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									Business Briefing
September 2009 – Information, Involvement, Influence

                     CESA’s monthly round-up of news and movements in the hospitality
                       industry of interest to equipment manufacturers and suppliers


   Wrexham fish and chip shop closed after E.              Good Food Guide honours Blumenthal's
   coli outbreak                                           Little Chef
   A fish and chip shop in Wrexham has been linked         Heston Blumenthal's revamped Little Chef scores
   to a suspected E.coli outbreak that has affected        2/10 in the 2010 Good Food Guide
   four people. Wrexham Council confirmed that the         Popham Little Chef, the branch of the roadside
   Llay Fish Bar in Llay, Wrexham, has been closed.        dining chain given an overhaul by Heston
   Caterer & Hotelkeeper, August 4th                       Blumenthal, has made it into the 2010 edition of
                                                           the Good Food Guide
   Bikini-themed coffee shop set for the UK                Big Hospitality, August 28th
   Bikini Espresso Café, which opened in Los Angeles
   last week, is planning rapid global expansion. The      Lost Society to launch third London
   company has confirmed it will open outlets in the       restaurant and bar
   UK in addition to France, Moscow and Madrid.            Restaurant and bar operator Lost Society is to
   Staff will be dressed entirely in bikinis and           open its third venue in Putney, at the former site
   unsurprisingly the main requirement on the job          of Bar Room Bar.
   description is to simply 'look good in a bikini'.       Big Hospitality, August 27th
   Eat Out, August 6th
                                                           Momma Cherri's closes its doors
   The Restaurant Group report strong first-               Brighton restaurant Momma Cherri’s, made famous
   half results for 2009                                   by appearing on Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, has
   Frankie and Benny’s operator The Restaurant             closed. The soul-food restaurant, owned by Charita
   Group (TRG) has reported ‘strong results’ for the       Jones, sought the help of the celebrity chef back in
   first half of 2009, with revenue increasing by three    2004 and became one of the show’s biggest
   per cent to £210m.                                      success stories. The show proved such a boon to
   Big Hospitality, August 28th                            business that the restaurant eventually moved to a
                                                           larger site next door to cope with growing
   Hilton to roll out branded gastropub concept            demand.
   American hotel giant Hilton Hotels is planning on       Big Hospitality, August 27th
   rolling out a branded restaurant concept across
   some of its suburban or secondary market                Comptoir Libanais owner to open two new
   properties. Steven Peterson, Hilton’s new               London sites
   corporate chef for the Americas, said he was            The restaurateur behind Lebanese canteen
   thinking of expanding a gastropub concept called        Comptoir Libanais is set to launch two new sites in
   Urban Tavern that now exists at the Hilton San          Paddington and the O2 Centre on Finchley Road
   Francisco Union Square. Hilton hopes to take the        this autumn. The 30-cover Paddington site as
   “look and feel” of a freestanding restaurant in a       been designed by owner Tony Kitous and will
   major metropolitan location and replicate it in         feature a long glass product counter. A month
   order to create destination restaurants in its hotels   later will see the launch of the fourth Comptoir
   in secondary cities and suburban locations.             Libanais in the O2 Centre on Finchley Road. The
   Caterer & Hotelkeeper, August 28th                      90-cover restaurant will be a considerably larger
                                                           site, and will be designed by i-am associates.
                                                           Caterer & Hotelkeeper, August 27th

