BHA Blog

Getting a handle on food hygiene ratings

by Dr Lisa Ackerley, BHA Food Safety Adviser  Food safety (or the consequences of failure to comply with food safety standards) is in the news very regularly. I’m often asked – what in particular should a business look out for to keep safe, and more importantly to achieve a “5-star” Food Hygiene Rating (FHR). Increasingly,… Read more »

Introducing Media Pad by Gold Key Media

By Robert Holland, Chief Technology Adviser to the BHA I still have this romantic memory of waiting for the next instalment of my favourite comic when I was young. In fact, I still like to see the enjoyment that my six-year-old has when he gets the latest edition of Whizz Pop Bang. But I think… Read more »

The problem with single use packaging

by Gabriella Bittante, BHA Policy Manager Disposable packaging is part of everyday life. With more people eating and drinking on the go, and lunch ‘hours’ reduced to a mere 34 minutes on average, to-go options for busy workers and commuters are increasingly popular, and a necessary source of income for caterers, whose customer base has increasingly… Read more »

Millennials are embracing portfolio careers in greater numbers than ever before, but what is driving them?

by Oliver Crofton, Managing Director, Flexy Millennials have, at times, had a hard time from the press in relation to work ethic, outlining to their perceived entitlement, narcissism and laziness. Time Magazine famously described them as the ‘Me Me Me Generation’ back in 2013, and the perception that they are disloyal job-hoppers who baulk at hard work… Read more »

Christmas countdown – what to buy and when

by PSL – your food solutions partner Christmas is a busy and critical time for most hospitality businesses with December a key revenue and profit month. As with all food and beverage events careful preparation and planning will ensure delivery, guest satisfaction, efficiency and profitability are all maximised. Menu planning A lot of hotels and restaurants… Read more »


By Lucy Sturrock, Head of Hotels & Leisure at Addleshaw Goddard LLP We have now published our second edition of CHECK-in with AG. It’s been a roller-coaster six months since our inaugural edition. Despite continued uncertainty over Brexit and sadly, continued terrorist attacks across Europe, reports suggest that the British hotel industry is set for a record… Read more »

Fire safety – The importance of Fire Risk Assessments

by Shield Safety Group Fire presents a significant risk to any business. But the nature of the hospitality sector itself increases this risk, with danger zones including kitchens being common. In 2013-2014, Fireward reported 22,000 fires in non-dwelling buildings, with 2,200 fires in restaurants, cafes, pubs, wine bars, hotels and takeaways. Scarily, 3,700 cases were… Read more »

What are the energy proposals from key election players?

Frazer Durris, managing director at Businesswise Solutions, gives us an overview of the Conservatives’, Labour’s and Liberal Democrats’ plans for energy policy in the next parliament and assesses how this could affect businesses in the hospitality industry. With just a few weeks to go until the general election, political parties have released their election manifestos detailing… Read more »