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Seminar at The Crown Estates new offices in St James

By Charles Manners

6 Dec 2018

I recently attended a seminar at The Crown Estates new offices in St James where the catering is delivered by Vacherin. The Crown Estate is a client of ours, managed by colleague Ian Doughty and we assisted them with the catering Tender and provide ongoing support.

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Turpin Smale 2018 Newsletter

By Charles Manners

26 Nov 2018

Please see the attachment for our latest newsletter which gives a snapshot of our 2018 catering consultancy projects

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Just spent a few days in Copenhagen, it really is a food destination

By Charles Manners

15 Nov 2018

Just spent a few days in Copenhagen, it really is a food destination, yes expensive but all Nordic countries know how to charge. Copenhagen itself is a very civilised city, good sightseeing, a population of 1.7m. The food revolution only started in the early 2000, with a food manifesto, now the quality and choice of food from street food to high end restaurants Is outstanding.

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Alix Partners Foodservice Growth Report 2018

By Charles Manners

9 Nov 2018

I attended launch the latest report this week by Alix Partners supported by EP Hospitality, and as ever the report is interesting. The key themes are; • Uncertainty due to Brexit leading businesses to not make decisions, combined with labour pressures on costs and recruitment and Inflation uncertainty • This year is has been tougher with sales growth but margin pressure, margin 5.9%: down .4%

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Independent Education

By Charles Manners

6 Nov 2018

Charles Manners, Director of Turpin Smale Catering Consultants, says environment is just as important as the food served in schools, see article just published in Independent Education

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Caffe Culture

By Charles Manners

18 Oct 2018

I attended the annual Caffe Culture show this week, although smaller in size than previous years the visit was still worthwhile.

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Annual Hotel Conference

By Charles Manners

12 Oct 2018

I chaired a F&B panel (Food Envy) yesterday at the Annual Hotel Conference in Manchester, an interesting morning.

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Costa Coffee being bought by Coca Cola is confirmation of the global trend for coffee.

By Charles Manners

14 Sep 2018

With so much doom news on the high street and many of the casual dining brands finding trading conditions difficult (not all) there remains optimism concerning the growth in the coffee market.

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TUCO conference

By Charles Manners

31 Jul 2018

Last week I attended the TUCO conference, who represent the in-house university caterers, an effective organisation who put on an excellent conference. This year’s venue was the University of Hull

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High Street Optimism

By Triad LTD

4 Jul 2018

With the news from the high street being dominated by stores and restaurants closing there are winners out there!

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10 Top Tips for successful facilities refurbishments to ensure your project is a success

By Triad LTD

4 Jul 2018

Catherine Anderson, in collaboration with Turpin Smale, highlights 10 Top Tips for successful facilities refurbishments in the Independent Education Sector to ensure your project is a success; it’s not just big construction projects that can run into trouble, small projects can be equally problematic. Copy and paste the following link into your browser to read more on page 58 of the digital version of Independent Education Today Today June which is now live: http://flickread.com/edition/html/index.php?pdf=5afbf64742809#1

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The £4.99 lunch direct to your desk!!!

By Triad LTD

4 Jul 2018

We have seen several smaller caterers using central kitchens to deliver hospitality & Grab & Go products to offices; but now one of the major Disruptors - Deliveroo has now announced plans to offer the £4.99 lunch direct to your desk! The offer & price is clearly aimed at the grab & go market which for workplace caterers has been growing for some time, despite the intense high street competition.

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GCA launches new Rising Star programme for catering staff

By Triad LTD

29 Jun 2018

GCA launches new Rising Star programme for catering staff. Following the on-going success of the Garden Centre Association’s Rising Stars initiative a new programme aimed at garden centre catering staff has been launched, and the programme will be facilitated by Chris Brown. http://tgcmc.newsweaver.co.uk/gtnxtra/sr9xjk4ghtu?a=2&p=52950069&t=28392885

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Cafes and Restaurants bring creativity and diversity to the Bloomberg Arcade

By Triad LTD

29 Jun 2018

What was once a fairly ordinary food scene, in an area of the City not known for its vibrant food offers, has been transformed with the opening of the Bloomberg Arcade

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EP Conference

By Charles Manners

15 Nov 2017

Ian and I attended the EP Hospitality Insights Conference yesterday in London. Over 200 people attended the full day event held at Nomura International in London.