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   Côte leases high street pub for ninth site             Restaurant closures at lowest level for a
   Mid-market French restaurant chain Côte has            decade
   announced it will open its next site in St Albans      The number of London restaurant closures is at its
   after securing the lease on a former Mitchells &       lowest level for a decade, says the forthcoming
   Butlers pub, The Vintry. The St Albans restaurant      Harden’s London Restaurant Guide. A total of 64
   will be Côte's ninth site, its third outside London,   restaurants have closed in the past year while
   and will help the company with its expansion plans     openings have risen from 111 last year to 121 this
   Big Hospitality, August 24th                           year marking a return to the decade’s normal
                                                          range. According to the guide, long-term players at
   Hotels and restaurants are “in denial” about           the top of the industry are pushing ahead with “big
   green issues                                           ticket” restaurants, such as the forthcoming
   The biennial SME-environment survey by                 17,000sq ft Aqua development due to open above
   environmental guidance website          the former Dickins & Jones near Oxford Circus.
   found that 87% of small hotels and restaurants         Caterer and Hotelkeeper, August 20th
   currently recycle, up from 80% in two years and
   well above the UK average. The sector has also         Phil Howard names new restaurant
   improved its energy and water efficiency, up from      Michelin-starred chef Philip Howard has unveiled
   14% in 2007 to 32% and a further 58% of                details of his forthcoming joint-restaurant venture
   businesses have introduced practical measures to       with London restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas.
   reduce their environmental impact.                     Kitchen W8 will be an informal neighbourhood
   Caterer & Hotelkeeper, August 24th                     restaurant housed in the former site of
                                                          Mascarenhas' Bistrot Eleven (previously Abingdon
   Sodexo extends Balmoral Estates contract               Road) in Kensington.
   by five years                                          Caterer and Hotelkeeper, August 19th
   Sodexo will continue to provide catering services at
   Balmoral Estates in Scotland, in a five-year           Papa John's to open 12 more stores
   contract extension worth £800,000. Under the deal      Papa John's Pizza has announced that it is to open
   Sodexo, which has provided the catering and            12 new stores in Haven parks across the country,
   hospitality at Balmoral since 2003, will continue to   according to reports. Alan Manson, Papa John's
   manage private and corporate functions at the          director of Franchising, said: "This is new territory
   castle as well as the visitors’ coffee shop.           for us but we are confident that our Proto stores
   Caterer and Hotelkeeper, August 17th                   will continue to deliver in more ways than one, as
                                                          Haven guests opt for a great value and delicious
   Operator sought for horror restaurant                  takeaway pizza over an expensive restaurant
   The owner of Manchester’s horror-themed                meal." Each store will employ around 15 staff.
   restaurant The Hellfire is looking for a restaurant    Eat Out, August 19th
   or nightclub operator with an interest in the
   paranormal to take over the leasehold of the           London fish and chip shop wrecked by fire
   business while he tours music festivals in his hog     The Sea Shell fish and chip restaurant in
   roast hearse. Former Ibiza DJ Dave Butler bought       Marylebone, London, has been destroyed in a fire,
   the 19th Century building one mile north of the        reported The Evening Standard. Firefighters
   city centre three years ago and has spent £100k        arrived at the establishment earlier this week just
   converting it into a unique 70-cover restaurant and    after 5.35pm. Nobody was hurt, however much of
   bar which welcomes Goths, witches, bikers ‘and         the restaurant was wrecked by the blaze.
   everyone with an interest in the dark side.            Eat Out, August 19th
   Big Hospitality, August 21st

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   Mark Hix to replace Soho’s Aaya with British          showing that sector insolvencies soared 120%
   restaurant                                            since last June. Research by administrators
   Mark Hix is to open a restaurant and bar on the       PricewaterhouseCoopers also showed that 90
   site of Gary Yau’s former Soho restaurant Aaya,       hotels have already failed in the first half this year,
   which went into administration in January this        compared with 36 in the first six months of last
   year. Simply called Hix, the 80-cover restaurant      year, a rise of 150%. But London hotels have held
   will focus on British cuisine, much like the chef’s   up better than the rest of the UK.
   other establishments, which include Hix Oyster and    Evening Standard (London), July 27, 2009
   Chop House in London’s Smithfield market, Hix
   Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis, which            Hotel occupancy 'robust' but rates drop
   opened in June last year, and The Abermarle at        UK hotel occupancy in June proved relatively
   Brown’s Hotel in London                               robust, according to the latest HotStats survey by
   Big Hospitality, August 19th                          industry experts, TRI Hospitality Consulting.
                                                         Occupancy levels in London for June 2009 reached
   Second Canary Wharf site for Drake and                84.1%, only one percentage point below last year.
   Morgan                                                June is traditionally the best performing month in
   Drake and Morgan, owners of The Refinery on           the capital, driven by strong corporate demand,
   Southwark Street, are to launch a second venue in     leisure tourism and major events such as
   Canary Wharf in October. The Parlour, a 300-cover     Wimbledon, which attracts over half a million
   bar/restaurant offering an all-day seasonal menu,     visitors to London. In order to drive volume,
   will join a host of new hospitality operators         London hoteliers continued to discount room rates,
   opening at Canary Wharf in the autumn, including      which dropped by 8.8% in June 2009 compared to
   Roka, Jamie’s Italian, Wahaca and Canteen.            last year
   Big Hospitality, August 19th                          Hotels, July 28th

