Giles Thorley is chief executive of Punch Taverns, which was created in 1997 from an original estate of pubs bought from Bass and is now the operator of more than 9,500 leased and tenanted pubs. It is the UK’s largest pub operator and reported a pre-tax profit of £200.5m on a £770m turnover in the year to 20 August 2005.
(21 September 2006 0:00:00)
The second CatererSearch 100 brings you the 100 most influential people whose achievements are having the biggest impact upon the hospitality industry in 2006. It tells you where they’ve been, where they are now and where they are going.
(20 September 2006 17:53:00)
The owner of a Greek restaurant in central London has been fined £24,000 after hygiene inspectors came across a "foul smell" in his kitchen.
(20 September 2006 16:42:00)
What the restaurant critics think of the food in eateries around the UK and the world...
(20 September 2006 11:34:00)
Managed pub chain Barracuda has revealed it has a £35m “war chest” that it intends to use to almost double its presence within the next five years.
(19 September 2006 16:07:00)
Darren Bunn, former head chef of Michelin-star Orestone Manor Hotel, has acquired the lease of the Chasers Arms free house and restaurant in Stokeinteignhead, Devon.
(19 September 2006 15:25:00)
Fast food giant McDonald's has launched a training and lifestyle website to offer its 67,000 UK employees access to GCSE-equivalent qualifications.
(19 September 2006 15:01:00)
Work rights in the UK for Romanians and Bulgarians are likely to be restricted if they join the European Union next year, Home Secretary John Reid has revealed.
(19 September 2006 14:46:00)
Anthony Demetre and Will Smith’s latest venture, Arbutus, was named Best New London Restaurant at the Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2006.
(19 September 2006 11:16:00)
Paramount owner Dawnay Shore Hotels (DSH) has enjoyed a strong start to the year as it continues to upgrade its estate.
(18 September 2006 19:47:00)
A New York restaurant is being sued for $15m (£8m) by two waitresses who say they were fired because they were too fat.
(18 September 2006 18:48:00)
A record number of entrants achieved graduate status in this year’s Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards.
(18 September 2006 18:17:00)
Contract caterers have threatened to raise prices for the supply of school meals or pull out of the market completely if their profits continue to fall because of the Government’s ban on junk food.
(18 September 2006 13:20:00)
Television actor Neil Morrissey is ploughing £5m into renovating his country hotel - after losing £1,375,664 on it in a year.
(18 September 2006 13:07:00)
Essential news from around the world, including: Armani Hotels to build two new hotels in New York; Hyatt takes over at Bonaventure hotel; Bill Linehan promoted at InterContinental; Solare Hotels increase Japanese portfolio
(18 September 2006 11:43:00)
A round-up of the weekend's news affecting the hospitality industry. News includes: Mothers in revolt over healthy school dinners; Conran pockets £30m from restaurant sale; Punch buys rival pub group for £164m; Religious tourism set to treble in Scotland; New hotel chain will build a hotel in seven days
(18 September 2006 11:06:00)
Could I clarify the British Hospitality Association's position on the employment of immigrant labour in the hospitality industry (Caterer, 24 August, page 6)?
(15 September 2006 12:25:00)
Hoteliers can now enter this year's Considerate Hotel of the Year Awards, which reward the best environmental performers.
(15 September 2006 10:52:00)
London & Edinburgh Swallow Group went into administration this morning after apparently incurring “heavy losses”, Caterer can reveal.
(14 September 2006 16:28:00)
The UK hotel industry is experiencing its best performing year since 2000 and looks set for steady growth over the next three years, according to research from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
(14 September 2006 15:50:00)
The chief executive of Travelodge has warned local authorities of a consumer backlash if they continued with “deeply unpopular and economically dangerous” plans to introduce a bed tax.
(14 September 2006 12:19:00)
London hotels boosted revenue per available room (revpar) by 24% in the week ending 10 September, according to figures from hotel benchmarking service The Bench.
(14 September 2006 0:00:00)
Hotels in the West Midlands saw revenue per available room (revpar) fall by 5% during the month of July.
(14 September 2006 0:00:00)