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Jamie’s Italian closing 12 sites including Bath and Bristol
The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group have announced the closure of 12 branches of Jamie’s Italian restaurant in the UK.
Following a strategic review of the business, the group is closing its sites in Bath, Bristol, Bluewater, Chelmsford, Harrogate, Kingston, Milton Keynes, Reading, St Albans and three in London; Greenwich, Threadneedle St. and Jamie’s Diner Piccadilly.
The remaining 25 sites will continue to trade normally.
Jon Knight, CEO of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, said: “This was a not an easy decision but it’s a crucial step to ensure our strong and much-loved brand can continue to serve our loyal customers.
“We will look to redeploy as many staff as possible within the wider Restaurant Group. All staff impacted will be paid fully and all our obligations to them fulfilled. We’re incredibly grateful for the dedication and hard work of every single member of staff.”
ALMR and BHA to merge creating UKHospitality
The UK’s two major hospitality trade associations – the BHA and the ALMR – plan to merge to create a new body, UKHospitality.
The collaboration will “deliver a powerful new unified voice to support the dynamic hospitality sector to deliver its full growth potential.”
The new body will bring together businesses from all aspects of hospitality – pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, leisure parks, contract caterers, entertainment and visitor attractions.
UKHospitality will “actively speak for these combined industries on the big strategic, structural and regulatory issues and deliver policies to support its strong growth trajectory.”
The proposed new body will call for a dedicated Minister to champion the sector, which directly generates £130bn of revenue each year, at home and abroad and broker a deal to support skills and productivity in the UK’s third largest private employer.
Announcing the proposals, Kate Nicholls, proposed CEO-elect of UKHospitality said: “This sector is a vital, dynamic economic powerhouse whose importance is clear in our communities, our high streets and our everyday lives. It is one of our fastest growing, most productive industries and last year it delivered 1 in 8 of all new jobs. Faced with unprecedented political and regulatory pressures, now more than ever it requires the strongest and most effective voice to Government. UKHospitality will be that vital voice and I am relishing the prospect of working with members to deliver both strong and connected relationships with government and a shared ambition to reshape the future of hospitality.”
Nick Varney, proposed Chair of UKHospitality, added: “Hospitality is a prosperous and vibrant sector with great potential for further growth if the right policies are in place. We are calling for a new ministerial champion and sector deal enabling the hospitality sector to invest in world-class careers and customer experiences.”
Steve Richards, proposed Deputy Chair of UKHospitality, said: “A single strong voice for this vital and important sector will create a powerful platform for the changes we need – on tax, on people, on property and on regulation – for UK hospitality to really thrive, drive jobs growth and cement its position as a leading industry, globally.”
The proposals have been recommended to members, and an EGM will be held in February to approve them.
Stable founders launch new beach café bar concept
Richard and Nikki Cooper, the founders of The Stable pizza and cider restaurant, are planning to open SWiM, a seaside café bar in Lyme Regis, Dorset in March.
The all-day restaurant is on the former site of The Bay on Marine Parade. It will have 190 covers (60 outside) and serve goods baked in-house during the day and a casual dining menu in the evening, alongside craft beer and cocktails.
The new owners are investing in the council-owned property, with planning permission submitted to remove the ceiling and install new panoramic glazing to make the most of views over the famous coastline.
The concept is expected to be the first of five West Country beachside sites in Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.
The Coopers previous owned The Bull Hotel in Bridport and founded The Stable in 2009. They sold a 51% share to Fullers in 2014, which operates 17 sites.
Nikki Cooper, founder, said: “We fell in love with Lyme Regis when we moved to Dorset 15 years ago, we were lucky enough to build our family home here last year and now we can’t wait to get the refurbishment underway.”
Richard Cooper, husband and business partner adds: “We’ve never spent as long as we have on any business we’ve owned, agonising over every detail, every item on the menu, every supplier we work with and every fixture we put into this building. The process, while long-winded at times, has been the most enjoyable chapter in my career to date.
South West hotel market sees 60% rise in investment
Investment in the South West hotel market was up 60% year-on-year in 2017, reaching a total of £399 million across 46 transactions, according to figures from Savills. This saw the region account for 13% of the total UK volume of £5.4 billion.
