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Want to Open a Coffee Shop? Read This First

Opening a coffee shop can be a great way to make a living, but it’s not without its challenges. In this article, we will walk you through the process of opening your own coffee shop and give you some tips to help make your business a success. To start a coffee shop and become a […]

List of Kitchen Equipment: What You Need

Opening a restaurant can be as daunting as it is exciting. The list of items you need to find and buy can seem never-ending. If we think about the mechanics of a restaurant, efficiency in the kitchen is what leads to a speedy-service, and the quality of the food, for example how it is cooked and […]

Restaurant Names: How To Choose A Good One

Looking to start a restaurant, but having trouble finding the perfect name?   There’s no right or wrong answer to the question of what makes a good restaurant name, but it’s more about choosing something that reflects your business, its style, and something your customers will resonate with. What Makes a Good Name Whether you’re a […]

Menu Costing Explained: Run a Profitable Hospitality Business

Running a hospitality business is one thing, running a successful one is another. Profit margins are tight for this industry and are unfortunately reducing more and more thanks to rising inflation and energy costs. The average profit margin for a restaurant is between 2-6%, and will vary depending on the location and type of business. Food will be […]

Should You Use Zero Hour Contracts in Your Hospitality Business?

A zero hour contract is a relatively new type of employment contract which has attracted a lot of publicity in the media in the UK recent years. If you’re an operator you might be wondering exactly what a zero hour contract is and whether it’s something that you should use in your business. In this […]

Restaurant Start up Costs: What You Need To Know

If you are passionate about making people happy, you’re obsessed with food and drink and you can lead a team well, starting a restaurant might just be a good idea for you. If you’re reading this then you probably think so too! Here’s what you need to know about the costs involved with a restaurant. […]

10 Steps To Building A Winning Restaurant Business Plan

As Benjamin Franklin famously said, ‘always write a restaurant business plan”. Well actually, he said “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” but he meant the same thing. So, if you have a goal, a vision, or a dream to start your own hospitality business, begin by writing a killer business plan for […]

Where to Find Restaurant Employees

Recruitment is one of the more difficult aspects of running a restaurant. Long hours, split shifts and gruelling work all contribute to a high turnover of staff. In fact, the Hospitality industry has the highest turnover rate, a whopping 79% (pre-covid), vs the average of 45.1%. If you’re just getting started with your first business […]

Choosing Food Suppliers to Restaurants

Finding the right food supplier can feel like a circus performance. Trying to balance cost, quality and consistency, can feel like a daunting task, here’s how to choose a food supplier for your restaurant.

Types of Hospitality Job Roles – What’s Available?

If you’re just getting started with your hospitality business, one of the biggest challenges you will face is hiring good people. You will need exceptional people in every role in order to have a great business, but at your stage, you may not even understand what each of these roles are. So this is a […]

9 Things Your Business Must Do To Be Health and Safety Compliant

For a small-medium sized business owner, it can be quite daunting and confusing to understand what health and safety actions are required of you. If you’re the Director of your hospitality business, it’s your responsibility to make sure that your operation is compliant. If you’re just getting started, read through the list below and make […]

5 things which should be in your Food Safety Management System

Food business operators must have a considered way of creating and serving food and drink. No matter whether you’re a restaurant with a complicated menu or a bar who doesn’t serve food, you should have a food safety management system (FSMS) which is based on the principles of hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP Principles). […]