Dates for your diary in 2018

To help you plan the New Year, we have brought together dates of interest to hospitality operators, including major sporting events, trade exhibitions, conferences, Institute of Hospitality events, and the introduction of new legislation.

8 January 2018RMOY 2018 logo copy (4)
Restaurant Manager of the Year 2018
Royal Garden Hotel, London
Organised and hosted by the Institute of Hospitality.

15-16 January 2018
The Master Innholders General Managers’ Conference
Principal’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London
‘The Spirit of the Time’ is the title of this year’s must-attend event for hotel managers.

26 January 2018
Institute of Hospitality Sussex Branch Annual Black Tie Dinner
Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa, Midhurst

5-6 February 2018
Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI)
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, Mumbai
India’s most important hotel investment conference.

9-25 February 2018
Winter Olympics
South Korea

5-8 March 2018
Hotelympia
Excel, London
The UK’s market leading hospitality and foodservice event ( 82nd edition).

12 March 2018
Institute of Hospitality Passion4Hospitality 2018
Novotel London West, London
The Institute of Hospitality’s flagship student and industry networking event.

20-22 March 2018
IFEX 2018
Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
Northern Ireland’s premier food, drink, retail and hospitality event.

April 2018
New Acrylamide Legislation
Food businesses in the UK will be required to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems under new EU legislation which will apply from April 2018.
Read guidance from the Food Standards Agency

1 April 2018
UK National Living Wage Increases
From £7.50 an hour to £7.83 (for 25 year olds and over)
Other pay increases include a rise in the rate for 21-to-24 year olds by 4.7% from £7.05 to £7.38 an hour, the rate for 18-to-20 year olds by 5.4% from £5.60 to £5.90 an hour, a 3.7% increase in the rate for 16-to-17 year olds from £4.05 to £4.20 an hour and a 5.7% rise in the rate for apprentices from £3.50 to £3.70 an hour.

4 April 2018
Gender Pay Gap Reporting Deadline
Private and voluntary sector employers in England, Wales and Scotland with at least 250 employees will be required to publish information about the differences in pay between men and women in their workforce, based on a pay bill ‘snapshot’ date of 5 April 2017, under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. The first reports must be published by 4 April 2018. Read guidance from ACAS

9 April 2018
Institute of Hospitality Fellows’ Dinner
An evening of high-quality food and drink and exclusive networking.
RAC Club, London

12-13 April 2018
Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) National Leadership & Development Forum 2018
Celtic Manor, Newport
HCA celebrates 70 years with the theme of ‘Delivering Today, Enhancing Tomorrow.’

14 April 2018
The Grand National
Aintree, Liverpool

19 April 2018
Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch: Student of The Year Awards 2018
Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst

6-8 May 2018
Food & Hospitality Africa 2018
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, SA
A gateway to the African market. With a footfall of over 6 600 of visitors over three days in 2017 – more than 80% of whom make or influence decisions.

11 May 2018
23rd Institute of Hospitality Awards for Professionalism Northern IrelandNI awards 1 web res
Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
Formerly known as the Janus Awards, the largest event within the Northern Ireland Branch calendar.

19 May 2018
Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Windsor Castle, UK

19 May 2018
FA Cup Final
Wembley, London

25 May 2018
EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Introduced
Members have free access to our ‘Get ready for GDPR’ Management Guide

26 May 2018
UEFA Champions League Final
Kiev, Ukraine

14 June – 15 July 2018generic
FIFA World Cup
Russia

2 -15 July 2018
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
London

7-29 July 2018
Tour de France
France

19 -22 July 2018
British Open (Golf)
Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland

20-22 July
Rugby World Cup Sevens
San Francisco

3-5 September 2018
Speciality & Fine Food Fair
Olympia, London
The UK’s leading showcase of fine food & drink with more than 850 producers.

28-30 September 2018
The Ryder Cup (Golf)
France

16-18 October 2018
Independent Hotel Show
Olympia, London
A diverse collection of suppliers and expert insights from business sessions.

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World Travel Market
ExCeL, London
The global meeting place for the international travel trade.

21-22 November 2018
Sleep 2018 – The Hotel Design Event
London
For 11 years, Sleep has led the market as Europe’s premium event for hotel design and development.

November 2018 (date to be confirmed)
Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference
The Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
More than 250 senior figures and decision makers involved in all aspects of hotel and tourism investment in South Asia expected.

