Plenty of questions – lots of answers

17 September 2010 by
Plenty of questions – lots of answers

There are questions galore in this week's Caterer, covering every corner of the hospitality industry.

In the news section, we ask whether the http://www.caterersearch.com/tabletalk" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">2012 Olympic Games could hamper the recovery of the UK hotel sector](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/17/335120/London-Olympics-to-slow-rate-of-UK-hotel-recovery-next.htm). And we examine whether the[ recent spate of positive results from operators ](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/16/335075/brands-remain-strong-as-consumers-keep-eating-out.html)is symptomatic of growing consumer confidence, or whether the results flatter to deceive by comparing with the depths of 2009.

Our cover feature considers whether the coming years will see further consolidation in the [contract catering sector](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/16/335055/the-future-shape-of-contract-catering.htm), and whether the major contractors will increasingly move towards a full facilities management business model.

Throughout the issue, the questions continue to come thick and fast. What should you do if your business receives [a bad review on a user-review website?](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/16/335074/take-note-of-customers-views.html) To what extent are employers able to [change their employees' terms of employment](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/16/335063/changing-employees-terms-and-conditions.html)? Should you [move your refrigeration ](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/16/335060/evolution-in-refrigeration.html)from the far corner of your kitchen to its centre? And will the government's plans for a [cap on skilled foreign workers from outside the European Union ](http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/16/335057/preparing-for-the-immigration-cap.html)cause major recruitment problems for parts of the industry? Even our quote of the week asks whether wine waiters are salesmen who should be politely ignored.

Happily, you'll find as many answers as questions in the coming 50 pages.

But why don't you tell us what you think about these issues and the thousands of others that exercise the minds of hospitality professionals every day?

Simply by logging on to our community site, Table Talk ([www.caterersearch.com/tabletalk), you'll be able to join the UK's biggest hospitality debate. We'd love to hear from you.

It's not all one-way traffic on Table Talk. Some of the keenest minds in hospitality swap opinions and advice there, meaning that if you post a comment about a challenge that's currently keeping you awake, you may well find a fellow contributor can provide a solution.

Mark Lewis, Editor, Caterer and Hotelkeeper

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