The Future of Hospitality

The Future of Hospitality

The future of hospitality – we are part of the solution and not the problem by Alastair Scott I am surprised the quote from Mark Twain of: “There...

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December sales forecast

December sales forecast

S4labour downgrades hospitality sales forecast in December to -45% in wake of toughened tier restrictions. S4labour have undertaken research to help...

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Lockdown 2

Lockdown 2

Take-away sales during lockdown 2 Analysis from S4labour shows that just 25% of sites have stayed open after lockdown, with 75% closing during the...

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Extended Furlough

Extended Furlough   In Propel's Friday’s Opinion I published our guidance on the Job Support Scheme (JSS) that was due to start on the 1st...

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Labour Ratios

Labour Ratios

S4labour release labour percentages since lockdown ended  Short story  Industry Labour ratios increase by 10% in first month of trading as operators...

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Brat opens pop-up restaurant

Brat opens pop-up restaurant

Last month we spoke to Brian Hannon from Super 8 restaurants about how he transformed an outdoor space into Brat, in just a few weeks...

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Eat Out Sales Figures

Eat Out Sales Figures

Week on week sales jump 20.5% on the back of Eat Out Scheme. Analysis from S4labour shows a leap in like-for-likes sales of 20.5% on last week. The...

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Re-opening  Sales Figures

Re-opening Sales Figures

Like-for-like sales down 30% year-on-year in first full week of trading since regulations ease: Last week we reported that like-for-like sales were...

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Furlough pay by Richard Hartley

Furlough pay by Richard Hartley

The government released new guidelines yesterday on how to handle furlough pay (see link below for full details). We are creating a furlough pay...

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March Shows and Events

March Shows and Events

During March, S4labour will be at multiple events, showcasing the system and speaking to existing and future customers. We would love to catch up...

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December 2019 Sales Figures

December 2019 Sales Figures

-Like for like sales figures flatline for hospitality providers in December 2019.   According to analysis of more than 1,500 sites using...

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November Sales Figures

November Sales Figures

Like for like sales figures grow 6% for hospitality providers in November 2019. According to analysis of more than 1,500 sites using S4labour...

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October Sales Figures

October Sales Figures

Like for like sales figures grow 1.1% for hospitality providers in October 2019.According to analysis of more than 1,500 restaurants, pubs, bars,...

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Why are the small companies more successful than big ones?

Why are the small companies more successful than big ones?   In the hospitality sector the progressive small companies are outperforming the large ones to a significant extent.While of course the hospitality sector is just as much about site economics as scale economics, I have long puzzled about why this is the case. As a […]

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July Sales Figures

July Sales Figures

  5.4% rise in food and drink sales in July 2019.   According to analysis of more than 100 restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels and cafes that use S4labour software, sales of both food and drink were up 5.4% in July 2019 compared to July 2018.   Both wet and dry led operations saw positive like […]

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June Sales Figures

June Sales Figures

  3.3% fall in like for like hospitality sales in June 2019.   According to analysis of more than 100 organisations that use S4labour software, sales of both food and drink across the sector took a hit this June. Tough trading condition coupled with lower temperatures, higher levels of rainfall and being compared to the […]

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New Landing Page

New Landing Page

A new Landing page to increase sites visibility.    We know that people are busy, so getting the right information at the right time can make all the difference. The new landing page will increase visibility of sites and help focus attention where it is needed most.  Switch View

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May Sales Figures

May Sales Figures

Drink sales drive a 1% rise in sales for hospitality revenues in May 2019.   According to analysis of more than 100 organisations that use S4labour software, a spike in sales at drink focused venues drove an overall 1% rise in sales across the sector. The latest sales figures show a resilient bounce back from […]

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April Sales Figures

April Sales Figures

0.7% Fall in Sales in April Despite Good Easter Weather   According to analysis of more than 100 organisations that use S4labour software, operators had slightly weaker sales than in the same month the previous year. Whilst the first quarter of 2019 had seen resilient figures for both food and drink, A sunny Easter bank […]

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Benefits of PS4payroll

Benefits of PS4payroll

Payroll For Hospitality Providers Data from S4Labour directly feeds PS4payroll; reducing time, effort, and any potential for error. There’s no need to collate, migrate, or manipulate data. Payroll, pensions, and payments are all completed without hassle or stress.   Payroll data feeds from the S4Labours  scheduling and HR functions, so your team are paid right […]