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AlixPartners Foodservice Growth Report Launch – 7th November

By Charles Manners

7 Nov 2017

The 2017 Alix Partners Foodservice Report was launched today, which focuses on the smaller contract caterers with turnover of over £8m per year

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LUNCH Exhibition

By Charles Manners

22 Sep 2017

A morning well spent at the LUNCH exhibition at Excel, which I visited yesterday, where products for cafes and grab & go operations are exhibited

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Speciality Food Fair

By Charles Manners

8 Sep 2017

I visited the Speciality Food Fair at Olympia this week; as ever there were a range of products, with European producers well represented.

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Association of Independent Museums Bulletin (AIM)

By Charles Manners

21 Jul 2017

In his third and final article Turpin Smale Catering Consultants’Charles Manners looks at outsourcing and the use of Volunteers

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London Cafe Hotel & Conference Centre Tour

By Charles Manners

10 Jul 2017

Spent a fascinating day with a client last week looking at the best in class catering in conference spaces, co-working environments and cafes. We used our knowledge of Shoreditch and the City to good use!

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CUBO Summer Conference

By Charles Manners

3 Jul 2017

We attended the CUBO Summer Conference last week at the University of Kent. A very well organised conference, and we sponsored the bar on the first evening, which proved to be popular! We partnered with Catherine Anderson from Anderson Power Consulting with whom we have worked with on a number of projects, and her skills are in the FM area are very complimentary to ours!

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AGM and Dinner of The Institute of Hospitality

By Ian Doughty

28 Jun 2017

Ian is a trustee of the Institute of Hospitality and went along to the AGM and Dinner last week held at the Montcalm Hotel.

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Catering Design

By Charles Manners

15 Jun 2017

An interesting debate about the value of using independent kitchen designers at the commercial Kitchen Show; we work with Roz Burgess from Intelligent Catering http://www.fcsi.org/foodservice-consultant/eame/commercial-kitchen-show-hosts-consultants-debate/

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Association of Independent Museums Bulletin (AIM)

By Charles Manners

31 May 2017

In this second article for the AIM Bulletin Turpin Smale Catering Consultants’Charles Manners looks at what has changed on food and menus over the past few years and what Museums should be focussing on:

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Museum Appointment

By Chris Brown

15 May 2017

Chris Brown appointed a non-executive director of The Roald Dahl Centre (Trading) Limited

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Association of Independent Museums

By Charles Manners

31 Mar 2017

Nearly seven years ago Chris Brown of TurpinSmale Catering Consultants contributed articles in the AIM Bulletin for museum café operators. The world of catering has changed, and the company’s Charles Manners is taking a look at what museums should be aware of today

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MIA Conference

By Charles Manners

21 Mar 2017

I attended the MIA Conference www.mia-uk.org in London on Monday; Don't Stop ...Rethink, and I moderated a session on food procurement in the afternoon, which was well attended.

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2017 Food Trends

By Charles Manners

4 Jan 2017

2016 has seen the food map evolve, with ‘superfoods’ firmly cemented in the consumer’s repertoire. Forecasting what will happen in 2017 is always interesting, and these are our thoughts as we go into the new year.

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Happy Christmas and Happy New Year

By Charles Manners

22 Dec 2016

With best wishes to all our clients and suppliers and here's to a successful 2017!

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Hipchips - comes to Soho

By Ian Doughty

23 Nov 2016

After the Melt Room last year with thier swanky toasted cheese sandwiches, we now have Hipchips

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ASAO Conference 2016

By Charles Manners

13 Nov 2016

I recently attended the 2016 ASAO (county shows; as we have a number of clients in the sector) conference which was held at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay. The Countess of Wessex who is patron of the ASAO was there for the day and was actively involved, she is a great supporter.