 

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The Menu Museum

menu museum logo large(1)A Brighton-based academic is bringing a unique archive of menus to the attention of the wider international hospitality industry and education practitioners with the aim that it will remain free to users and continue to grow.

The Menu Museum is an interactive online menu archive that facilitates research and teaching in menu design, pricing and food and beverage trends. It currently features more than 640 menus and has over 1,500 users.

Ioannis Pantelidis FIH, principal lecturer in hospitality and culinary arts at the University of Brighton, started the website with his colleague Ken Woodward. Pantelidis says: “I had a big collection of restaurant menus that I was using for food and beverage management-related modules, so I had numerous folders that I used to carry to my classes. When I came to Brighton I started teaching a module with Ken. He had his own collection, so when we put the two together we had about 500 menus which we scanned and uploaded onto the website. Since then a further 140 menus have been uploaded by users, which is great.”

The collection includes a menu replica from the Titanic (1912) and a 19th century menu from the Dorchester Hotel, London.  Menus can be searched for by country and year of origin. Once registered, users can upload their own menus or collections of menus.

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Pantelidis adds that the website continues to be a work in progress and wants to bring it to the wider attention of the international hospitality community in order for it to grow.

The website can be an important teaching aid. Pantelidis has used it to compare a 1970s Dorchester menu with its equivalent today. He says: Students are able to explore the differences – how the pricing strategies differ, the design and the types of dishes on the menu. I want to keep the website free and I want the community to use it.”

The Menu Museum won the 2017 Teaching Innovation Award,  presented by
The Council of Hospitality Management Education, in association with the SHARE center.

The Menu Museum received initial funding from the European Union. Subsequently both the Savoy Educational Trust and Trigger Solutions have helped with server hosting and maintenance costs.

BU_23NOV17_AW_050adjustedFor further information about supporting the Menu Museum, please contact:
Dr Ioannis S. Pantelidis FIH – Principal Lecturer
Admissions, recruitment, marketing & WP leader
School of Sport and Service Management
University of Brighton,  Darley Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7UR
Tel:  +44 1273 64 4748   Email: isp12@brighton.ac.uk

 

Keep Calm and Control Costs in 2018

Melvin GoldThe UK has been a country of uncertainty in 2017, fuelled by the drip-drip of 24-hour news. On a macro level it seems that 2018 will see more of the same: Brexit, terrorism, politics, economics and much more besides, writes leading independent hotel consultant Melvin Gold FIH as he makes some predictions as to what lies in store.

But Britons have proved themselves to be resilient folk as has always been the case. Yes, there is much to complain about and much to worry about, but the country fundamentally keeps calm and carries on.

It is perhaps surprising that hotel markets in both London and the regions are ending 2017 in positive territory, strongly so in the case of London. Nonetheless, the second half of 2017 has been tougher, as economic factors produced headwinds and the supply pipeline increasingly moved from the drawing board to reality. Inbound tourism has boomed, the weak pound having seemingly magnetic properties. For the time being the UK appears relatively cheap. That has benefitted London, Edinburgh and the country’s most popular tourist cities.

The brave souls at PWC put their necks on the line every year in preparing the hotel sector’s most widely available forecast. For 2018 they forecast London’s RevPar growth at 2.4% and the rest of the UK at a similar 2.3%. If those levels are achieved, they are likely to be similar to UK inflation, so not much in the way of real growth, but given the way the news is reported and some of the retail figures, it could be far worse.

Of course there are variances by specific location and market, too complex to discuss here. It is also also worth reminding ourselves that regional UK is not a single hotel market, and neither is London.

Although the uncertainties connected with Brexit have adversely affected the currency to create the tourism boom, most hoteliers are more concerned about its effects on costs rather than revenues. The currency change, perhaps exacerbated by the uncertainties of future rights of work and residency, has seen some European workers relocate to other countries. The value of their remittances home was affected by the currency movement. Increasingly hoteliers and restaurateurs bemoan staff shortages and recruitment difficulties and if this prevails – which it probably will – it is likely to cause a more competitive labour market and wage levels rising. The Autumn 2017 budget saw the announcement of a 4.4% increase in the National Living Wage in any case, which is well beyond sector revenue growth forecasts.

Notwithstanding that, there remains a quantum of new hotels still to enter the market in many towns and cities. PWC took that into account in their forecast but nonetheless those hotels need staff and even if they are supported by demand growth they may imbalance the labour market.

