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In brief

Well employed

There were 1.26 million people employed in hotels and restaurants in the three months to the end of September 1995, according to Government figures published last week in Labour Market Trends.

The break-down of employment figures in the hospitality industry was: 341,000 people in hotels, campsites and other short-stay accommodation; 338,000 in restaurants; 389,000 in bars; and 187,000 in canteens and catering.

Londonderry plan

The Londonderry Hotel on London’s Park Lane, acquired by Singapore businessman Ong Beng Seng last year, will be called the Metropolitan when it reopens in July.

The 159-bedroom property is undergoing a multi-million-pound refit, and will be pitched at the upper four-star market. The restaurant is being designed by Keith Hobbs, who has worked on London restaurants Vong, Quaglino’s and Mezzo.

Conman jailed

A man who conned a string of hotels in the north of England was jailed last week for 15 months. John Ibberson admitted charges of theft and deception after leaving several hotels without paying the bill and stealing money from their takings.

SAK in receivership

SAK Entertainments, the company headed by Francis Keenan, which owns the Crimble, a restaurant and bar complex in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has been put into receivership.

Joint administrative receivers from Grant Thornton plan to sell the business as a going concern through agent Robert Barry & Co. Offers over £1.25m are invited for the freehold.

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