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Hospitality - one of the UK’s growth sectors

ufi ibrahim is chief executive officer of British Hospitality Association

De Vere invests in urban resorts

De Vere Village Urban Resorts has announced the further development of the brand, with a new site in Portsmouth and two in Scotland. Work wi l l begin in


Portsmouth within the next few months, with the launch slated for the end of 2013. Sites in Aberdeen and

he recent Channel 4 production Hotel GB may not have been to everyone’s taste and certainly seemed to be more interested in

its celebrity guests than providing any real illustration of a career in the hotel industry. It did, however, highlight that the hospital- ity industry can offer good jobs to the young unemployed - no matter how unskilled - as long as the will to work is there. Te fact that all the youngsters (some not

so young) were offered a job at the end of the week by a variety of employers shows that even aſter only a week’s experience, their potential shone through. With the excellent TV programme last year on food service skills, which showed how demand- ing the job of being a waiter is – as well as the numerous chef programmes – the hos- pitality industry is beginning to get across the message that the opportunities are there for young people. In fact, as we’ve repeatedly told govern-

ment, hospitality is one of the very few industries in the UK creating jobs, appren- ticeships, work placements and career opportunities. It’s an industry where, like the youngsters in Hotel GB, you can start at the bottom and, with talent, reach the very top. BHA’s own research shows that hospitality is set to generate 236,000 jobs between 2010 and 2015. BHA is certainly playing its part. In July, with Springboard UK, we

organised Te Big Conversation – an ini- tiative of the Talent and Skills Leadership Group of Business in the Community (BiTC). Te event was designed to boost dia- logue between employers and youngsters, helping to find jobs and apprenticeships for the young unemployed. At the event key hospitality employers pledged to reduce unemployment by offering structured work placements, apprenticeships and job oppor- tunities during the next three years. Te BHA is now working with Springboard and BiTC to roll out more Big Conversations, both regionally and sectorally. Te industry has the potential to grow the

economy by creating jobs at all levels, male and female, full-time and part-time. Tat is the message we must get across.


Edinburgh will be launched in 2014. De Vere Village Urban Resorts target the lei- sure and corporate traveller, with a pool, Velocity health and fitness club, Viva Urban spa, conference facilities and a selection of restaurants. • De Vere launched the Viva

De Vere launched the Viva Urban Spa concept was earlier this year

Urban Spa concept as part of a relaunch of De Vere Village Urban Resorts brand. In collaboration with ESPA and Dermalogica,

the repositioned concept aims to take “the spa product out of the typical treatment room” and

into bedrooms throughout the hotels. Custom- built treatment rooms will still feature as part of the Viva Urban Spa offer, but it will also allow for in-room head and shoulder massages. Read more:

Legacy looking to enter branded management market

Hotel operator Legacy Hotels and Resorts has joined forces with Longrose Buccleuch Management to form a new hotel management company. Te new company, Branded Hotel Management, was formed in a bid to capital- ise on the growing UK branded hotel market.

Legacy, which operates 21 hotels under its own name in the UK, is looking to expand into the branded market, while Longrose Buccleuch – operator of hotels under the Doubletree by Hilton, Mercure and Best Western brands – is keen to grow its market share.

Top restaurateurs team up for London project

Tere will be an exciting new addition to the London din- ing scene in February, when Keith McNally, referred to by the New York Times, as “the restaurateur who invented downtown” brings an outpost of Balthazar to the UK. For the English-born

McNally, whose New York restaurants include Pastis, Minetta Tavern and Morandi, this will be the first site out- side of the US. It will also be the first sequel directly mod- elled on one of his existing restaurants - Balthazar. McNally is teaming up

Te Balthazar restaurant in New York will gain a sister site on London

with Richard Caring, the man behind Te Ivy, Le Caprice, Annabel’s and a shareholder in the Soho House group. Te first Balthazar res- taurant opened in a converted warehouse in

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New York in 1997. Te design of the London site, which will be located at Covent Garden in the city centre, will closely resemble the original. Details:

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