This is not the only cost pressure, though. Pension contributions, imported food and beverage, energy, and property taxes are all likely to rise. Thus it is likely that 2018 will be a year which, if hoteliers have reason to complain, it will be about staff shortages and rising costs. Revenues may give less cause for complaint, other than the fact that they fail to keep pace with costs which impacts margin. In such an environment it is the smartest and canniest operators that will have least grounds for complaint.

One thing sure to distract from the other headlines and create inflows of tourists is a royal wedding and we will have one of those in May 2018. Tourism chiefs and hoteliers will raise a glass to the happy couple.

Melvin Gold FIH, is a leading independent hotel consultant and commentator.
More about him and the range of services offered by his company can be found at: www.melvingoldconsulting.com

Members of the Institute of Hospitality will receive your annual statistical report ‘Spotlight on Hospitality’ at the start of 2018, packed full of informed insights into the year ahead. Remember to renew your membership to secure this and many more benefits in the coming year.

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The Royal Wedding will be a welcome boost for hoteliers and tourism chiefs in 2018

Understanding the impact of Brexit on housekeeping teams. Take part in important research by People 1st

People-1st-Logo-ptpThere is still significant uncertainty about the extent to which employers will be able to recruit skilled and unskilled labour from the EU, when the UK leaves in 2019.

Businesses need time to prepare, particularly in those areas that currently rely on a high proportion of other EU workers. Anecdotally, hotel and accommodation providers are increasingly concerned about the possible impact of Brexit on housekeeping teams, given the high proportion of EU nationals currently employed in this area. A challenge facing the sector is that official figures suggests that migrant workers make up only 28% of the housekeeping workforce, which could downplay the potential impact on the sector.

We believe that the official figures significantly underestimate the number of migrant workers employed in housekeeping roles and are urgently undertaking research with hotel and accommodation providers to identify:

  • The extent to which their housekeeping teams employ migrant workers and are therefore susceptible to any restrictions imposed on recruiting EU workers post-Brexit
  • The extent to which recruitment and retention of housekeeping teams has been affected since the referendum
  • Possible ways in which employers are considering recruiting and retaining housekeeping teams post-Brexit.

The results will be shared with employers and industry organisations, as well as with government to help inform understanding about the needs of the hospitality sector in the run-up to the UK leaving the EU.

The research is being conducted by People 1st in January 2018 for release in early February. If you want to participate and share your views please contact Martin-Christian Kent on 07770733393 or martin-christian.kent@people1st.co.uk

 

One third of hospitality sector unaware of GDPR

PrintA survey[1] conducted by Lolly, the EPoS and payment solution specialist, and The Institute of Hospitality suggests that one third (33 per cent) of the hospitality sector is still unaware of the upcoming GDPR legislation, which comes into force on 25 May 2018.

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union. It aims primarily to give control back to citizens  over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment.[2]

The survey also uncovered that nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of those surveyed wouldn’t know what to do if customers requested details of the data being held about them. And half (50 per cent) of respondents said they were not aware of how their methods of personal data processing will be impacted under the new regulations.

Four out of ten respondents were unsure as to whether their operational data is safely backed up. However, on a more encouraging note, more than half (57 per cent) of hospitality providers are confident in the systems they have in place.

Peter Moore, CEO of Lolly, said: “A number of the findings uncovered in the survey are alarming given organisations of every size are going to be affected by the GDPR legislation. This will include small hospitality providers with fewer in-house legal and IT resources.”

“GDPR is only around the corner. It is time to take action and get to grips with your data – before it becomes too late. The fines are high, up to €20m or up to four per cent of the annual worldwide turnover, whichever is greater.[3]

Peter Ducker FIH, chief executive at the Institute of Hospitality, added: “Getting ready for GDPR is a good opportunity for operators to spring-clean their databases.  There is a tendency in organisations to hoard data and you will probably be surprised by how much data you hold – about customers, employees and suppliers – that is old, out-of-date or of no benefit to the business at all. That’s the first step. Then it’s a question of getting in touch with your customers and asking for their consent to be contacted. It is an opportunity to forge a new and more meaningful relationship with them.”

In order to get ready for GDPR, companies must:

  • Review the types of personal data currently held on file (paper, audio or digital formats);
  • Identify lawful grounds for collecting the data;
  • Identify how the data can be kept correct and up-to-date;
  • Identify redundant or erroneous data to cull, and
  • Make a plan as to how ALL of this data is going to be kept secure.

