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Apps for pubs to increase your profits
Dec17

Apps for pubs to increase your profits

Are you making the most of the boom in smartphone technology? Chris Callander looks at some innovative apps for pubs that could give your business a boost. I think we are probably all now using Twitter and Facebook to a greater or lesser degree. Apps and technology are playing an increasingly important role in the promotion and running of a successful pub and bar. While these mainstream marketing tools are widely adopted, and there...

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Attract and retain the best chefs
Dec03

Attract and retain the best chefs

Fierce competition for talent has had severe consequences for several pubs in the past year. And a key question for gastro pub and bar owners alike is: how do you attract and retain the best chefs? In this feature, Gareth Ogden, Partner at Chartered Accountants haysmacintyre, suggests some New Year’s resolutions for those pub owners who are struggling to find or hold on to their head chefs. One of the most regular complaints of pub...

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Engage customers with interactive augmented reality
Nov19

Engage customers with interactive augmented reality

Kaan Aydogmus, founder of multi-disciplinary design agency and augmented reality specialists Magnetic London, explains how augmented reality can be used in the hospitality sector to engage customers with added value. It’s hard to imagine how a steak could ‘come to life’ on a plate, but I assure you it is within the realms of possibility. Interactive dining experiences are not merely flavour of the month –...

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Will your choice of pub décor stand the test of time?
Nov05

Will your choice of pub décor stand the test of time?

Joel Barker, designer at Hunter Patel Creative Group, offers some advice on how to draw inspiration from the past to select pub décor that is fit for the future. Pub and bar design, as with most creative industries, is heavily influenced by trends in contemporary culture and fluctuations in public interest. The entrepreneurial spirit of many independent pubs and bars means that there is usually a strong vision from the outset of what...

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Spirit-ual guidance – Trends in spirits to grow profits
Oct22

Spirit-ual guidance – Trends in spirits to grow profits

The Thinking Drinkers, aka Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham, recently offered some spirit-ual guidance for visitors to The Restaurant Show. Suzanne Callander listened in. The Thinking Drinkers took to the stage at the event to impart their combined wisdom on how to address the missed opportunities offered by spirits, to talk about the hottest trends in spirits and to offer advice on how to get the most from some overlooked spirit gems....

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Genning up on gin
Aug22

Genning up on gin

Suzanne Callander finds out what it takes to create a premium gin  Publicans have long been familiar with quality malt whisky. Gin, however, is a more recent addition to the top shelf. Premium, handcrafted products are very different beasts to many of the mass produced brands and the price point can be a great deal more than the base product. So, it is important that publicans and their bar staff understand what goes into the creation...

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