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Independent Hotel Show yesterday in Olympia

By Charles Manners

20 Oct 2016

I attended the Independent Hotel Show yesterday in Olympia, http://www.independenthotelshow.co.uk/ which was interesting and well worthwhile.

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Food Service Cateys on Friday night 14th October at the Plaza Hotel in London

By Charles Manners

16 Oct 2016

I attended the Food Service Cateys on Friday night 14th October at the Plaza Hotel in London, it was an excellent evening seeing many friends and catching up on all the industry news and to see the results of our judging!

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Hotels – Visit to the Pig!

By Charles Manners

12 Oct 2016

This Autumn I find myself with two projects focussing once again on small hotels with restaurants, with two sites; firstly near Christchurch in Dorset and secondly the Clive Arms @ Bromfield near Ludlow, part of the Ludlow Food Centre.

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Pidy’s ‘Ride 4 Hope’ 2016 raises thousands for Northampton Hope Centre

By Charles Manners

17 Sep 2016

This month, 28 amateur cyclists took part in an epic cycling adventure across the UK and Europe, raising thousands of pounds for the Northampton Hope Centre (a homeless charity) in the process. Organised by Pidy UK, the 2016 event is the third consecutive year in which cyclists have taken on the challenge in aid of fundraising for the homeless charity which I support as a board member. I followed in a support vehicle on the European leg, enjoying the cafes and scenery and supporting my wife who was cycling!

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Essex is most definitely on the foodie map!

By Ian Doughty

29 Aug 2016

As an Essex boy, I am delighted that the county is becoming known for its food, rather than the dubious reputation it once had! Whilst we have always had great producers and produce, think Mersea Oysters and Tiptree Jam, Essex can now claim two great dining locations. Last year saw the opening of The Flitch of Bacon, near Gt Dunmow, with Daniel Clifford at the helm and in the autumn Chris and Jeff Galvin are opening a pub restaurant in Howe Street near Chelmsford.

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Latest Trends

By Charles Manners

8 Aug 2016

The EP events are always thought provoking, and an opportunity to hear other view from with in the industry, the key themes coming out from the morning are below, and we see these coming up in conversations with many clients:

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High Street Food Retail – Is Artisan the New Norm?

By Charles Manners

31 May 2016

Over the past few years we have seen continuous changes on the high street, which directly influence university catering offers setting students and staff expectations. The key trend we see as catering consultants driving this change is the consumer’s interest in self health and a willingness to experiment, and pay higher prices for premium, authentic and artisan products. Though this trend is not new, what is now firmly established is how the consumer needs are being addressed by the high street operators. This is an article that has appeared in June's University Business

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Catering consultancy can certainly be varied and interesting! And yesterday was no exception!

By Charles Manners

12 May 2016

A visit to Caffe Culture held at Olympia yesterday was the opportunity to see both new and existing suppliers. As ever the exhibition was well attended and speaking to the exhibitors they were all pleased with the response from visitors.

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Holiday in Burma

By Charles Manners

6 May 2016

Working with a catering consultancy means that even on holiday I find myself talking to the hotel staff, management and restaurant teams

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Whitbread Purchase a 49% stake in Pure

By Charles Manners

4 May 2016

Whitbread’s a purchase of a 49% stake in Pure (London-based Healthy Retail Ltd, trading as ‘Pure’, for £6.8m, with the option to buy the remaining 51% within the next five years)

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Leisure Centre Food Services

By Ian Doughty

14 Apr 2016

We have been working with a number of leisure centres in recent months, helping them improve their cafes and food service offers.

