Here you will find sources of information such as market research (statistics, trends and developments), key companies, trade magazines, newsletters, and Internet sources.
This guide will be useful to anyone starting a business within the Hospitality & Event planning industry and also for those wanting to further their knowledge within this area.
The Cobra database contains practical fact-sheets on all aspects of starting, running and managing a small business – including information on writing business plans, marketing, company structures etc.
It also covers the practical aspects of how to start and run particular types of businesses – outlining necessary skills, regulations, licences and legislation etc. and highlights other sources of information and advice available.
Business Opportunity Profiles (BOP)
|Audio-Visual Equipment Hire||BOP210|
|Corporate Event Organiser||BOP038|
|Fashion Accessories Retailer||BOP109|
|Limousine and Specialist Event Vehicle Hire||BOP536|
|Speciality Cake Maker||BOP346|
|Wedding Favour Maker||BOP509|
|Wedding Stationery Maker||BOP476|
Business Information Fact Sheets
|Opening a Business Bank Account||BIF043|
|Alcohol Licensing in England and Wales||BIF437|
|Business Regulations when Starting Up||BIF341|
|An Overview of Intellectual Property Rights||BIF012|
|Checklist for Running a Business from Home||BIF017|
|Choosing the Right Business Legal Structure||BIF032|
Mini Business Opportunity Profiles (Mini BOP)
|Flower Confetti Producer||MBP022|
|Dinner in the Dark Organiser||MBP141|
|Food and Grocery Retail – Sector Update||SEC008|
UK Market Synopsis
Market Research & Statistics
If you are planning on starting a business you will need to be aware of the latest trends, developments and opportunities within your industry which can all be found from market research.
Market research also covers market size and forecasts, consumer demographics and attitudes, the key players and products and will often include SWOT and PEST analysis showing areas of strength, weakness, opportunities etc.
- Alcoholic Beverage wholesaling in the UK – G46.342
- Bridal Stores in the UK – UK0.015
- Car Rental & Leasing in the UK – N77.110
- Catering Services in the UK – I56.210
- Florists in the UK – UK0.010
- Flower & Plant growing in the UK – A01.190
- Flower & Plant wholesaling in the UK – G46.220
- Food-Service contractors in the UK – I56.290
- Full-service Restaurants in the UK – I56.101
- Hotels in the UK – I55.100
- Juice, mineral water and soft drink wholesaling in the UK – G46.341
- Photographic activities in the UK – M74.200
- Sea & Costal Passenger water transport in the UK – H50.100
- Watch & Jewellery wholesaling in the UK – G46.480
- Conference and Events
- Food & Drink retailing UK
- Seasonal Celebration foods
- Specialist Food and Drink retailers
- MICE Worldwide
- The Ethical Food Consumer
Local Data Online
Provides a birds-eye view of the makeup and complexity of the retail and leisure offering in a chosen location.
Review key trends over time:
- Vacancy rates
- Occupancy trends
- Retail mix
Understand demand profiles through demographic data such as:
- Employment statistics
- Average weekly earnings
- Crime rates
- House prices
Also, contact details and individual reports of companies in the digital communications industry are available from our electronic sources: Market IQ.
Business News & Journals
In order to find the latest news on your topic it is always worth searching NewsBank and EMIS.
You will find articles from specialist business and academic journals, as well as newspapers and magazines. You may also find market research reports and case studies. As well as profiles of leading industry figures.
You will also find articles covering recent developments, and predicting future trends in your industry.
Trade Magazines and Newsletters
Useful for gaining inside knowledge, recent trends, industry news, company profiles, reviews of new products and services. Some contain annual reviews and company contact lists.
Business Weekly Journal
Websites containing free sources of industry statistics, information and contacts.
Tel: 0333 577 2247
Where benefits include: £10m Public Liability Insurance, member discounts, free web hosting, extra client enquiries, advice and support.
A Professional body for Association Conference & Event Organisations. They provide membership services to conference and event organisers, and their industry colleagues, deliver not-for-profit and association conferences, welcome students.
The trade body representing companies which conceive, create, develop or manage trade and consumer events. It is run by a members elected council, specialist working groups and a fulltime secretariat.
Tel: (030) 123 4500
Provides registration and filing services for companies and partnerships, as well as useful leaflets and information.
An online retailer of wedding-related products that also provides a list of forthcoming wedding fairs and events.
Event organisers and suppliers. This site has listings for event organisers and suppliers across The UK.
An online resource that provides industry news and details of markets and events for food traders across the UK.
The review is a print publication aimed at buyers in the giftware industry with articles also available online.
A trade publication for the giftware industry available online or in print.
Award winning cakes – Bedfordshire. Provides cakes for all occasions – special events, wedding, birthdays and proms.
Tel: (020) 8661 4900
A professional body representing managers and aspiring managers in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry. It accredits professional development programmes and publishes industry reports and management guides.
Tel: (020) 3002 0866
A national support network of DJs and branches, sharing their experience, skills and knowledge.
The UK’s only national wedding association, once accepted as a member you will be added to the Wedding Association Directory.
An annual gift and home ware trade event held each September at the NEC, Birmingham.
Tel: (0121) 380 4600
A trade body representing providers of plant, tool and equipment hire in the UK and overseas. It provides training, legal help and financial advice for its members, as well as specialist support services such as safety checks.
The official journal of TESA – the UK body representing event organisers and suppliers to the industry.
A trade body representing firms involved in growing and selling flowers and related products.
An online resource that provides the latest industry news and food trend reports.
An independent government department that provides information about legislation, training requirements and safety and hygiene advice.
Represents retailers in the gift, home and fashion accessories industry.
Represents catering services, including fast food retailers and mobile caterers, and provides information and training. The annual fee for standard membership is £219.
Provides information on health, safety and welfare at music and other events. There is a subscription fee £25 for 12 months access to the Purple Guide website.
Provides seasonal tips and expert guides for growing flowers.
The sector skills council for hospitality etc. in the UK.
Tel: (020) 7580 5544
A UK-based license organisation to play, perform or make available copyright music on behalf of their members and those of overseas societies, distributing the royalties to them.
Tel: (01323) 524120
PLASA helps its members by providing solutions, guiding the industry and facilitating business growth. Their network of companies and individuals supply creative technologies and innovative services to an event, entertainment and installation industries worldwide.
An online resource that provides news about the regular Real Food markets and festivals taking place in London.
Tel: (020) 7404 7744
A trade body representing the hospitality sector in the UK, including bars, coffee shops, hotels and leisure venues. It campaigns on behalf of its members, publishes industry reports and provides opportunities to share best practice.
Tel: 0333 577 2247
Specialise in wedding disco entertainment.
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