It's been a crazy few weeks. We have been badly affected like all in the hospitality industry because of COVID-19, with one of the largest remaining manufacturing facilities in the UK, we haven't been producing our normal amount of work due to lack of demand. However we have made sure to keep our highly skilled workforce busy and are proud to say we've been able to help the NHS in recent weeks by producing medical scrubs for our wonderful health workers. With some Personal Protection Equipment in short supply due to this unprecedented crisis, we have been delighted to do our bit for our Health Service assist and are on hand to help in any way we can. Continue reading
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We're over two weeks into 'lockdown life' here in the UK, and it's still unclear whether daily life will be back to normal in weeks or even months. COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on businesses and individuals around the world, and yet we Brits can't even pop to the pub or head out for a meal to take our minds off the stress and worry of the daily news. Here are five top tips for enjoying a posh dinner out (at home) without breaking quarantine. Warning: you will have to cook it yourself.
1. Make it three courses - or more
One course is finished in ten minutes and before you know it you're back on the sofa watching TV. If you really want to make an occasion of it, Continue reading
A message to our customers
Given the current unprecedented international health crisis, we wanted to keep you updated with the latest situation at Richard Haworth Ltd. Like everyone, we have been busily gathering as much information as possible about the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
We had spent considerable time planning for the disruption, working with our supply chain to ensure as little disruption as possible. As things stand, we are operating a full service, with customer service, warehousing and deliveries all continuing to be fully operational.
The hospitality industry produces a whopping 2.87 million tonnes of plastic each year and most of it may have been unnecessarily sent to landfill. However, it's not too late for hotels to rectify their past environmental shortcomings and start recycling; with some education and minor changes, it's possible for all hotels to reduce the amount of plastic they use.
Improve your recycling scheme
Half a million tonnes of recycling was unnecessarily burned or sent to landfill in 2017, all because it was improperly disposed of to begin with; Continue reading
April 2019 - Richard Haworth – the UK’s leading supplier of linen to the textile rental and hospitality sector – has recently been awarded the latest ISO 14001 certification, the internationally recognized sign of a business’ commitment to the preservation of the environment.
In achieving the ISO 14001 certification, Richard Haworth proved that they met the high standards set out by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) to protect the environment.
The world is constantly evolving and brands will need to come up with new and innovative ways to attract customers to their amazing services; the hospitality industry is no exception. A recent survey show that 86% of travellers value personalisation when it comes to their hotel experience. A more personalised customer experience is expected to take the hospitality industry by storm, revolutionising each guest's stay. Here are three big changes you can expect to see in the coming years:
1. The impact of technology
It's no secret that mobile phones can make our lives so much easier, especially when Continue reading
Hotel booking websites, including the likes of Expedia, Hotels.com, Trivago and others, have been in the news recently regarding misleading advertising claims, hidden costs and their sales techniques. In total, six websites have been given until September to change how they operate, thanks to action from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
At the same time, there’s a sense in the industry that the balance of power has tilted in recent months away from online travel agencies, and in favour of direct bookings for hotels, B&Bs and self-catering holiday accommodation.
Eating out is on the rise. According to recent statistics from Kantar Worldpanel, the UK spent around £49 billion on food and non-alcoholic drink that was purchased and consumed outside of the home in 2017, and that figure has only been expanding.
As we head towards the end of the decade, restaurateurs find themselves in a fantastic position to make the most of a general public keen to get out and enjoy new dining experiences. However, it also means coming up with new and exciting ways to engage customers and keep them returning for more. So what are proving to be the big restaurant trends for 2019?
When hotels and B&Bs are looking at new sources of revenue, future workspace trends may not be the first thing that springs to mind.
Equally, co-working spaces are not necessarily something you’d expect to find in a hotel.
But changing habits mean more people are more mobile, whether they’re working remotely or building a start-up on the move.
The PwC Hotels Forecast 2019 doesn’t make for comfortable reading, with growth set to be adversely affected by economic uncertainty, depressed business demand and the sector being flooded with new rooms.
While last year showed strong trading, in 2018 slower economic growth has held things back, while up to five thousand new hotel rooms are potentially being launched in London alone, with another 4,300 set to open in the new year.
Over the last five years, the sector has already been expanded to the tune of approaching 40,000 rooms. Outside London, a similar number is set to launch over the remainder of this year and in 2019.