Industry news round-up: July 10, 2014

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Our regular round-up of industry news, for July 7 to 10, 2014

Call for ideas for London Cocktail Week
Bartenders and drinks brands are being invited to present in a new theatre space being run as part of London Cocktail Week this October. The Bartenders’ Centre will offer back-to-back seminars to members of the drinks and bar trade throughout the festival which runs from October 6 to 12. Designed as a platform for small, artisan brands or bartenders with big ideas, the 60-capacity space and support staff will be provided free of charge for each hour-long seminar.
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Bourne & Hollingsworth plan new bar
The team behind London bars Bourne & Hollingsworth and Reverend JW Simpson (pictured) are to open a modern brasserie and bar in Clerkenwell. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is set to open in Northampton Road, just off Exmouth Market, in mid-September, with a 70-cover restaurant and greenhouse, a café area, private dining rooms and a large bar serving cocktails.
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Sispmith releases new sipping vodka
Sipsmith has launched a new vodka that has been made with enough smoothness and character that it is intended for sipping. Sipsmith’s Sipping Vodka is made from English wheat and uses only the very heart of the spirit from the company’s copper pot still, Prudence. Unlike many other vodkas, it is unfiltered for extra flavour.
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Hardware shop becomes temporary bar
A former hardware shop in east London has been transformed into a wine and cocktail bar for a one-month residency. Running to August 3, Hackney Hardware has been created at 493 Hackney Road, Cambridge Heath, by China Brooks-Basto and Charlotte Mecklenburgh. The original shelves and cubby holes, which once housed nuts and bolts, are now used for food and drink, from wines, beers and cocktail to Portuguese dishes.
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US-style cider adds blueberry flavour
A new blueberry flavour has been added to the range of American-style cider Hornsby’s because of the berries’ popularity with British consumers. C&C Group is launching Hornsby’s Blueberry Cider, with ABV of 4%, in the UK this month after launching the brand into the UK on-trade a year ago. Capitalising on the popularity of fruit-flavoured ciders, it combines Hornsby’s Crisp Apple Cider with ripe blueberries – a berry traditionally from North America.
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Sales grow for expanding JD Wetherspoon
Pub group JD Wetherspoon has reported a like-for-like sales increase of 4.9% for the 10 weeks to July 6 as it continues to expand. However, the company said the industry faced pressure from VAT and business rates as well as the late-night levy which could add costs of up to £4,000 per year for some of its pubs. The group expects to open 45 new pubs and bars this year. Its latest acquisitions include the 17th-century Brown’s Hotel in Tavistock, Devon, which will be converted to JD Wetherspoon’s hotel brand, sold through specialist property adviser Christie + Co.

Deadline for ALMR operations awards
The deadline is looming for entries to the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers’ annual Operations Managers Awards. Companies are urged to enter their staff by July 31 in one of the two categories of Area Manager of the Year, for managed estates, and Business Development Manager of the Year for leased and tenanted estates. Visit or call 020 8579 2080.

Deadline extended for Women 1st awards
Women 1st has extended the deadline for entries to its annual Shine Awards, which celebrate women, mentors and businesses in the hospitality industry until July 14. Nominations can be made at and Categories include Rising Star, Outstanding Entrepreneur, Small Business, Large Business and Woman of the Year.

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