Welcome to this week’s News Bites, where we’re celebrating with our clients who have been shortlisted for a Catey award, and toasting dads ahead of Father’s Day this weekend. Cheers!
Food Alert clients get shortlisted!
The coveted Cateys are back and once again they’re celebrating the most talented individuals, brands and finest operators in the hospitality world. We’re delighted that 15 of our clients have been shortlisted this year, including The Berkeley for Hotel of the Year in the group category, The Fife Arms for Independent Hotel of the Year, and Kolamba for Menu of the Year. We want to wish everyone the very best of luck!
Band of brewers join forces for charity
Sixteen breweries from across the UK will each brew their own interpretation of a classic IPA for India this week with all profits donated to Birmingham based SEWA UK – a 100% volunteer-run charity sourcing oxygen and PPE for rural areas of India that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. With its colonial roots, IPA holds the top spot as the best-selling craft-style beer in the UK.
Bold plans to reinvent Oxford Circus
A new scheme is set to provide significant improvements to the public spaces in and around Oxford Circus by the end of the year, according to new plans released by Westminster City Council and Crown Estate. The transformative design will create two pedestrianised piazzas which could positively impact the wealth of hospitality operators in the area.
UK drinks makers celebrate free trade agreement
The first major trade deal negotiated by the Government since we left the EU has been welcomed by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association for reducing costs for drinks businesses, which will have a positive knock-on effect for hospitality firms. The trade body claims that the free trade agreement with Australia – which eliminates tariffs on all UK goods – will reduce the cost for exporters and importers alike and will increase choice for UK consumers. It’s a win-win!