Savills note sales were predominantly individual transactions in the £1 million to £10 million bracket. Key sales included The Duchy Hotel portfolio to Fairtree Capital for £12.5 million, the Palace Hotel, Torquay to the Fragrance Group for £7.5 million and Villa at Henrietta Park to Roseate Hotels & Resorts.
Martin Rogers, head of UK hotel transactions at Savills, said: “The south west hotel market has had an exceptionally strong year driven by an influx of international investors underpinned by strong domestic demand for UK hotel assets. We expect demand from tourists to continue as the staycation continues to rise in popularity alongside overseas visits to the area, attracted by the outstanding coastline and the national parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor.”
Wadworth restructures after review
The Wiltshire-based brewer Wadworth is restructuring its business to concentrate on its brewing and pub operations by improving customer service and its delivery network.
As a result, they will be closing their wine and spirits warehouse and reducing haulage by 15,000 miles a year. A new customer service team will serve pub customers and act as a one-stop shop for enquiries.
Chief executive officer, Chris Welham said: “These changes enable us to further put all of our energy into our core pub and beer business. Our recent partnership with a single wine and spirit supplier means we no longer source wines and spirits from many different suppliers. Our wines and spirits can now be delivered directly to KNDL’s central distribution centre in Thatcham which will not only reduce our carbon footprint but improve our efficiency of operations.”
Somerset English Coast Path workshops
Four free-to-attend workshops promoting the use of the Somerset stretch of the England Coast Path are being held in February and March in the region.
The Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership has secured funding from Natural England to help local business take advantage of the national trail, which runs for 58 miles, from Brean to Minehead.
The workshops are “a must for all accommodation, attractions, pubs, tea rooms, restaurants, transport providers, event organisers, experience providers, tour operators, shops and information centres located on or near the new Somerset section of the England Coast Path.”
John Turner of Visit Somerset said: “We know more people are choosing to stay in the UK for holidays and breaks and we have this fantastic asset, our fascinating coastline, to attract them here. I would urge anyone with a business that could benefit from promoting the England Coast Path in Somerset to come along to one of these workshops on how to do it.”
The first event is taking place at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster on 22 February followed on 8th and 14th March with morning events at the new Clayhill Arts Centre near Cannington and Holiday Resort Unity at Brean Sands, respectively.
For more details and booking go to http://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/business/latest-news/2018/1/19/free-workshops-in-sedgemoor-on-how-the-england-coast-path-can-benefit-your-business-a1284
FOOD & DRINK NEWS
Jude’s flavoured milk
Hampshire-based ice cream producers Jude’s are launching two fortified, flavoured milk products aimed at children. Little Jude’s Chocolate Milk and Banana Milk use 100% naturally sourced ingredients, no refined sugar and added vitamin D and calcium.
The new product has been officially registered ‘Schools Compliant’ meaning it complies with the new Government Regulations to “ensure schools are making the right, healthy choice when it comes to selecting food/drink for their pupils.”
Chow Mezger, MD at Jude’s, said: “Following the success of our milk lollies we realised the demand for natural, great tasting wholesome milk products for families – flavoured milk was an obvious next step for us and we are thrilled with the results.”
Available in selected Sainsbury’s stores from 14th January with an RRP of £1.25 for 180ml cartons, they will be available from independent cafés and Ocado from February.
Dartmoor “Try One!’ for Six Nations rugby
Dartmoor Brewery are launching a new limited-edition ale called “Try One” for the start of the Six Nations rugby season.
The beer, from their new Dartmoor Discovery range of small-batch brews, is a 4.4% ABV golden-brown ale with a “rich, malty fruit finish”.
Richard Smith, Dartmoor Brewery MD, commented: “Following previous successes with our beers for Six Nations season, we’ve refined the brew on our Micro Brewery system, resulting in our new “Try One!” ale, out in time to celebrate this year’s Six Nations Championship.”
It will be available throughout February and March while stocks last.
Brown Cow Organics launch ginger yoghurt
The Somerset organic yoghurt producer Brown Cow are making their limited-edition ginger yoghurt available from January to April 2018.
Their yoghurts are produced “using only their own Guernsey herd A2 beta-casein protein-rich organic whole milk”.
Brown Cow Organics have won 52 awards for their farm and produce, most recently at the Quality Food Awards in November 2017 where they won three awards including the overall dairy yoghurt category.
New Rosinox double kettle cooker comes to UK
Jestic Foodservice Equipment is launching a new multipurpose electric double kettle cooker in the UK.
