Every now and again we turn the spotlight on a specific sector or sub-sector of the retail or hospitality industries. In these articles we talk to key players about their strategy, their successes and the savvy that's kept them buzzing in a difficult market.
BA’s new pop-up restaurant
Flight BA2012, the airline's first pop-up restaurant, opens its doors on London's Shoreditch High Street today, with tickets being sold only through the company's Facebook page. The project, which seeks to recreate the experience of actually being on board one of BA's planes, offers an 'Olympics-inspired menu' created by Michelin-star chef Simon Hulstone, overseen by Heston Blumenthal. At £50-per-head, this is an in-flight meal with a difference; three courses 'inspired by BA menus dating back to 1948' which will also be offered on first-class BA flights during the Olympic months. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the work of two specially commissioned artists as part of the company's Great Britons programme. This includes a short film by Prasanna Purwanarajah (mentored specifically for the programme by Richard E Grant), and artwork by Pascal Anson (who was mentored by Tracey Emin).19 March 2012
CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011
The Campaign for Real Ale has announced the four finalists of its National Pub of the Year competition for 2011. The competition has been going on throughout 2011, with local and regional judging rounds leading to these final stages. Pubs are scored by CAMRA on various aspects, including the atmosphere, decor, customer service, value for money, clientele mix, and of course on the quality of the beer.15 December 2011
Department store retailing seems to be one of the retail sectors that has escaped the brunt of the downturn. However, moving into a management role in this sector from a high street retailer can be a leap into the unknown. In this feature, we ask HR professionals at one of the UK's best loved department stores about what you can expect should you decide to make the move.30 September 2011