ThinCats caters to El Mexicana’s funding needs with seven-figure deal

El Mexicana, the grab-and-go burrito bar, has agreed a seven-figure funding deal with ThinCats, the leading alternative lender to mid-sized SMEs. The funding will allow the business to acquire new sites and modernise facilities with self-service kiosks.

Sky Sports have announced six more EFL games to be shown live in February and March.

Sky Sports have announced six more EFL games to be shown live in February and March.

Cardiff and Nottingham Forest (7.45pm) meet in South Wales on Tuesday, February 25, while two games will be shown a day later on Wednesday, February 26 – as Millwall host Birmingham and Middlesbrough face Leeds (both 7.45pm kick-offs).

by CHLOE. brings their famous plant-based “Chicky” to the UK

2020 is set to be the Year of the Chicken for plant-based eatery, by CHLOE.. The popular, vegan eatery is officially launching three, new, signature menu items using their plant-based Chicky across all its UK locations from 1st February 2020! The Chicky Collection first launched last fall in the US to rave reviews and sold out during its first week.

New Year, New View…

Staying at Park Plaza Hotels is the perfect new year’s resolution

As a new decade begins, so does the opportunity to visit some of the best locations across the continent. Whether that be prolific cities at the top of anyone’s must-see list, or up and coming areas set to entice travellers in the months to come, make broadening your horizons your 2020 New Year’s resolution.

Jupiter Hotels Appoints Lucy McNicoll as New Group Sales Director

Lucy joins Jupiter Hotels as the new Group Director of Sales, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, having spent more than 30 years in the hotel industry, working for Forte, Marriott, IHG, Apex Hotels and most recently the Amaris Hospitality group, where Lucy was employed as Regional Director of Sales and Head of Sales Support.

Lucy has extensive knowledge of both the UK and Irish markets and specialises in all commercial areas of B2B and B2C Sales and MICE.

London Bridge City Welcomes KERB for its 2020 Riverside Residency

This month, London Bridge City welcomes its newest resident – street food heavy weight KERB.  Returning every Wednesday, from 12-2pm, adventurous foodies can head down to London Bridge City to enjoy a mouth-watering selection of incredible street food.

International Salon Culinaire: last call for entries

Calling all talented chefs – don’t miss your chance to make your mark in the largest chef competition in the UK. Entries to this year’s International Salon Culinaire competition close on Friday 31st January 2020.  Taking place at Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (formerly Hotelympia), at Excel London from 3-5 March 2020, International Salon Culinaire remains the UK’s most prestigious programme of chef competitions in 2020 with over 100 different competition classes taking place over 3 days  – it’s a sight to behold and a big attraction for visitors. For the first time, HRC is working in partnership with FEA (Foodservice Equipment Association) and their equipment members, Rational, Liebherr, ozti, contacto, robot coupe, Induced Energy who will providing state of the art, sustainable professional kitchen equipment for competing chefs to use throughout the competition.

3D Model Illustrates Cabuchon’s Newest Soaking Tub

British bath manufacturer, Cabuchon Bathforms, is launching 3D interactive models of some of its most popular deep soaking tubs and built-in baths. The company’s recently launched Takara deep soaking tub is the first to be illustrated in this way.

Published on the company’s website,, the new 3D models allow specifiers and proprietors to get a clear sense of each bath’s shape and configuration – something that is not always easy when viewing static images alone.

Fuller’s CEO Simon Emeny to headline new Pub & Bar Theatre at Casual Dining show

M&B, NWTC, Yummy Pubs, Peach Pubs, The Alchemist, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Inception Group & Seafood Pub Company also confirmed

Simon Emeny, chief executive of Fuller, Smith & Turner and chairman of the British Beer & Pub Association, has joined the growing ranks of industry leaders already confirmed for this year’s Casual Dining at ExCeL London (25-26 March).

The Perfect Guide to Being Single this Valentine’s Day

Every year, as soon as the Christmas decorations come down, Valentine’s Day clichés start creeping in. Shops start stocking up on heart-shaped chocolates and cheesy love cards, florists are busy making bouquets of roses and clothing stores start displaying Valentine’s Day outfits in the windows. It comes with no surprise that Valentine’s Day has become a holiday that carries a certain level of pressure, meaning romance and gifts for couples and a daunting feeling for some singletons.

But it doesn’t have to be so. Valentine’s day is the best excuse to celebrate you and boost your self-worth. Being single on this day of romance is an opportunity to enjoy some quality time with your friends too.

Teamwork Provides Recipe for Success at SUGO Pasta

Valentine Equipment and sister company Cuisinequip teamed up with Delvado, who offer complete coffee and catering equipment solutions, to specify, install and support on equipment use for the launch of one of Glasgow’s latest and most successful restaurants, SUGO Pasta.

Licensee ordered to pay over £18,000 for illegally screening Sky Sports

On Monday 20th January 2020, Mr. Thomas Conneely of the Dick Whittington[1] was convicted in his absence of three offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission, in this case, Sky televised football matches, with the intent to avoid payment of the applicable charge. Sky Sports is only available to licensed premises in the UK via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky Business.

Paul Ainsworth announced as Chair of Judges for The National Chef of the Year

The Craft Guild of Chefs has announced that Paul Ainsworth will take over as Chair of Judges for its 2020 and 2021 competitions. He takes over the role from Gary Jones, executive head chef at Le Manoir, who has led the team of judges for the last three years and crowned Steve Groves, Kuba Winkowski and Luke Selby as winners.

Paul is Chef Patron of the Paul Ainsworth Collection and has been selected by the Craft Guild of Chefs to bring new ideas to the competition. The Guild regularly changes its chair to ensure the competition grows, develops and entices the best chefs in the UK to enter.