

The Edge Hotel School's students took part in a number of activities at the five-star Marriott Hotel County Hall

Marriott focuses on youth development with hotel school partnership

By Luke Nicholls

One of Marriott’s flagship London properties has partnered with the UK’s first hotel school in a fully functioning hotel for a series of training workshops which the hotel group hopes will help to inspire the industry’s future leaders.

The new team at Union Hanover Securities, which will be led by Eric Jafari (centre)

Union Hanover eyes £1bn hotel portfolio

By Luke Nicholls

Real estate investment and hotel development firm Union Hanover Securities has secured a major equity injection which will allow it to grow its £350m portfolio to over £1bn over the next five years.

Dagmara Glesmer-Salamon has become the general manager of Vapiano's Great Portland Street branch

People on the Move in Hospitality: January 2014

By Luke Nicholls

BigHospitality rounds up some of the latest movers and shakers in the industry with the past month seeing a number of key appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including the Dorchester Collection, Vapiano and Anglian Country Inns. 

Fusion Group opens Dunblane hotel Old Churches House

Fusion Group opens Dunblane hotel Old Churches House

By Emma Eversham

Hotel operator and event management firm Fusion Group, has opened its third hotel in a former church meeting house in the Scottish town of Dunblane, close to Andy Murray's new hotel Cromlix House.

Helping staff develop and climb the career ladder can keep them happy and keep staff retention levels high

Want to keep your staff? Invest in training, says People 1st

By Luke Nicholls

With the hospitality industry suffering from low levels of staff retention, nearly three-quarters of businesses working across the sector now believe that training holds the key, with an increase in budgets required to reduce turnover rates. 

How to become a hotel manager: Masterclass with Glion

How to become a hotel manager: Masterclass with Glion

By Emma Eversham

What skills do you need to be a hotel manager? Following a special media masterclass for select hospitality journalists, this was the question posed to Arie van der Spek, chief executive of Glion Institute of Higher Education. 

Horsemeat scandal: How can foodservice operators avoid the fallout?

Horsemeat scandal: How can foodservice operators avoid the fallout?

By Emma Eversham

With the Government currently investigating how horsemeat has made it into processed beef products, restaurant, hotel and pub owners are being urged to take extra steps to know the provenance of the produce they are using to avoid being embroiled in future...

The 2012 recipients of ‘HOSPA’s Career Investment Development Scholarships’ pictured yesterday at HOSPACE 2012

Winners of HOSPA scholarships announced at HOSPACE 2012

By Luke Nicholls

HOSPA, the education organisation for hospitality professionals, revealed the winners of its Career Investment Development Scholarships during the HOSPACE 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibition held yesterday at the Sofitel Hotel in Heathrow.

Bramwell Pub Company will operate 190 pubs, with 18 sites to be returned to the landlords

Barracuda restructures, becomes Bramwell Pub Co

By Luke Nicholls

Barracuda Pub Company has been renamed The Bramwell Pub Company in a restructuring which sees ex-Mitchells & Butlers chief executive Adam Fowle appointed as chairman and the newly-formed company benefitting from a credit facility of up to £10m from...

Pepijn van den Abeele, manager, Cottons restaurant

Pepijn van den Abeele: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

Belgian national Pepijn van den Abeele has been manager of London burlesque club and cocktail bar, Volupté since November 2011. He worked in a variety of jobs in hospitality in Belgium before moving to London in 2006 to take up the role of manager at...

Karen Forrester interview on T.G.I. Friday's expansion

T.G.I. Friday's set to open 20 new restaurants in three years

By Peter Ruddick

Karen Forrester, the UK managing director of American restaurant chain T.G.I. Friday's, has revealed the business has plans to open at least 20 new venues in the next three years as the brand reinvigoration continues.

Mark Derry: Pearls of Wisdom

Mark Derry: Pearls of Wisdom

By Peter Ruddick

Industry veteran Mark Derry has built a reputation running and advising premium casual dining restaurant brands. In 2007 his Loch Fyne Restaurants company was sold to Greene King; now as chief executive of Brasserie Blanc Derry is leading the group in...

Daniele Pampagnin has joined PPHE Hotels Group as executive chef

People on the Move in Hospitality: May 2012

By Luke Nicholls

BigHospitality rounds up the latest appointments in the hospitality industry. This month sees key appointments at hotels, restaurants and pubs including The Leaconfield, Jurys Inn and Vinoteca. 

How hotels can comply with fire safety laws

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How hotels can comply with fire safety laws

By Geoff Wilkinson

Geoff Wilkinson, a building inspector, fire engineer and managing director of Wilkinson Construction Consultants, explains what hotels and other hospitality businesses need to do to stay within fire safey laws following recent prosecutions.

The first challenge of Nestlé Toque d’Or took place yesterday at the Defence Food Services School

Nestle Toque d’Or 2012 catering competition final gets underway

By Luke Nicholls

The grand final of the Nestlé Toque d’Or student catering competition is underway, with eight of the UK’s catering colleges being put through their paces in the most varied range of exciting catering scenarios in the competition’s 24-year history.

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