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Almost half of hospitality firms are family run
Family partnerships make up 45% on the hotel and restaurant sector with 2.3 million more people working in family businesses since 2010, according to a new report. The UK Family Business Sector Report, produced by Oxford Economics for the Institute for Family Business (IFB) Research Foundation, found that there […]
Top 100: the most powerful people in hospitality
Back for the first time since 2012, The Caterer reveals the Top 100 most powerful people in hospitality, how they got onto our list and what you can learn from them It has been six years since The Caterer published its Top 100 list of the hospitality industry’s most powerful movers and shakers. A lot has happened in that time.
Since emerging from one of the most devastating recessions on record, the industry has had to contend with the fallout from two general elections (2015 and 2017) and the political uncertainty of two referendums – for Scottish Independence in 2014 and to leave the EU in 2016. With every single operator on this Top 100 power list focusing on the challenges that lay ahead as the country moves closer to Brexit, we celebrate the most influential individuals who are having the biggest impact upon the industry.
The list, sponsored by Knorr, features a diverse collection of personalities, from the bosses of the biggest corporate giants to those pushing the boundaries of style, concept or cuisine in their chosen field. It includes hoteliers, restaurateurs, contract caterers, pub and bar operators and chefs.
New Place Hotel Appoints New Director Of Sales
Legacy Hotels & Resorts has appointed James Mahaffey as director of sales at New Place Hotel in Southampton. James joins the hotel at an exciting time as the hotel completes a £1.3 million refurbishment programme on the bedrooms as phase one of a broader refurbishment and development plan for the estate.
James has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role. His past roles have seen him work for InterContinental Hotels Group and Laura Ashley Hotels.
Richard Powell, general manager at New Place said, “As director of sales at New Place Hotel James is responsible for working with the team to develop and promote the hotel to both corporate and consumer markets. The excellent meetings and function facilities at the hotel provide the ideal location for a wide variety of corporate and leisure events, for national and international clients. With our wonderful offering and the current refurbishment programme, James has joined at an exciting time for New Place Hotel.”
Work starts on development of Splendid’s first EasyHotel project
The 53-bedroom EasyHotel in Reading is being transformed from Rainbows Lodge and will open in August.
Located a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, the new EasyHotel Reading will be managed under a franchise agreement signed between Splendid and EasyHotels in November 2016. Splendid currently operates a further 19 hotels, some as independent properties such as the Grand Hotel & Spa in York, and others under a range of brands from InterContinental, AccorHotels, Hilton and Choice.
Stuart Bailey, chief executive of Splendid Hospitality Group, said: “This will be our first ‘super budget’ hotel with EasyHotel, so we are thrilled at welcoming a new brand to our portfolio. It’s great to be able to bring something fresh and super affordable to business and leisure travellers. We have a highly skilled team of professionals on board to manage all aspects of this project.”