What can the leisure and hospitality sector expect in 2018?

Meeting demand from Centennials

Move over millennials, Generation Z have reached adulthood. Born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s, these ‘digital natives’ have never experienced a world where the internet and social media wasn’t ever-present.

We will see innovative operators create more personalised, interactive experiences that constantly reflect the latest digital advances. Those that don’t adapt risk failing to build relationships with a demographic that holds more buying power than the millennials before them and places greater significance on brands which they can interact with and contribute to.

Brewing up talent

Butcombe Pubs & Inns launches apprenticeship academy

Butcombe Pubs & Inns has teamed up with HIT Training – the expert training provider in the hospitality industry – to launch a bespoke apprenticeship programme across its estate of 25 managed pubs in the West Country.

The Butcombe Futures Academy has been created to provide a structured development programme for ambitious team members to progress within the business while maximising the company’s Apprenticeship Levy funding.

PUTTSHACK: A HOLE NEW NIGHT OUT AS WORLD FIRST IN MINI-GOLF LAUNCHES IN WEST LONDON

PUTTSHACK, the world’s first super tech indoor mini-golf experience is launching in March 2018, shaking up the social entertainment scene in the capital.

Catapulting mini-golf into the future, the £15m food, drink and technology concept has been co-created by the masterminds of pioneering ping pong venue, Bounce and global phenomenon, Topgolf. Sprawled across 20,000 square feet, Puttshack will form part of Westfield London’s £600 million expansion to become Europe’s largest shopping centre, in an external location with sweeping panoramic views overlooking Relay Square, a new outdoor events and entertainment space.

VICTORY HOUSE – MGALLERY BY SOFITEL BRINGS BOUTIQUE LUXURY TO LEICESTER SQUARE

An elegant retreat in the heart of London’s West End overlooking the red carpet

Victory House, London Leicester Square – MGallery by Sofitel has opened, offering a cosy escape in the heart of the vibrant West End.

Overlooking Leicester Square, the luxury boutique hotel is steps away from London’s iconic red carpet and renowned cinema scene, offering a front row seat to the city’s major film premieres as well as making it the ideal location for spotting celebrities on the red carpet.

New Sales Manager Appointed to Help Grow Vision’s Hospitality Division

Global textiles giant, Vision Support Services, have appointed a new Sales Manager, Salma Kayani, to ensure growth of their hospitality division and to service the needs of their hotel clients across the UK.

Salma, who previously worked for the company until 2012, rejoined Vision last month and will now be responsible for sales into new and existing hotels on the M25 corridor as well as central London.

The Best Festive Menus in London 2017

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but more importantly ‘tis the season to eat! Warming up for Christmas Day, restaurants across London are serving up festive feasts for all the family this December. Here we’ve rounded up the best Christmas menus in the capital.  

Christmas cheer and early presents mark Oakman Inns’ first decade

Oakman Inns & Restaurants, which opened the doors of its first pub ten years ago this week, has announced that they have acquired the Freehold of The White Hart, Ampthill from Punch Taverns for £2.6m.

The 1.2 acres site lies in the heart of the vibrant Bedfordshire market town, and as well as the very successful public house, it has eight hotel rooms and a function suite. It has been run by Oakman Inns since 2015 under a 25-year Free-of-Tie lease after it had been closed for some years and burdened by a troubled history.

BB foodservice gives Santa a run for his money with #BBdeliversChristmas

BB foodservice has called on operators to tweet their strange or unusual delivery requests with the hashtag #BBdeliversChristmas to see if the UK’s largest independent wholesaler can come up with the goods.

Martin Race, managing director of Bestway Wholesale and its delivered wholesale arm, BB foodservice, said: “For food & drink businesses, it’s the busiest time of the year. And we know they’re working harder than ever. That’s why we want to see if we can put a smile on their faces by delivering their foodie/drinkie Christmas wish.  Whether it’s the long-lost chocolate bar of their childhood, or just a well-earned bottle of their favourite drop.”

Banquette Seating Contractors

Woodhouse Contract Furnishers are a family-run company established since 1972. Banquette booths and bar seating are just some of the products designed, manufactured and installed by Woodhouse Contract Furnishers.

eCatering expands product range for 2018

eCatering, one of the UK’s Leading and Lowest Price Online Catering Equipment Suppliers are expanding their product ranges for 2018.

The company, which already boast a wide range of products, is providing its’ customers with even more choice in 2018. In addition to increasing many of its product ranges already including new supplier ranges from Bartscher, Smeg, Teikos, Blizzard and Sharp, they are also expanding into new and innovative products such as Induction Fryers which for 2018.