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Food with Thought: How Restaurateurs Are Going Sustainable

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Sustainability is nothing new in the food and drinks industry. From Fairtrade coffee through to organic, locally sourced vegetables, there is a smorgasbord of sustainable products for both the general public and the savvy restaurateur. Sustainability has progressed from a buzzword often mentioned at trendy local farmers’ markets to an actual business model. The restaurant business can be ruthless, so for a restaurant to project… Read more

Is London Still the Place for Operators and New Concepts?


With Harden’s 2016 survey recording “off-the-charts” growth in new restaurants opening in the capital, those in the industry naturally ask “is this likely to continue this year?”. We think so. The restaurant property market has been short of stock for the last 5 years, so now even with the number of buyers down by 25%, the demand still far outstrips the supply. You only ever… Read more

Is Brexit Eating the Hospitality Sector?


It’s summertime in the UK, usually a key money-spinning time for the hospitality sector, but despite the influx of big-spending tourists, all is not well beneath the surface. Post-Brexit turbulence is exerting financial pressures on hoteliers, publicans and restaurateurs. And there are regulatory changes to contend with too. These factors combined have all the makings of a ‘perfect storm’, experts believe. Here’s a breakdown of… Read more

The Standard Terms for Any Commercial Lease

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When you’re about to sign a lease it’s highly recommended that you read through the commercial agreement thoroughly and carefully. If there is anything you’re even slightly unsure of, it’s always worth talking to a lawyer or an impartial person who is well-informed of such proceedings to clarify anything. Go on a walk-through of the property Before signing the lease, it’s highly advisable to go… Read more

Why London’s Top Chefs Are Moving out to the Neighbourhoods


London’s restaurant market has seen a steady rise in the number of fine eateries, giving discerning capital city diners a veritable smorgasbord of options to choose from when dining out. So, it may be surprising to hear that many top chefs are now moving away from the heart of London’s restaurant scene in W1. According to Harden’s London Restaurants, only one of the “most significant”… Read more

Brasserie Blanc Opens Its Very First Restaurant in a Hotel in Bournemouth

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In today’s climate, opening a new restaurant can be a bit of a gamble. But with some background market research and innovative thinking you could be backing a winning venture. This is precisely what happened with Raymond Blanc’s French restaurant group Brasserie Blanc. This month sees the group open its first venue that’s within a four-star hotel in Bournemouth. The deal, facilitated by Restaurant Property… Read more

Why Soho Is Still a Viable Acquisition Spot in 2017


Soho has gone from being the seedy underbelly of central London to the trendy, restaurant-laden stomping ground of media sophisticates – and its star just keeps on rising. In fact, there seems to be an insatiable appetite for the vice-turned-nice aesthetic. La Bodega Negra continues to cash in on the subterranean sex-shop novelty while restaurants like Wright Brothers Soho and The Ivy Café still book… Read more

Immigration Cap Could Stall Growth for Restaurants


If the Conservatives win the election on 8th June and get the chance to implement their manifesto, the UK might see their plans to reduce immigration ‘to the tens of thousands’ come to fruition. According to the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), this could have series implications for the restaurant industry. The trade body whose members include Wagamamma, Casual Dining Group and Wahacca has… Read more

How Brexit Has and Will Continue to Affect the Restaurant Business


Since the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union last year there has been talk within the restaurant and hospitality industry about what the impact of this will be for them. Concerns about foreign food and wine imports have been a cause of concern with 29% of British food (both household and restaurants) coming from the EU. Another related issue are reports… Read more

Chancellor’s U-turn on NIC for Self-Employed and the Impact on Hospitality Industry


Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced his plans to raise National Insurance contributions from self-employed workers. Mr Philip Hammond announced in his Spring Budget on 8th March that the rate paid by the self-employed would rise from 9% to 10% in April 2018 and then rise again to 11% in 2019. Around five million of the UK’s workforce is self-employed. Since then, Mr Hammond’s… Read more

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