Stability the sad new measure of hospitality success

Smoking bans, comparison websites, supermarket price wars and the deepest recession in living memory have all taken their toll on the hospitality sector and left it facing an unpredictable future, according to industry experts at the latest Wilkins Kennedy Round Table event. The group of south coast business leaders identified a shift in consumer spending habits over recent years as the root cause to the challenges now facing the industry. Hotel bookings and pub footfall were both reported as being lower than five years ago and what money consumers are spending on hospitality is often now driven by special cost-cutting offers.

Olympic spirit not enough to fire economic performance

Britain’s economy is likely to languish in the doldrums until the end of 2013 at the earliest.

Squeezed middle needs a lifeline

Stagnating wages, high house prices, rising taxes, shrinking benefits and the soaring cost of elderly care all adds up to a squeeze on finances for much of the UK, according to business leaders at the latest Wilkins Kennedy Round Table.

Planned pension reforms – a ticking time-bomb?

The Government’s plans for tackling the retirement needs of the UK’s rapidly ageing workforce could lead to redundancies according to business leaders at the latest Wilkins Kennedy Round Table event.

Big doubts about the Big Society

The future of David Cameron’s Big Society split a group of Hampshire business leaders and charity professionals down the middle at the latest Wilkins Kennedy Round table event.

The Budget’s not-so hidden agenda

Political spin over substance was the view from Hampshire business leaders at the latest Wilkins Kennedy Round Table, who were left unimpressed by the Chancellor’s Budget.

The Inheritance Tax minefield

Replace it, simplify it, or scrap it all together

Double dip on the horizon warns Hampshire business

4:16pm Monday 7th February 2011

A double-dip recession is to descend on Britain before the end of the year.

Property and Construction

Hampshire Chronicle: Property and Construction

2:29pm Wednesday 5th January 2011

The third round table discussion held once more at Chilworth Manor produced a lively and interesting debate on and around property and construction matters.

Downturn in the South of England not as severe as other regions

3:53pm Friday 3rd December 2010

A lively round table discussion hosted by Wilkins Kennedy, prompted some up-beat general opinions and attitudes about business in our area.


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