Budding hospitality entrepreneurs stand the chance to win their share of £7,000 in cash and a pitch to open a pop-up business in Croydon, thanks to a new scheme.
Italian, American, "healthy", French bistro and Thai-style offers are the casual dining sector's most fast-growing trends for the year ahead, according to foodservice analyst Horizons.
Doughnuts were the fastest growing "out of home" snack item in Britain in 2013, although consumers' appetite for snacking out of home is declining in general.
More than two thirds of hospitality businesses expect to increase their employees' wages in the year ahead.
Diners are beginning to become more concerned about food quality, sourcing and provenance, as the economic climate improves and this may affect their decisions on where to eat out.
The UK hotel sector has been dubbed “strong”, as it ended the past year with significantly increased room yields, new figures from 2013 show today.