Glasgow extends glass ban in entertainment venues
Glass is now banned from every nightclub and entertainment venue across Glasgow. The second phase of the policy, covering clubs outside the city centre, is now in force. All entertainment premises are required to use toughened glass containers, plastic bottles or aluminium cans. - The Scotsman, 1 July
Cendant sells travel arm to Blackstone
Cendant, the hotel conglomerate, has sold its travel services arm, owner of Orbitz.com, for $4.3b (£2.3b) in cash to Blackstone Group. The company is in the midst of a break-up plan that will see it split into four separate parts over the coming weeks. - The Times, 1 July
Glasgow schools take chips off the menu Glasgow, in a move likely to be followed across Scotland, has taken chips off the menu at all primaries and secondaries from the start of the new academic year in August. Chips will only be available on Fridays, and only then if pupils buy fish to go with it. - Scotland on Sunday, 2 July.
Hotel du Vin expands further into ScotlandHotel du Vin is to step up its expansion in Scotland with the opening of a £7m hotel in Edinburgh. The move comes just weeks after the hotel chain made its first acquisition north of the Border, splashing out just over £9m on Glasgow's One Devonshire Gardens. - Scotland on Sunday, 2 July
Permira steps up battle for De Vere Permira, the private equity group that is stalking De Vere, is expected to enter the takeover battle with a face-saving offer this week. On Monday (26 June) Alternative Hotel Group looked like it had tied up the deal with a 850p-a-share offer for De Vere. The offer was immediately followed by a statement from Permira urging shareholders in De Vere to "take no action". - Scotland on Sunday, 2 July
Ramsay barred from filming in prisonGordon Ramsay has been refused permission to film his TV series Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares in Scotland's high-security Barlinnie prison. Scottish Prison Service officials thought that setting his series in the prison could have triggered unrest if he failed to keep his temper when teaching inmates how to cook. As a result Ramsay's request was rejected and filming instead went ahead at Doncaster prison. - Sunday Times (Scottish edition only), 2 July.
New bidder for £750m Travelodge chain
Dubai International Capital is understood to have registered its interest in Travelodge, valued at £750m, and has met the management team. It is one of a handful of parties to have made approaches to the company ahead of a formal sale process that could get under way in the next few weeks. UBS, the investment bank, will handle the auction on behalf of Permira, the
private-equity firm that owns Travelodge. - Sunday Times, 2 July
Irish restaurant menus must indicate country of origin on beef From next week, pubs and restaurants in Ireland will have to clearly indicate on their menus where their beef comes from. A new regulation which comes into force on 3 July means that steaks and other beef dishes will have to indicate clearly the "country of origin". - Irish independent, 2 July