                         HOTELS                          Glamour returns to Claridge's
                                                         Claridge's, London, has unveiled vintage, deco
   Jury Inns Expansion                                   dressing tables inspired by designer Christian Dior
   Hotels chain Jurys Inn said it had secured €69m in    in its Linley and Claridge's Suites. Available for an
   funding to support a major expansion scheme in        additional £300 to the quoted room rate, amenities
   the UK. The company, which has 21 hotels in the       at the dressing table include an elegant cream silk
   UK and seven in Ireland, attracted £15 million        Claridge's dressing gown personalized with guests'
   each from major shareholders - the Oman               initials, high-heeled marabou mule slippers and a
   Investment Fund and investment business Quinlan       rose pink cashmere eye mask. "We have identified
   Private - with the remainder in debt. It said the     from our guests a desire to experience some
   funds will enable it to look at new development       nostalgic escapism and sense a return to bygone
   opportunities in key markets such as London.          glamour," says General Manager Philippe Leboeuf.
   Jurys is already planning to open new hotels in       Hotels, August 1st
   Aberdeen and Prague - its first on mainland
   Europe - in September, with four more to follow       London hotel occupancy up in july
   next year at Portsmouth, Glasgow, Newcastle and       London hotel occupancy figures for July 2009
   Bradford. It has opened five sites this year at       exceeded levels achieved in the same month last
   Sheffield, Watford, Exeter, Swindon and Derby.        year, according to the latest HotStats survey by
   Business World (Digest), July 27                      industry experts, TRI Hospitality Consulting.
                                                         The capital’s hoteliers successfully drove volume to
   Hotel bankruptcies soar – but London                  an historically high 88.6% for July by
   holding up                                            further discounting room rates.
   The full impact the recession has had on the UK's     Hotels, August 25th
   hotel industry was laid bare by new figures

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   Permission granted to build £30m luxury                as a going concern since being placed into
   hotel in Leeds                                         administration by owners Mainwalk Ltd on June 9.
   Planning permission has been won for a new £30m        Christie & Co are selling the freehold of the hotel,
   upmarket hotel build in the heart of Leeds,            which includes a restaurant, bar and nine
   although an operator is still being sought for the     conference and meeting rooms, for an undisclosed
   site. Hotel developers Oxford GB hope the 244-         sum
   bedroom hotel located adjacent to Millennium           Big Hospitality, August 4th
   Square and Leeds Metropolitan University, will be
   completed within two years once an operator has        London Hotel occupancy exceeds 2008 levels
   been secured. As yet the developers have seen a        London hotel occupancy figures for July 2009
   ‘strong level of interest’, and hope to appoint an     exceeded levels achieved in the same month last
   operator ‘imminently’.                                 year, according to the latest HotStats survey by
   Big Hospitality, August 25th                           industry experts TRI Hospitality Consulting.
                                                          The capital's hoteliers drove volume to a high
   London’s Great Northern to be revamped as              88.6% for July by further discounting room rates.
   boutique hotel                                         Eat Out, August 26th
   The Great Northern hotel at King’s Cross is set to
   be redeveloped as a luxury boutique hotel in time      Premier Inn expands into five sport and
   for the London 2012 Olympics. The Grade II-listed      leisure sites
   building will be restored as part of the areas         Budget hotel operator Premier Inn is to expand its
   regeneration project to include 94 luxury              portfolio with five new hotels by 2014, worth a
   bedrooms, a bar and a restaurant. Work is set to       cumulative £24m. Premier Inn owner Whitbread
   begin early next year, with completion due in late     has won planning permission for a 75-bedroom
   2011. CBRE Hotels announced the project will be        hotel and Beefeater Restaurant in Newmarket, a
   managed by a consortium led by Robson Asset            122-bedroom hotel at Worcestershire County
   Management (RAM), while Oxford Hotels will act         Cricket Club and a 155-bedroom hotel in
   as development manager, overseeing the                 Southampton.
   refurbishment and fit-out of the iconic property.
   Caterer & Hotelkeeper, August 25th                     They have also struck a deal with PRUPIM to build
                                                          a 121-bedroom hotel at the Medway Leisure Park
   Sale of Ellington hotel in Leeds could be              in Rocheser, Kent, as well as a deal with the
   clinched within weeks                                  Newton Abbott Jockey Club for a 62-bedroom
   A preferred bidder has been selected for the £3m       hotel and Table Table restaurant.
   luxury Ellington hotel in Leeds with a deal            Big Hospitality, August 4th
   expected to be completed within weeks. The 35-
   bedroom Ellington, which only opened in                Hotels report lacklustre start to the summer
   September last year, was previously managed by         season
   Pantin Hotels and put up for sale in March after its   UK hoteliers reported a lacklustre start to the
   owner City Retreats went into administration in        summer season with operators forced to cut room
   February.                                              rates to maintain occupancy levels, latest research
   Caterer and Hotelkeeper, August 4th                    reveals. Regional hotels fared the worst, with room
                                                          rates down by 7.7% from £68.38 to £63.10 and
   Croydon’s Aerodrome hotel seeks a buyer                overall room yield falling by 11.7% on July 2008 to
   Administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers are              £46.92, according to the report by PKF Hotel
   seeking a buyer for the Aerodrome hotel in             Consultancy Services. Despite slashing the rates,
   Croydon following its move into administration in      occupancy figures in the regions fell by 3.7
   June. The 109-bedroom hotel, originally part of        percentage points to 74%.
   the Croydon Airport complex, has been operated         Caterer & Hotelkeeper, August 24th

