A regional minimum wage is needed to help struggling business in Scotland, Wales and the North of England, claims the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in response to the Low Pay Commission's consultation on the national rate.
(12 November 2004 15:11:00)
The UK-based Grand Heritage Hotels International consortium has been renamed Distinguished Hotels International after merging with its US division, Distinguished Hotels.
(12 November 2004 11:48:00)
London's Dorchester hotel will close its Oriental restaurant at the end of December to create more space for its booming banqueting business.
(12 November 2004 10:01:00)
Shareholders in Urban Dining have given the go-ahead for its £31m reverse takeover of the Tootsies burger restaurant business.
(11 November 2004 18:18:00)
The Union Pub Company, Premier Travel Inn and Hilton International were all winners in the National Business Awards.
(11 November 2004 16:28:00)
Employing staff can be one of the most difficult aspects of starting your own business, and most successful entrepreneurs will tell you that finding the right staff can make or break a venture. Chris Lane, a partner at accountancy firm Kingston Smith, gives some advice
(11 November 2004 15:18:00)
In part three of our special focus on starting your own business, we bring you the experts' views on how to market your company effectively, find the best staff and build up a strong supplier network. The Earl of Bradford tells us about the cunning plan that helped maximise his restaurants' presence on the internet and two journalists tell us why they've just opened their first hotel
(11 November 2004 15:16:00)
Scotland looks set to follow the lead of Ireland and outlaw smoking in enclosed public places – including pubs, restaurants and hotels – from the spring of 2006.
(11 November 2004 15:11:00)
A new survey suggests that most people back a smoking ban in restaurants, but are more divided when it comes to pubs.
(11 November 2004 15:08:00)
Whitbread has sold its 11-strong chain of Courtyard by Marriott hotels for £79m to a syndicate of private investors brought together by property investment firm Chiltern Mondiale.
(11 November 2004 10:54:00)
Online caterer Beetroot Blue, which delivers sandwiches and finger food to small businesses throughout Scotland, has won £8,000 after being voted E-business of the Year in the Department of Trade & Industry's (DTI) pan-industry awards.
(10 November 2004 17:52:00)
Pressure to ban smoking in all public places mounted on the Government this week as a leaked medical report exposed the dangers of breathing in second-hand smoke.
(10 November 2004 17:25:00)
Steal, swipe, pinch, nab. Call it what you will, theft of property is a nuisance for any business. But in a restaurant, where decorations have been painstakingly selected to create a cohesive look, the disappearance of cutlery, linen and ashtrays can be even more annoying.
(10 November 2004 17:23:00)
Human resource problems are set to be the number-one issue facing hoteliers in 2005, according to the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) at the conference in Monte Carlo.
(10 November 2004 17:21:00)
Nearly a third of bosses in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism sectors say skills gaps are affecting their bottom line.
(10 November 2004 16:46:00)
Rick SteinRick Stein's business empire turns over more than £4m a year and encompasses his famous Seafood Restaurant, a café, cookery school, delis, patisserie, fish and chip shop, bistro and two boutique hotels. But it all kicked off with a nightclub in the mid-1970s
(10 November 2004 16:11:00)
Dublin hotel the Shelbourne, which recently lost its five-star status, has decided not to appeal the ruling and is seeking to be listed next year as "unclassified".
(10 November 2004 16:03:00)