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The Fix Is In

December 3, 2021

  A few years ago, the BBC began to show a TV program “Remarkable Places To Eat”.  Famous chefs and restaurateurs would visit different parts of the world and introduce the viewer to some of their much-loved and often less well-known restaurants and cafés.  One of my favourite episodes was from Paris, with Fred Sirieix Read More…


Mind the Leaky Buckets

November 5, 2021

  My first experience of the hospitality sector came when I was still at school, albeit in the 6th form.  In the need for extra money to fund an ever-increasing social life I spotted an ad in the local paper for someone to help in the towns wine bar.  Having successfully passed what can only Read More…


Just Desserts

October 4, 2021

  While 2020 was a difficult year across the board, it has been clear that certain people and some sectors suffered more than others.  The two which particularly stood out to me were Hospitality and Retail.  During the various regional and national lockdowns both of these had to contend with either restrictions on when or Read More…


The Growth of the Hybrid

September 1, 2021

  Back in the day most big cities had their own flagship department store.  Growing up in the North West, for me that was Kendal Milne in Manchester, in Newcastle it was Fenwick’s and in Birmingham it was Rackham’s, not forgetting the likes of Harrods and Selfridges in London.  The highlight of a visit to Read More…


Here Comes The Sun

August 10, 2021

  Many years ago whilst working in the brewing industry, myself and a colleague were discussing the merits of one of our brands latest advertising campaigns.  We were trying to determine what impact it might have on the performance of the brand in the coming months.  As I offered up various alternative ways to estimate Read More…


A Moving Feast

July 6, 2021

  For many operators once they have been open for a year or two they get into the swing of planning for key calendar events across the year.  When they actually start their planning will vary from business to business but there is usually some sort of natural flow.  The great advantage of course is Read More…


The Supporting Cast

June 1, 2021

  When talking to operators about their venues it is very easy to focus on the ‘big’ things.  In food-led outlets this tends to revolve around what food should go on the menu and in wet-led venues its more about what drinks should be stocked behind the bar.  And whilst these are clearly very important Read More…


Sound and Vision

May 5, 2021

  After a three months absence due to Covid-19 restrictions the Premier League returned in June 2020, albeit under very different circumstances.  Games were permitted to be played but effectively behind closed doors with only those deemed to be essential allowed in the stadiums.  While the majority of games were being televised it was obvious Read More…


Waste Not Want Not

March 29, 2021

  In March 2020 Pubs, Bars and Restaurants across the UK had to close their doors almost overnight in response to the Covid-19 lock-down.  As a result operators up and down the country were left with huge amounts of food (and drink) they were unable to sell.  To be fair to many businesses including football Read More…


A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words

March 1, 2021

  Whether we like it or not as Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher so elegantly put it “The only constant in life is change”.  While this maxim is true in all walks of life it is particularly relevant in the world of social media and in particular how pubs, bars and restaurants need to keep evolving Read More…