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   Soho House Group moves forward with Dean
   Street hotel and restaurant                             TV star Neil Morrissey sees hotel chain
   The Soho House Group has started work on                collapse
   converting Soho’s former Gargoyle Club into a 41-       Neil Morrissey has told the News of the World how
   bedroom hotel and restaurant after the project          he has become a victim of the recession after his
   was given planning consent earlier this month. The      hotel chain collapsed. But the actor famed for
   hotel and restaurant group’s latest project - to be     Men Behaving Badly and Bob the Builder vows he
   named Dean Street Townhouse & Dining Room - is          will do the right thing and fix it. Neil has refused
   scheduled to open its doors on November 21              to take the easy route of going bankrupt and
   following work to convert the two adjoining             repaying creditors just a fraction. Instead he is
   Georgian properties close to its flagship property      determined to WORK all hours to pay them off,
   Soho House.                                             handing over virtually every penny earned for at
   Big Hospitality, August 24th                            least three years.
                                                           News of the World, August 18th

   Future of Kinnaird Hotel up in the air as               18-month revamp at Four Seasons Park Lane
   heiress calls it a day                                  The five-star Four Seasons hotel on Park Lane has
   The future of one of Scotland's top hotels has          unveiled details of its 18-month refurbishment
   been thrown into doubt after it emerged that its        programme. Overseen by design consultancy
   owner has decided to withdraw from the business.        ReardonSmith, which is also redesigning the
   Staff at Perthshire's Kinnaird Hotel, which nestles     Savoy, the redevelopment has seen the building
   in a 9,000-acre estate on the River Tay, are            entirely stripped back to its structure. It will
   waiting to hear about the future of the business        undergo substantial internal re-planning and
   following the decision by Constance Ward to retire.     extensions to “extract greater value for the
   She has run the hotel since 1990.                       landlocked island site”.
   Scotland on Sunday, August 23rd                         Caterer and Hotelkeeper, August 18th

   Former Castle of Brecon owner Cambrian                                        PUBS
   Hotels is liquidated
   Cambrian Hotels, which owned the Castle of              Brighton pub chain bags four Punch pubs
   Brecon hotel in Wales, has been liquidated              InnBrighton, operator of 42 licensed premises in
   following its collapse into administration in January   the city of Brighton and Hove, has acquired four
   this year. PwC sold the hotel to Hugh Jones of          freehold pubs from Punch Taverns. The Open
   Brecon Hotels in February for £1.1m, but decided        House, the Railway Hotel, the Hampton Arms and
   the company could not be rescued as a going             the Funky Buddha Lounge are all centrally located,
   concern and instead took the decision to wind it        the latter being a late night bar and club on
   up.                                                     Brighton’s seafront. The company plans to
   Caterer & Hotelkeeper, August 24th                      immediately refurbish The Railway and The
   Bespoke adds Clumber Park hotel to its                  Caterer & Hotelkeeper, August 4th
   The Bespoke Hotel Group has added the Clumber           Marston’s plans to open 60 new managed
   Park Hotel & Spa in Nottinghamshire to its portfolio    pubs after rights issue
   of three- and four-star hotels, spas and clubs. The     Midlands brewer Marston’s plans to open 60 new
   73-bedroom hotel and spa, close to Sherwood             managed pubs over the next three years. The pub
   Forest, is now part of the management group,            company said it expects to start developing nine
   which recently opened a boutique hotel in               sites by end-year and open 15 pubs next year.
   Bermondsey Square.                                      Caterer & Hotelkeeper, August 4th
   Caterer and Hotelkeeper, August 20th