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Growth in Speciality Coffee Shops

By Charles Manners

17 Feb 2016

The coffee shop market continues to grow at a rapid pace, and whist the casual dining market is coming under the spotlight for potential over-capacity the coffee shop market according to Allegra’s World Coffee Portal latest data shows that there are estimated to be 20,728 outlets in the UK, with sales growing at 10% on last year

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Nottingham Trent University have just opened The Pavilion Building

By Charles Manners

3 Feb 2016

Nottingham Trent University have opened The Pavilion Building and a fantastic new Teaching and Learning building on Clifton Campus for the 6000+ students and staff.

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2016 The Year Ahead

By Charles Manners

25 Jan 2016

As we move into 2016 it is a chance to reflect on where were are as a sector

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Daniel Clifford at The Flitch of Bacon

By Ian Doughty

7 Jan 2016

Daniel Clifford of Michelin starred Midsummer House, has opened a pub restaurant, The Flitch of Bacon in Little Dunmow, Essex.

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Happy Christmas

By Charles Manners

23 Dec 2015

Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2016 from Ian, Chris & Charles

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Turpin Smale 2015 Newsletter - Variety is the spice of life!

By Charles Manners

2 Dec 2015

Horseracing, sailing, gardening, cycling and more – read how our catering consultancy advice spans many sectors

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Turpin Smale Join HHA

By Charles Manners

30 Nov 2015

We are delighted to join the Historic Houses Association as corporate members

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Great Food Mag

By Ian Doughty

24 Nov 2015

Ian Doughty, Catering Consultant is now contributing articles to the Great Food Mag, the on line magazine of the Great Food Club

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ASAO Conference

By Charles Manners

15 Nov 2015

Attended the 2015 annual ASAO conference in Norwich which is the county show organisation that represents day county shows. This year there was limited focus on catering, however we sponsored as a Catering Consultancy a tea break and remain committed to the sector.

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All Change

By Ian Doughty

9 Nov 2015

Foodservice operators and their high-street counterparts are continuing to trade territories, with the former seeking exposure and the latter wanting more predictable revenues. Catering Consultant Ian Doughty highlights this trend, in the latest edition of The Vision, from EP Business in Hospitality

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Grand Central Birmingham

By Charles Manners

2 Nov 2015

Grand Central in Birmingham opened at the end of September and if you have not been through New Street Station for a while you will be amazed, or at least I was! Admittedly £750m helps, but what a transformation, and will really help the UK's second city create a proper 21st century sense of arrival for the daily 170000 visitors. For a catering consultant and watcher of food trends and concepts this is a dream, all under one roof!

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University Busness Article

By Charles Manners

25 Oct 2015

Convenience food! From greater choice to home delivery, and the implications for University Catering? by Catering Consultant Charles Manners

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Goodwood

By Charles Manners

18 Oct 2015

Turpin Smale Catering Consultants advise Goodwood Estate on their catering contract

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Local Shop Summit

By Chris Brown

14 Oct 2015

The local convenience store sector is checking out the margins and business potential of cafes and catering consultant Chris Brown presented at their conference.

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North Cornwall! A Foodie’s Holiday!

By Charles Manners

30 Sep 2015

A 'catering consultants' week in North Cornwall on a family holiday staying near Polzeath, struck me this time, partly because I was there for a week and not just a passing weekend was the quality and range of the food and hospitality now on offer.

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The Importance of Ambiance

By Chris Brown

23 Jul 2015

The importance of ambiance in cafes is much underestimated especially in the garden centre market. Catering Consultant Chris Brown writes in the 2016 Garden & Hardware Yearbook of how you can improve this important area.

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Improving Catering Income

By Chris Brown

15 Jun 2015

Catering Consultant Chris Brown presents a session on Improving Catering Income at the Association of Independent Museums' Conference in Bristol

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Social Space - Symposium

By Charles Manners

13 Jun 2015

Sodexo Symposium held in London last week on social space within the Higher Education sector

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Garden Centre Catering Conference

By Chris Brown

11 Jun 2015

Keeping Ahead of the Game was Catering Consultant Chris' presentation at the HTA's Garden Centre Catering Conference 2015

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Ian joins the Executive Council of the Institute of Hospitality

By Ian Doughty

9 Jun 2015

Ian was elected onto the executive council of the Institute of Hospitality at the AGM and Annual Lunch held at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square.