About Lolly
Lolly is a Point of Sale (PoS) specialist serving small businesses across the UK in the hospitality industry; from coffee shops, pubs and night clubs, to mobile catering, pop ups and corporate caterers.

The company offers a complete point of sale package where customers can use its EPoS software on tills and PoS tablets. Lolly then networks these to card payment machines, to speed up service and provides a cloud-based back office, supplying real-time business analytics. The tills and software are designed to help businesses with their bottom line.

In February 2017, Lolly launched LollyPoS – the first Windows-based downloadable EPoS with integrated payment processing. The solution is designed to provide a simple, efficient and dependable point of sale solution anytime, anywhere.

Lolly provides enterprise level EPoS to hospitality and retail SMEs at an affordable price. Today, it is the only UK business of its kind that can truly scale from a downloadable product to a fully connected real-time network of tills, powered by an enterprise-level inventory reporting management system.

Find Lolly online:

Website| www.itslolly.com

Facebook| www.facebook.com/LollyLtd

Twitter| https://twitter.com/Its_Lolly_Ltd

[1] The survey opened on 3rd October 2017, 120 hospitality sector respondents

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation#Data_breaches

Dates for your diary in 2018

To help you plan the New Year, we have brought together dates of interest to hospitality operators, including major sporting events, trade exhibitions, conferences, Institute of Hospitality events, and the introduction of new legislation.

8 January 2018RMOY 2018 logo copy (4)
Restaurant Manager of the Year 2018
Royal Garden Hotel, London
Organised and hosted by the Institute of Hospitality.

15-16 January 2018
The Master Innholders General Managers’ Conference
Principal’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London
‘The Spirit of the Time’ is the title of this year’s must-attend event for hotel managers.

26 January 2018
Institute of Hospitality Sussex Branch Annual Black Tie Dinner
Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa, Midhurst

5-6 February 2018
Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI)
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, Mumbai
India’s most important hotel investment conference.

9-25 February 2018
Winter Olympics
South Korea

5-8 March 2018
Hotelympia
Excel, London
The UK’s market leading hospitality and foodservice event ( 82nd edition).

12 March 2018
Institute of Hospitality Passion4Hospitality 2018
Novotel London West, London
The Institute of Hospitality’s flagship student and industry networking event.

20-22 March 2018
IFEX 2018
Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
Northern Ireland’s premier food, drink, retail and hospitality event.

April 2018
New Acrylamide Legislation
Food businesses in the UK will be required to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems under new EU legislation which will apply from April 2018.
Read guidance from the Food Standards Agency

1 April 2018
UK National Living Wage Increases
From £7.50 an hour to £7.83 (for 25 year olds and over)
Other pay increases include a rise in the rate for 21-to-24 year olds by 4.7% from £7.05 to £7.38 an hour, the rate for 18-to-20 year olds by 5.4% from £5.60 to £5.90 an hour, a 3.7% increase in the rate for 16-to-17 year olds from £4.05 to £4.20 an hour and a 5.7% rise in the rate for apprentices from £3.50 to £3.70 an hour.

4 April 2018
Gender Pay Gap Reporting Deadline
Private and voluntary sector employers in England, Wales and Scotland with at least 250 employees will be required to publish information about the differences in pay between men and women in their workforce, based on a pay bill ‘snapshot’ date of 5 April 2017, under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. The first reports must be published by 4 April 2018. Read guidance from ACAS

9 April 2018
Institute of Hospitality Fellows’ Dinner
An evening of high-quality food and drink and exclusive networking.
RAC Club, London

12-13 April 2018
Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) National Leadership & Development Forum 2018
Celtic Manor, Newport
HCA celebrates 70 years with the theme of ‘Delivering Today, Enhancing Tomorrow.’

14 April 2018
The Grand National
Aintree, Liverpool

19 April 2018
Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch: Student of The Year Awards 2018
Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst

6-8 May 2018
Food & Hospitality Africa 2018
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, SA
A gateway to the African market. With a footfall of over 6 600 of visitors over three days in 2017 – more than 80% of whom make or influence decisions.

11 May 2018
23rd Institute of Hospitality Awards for Professionalism Northern IrelandNI awards 1 web res
Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
Formerly known as the Janus Awards, the largest event within the Northern Ireland Branch calendar.

