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Does It Add Up?

May 11, 2018

  In the course of my work I have the need to travel by train quite often.  Actually that’s not entirely true, in some cases I could drive.  However when going to the likes of London or Manchester I often find that being on the train will give me time to catch-up on emails, read Read More…


It’s Dinner Time or Is It!

April 2, 2018

  Regardless of which part of the country you live in, the first meal of the day is always considered to be breakfast.  Nothing wrong with that.  But as the day progresses the language that we use for the following meals can vary quite considerably depending on a number of different factors.  For example geography, Read More…


One Price To Fit All?

March 1, 2018

  Burton-on-Trent is considered by many to be the home of British brewing, apologies to anyone wishing to make a counter claim.  And although the number of brewers still there has fallen dramatically since it’s heyday in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  It is still the home of Molson Coors (nee Bass) and Marston’s Read More…


Are We Being Served?

February 10, 2018

  Regardless of where you live the quality of food and the creativity around the décor of many restaurants is at an all-time high.  It is also fair to say that the choice and variety of different places to eat out has never been greater.  As a result of this many restaurants are increasingly finding Read More…


A Menu For All Seasons

January 5, 2018

  What can operators do to mitigate rising costs? It’s fair to say that 2017 was a particularly challenging year for many operators.  The rate of expansion that has been occurring across the sector in previous years definitely slowed down.  In some instances plans to increase estate sizes have been put on hold whilst in Read More…


The lady who did brunch

November 30, 2017

  Are some operators missing an opportunity by not tapping into the growing demand for Brunch?   It’s fair to say that breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day.  Whether that’s a Full English, Eggs Benedict or something slightly more American such as pancakes, streaky bacon and scrambled eggs – my son’s favourite!  Read More…


Looking Out For A Local Hero

November 2, 2017

  Do operators make themost of using local ingredients and suppliers?   Every year particularly during the summer months I have the pleasure of attending various food & drink festivals up and down the country.  Whilst they almost all have their merits probably the one which stood out the most for me this year was Read More…


Its Christmas time no need to be afraid

October 2, 2017

  How can operators make the most of the fact that customer want to feel special at Christmas time?   As the days shorten and the nights draw in I have been checking out some faraway places for some winter sun.  What struck me is how so many tour operators now offer all-inclusive holidays, whereas Read More…


Is your media unsociable?

September 1, 2017

  Does your website and social media accounts attract or put off customers?   Over the last few months I have been working with an independent licensed coffee shop not far from where I live.  Having spent a little bit of time helping them re-merchandise their outlet and review their menus I turned my attention Read More…


The paradox of choice

August 4, 2017

  Do some operators try and offer too much choice?   Earlier this year I was charged with finding a suitable venue for a family lunch.  Nine of us in total, with an age range of 10 through to 80.  On previous occasions when faced with the same task I have usually tended to go Read More…