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Great Food Club

By Ian Doughty

8 May 2015

Celebrating great food and drink

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Street Food – why university caterers are adapting their offers

By Charles Manners

25 Apr 2015

Street Food – why university caterers are adapting their offers - Article in April's University Business

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Barista Skills

By Chris Brown

7 Apr 2015

Great Cafes author and catering consultant Chris Brown went back to school for a Speciality Coffee Association of Europe Barista Skills course at the excellent Prufrock Barista Academy in London.

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Madrid News

By Chris Brown

24 Mar 2015

Catering Consultant Chris is attending the catering consultants FCSI European Conference in Madrid this week

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Future is in Safe Hands

By Ian Doughty

20 Mar 2015

Passion4Hospitality - The Institute of Hospitality Flagship Student Event

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All Rise

By Chris Brown

20 Mar 2015

Turpin Smale Catering Consultants led the review of the catering services offered by the UK Supreme Court in London which have been hailed a great success.

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Association of Cultural Enterprises Conference - Pop Up Catering

By Chris Brown

12 Mar 2015

Catering Consultant Chris Brown presented a session entitled 'Pop-up, Profit & Pitfalls - Catering for that Special Event' at the Association of Cultural Enterprises' annual conference in Bournemouth. Whether creating a memorable part of a temporary exhibition or taking advantage of high footfall, Chris uses examples from street food, festivals and popular pop-up catering.

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Industry Insight

By Ian Doughty

17 Feb 2015

Recent industry insight and research from both Mintel and Allegra highlights some of the challenges we'll face in 2015.

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Turpin Smale team goes from strength to strength; Elisabeth Barton joins team

By Charles Manners

12 Feb 2015

Elisabeth Barton - New income generation specialist joins Turpin Smale

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University Business Article

By Charles Manners

6 Jan 2015

Recent article published in University Business in December 2014

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Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year

By Charles Manners

22 Dec 2014

Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year

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ASAO Conference www.asao.co.uk

By Charles Manners

16 Nov 2014

This weekend I attended and spoke at the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations annual conference at Marriott Dalmahoy near Edinburgh.

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IOH Mentoring

By Ian Doughty

12 Nov 2014

Ian Doughty has joined the IOH Pilot Mentoring Programme.

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Turpin Smale 2014 Newsletter

By Charles Manners

3 Nov 2014

2014: Busy on all Fronts and a Fond Farewell to Peter Smale who has now retired from the business after nineteen years and building up one of the UK’s most successful and highly regarded catering consultancies. His wise advice, integrity and wide-ranging client base will still be available to us.

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New Allergen Regulations

By Charles Manners

30 Oct 2014

The new EU allergen regulations come into force on 13 December, and every caterer (who sells food and drink) is gearing up to or have implemented the processes to meet the new legislation. However is this a case of more paperwork and another bureaucratic intervention, or an opportunity for smart operators?

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National Civil War Centre

By Ian Doughty

8 Oct 2014

Newark will be the location of a new National Civil War Centre.

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Vancouver Visit

By Chris Brown

30 Sep 2014

Chris Brown visits the cafes and street food of Vancouver

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Article in University Business Magazine

By Charles Manners

30 Sep 2014

Coffee Shops, is the market saturated?

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Lunch Exhibition

By Charles Manners

26 Sep 2014

Annual Lunch Exhibition this week at the Business Design Centre

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University of Northampton

By Charles Manners

19 Aug 2014

Liquid Fuel - new cafes open and trading well at Northampton

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Ludlow Pantry Opens

By Charles Manners

14 Aug 2014

The Ludlow Pantry has opened in Ludlow

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Exhibiting At CUBO Conference

By Charles Manners

11 Aug 2014

We exhibited at the CUBO conference in July.

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Caffe Culture

By Charles Manners

20 May 2014

Charles spoke at Caffe Culture

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