The Rosinox Dual Chef features two large, independently controlled kettles. The left one is set up for use as a fryer, pasta cooker, brat pan and boiling pan, while the right kettle features a brat pan, boiling top and fry top.
The unit has two full-colour touch screen displays with USB connectivity and recipe memory.
For more information, visit www.jestic.co.uk.
SPOTLIGHT – Expowest Cornwall
Experience the best of Cornish hospitality and catering
If you have an interest in Cornwall’s vibrant hospitality and catering industry then you cannot afford to miss Expowest Cornwall, the sector’s foremost regional trade show. Taking place in Wadebridge from Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 March it will showcase a greater range of local, national and international drinks exhibitors than ever before.
Established over 30 years ago Expowest Cornwall, taking place just before the summer season kicks off, is one of the most important dates on the Cornish business calendar and an essential event for anyone who wants to play a successful part in this vibrant community. It’s the place where suppliers large and small showcase their latest products and services for Cornwall’s busy trade buyers – and forge those crucial face-to-face relationships that are still so important in this proudly independent part of the world.
What’s more, it enables visitors to see, touch and taste the latest products, to keep up with the very latest trends and innovations that are shaping the market, and to swiftly weigh up a wide variety of competing offerings all under one roof. There are also exclusive offers, which exhibitors only make available at this show, that in themselves make a visit extremely worthwhile. With more than 160 exhibitors, it provides a unique opportunity to connect with a huge range of different companies showcasing everything from foodservice to fresh produce, bakery to business services, drinks to catering equipment, and speciality foods to sundry supplies, plus much more besides.
The drinks industry, always thirsty for novelty, is evolving especially rapidly at the moment – and those that get left behind are sure to lose out. In 2018 there will be a greater range of local, national and international drinks exhibitors at the show than ever before, showing the latest in hot, cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well all the ancillary equipment and services. You’ll find them throughout the show, and also with a cluster in Liquid, the show’s dedicated drinks experience centre. This area is always buzzing and provides the on-trade and off-trade with great opportunities for discovering new and exciting products, techniques, services and trends, as well the chance to network with smart innovators, artisan producers and trade experts.
Alongside regular well-known exhibitors such as St Ives Cider, Voyager Coffee, Camel Valley Wine, Keltek Brewery, Cornish Tea, Salcombe Distilling Co. and Skinner’s Brewing Company, you’ll meet many first timers like Thatchers Cider, Dynamite Valley Brewing Co, Sweet Potato Spirit Co, Heineken & North Coast Wine Company. In addition to drinks producers, you’ll also find all the equipment and services that you need from exhibitors such as Westcountry Drinks, Clearbrew, Abbotts (S.W.), Cornwall Training & Consultancy, Old Mill and the British Institute of Innkeeping. The LWC Bar & Experience area will be hosting a programme of events for you to enjoy, including beer and food matching sessions, and spirit masterclasses.
If you’re looking for well-informed business advice and specialist expertise, the show’s “Knowledge Hub” offers both. Staffed by the “Executive Members” of the Cornwall Business Forum it provides invaluable help on everything from marketing to cybersecurity and website design to sales training. The Hub will be holding seminar sessions on topical issues during the show, including GDPR and marketing “Brand Cornwall”. It’s just one more exclusive feature that attracts huge numbers of buyers from hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, supermarkets, grocers, delis, farm shops, independent stores, holiday parks & tourist attractions, schools, colleges, universities and hospitals.
The Final Straw Cornwall is a campaign to rid Cornwall of single-use plastic straws and raise awareness of the damage single-use plastics are causing to our environment. Expowest Cornwall is delighted to be supporting the campaign and hopes to help communicate the importance of reducing the amount of single-use plastic use in Cornwall and beyond. Final Straw Cornwall will be running a Straw Amnesty where businesses visiting the show can bring in their plastic straws, and they will repurpose them into something new and informative for the Final Straw campaign.
Expowest Cornwall is more than a trade show – it’s also an eagerly anticipated social event where the whole Cornish business community gets together to enjoy the company of colleagues, suppliers and customers. It’s vibrant, inspiring, fun and social. Although the digital revolution has brought many changes people like to buy locally, from those they know. This is especially true of Cornwall and its primary industries, hospitality and catering – if you want to tap into the very heart of this market at the start of the summer season, this show is an absolute must.
