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The Richard Haworth Blog

  • 5 Rising trends for the food and beverage sectors

    The food and beverage industry is as susceptible to the whims of fashion and change as any other. Here's a look at five rising trends sweeping the UK and European F&B sectors.

     

    Counter couture

    Brexit is having a major impact on business models across numerous industries, and the food and beverage sectors are no exceptions. The imminent changes are likely to see a switch to the more American 'diner' models that embrace counter couture and downplay full table service. This is an effective model from an economic perspective, and it generally requires fewer members of staff to serve more customers. Continue reading

  • Luxury hotel bathrobes are the latest must-have for the selfie set!

    The selfie craze has been steadily growing for some time now, with many businesses searching for ways to capitalise on the obsession to promote their businesses. As the humble bathrobe takes centre stage and becomes the latest must-have accessory among the selfie set, hoteliers around the world are are rushing to ensure they have the perfectly fluffy, pristinely white robes hanging in their en suites to tempt their guests into providing them with a little free publicity.

     

    Bathrobes have long since become a staple provision for hotels, alongside the obligatory shampoo, conditioner and pillow chocolates. Hotel bathrobes may seem like an insignificant detail, or an extravagant indulgence depending on the price bracket of your rooms, but the latest bathrobe selfie trend has made them a sound business investment for even the most budget rooms. Continue reading

  • Reasons Why Signature Table Linen saves you money

    At Richard Haworth, we do far more for our clients than just sell them tablecloths and linens. Established in 1876, we have long been committed to helping our business associates grow and expand, and a recent study has confirmed that we do exactly that, by saving them up to £31,000 per year.

     

    This independent research showed that by taking advantage of our exceptional prices, a typical 500-room hotel could save more than £31,000 annually, just by using our table linens.How? Because of the quality and cleverness of our designs. Not only competitively costed, but also able to be washed at below average temperatures, those who use them can benefit from lower energy bills as well as reduced energy usage. Continue reading

  • 6 Essential marketing tips for any successful restaurant

    Whether you're running a boutique restaurant or string of successful eateries, relevant and effective marketing is vital for keeping your existing customers engaged, attracting new customers, and growing your business. There are many elements involved in successful marketing, here are six essential marketing tips that every restaurant needs to guarantee success...

     

    1. Customer awareness

    Get to know your customers and the type of people you want to attract to your restaurant. Build a bespoke database of clientele and people interested in your food. Continue reading

  • 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

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