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March Sales Figures

March Sales Figures

Buoyant Sales performance for Hospitality Operators In March 2019.   According to an analysis of more than 100 organisations that use S4Labour software, operators had strong sales during March 2019, with food sales and drink sales up in both dry-led and in wet-let sites.   Going into April’s annual National Price Hike Day and an […]

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Propel Multi Club – What We Learnt (Part 2)

Propel Multi Club – What We Learnt (Part 2)

Following on from the previous post about the March Propel Multi Club event, we have continued to consider what lessen could be learnt form the speakers and the people we met. Part 2 – The sector is changing and quality is key Against a backdrop of media reports that some sectors are currently suffering, it […]

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Propel Multi Club – What We Learnt (Part 1)

Propel Multi Club – What We Learnt (Part 1)

What a success the March Propel Multi Club was this year! The team from Catton Hospitality had a great day speaking to a spectrum of people and were proud to be one of the event sponsors. Taking to the stage this year were a variety of industry experts, each with serious pedigree in their fields. […]

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February Sales Figures

February Sales Figures

Buoyancy in the hospitality sector, according to recent figures from Catton Hospitality. According to an analysis of more than 100 organisations that use S4labour software, operators bounced back from the January blues to see strong sales figures in February 2019 compared with like for like figures from February 2018.    Overall, sites achieved an encouraging […]

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Another exciting opportunity to join the Catton team

Another exciting opportunity to join the Catton team

As we continue to expand, we are recruiting for a Developer in addition to four other roles. The successful candidate will join the in-house development team at our Banbury headquarters in creating and maintaining cutting edge labour management software for the hospitality industry. Please see full details for this and the other roles below. We […]

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We’re Recruiting – Great New Opportunities to Join Catton Hospitality

We’re Recruiting – Great New Opportunities to Join Catton Hospitality

Due to our continued success we are currently looking for positive, professional and fun people to join us! We have six open vacancies:  Client Support Coordinator Product Manager Business Manager – Hotel & Specialist Product Manager – Forecasting/Reporting Training & Implementation Manager – Customer Success If you think any of these roles might be for […]

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January Sales Figures

January Sales Figures

According to an analysis of more than 100 organisations that use S4Labour software, operators faced challenging condition during the month of January. Against the back drop of Dry January, Blue Monday and Veganuary, there was a slight 0.9% drop in like-for-likes sales. Following on from a strong Christmas period, wet-led venues bore the brunt of […]

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We’re Recruiting – Four Great Opportunities to Join Catton Hospitality

We’re Recruiting – Four Great Opportunities to Join Catton Hospitality

Due to our continued success we are currently looking for positive, professional and fun people to join us! We have four new vacancies: Product Manager Business Manager – Hotel & Specialist Product Manager – Forecasting/Reporting Training & Implementation Manager – Customer Success The full job descriptions for these positions can be found below. If you […]

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Top Tips for a Successful Dry January

Top Tips for a Successful Dry January

After an indulgent festive period, many will aim to kick-start a healthier lifestyle and limit their alcohol intake for “Dry January”. Studies estimate that over 4 million people plan to stop drinking for the first month of 2019. A cut back on spending and calories from customers makes it a difficult time of year for […]

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Impressive December Sales for S4Labour Customers

Impressive December Sales for S4Labour Customers

December was another excellent month for operators. Following strong November sales, December like-for-likes were up 4.5%, according to an analysis of more than 100 organisations that use S4Labour software. Wet-led venues enjoyed a 3.9% boost in sales, thanks to a 6.5% increase in food sales. Meanwhile, food-focused businesses were the biggest winners overall with a […]

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Top Tips- Making the Most of the Festive Season

Top Tips- Making the Most of the Festive Season

Christmas is the “most wonderful time of year” for hospitality. After quieter Autumn trading, the festive season brings a surge in demand and a chance to drive repeat custom. The festive atmosphere marks an increase in footfall and a boost to profits. The best operators will exploit this further to maximise revenue in preceding months. […]

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Strong Growth in November Sales for S4Labour Customers

Strong Growth in November Sales for S4Labour Customers

November was an excellent month for hospitality, as like-for-like sales were up by 4.7% compared with 2017 levels- according to a study of over 100 hospitality organisations that use S4Labour scheduling, HR and Payroll software. Drink sales were the main driver behind the strong results; the hospitality industry saw a 6.5% increase on 2017’s levels, […]

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What we Learned at the Propel Autumn Conference