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   Marston's set to expand despite recession              a total of just over £3.2m, with this group likely to
   The group anticipates that approximately £140          see the return of less than 1p in the pound.
   million will be invested in developing around 60       Morning Advertiser, August 27th
   new managed pubs over the next 3 years. They
   are said to be making good progress with               £100m to help slash pub energy costs
   development already underway on sites in               The Carbon Trust has made £100m available in
   Caterham, Surrey; Ashbourne, Derbyshire;               interest free loans to help pubs slash energy costs.
   Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire; and shortly to             The loans are available under the Big Business
   commence on a site in Sittingbourne, Kent. By the      Refit scheme to help pubs scrap and replace
   end of the current financial year they expect          inefficient equipment costing between £3,000 and
   development to have started on 9 sites and plan to     £400,000. In the first six months, pubs taking part
   open 15 new pubs in the next financial year.           in the scheme have saved an average of £9,000 a
   Big Hospitality, August 5th                            year — a collective total of £490,000 a year. The
                                                          loans are designed to pay for themselves through
   New village set for first pub                          direct energy savings, so that once the loan is
   Fountain Head Village, a newly-built village in West   repaid, savings go straight to bottom line.
   Yorkshire, is set to open its first community          Licensees can also get a free energy saving
   amenity — a pub — in the site of a former              assessment from the Carbon Trust.
   Webster’s Brewery. A scheme to convert a 17th-         Morning Advertiser, August 24th
   century house on the edge of the village into a pub
   is awaiting consent from Calderdale Council. If        Red Mist Leisure buys three pubs from
   approved, Penny Hill, a new company set up to          Punch
   operate the pub, will reopen the disused site by       Red Mist Leisure, which was founded by Mark
   the end of August.                                     Robson and Mark Williams in 2004, has acquired
   Morning Advertiser, August 6th                         the freehold interest of the Queens Head in East
                                                          Clandon near Guildford; the Stag on the River in
   Admiral puts 20 pubs up for sale                       Eashing near Godalming; and the Duke of
   Admiral Taverns is selling 20 pubs throughout the      Cambridge in Tilford near Farnham. Earlier this
   UK with a combined value of £4.325m. Sites are         year, Christie + Co sold the leasehold interest of
   located in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire,    the Half Moon in Charlwood on behalf of Red Mist
   the Midlands, the North West, the North East and       Leisure to Yvonne Wright and Camilla Nash.
   Wales. They include The Swan Inn in Woolaston,         Eat Out August 18th
   Gloucestershire, which dates back to 1815.
   Paramount Investments has been appointed to sell                  CONTRACT CATERING
   the pubs, many of which will be sold as going
   concerns.                                              Sodexo scoops £3.7m services deal with
   Morning Advertiser, August 28th                        Nokia
                                                          Contract caterer Sodexo has won a three-year deal
   Bar Room Bar’s £16m debt                               worth £3.7m with mobile phone giant Nokia to
   Bar Room Bar, the 16-strong bar business that was      provide soft services at five sites in the UK.
   bought from Orchid in June 2007 and crashed into       Services provided include catering, cleaning,
   administration in April this year, is set to leave     landscaping, mailroom and waste management.
   creditors out of pocket by around £16m, a report       Caterer & Hotelkeeper, August 3rd
   by administrator Zolfo Cooper indicates.Ten Bar
   Room Bar sites were sold back to Orchid for £8.5m
   in June, but the company owes Allied Irish Bank
   £19.5m and Scottish & Newcastle £1.8m, both
   secured creditors. It also owes unsecured creditors
                                                          Prestige Scotland wins catering contract

