A preview of the Hotelympia show at London Excel from April 28 to May 1 The latest ideas and products in the hospitality industry are brought together under one roof at this year’s Hotelympia at London Excel from April 28 to May 1. The trade event, which dates back nearly 80 years, has been revitalised …

When Leanne Kidd, a key Cellar Trends sales manager, was diagnosed with a very rare lymphoma cancer, the whole of the drinks distributor’s team swung into action with a year-long fund-raising campaign. The appeal has already raised over £2,500. Cellar Trends’ group marketing manager Lisa Duckenfield, who is leading the appeal, said: “We are appealing …

Mark Ludmon visits the Arehucas rum factory on Gran Canaria While I often long for lazy days by the beach or the pool, I quickly get restless. After a few days on the sunny island of Gran Canaria, I found it hard to resist the lure of rum. I had known for some years that …

The winner has been announced in a competition run by hospitality furniture supplier Alexander Rose to inspire students on university design courses. The gold prize was awarded to Matt Thompson from the University of Derby, who has been offered a five-year royalty fee with Alexander Rose on sales of his design and an all-expenses paid …

The Pensions Regulator warns that preparations to automatically enrol staff into a work-based pension scheme should not be left to the last minute Owners of bars, pubs and clubs are being urged to find out when their automatic enrolment duties start – and circle the date in their calendars. Under changes to pensions laws, all …

Mark Ludmon checks out the bar scene in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and finds out about its emerging cocktail culture In May, Lisbon hosts its first-ever bar show. Speakers include leading experts from around the world, such as bartender Marian Beke from London’s Nightjar, UK-based rum ambassador Ian Burrell and António Parlapiano from Rome’s …

EveryWare Global is to run a competition exclusively at trade show Hotelympia in April offering £15,000 of premium-quality tableware, cutlery and glassware to a winning outlet. The giveaway is open to all visitors to the show where EveryWare will be presenting its front-of-house and back-of-house solutions on stand 3268 from April 28 to May 1 …

A preview of this month’s Northern Restaurant & Bar show in Manchester Bars, spirits and cocktails take centre stage at this year’s Northern Restaurant & Bar (NRB) show in Manchester. The annual event returns to Manchester Central on March 18 and 19, showcasing food, drink, catering equipment, technology and other products and services from over …

More than £16,000 was raised by people from the hospitality industry in Scotland at an event to help the victims of Glasgow’s Clutha Vaults tragedy. The event at the Barras Art and Design Centre in Glasgow on January 19, which attracted over 500 people, was organised by a team of bar industry professionals led by …

A preview of this month’s Interiors UK show at NEC Birmingham The latest design trends and products will be showcased this month at Interiors UK, the show for professionals involved in interior design. Covering the whole spectrum of interiors including retail, it features designers and companies operating in the hospitality sector, from bars and clubs …