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UK catering industry report finds sustainability key to future prosperity

Some 83% of consumers expect hospitality brands to engage on some aspects of sustainability. Consumers are demanding  more engagement on sustainability from hospitality operators, according to CGA and UKHospitality’s latest Future Shock report. The new report includes data from a major survey of environmental and ethical issues across restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels. It found that 83.1% of people now expect hospitality brands to “engage on at least some aspects of sustainability”. The leading consumer concern was the  ethical sourcing of food and drink, with 64.6% of respondents now expecting to see this…

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Oracle Bar, Leeds

Leeds waterfront venue set for mixed use redevelopment

A popular bar and nightclub on Leeds’ waterfront will close next month with the property set to be redeveloped. Oracle Bar and Nightclub at Brewery Wharf will officially close its doors on 1 February when its lease comes to an end. Rushbond, the original developer of the Brewery Wharf estate, is planning a mixed-use redevelopment of the building. The first-floor nightclub area will be turned into a creative office space, with the developer planning an “exciting new concept” for the bar and waterfront terrace. Planning permission has already been secured…

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Can the UK high street be saved?

This summer I went on a staycation through the English countryside and villages. Rounding a corner, I was suddenly shocked by a sight that has been lost for so long that it has been declared … DEAD! Behold a High Street! It may sound dramatic, but we all yearn for a romanticised version of the quintessential High Street. Millions of tourists arrive every year to find one (I used to be one of them!). It is a mythical place where Miss Marple gets her morning kippers; Doc Martin actively avoids…everyone;…

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