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Travelodge to create more than 350 UK jobs with 17 new hotels

Travelodge is planning to open 17 new hotels this year, creating more than 350 jobs. Around £115 million will be invested in the expansion programme. Peter Gowers, Travelodge’s chief executive, said: “Despite the uncertainty facing the UK, the long-term prospects for low-cost hotels remain strong. “The next phase of our expansion plan will see us deliver more choice in more places than ever before. “We’ve come a long way from our early days by the side of the motorway and today’s Travelodge not only offers the same great value as…

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Independent restaurants cooking up a storm in UK cities

Looking at the challenges facing the casual dining sector, you could be forgiven for thinking that the whole restaurant market is struggling against the current headwinds. However, while many chains have halted previously aggressive expansion strategies, right now in the UK the independent restaurant scene is in fact buzzing with activity. The UK is not saturated with restaurants, as many might believe. It’s saturated with too many of the same restaurants at a time when consumers want variety and are seeking new experiences. As a result of the casual dining…

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