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Independent restaurants squeezed by branded outlets

Branded restaurants are continuing to steal a march on their independent counterparts, as customers increasingly demand better quality at reasonable prices, according to new research. Figures from the NPD Group show that sales at independent outlets have dropped by 22.8% since 2008, while business in chain restaurants has increased by 15.5% during the same period. [...]

New hospitality apprenticeship standards approved

Five new apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The standards have been developed by a group of operators known as the hospitality trailblazer, who have been led by Hilton Worldwide and managed by People 1st. Those involved include Compass Group, Brownsword Hotels, Whitbread, and Lancaster London. The [...]