19 May 2018
Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Windsor Castle, UK

19 May 2018
FA Cup Final
Wembley, London

25 May 2018
EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Introduced
Members have free access to our ‘Get ready for GDPR’ Management Guide

26 May 2018
UEFA Champions League Final
Kiev, Ukraine

14 June – 15 July 2018generic
FIFA World Cup
Russia

2 -15 July 2018
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
London

7-29 July 2018
Tour de France
France

19 -22 July 2018
British Open (Golf)
Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland

20-22 July
Rugby World Cup Sevens
San Francisco

3-5 September 2018
Speciality & Fine Food Fair
Olympia, London
The UK’s leading showcase of fine food & drink with more than 850 producers.

28-30 September 2018
The Ryder Cup (Golf)
France

16-18 October 2018
Independent Hotel Show
Olympia, London
A diverse collection of suppliers and expert insights from business sessions.

5-7 November 2018wtm_image_-_reduced2
World Travel Market
ExCeL, London
The global meeting place for the international travel trade.

21-22 November 2018
Sleep 2018 – The Hotel Design Event
London
For 11 years, Sleep has led the market as Europe’s premium event for hotel design and development.

November 2018 (date to be confirmed)
Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference
The Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
More than 250 senior figures and decision makers involved in all aspects of hotel and tourism investment in South Asia expected.

 

Keep Calm and Control Costs in 2018

Melvin GoldThe UK has been a country of uncertainty in 2017, fuelled by the drip-drip of 24-hour news. On a macro level it seems that 2018 will see more of the same: Brexit, terrorism, politics, economics and much more besides, writes leading independent hotel consultant Melvin Gold FIH as he makes some predictions as to what lies in store.

But Britons have proved themselves to be resilient folk as has always been the case. Yes, there is much to complain about and much to worry about, but the country fundamentally keeps calm and carries on.

It is perhaps surprising that hotel markets in both London and the regions are ending 2017 in positive territory, strongly so in the case of London. Nonetheless, the second half of 2017 has been tougher, as economic factors produced headwinds and the supply pipeline increasingly moved from the drawing board to reality. Inbound tourism has boomed, the weak pound having seemingly magnetic properties. For the time being the UK appears relatively cheap. That has benefitted London, Edinburgh and the country’s most popular tourist cities.

The brave souls at PWC put their necks on the line every year in preparing the hotel sector’s most widely available forecast. For 2018 they forecast London’s RevPar growth at 2.4% and the rest of the UK at a similar 2.3%. If those levels are achieved, they are likely to be similar to UK inflation, so not much in the way of real growth, but given the way the news is reported and some of the retail figures, it could be far worse.

Of course there are variances by specific location and market, too complex to discuss here. It is also also worth reminding ourselves that regional UK is not a single hotel market, and neither is London.

Although the uncertainties connected with Brexit have adversely affected the currency to create the tourism boom, most hoteliers are more concerned about its effects on costs rather than revenues. The currency change, perhaps exacerbated by the uncertainties of future rights of work and residency, has seen some European workers relocate to other countries. The value of their remittances home was affected by the currency movement. Increasingly hoteliers and restaurateurs bemoan staff shortages and recruitment difficulties and if this prevails – which it probably will – it is likely to cause a more competitive labour market and wage levels rising. The Autumn 2017 budget saw the announcement of a 4.4% increase in the National Living Wage in any case, which is well beyond sector revenue growth forecasts.

Notwithstanding that, there remains a quantum of new hotels still to enter the market in many towns and cities. PWC took that into account in their forecast but nonetheless those hotels need staff and even if they are supported by demand growth they may imbalance the labour market.

This is not the only cost pressure, though. Pension contributions, imported food and beverage, energy, and property taxes are all likely to rise. Thus it is likely that 2018 will be a year which, if hoteliers have reason to complain, it will be about staff shortages and rising costs. Revenues may give less cause for complaint, other than the fact that they fail to keep pace with costs which impacts margin. In such an environment it is the smartest and canniest operators that will have least grounds for complaint.

One thing sure to distract from the other headlines and create inflows of tourists is a royal wedding and we will have one of those in May 2018. Tourism chiefs and hoteliers will raise a glass to the happy couple.

Melvin Gold FIH, is a leading independent hotel consultant and commentator.
More about him and the range of services offered by his company can be found at: www.melvingoldconsulting.com

Members of the Institute of Hospitality will receive your annual statistical report ‘Spotlight on Hospitality’ at the start of 2018, packed full of informed insights into the year ahead. Remember to renew your membership to secure this and many more benefits in the coming year.

JS137444204
The Royal Wedding will be a welcome boost for hoteliers and tourism chiefs in 2018