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   Prestige Scotland has won the catering contract for    corporate and private jets. Called Squairmeal, it
   the new John Hope Gateway visitor facility which       will cater for private and corporate passengers.
   opens in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh            Big Hospitality, August 5th
   (RBGE) on the 7th October 2009.
   The firm will manage services at the new 120-seat      Leisurextra wins Harvey Nichols contract
   day visitor restaurant and 40-seat VIP room which      Leisurextra, a provider of both staff and public
   cost £15.7 million to develop.                         cafés for the private and public sectors, has just
   Cost Sector Catering, August 4th                       won a second five year contract for providing
                                                          meals for the Harvey Nichols' staff in
   Lindley £5m catering contract with                     Knightsbridge.
   Chepstow Racecourse                                    Cost Sector Catering, August 28th
   The Lindley Group has been awarded a £5m 5-
   year contract with Chepstow Racecourse &               Compass revamps ski village restaurant
   Conference Centre to manage its public and             The themed Mont Blanc restaurant at Chill Factor,
   corporate hospitality catering service. Chepstow is    a ski village in Manchester, has undergone a four
   one of 10 racecourses operated by the Northern         week refurbishment, as part of the recent deal
   Racing Group and the fifth to appoint Lindley to       between Chill Factor and Milburns, part of
   manage its catering, alongside Bath, Great             Compass Group
   Yarmouth, Hereford and Ffos Las.                       Cost Sector Catering, August 28th
   Caterer and Hotelkeeper, August 7th
                                                          'High street experience' launches at Earlston
   ETM Group opens kitchen at The Lexington               High School
   Tom and Ed Martin's pub group ETM has opened a         As part of Scottish Borders Council's (SBC) project
   kitchen at Islington music venue The Lexington         to increase the uptake of school meals, a pilot
   after the venue's owners approached the company        'high street experience' has launched at the
   to run its new food operation. The new contract is     Earlston High School. The initiative has been
   a change of direction for the brothers, who opened     designed to tempt pupils away from high street
   their latest pub The Cadogan Arms in May, as it is     food outlets. The pupils can get freshly cooked
   the first time they have provided a permanent food     pasta and a choice of sauces at the pasta bar.
   offering outside their own sites                       Healthy pizzas, sandwiches and speciality breads
   Big Hospitality, August 17th                           are also on offer.
                                                          Cost Sector Catering, August 26th
   Charlton House commissions Front Design to
   transform Boathouse No 7                               PSL adds 12 more contracts to its portfolio
   Contract caterer Charlton House has commissioned       Food procurement and management company,
   design company Front Design to transform the           PSL, has secured a further 12 contracts including
   Boathouse No7 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard          Jurys Inns, Planet Hollywood, Prima Hotels, Virgin
   into a bright and contemporary facility. The           Roof Gardens, Runnymeade Hotel, Classic Lodges,
   designers worked to a budget of £140,000. Under        BDL Hotels, Premier Cru, Five-star hotel The
   a five-year contract worth a total of £8 million in    Athenaeum, The Heritage Motor Museum,
   turnover, the independent caterers took over           Liverpool Maritime Museum and The Wildfowl &
   management of the catering operation at the            Wetlands Trust.
   Historic Dockyard on 1st April 2009.                   Cost Sector Catering, August 26th
   Cost Sector Catering, August 4th
                                                          Sodexo clinches two-year school meals deal
   Absolute Taste launch new inflight catering            at Caterham School
   service                                                Sodexo has scooped a two-year deal to provide
   Catering and design company Absolute Taste has         catering services to Caterham School in the
   launched an additional inflight catering service for   Harestone Valley, Surrey. The £2m contract, due

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   to begin in September, will see Sodexo catering to           Sheffield Wednesday unveil stadium plans
   the school’s 1,135 pupils, aged three to 18, each            Sheffield Wednesday have unveiled plans to
   week. Catering will also be provided for the                 redevelop their Hillsborough stadium. The
   school’s 180 staff members, as well as external              Championship club are to expand their capacity to
   and bespoke events such as summer school,                    44,825 by redeveloping the Leppings Lane end of
   sports day and open evenings.                                the ground. They will also make the new stand a
   Caterer and Hotelkeeper, August 5th                          hub of community activity which will operate
                                                                outside of matchdays.
                                                                Yorkshire Post, August 19th
                     TOURISM NEWS
                                                                Scotland faces Lockerbie backlash?
   Boris Johnson outlines plan to boost                         SCOTLAND could be hit by a costly boycott after
   economy during 2012 Olympics                                 tens of thousands of Americans expressed their
   London Mayor Boris Johnson has published an                  revulsion over the Lockerbie bomber's early
   action plan outlining ways the capital’s tourism             release. Amid a growing diplomatic row over the
   industry can maximise opportunities and boost the            hero's welcome for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-
   economy during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic               Megrahi an internet campaign was yesterday
   Games. The London Tourism Action Plan 2009-13,               launched in the US urging its citizens to shun
   produced by the London Development Agency                    Scottish goods. And in a move which threatens to
   (LDA), aims to strengthen the capital's position as          undermine the SNP Government's much vaunted
   the world’s most popular destination for visitors.           Homecoming initiative, American holidaymakers
   Caterer and Hotelkeeper, August 18th                         reported cancelling trips to Scotland. Iain McMillan,
                                                                director of CBI Scotland, said: "Clearly it is a
                                                                worry. We do not know the extent yet to which the
                                                                decision could impact on trade and tourism."
                                                                The Express, Scotland, August 22, 2009

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