This week we celebrate the Hotel Cateys shortlist, city centre pubs boost, Gregg Wallace teaming up with Just Eat and the latest ‘workation’ trend…

Hotel Cateys shorlist announced

We are bursting with pride as nine Food Alert clients have made the shortlist of the prestigious Hotel Cateys, recognising operational excellence.  Congratulations to: Nobu London Hotel, Rosewood -London, Dakota – Manchester, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa – Bath, The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences – London, Dukes – London, The Headland hotel – Cornwall, Rosewood – London, The Balmoral – Edinburgh and Goodwood – Chichester who are in the running for an award that will celebrate individuals and teams that have best supported their colleagues and their businesses through an exceptional period.  Good luck to all finalists who will attend a glittering ceremony on 19 November at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel.


City centre pubs enjoy boost from office workers

There is good news this week as pub groups report an uptick in sales since the easing of lockdown in July, especially in city centres as workers return to offices.  Food Alert client, Fuller’s said sales in the seven weeks to September 18 are now at 86% of levels seen before the pandemic and City Pub Group revealed sales are at 90% of 2019 levels since indoor service was resumed in May.  But despite promising signs of recovery, pubs continue to struggle with recruitment, as job vacancies in the sector remain high.


Gregg Wallace teams up with Just Eat for healthy eating pilot scheme

We applaud Just Eat’s healthy eating initiative for restaurants.  The delivery company has teamed up with MasterChef host Gregg Wallace and nutritionist Charlotte Radcliffe and is trialling a three-month scheme for restaurants across Birmingham to help them expand their healthy food offer.  Insights from the scheme will be used to create a programme to offer support to the thousands of Just Eat independent restaurant partners in the UK.


Tui unveils ‘workation’ packages in 30+ hotels

Staycations is a phrase we are now all too familiar with, but there is a new one to add to our repertoire – ‘workation’.  Holiday operator Tui has unveiled ‘workation’ packages in 30+ hotels offering customers the chance to combine work with an overseas holiday. Hotels have been selected to ensure they offers desk space, good Wi-Fi and either a balcony or terrace. According to new research conducted by Tui, 52% of all office staff would welcome the opportunity for a workation and believe it would make them happier and better at doing their job.







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