Category Archives: October 2020

Learnings from the island hotel that’s solidly booked until November

By James Bishop, Senior Director, Global Demand Partnerships at SiteMinder

While the global pandemic continues to bring hardship to many in the UK hospitality industry, some have thankfully recovered from its impact. Sentry Mead is one such example. Set 100 metres from the sea in a peaceful corner of the Isle of Wight, the nine-bedroom Victorian guesthouse is solidly booked until November, despite having only reservations from local English travellers on its books.

A UK first as Clarke Infinity stretches what is possible in a home cinema

Home entertainment specialist shortlisted for a CEDIA award for their cinema installation featuring the first-ever deployment of a Barrisol Clim stretch ceiling in the UK


Clarke Infinity has been shortlisted as a finalist within the EMEA Home Cinema category of the 2020 CEDIA Awards for their unique El Padrino home cinema installation, featuring a Barrisol Clim stretch ceiling; a first for the UK. The Essex-based outfit designed the bespoke cinema room to include a one-of-a-kind stretch ceiling to deliver perfect acoustics and provide a sumptuous luxurious finish.

Luxury aparthotel introduces contactless concierge as part of post-lockdown digital strategy @absurd_agency

Manchester’s only luxury aparthotel CitySuites has introduced new technology and digital-first services to bolster its revised Covid-19 social distancing procedures.

Developed by its digital agency partner Absurd, CitySuites has created a bespoke contactless check-in process that eradicates the need for guests to go through the typical registration process on arrival.


lanning new bathrooms or restrooms?  Alan Gear, MD of Perfect Bathroom Solutions, gives his top tips.

“Use a dedicated bathroom planner as they will be able to balance functionality with style, make the most of the space available without compromise and include those little extras that will create a truly memorable experience for guests.

Hand Sanitising Door Handle designed by Oxford University Team launches in UK – to coincide with ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ initiative @OpenCleanTech

  • Founders of OpenClean™ Technologiessay installation will more than TRIPLE hand-sanitation rates in Bars, Restaurants, Hotels as well as clinical settings, offices – and more*
  • Two Oxford Academics invented the PullClean® Door Handle with the aim of permanently changing human behaviour around hand sanitisation, already winning a prestigious design award,**  featuring in the global Superbugs Show at the Science Museum and nominated for more awards***
  • Each PullClean® cartridge is filled with a medical grade sanitiser, based on a formulation recommended by the WHO and the NHS that kills 99.99% of germs
  • In a recent ONS report around the impact of Covid-19 on the hospitality industry**** only 27% adults said they’d be comfortable eating out at a restaurant – 52% said uncomfortable or very uncomfortable. With many of the latest outbreaks happening in pubs, the handle offers a simple and  long-term solution to reduce the chances of contamination


WAMI is an Italian water brand with a twist, aiming to make a difference to millions of people who lack access to clean, accessible water. Its mission is to turn the ordinary act of drinking water into something extraordinary by providing 100 liters of water to people in need every time a product is purchased. As of July 2020, WAMI water is available in aluminum cans from Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East, further advancing the brand’s commitment to making a positive impact in the world thanks to the package format’s infinite recyclability and ability to remain within the material loop.

Because Japan: Brit’s Hilarious, Unabashed Account of Expat Life in Japan. Trains, Stampedes, the Yakuza and More… @becausejapanbk

While it may only have been two years, Ash Watson’s life in Japan was chock-full of surprises, soul-searching, hard truths and some wildly unconventional experiences. In his new memoir, ‘Because Japan’, Watson walks readers through expat life through the use of newly learned Japanese phrases. It’s a travel memoir unlike anything else on the shelves, and will have readers chortling, gasping and cutting to humanity’s vulnerable core.


-Bumpaa masks and snoods help to reduce spread of virus within foodservice, whilst being more visually appealing and comfortable for people to wear

Face coverings within the foodservice and hospitality sectors are vital – protecting high-risk foods, or where workers are exposed to airborne risks.

Screenworks has developed the first-to-market anti-viral and reusable facemasks and snoods through the company’s Bumpaa brand.

How to Protect your Business Against COVID-19 @Ospreydc

As the hospitality industry continues its resurgence after months of forced closure, we must do more to inject confidence into the sector. People are worried about contracting coronavirus. You can take steps to quell those fears, cultivate an environmentally safe environment and get customers and employees through your doors.

Introduce the best possible cleaning practices and show people that your business is taking every preventative measure. Responsible stakeholders must go beyond the basic government guidelines, understand how cleaning processes work, and invest in the right tools to protect anybody who walks in and out of their establishments.