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The Richard Haworth Blog

  • We are delighted to announce the launch of the stylish Bistro napkins

    We are delighted to announce the launch of our stylish Bistro napkins to complement their already market leading table linen offering. Perfect for casual dining, the napkins are available in three attractive colour stripe options.

     

    Established in 1876, the company has long been providing bath, bed and table linens, along with soft furnishings, to the hospitality industry. Indeed its introduction of a cotton-soft polyester table linen range 20 years ago revolutionized the restaurant sector and quickly become the industry standard.

     

    Its latest creation bridges the gap between the fine dining aesthetic of pristine tablecloths and the casual setting of paper napkins, Continue reading

  • Housekeepers from Cheval Residences get the Richard Haworth tour

    Housekeepers from Cheval Residences got an insight into how the bed and bath linen used in their luxury serviced apartments and residences were manufactured. The group of housekeepers learned about the lengths we go to, to ensure that the consistently high quality of our products.


    Following a guided tour of the manufacturing facility, where the group were shown how our linens are made firsthand, the housekeepers took part in a question and answer session, where the Quality Control manager fielded a range of questions.


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  • The outlook for hotel owners 2016-17

    There has been endless speculation on how Brexit will affect the UK economy as a whole – so much so, that despite the fact that the UK has not yet left the EU, high uncertainty has left the pound weak and businesses unwilling to invest. Yet for every type of business suffering, another type of business is reaping the rewards associated with a weakened pound. It isn’t quite clear as to whether the hotel and tourism industry will flounder or flourish, but the early signs are not positive.


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  • Richard Haworth customer Flemings Mayfair celebrates Luxury Hotel Award

    We’d like to take a moment to pop the champagne corks and offer a huge congratulations to our client Flemings Mayfair, after the stunning boutique hotel in the heart of London was among the winners at the prestigious 10th World Luxury Hotel Awards.

     

    The beautiful city hotel, which can be found on the capital's Half Moon Street and was originally founded all the way back in 1851, was named Best Luxury City Hotel at the glittering ceremony held in the St Regis Doha in Qatar at the end of October.

     

    An annual event, the World Luxury Hotel Awards is a highly regarded ceremony celebrating the finest in Continue reading

  • Offer the best facilities if you want to keep your customers

    The hotel industry has always been highly competitive, especially in recent years, but new research shows how establishments are refurbishing their premises in order to up their game and secure profitable custom.

     

    Funding Options, the online business finance firm, found that the British hotel industry had increased its refurbishment spend to £1.6 billion in the past year (a rise of 57%) in order to compete with the new wave of home-letting offers such as Airbnb. These new online competitors are proving to be a tough new form of competition for traditional hotels - who are fighting back Continue reading

  • How will Brexit impact the UK hotel trade?

    The Brexit vote in June was not just a major political event; it sent shockwaves through every sector of the economy. But what does the decision to leave the EU and the slow process of withdrawing mean for the hotel trade?


    One trend is already becoming obvious. A report carried out by auditing giants Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) after the Brexit vote revealed that, while London hoteliers are facing short-falls in the business customer sector, regional hotels are experiencing a corresponding rise. In fact, PwC forecasted that occupancy rates in regional UK hotels would be the highest ever recorded. Continue reading

  • Signature Plus is now sustainable with Repreve!

    We are proud to announce our Signature Plus, the leading table linen in the UK hospitality industry is now a sustainable product utilising REPREVE fibres made from plastic bottles and fibre waste! Learn how this has been achieved and how we've made the best ever better!

     

    What's changed to Signature Plus

     

    How does Signature Plus with Repreve differ from the previous Signature Plus, well not at all! Signature Plus with Repreve has the exact same market leading benefits, but now with the added benefit of being better for the planet; Continue reading

  • Go green - and get more business!

    It’s no surprise that, in an world increasingly aware of the environment, people want their holiday accommodation to be as respectful of the world as they are, if not more so.


    The findings, confirmed by a poll from energy supplier E.ON, show that of 2,000 people surveyed, a hotel showing good ecological credentials would be more attractive to someone looking to book a holiday. Features which were particularly appealing were renewable energy sources like solar panels, or low energy lighting, with almost 20% of respondents saying that they would actively look for these when choosing their accommodation. Continue reading

  • Richard Haworth has been awarded the prestigious Feefo Gold accreditation

    Richard Haworth, the leading supplier of bed, bath and table linen to the hospitality market, has been awarded the prestigious Feefo Gold accreditation for the fourth year running.


    Feefo is an independent customer feedback platform that allows genuine customers to leave reviews and score companies based on their product and service. The Gold accreditation is a highly coveted award given to a select few business who achieves an overall rating of 95-100% for the previous year. With 497 reviews of “Excellent” and 65 for “Good” Richard Haworth achieved an overall score of 96% placing them in the top tier of online suppliers.


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  • Latest Predictions for UK Hotel Occupancy Rates in 2016

    Alarming news items, such as the recent floods in Cumbria, may have raised concerns about UK hotel occupancy, but it seems the outlook is generally positive for the UK's hospitality industry in 2016. Respected sources such as PWC have predicted growth, albeit not huge growth, for the year ahead. The year-on-year forecast for room occupancy growth was forecast to be 1.6% in 2015 but only 0.6% in 2016. This means 2015 occupancy was 76% and rose to 77% in 2016, if growth continues as predicted. However, the hospitality industry is vulnerable to external pressure such as geopolitical events. It's unclear what events may arise that could impact on the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors over the next 12 months. Continue reading

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