For more information about the show, to book a stand, or register to attend, please call 01934 733433, visit www.expowestcornwall.co.uk. or follow @Expowest_UK.
South West Tourism Awards Celebration Dinner
1st February 2018
Arena at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay
“The dinner is the grand finale for the awards across the South West, attended by over 400 of the region’s top quality tourism businesspeople, as well as a great opportunity for the region’s tourism businesses to meet up, celebrate and enjoy each other’s company.”
6th-7th February 2018
“The only dedicated show for the UK Pub industry. Keep up-to-date with trends, share ideas, network and gain inspiration with almost 200 of the sector’s most innovative operators.”
Eat Exmoor Food & Drink Trade Show
7th February 2018
The Beach Hotel, Minehead TA24 5AP
An exciting new, free event for everyone involved in producing, preparing, selling and celebrating Exmoor food and drink. The event is designed for hospitality providers, chefs, retailers and food and drink buyers to meet local producers from the Greater Exmoor area.
The Source Trade Show
7th – 8th February 2018
Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter
“The 2018 Source trade show provides the perfect mix of passionate producers, alongside the hottest hospitality and catering companies, and the freshest food service.”
The Food to Go Conference & Study Tour
7th – 8th February 2018
Ham Yard Hotel, London
“MCA’s successful Food-to-go Conference returns with a further focus on THE most dynamic and fast-moving sector in the UK’s eating out industry. The 2018 Study Tour will visit key forward-thinking food-to-go operations in London and include operator talks and sampling.”
Gambero Rosso Trebicchieri Wineteca 2018
8th February 2018
Wine Tasting Event
Royal Horticultural Halls, London, SW1P 2PE
“UK trade and press professionals will have the opportunity to taste the finest wines featured in Vini d’Italia 2018, one of the most authoritative guides about the complex world of Italian wines.”
International Franchise Show
16th – 17th February 2018
“The UK’s food and drink sector is a vibrant and competitive place to work, but have you ever considered being your own boss, starting a franchise, or even franchising your own business? The annual event to put you face-to-face with the top global franchise brands, master licensee prospects and inspirational case studies.”
21st-22nd February 2018
Business Design Centre, London
“Casual Dining is your only trade show entirely dedicated to the branded restaurant and pub sectors. Casual Dining gives you the unique opportunity to meet over 200 food, drink, equipment, tabletop, furniture, interior design, technology and services suppliers, taste and try products.”
The Bed & Breakfast, Retail and Self-Catering Show
21st & 22nd February 2018
Thornbury Leisure Centre, Bristol. BS35 3JB
“The fourth Exhibition and Conference covering the Bed and Breakfast, Guest House, Inns, Small Independent Hotel, Independent Self Catering Owners and Owner Managed Hospitality businesses.”
Somerset Coastal Path business workshops
22nd February 2018
The Luttrell Arms Hotel, Dunster. TA24 6SG
Two workshops on how the Somerset Coast Path can benefit your business by Nell Barrington. For more information, please see
Food & Drink Business Workshop – Strategies for a Successful Food Business
27th February 2018, 9.30am – 1.30pm
The Cedars Inn, Barnstaple, EX31 2HE
“This workshop is tailored to food & drink producers, including practical ways to manage the balance between sales, marketing & finance to ensure profitable growth. The workshop will be packed full of ideas and suggestions so that you leave with your own tailored action plan.”
For more details & to book – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/food-for-thought-a-workshop-for-food-drink-businesses-tickets-40802090150
Packaging Innovations 2018
28th February – 1st March 2018
“Visitors will be able to meet with new and current suppliers supplying the latest in innovative food & drinks packaging, tap into the industry’s hot trends, and network with the world’s biggest brands under one roof.”
Co-Located with Label & Print 2018 & Empack 2018
Professional Development Courses for the Tourism and Hospitality Sector
28th February – 16th March 2018
“Practitioners can develop their skills through a series of masterclasses and half-day courses to develop operational and strategic thinking. Delivered through interactive workshops and networking with leading academics, the courses are aimed at developing contemporary knowledge of critical business aspects that influence profitability and performance.”
For information, visit www.bournemouth.ac.uk/tourism-hospitality-shortcourses
To book https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/professional-development-courses-for-tourism-hospitality-professionals-tickets-38863372393