In this week’s news we raise a glass to England’s Lionesses on their momentous win and welcome the spotlight on hospitality’s diverse talent.  We also consider supply chain shortages and see how hygiene ratings provide food for thought.


The Lionesses bring it home

England’s thrilling extra-time victory over Germany in the Euro 2022 finals was a game changer for women’s football and for women’s sport, breaking all kinds of records and delighting millions around the country. It was also great for pubs and hospitality venues who got behind the Lionesses throughout the tournament and enjoyed a business boost and lively atmospheres. The British Beer and Pub Association predicted that 10m pints would be enjoyed when Wembley hosted the final on Sunday. We’ll drink to that.



Zero rating has high consequences

A Zero food hygiene rating has cost more than lost trade for a restaurant owner who reckons he’s losing his hair too with the stress. Mohammed Rahman fears his Bridgend business could close within weeks because of the impact of what he called an unfair rating. The inspectors found urgent improvement was needed in food safety management and cleanliness at the site, and major improvement was required in hygienic food handling. Whether or not the business does survive, it is a stark reminder of the consequences of failing to keep on top of hygiene regulations.



The chicken run is on

Supply chain issues are back in the news with reports that KFC is experiencing chicken shortages. The fried chicken giant has had to put a temporary halt to its WOW Tuesday deal which offers nine pieces of chicken for £5.99. One of the reasons for the supply problem is said to be increased poultry demand from consumers looking for the lowest priced meat protein as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite.



Shining a light on hospitality’s diverse talent

Nominations opened this week for Be Inclusive Hospitality’s inaugural Spotlight Awards to celebrate successful businesses and talented individuals from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds working within the hospitality industry. With 11 award categories, there’s scope for recognition across the board. The public can put names forward and self-nominations are welcome too. So why not give it a go? The judges include TV presenter and celebrity chef Andi Oliver.