What we Learned at the Propel Autumn Conference

Recently, we were lucky enough to sponsor the Multi Club Conference, the latest in a series of exceptional Propel events. This year’s autumn conference was filled with enlightening talks from a variety of speakers across the hospitality industry. It was a pleasure to spend the day with passionate leaders who genuinely care about what they […]

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Dip in October Sales for UK Hospitality

Dip in October Sales for UK Hospitality

Recent growth in UK hospitality revenues has ceased as October brought a 1% dip in average sales, according to our latest research. Analysis of over 100 organisations that use S4Labour software found the decline was driven by lower food sales, with operators typically seeing a 2% fall. Following a summer of high spending, its likely […]

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The Labour Misconception

The labour misconception by Alastair Scott Our CEO, Alastair, highlights the tough period ahead for the hospitality industry. He reflects on “Worrying times”, an article written by Ann Elliott, chief executive of Elliotts, a leading integrated marketing agency in the hospitality and leisure sector. Ann Elliott’s recent article in Propel’s Friday Opinion series was a […]

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Rise in September Sales

Rise in September Sales

Food sales drive rise in September sales for S4 Labour customers Like-for-like sales in September were up by 0.5% compared with 2017 levels, according to a study of over 100 hospitality organisations that use S4Labour scheduling and HR software. Food sales were the driving force behind this rise as these operators saw an average 3.5% increase across their […]

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Top Tips – Efficient Sunday Lunch

Top Tips – Efficient Sunday Lunch

Top Tips for Efficient Sunday Lunch Service At this time of year, people are seeking comforting food in a cosy atmosphere. Autumn brings about a high demand for Sunday lunches and this can be critical to overall profitability. Here’s our top tips for an efficient Sunday lunch service. Staffing up the curve We often speak […]

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We’re Recruiting – Great Opportunities to Join Catton Hospitality

We’re Recruiting – Great Opportunities to Join Catton Hospitality

We’re expanding, and are delighted to be able to advertise for new positions at our Banbury headquarters.  There is currently a vacancy for the role of Account Controller, within our Customer Success team.  The full job description for this position can be found below. To apply for the role please send a CV and covering […]

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Top Tips – Driving Sales

Top Tips – Driving Sales

At S4Labour we are often approached by operators who ask for help controlling costs in their venues. While we can certainly oblige in this, an often overlooked yet equally significant factor in promoting the overall health of a hospitality business is driving increased sales. Here are our top tips. Forecast Sales to Deploy Efficiently  Avoiding […]

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August Sales Soar for S4Labour Customers

August Sales Soar for S4Labour Customers

August was another excellent month for S4Labour customers, and the wider UK hospitality industry, our latest research has found. Like for like sales were up on average 3.9% compared to 2017’s revenues, as businesses across all sectors and trading styles enjoyed an increase in both wet and dry takings.  Drink sales were the main driver […]

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Top Tips – Preparing for the Sales Downturn

Top Tips – Preparing for the Sales Downturn

Recent months have been hugely positive for the UK hospitality industry. Our own analysis revealed that, bolstered by fine weather and the World Cup, average June revenues were up 5.4% on 2017. This followed equally impressive May trading and will mean many operators are heading into August feeling flush. As pleasant as it would be […]

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Quieter July for UK Hospitality

Quieter July for UK Hospitality

Following a superb early summer, July was a quieter month for UK hospitality.   May and June both saw like for like sales up in excess of 5%, but this rising trend has been arrested, according to our latest research. Analysis of over 100 organisations using our S4Labour software across all industry sectors found on average […]

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What We Learned At Propel Multi Club Summer Conference

What We Learned At Propel Multi Club Summer Conference

We were privileged to sponsor the Propel Multi Club Summer Conference that took place a couple of weeks ago. The day presented a range of insightful talks from industry leaders and entrepreneurial talent, whilst the evening offered a chance for networking with peers, new and old. Exploring untapped markets, expanding at carefully considered rates, and […]

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Great British Pub Awards Nominations for Eight S4Labour Customers

Great British Pub Awards Nominations for Eight S4Labour Customers

No fewer than eight venues using S4Labour have been nominated as finalists across six categories for the Great British Pub Awards 2018.  The latest round of judging has now been completed, and representatives from the eight venues will now take their place at the prestigious awards night in September, hoping to scoop category wins ranging […]

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Impressive June Sales for S4Labour Customers

Impressive June Sales for S4Labour Customers

June was a superb month for sales for S4Labour customers, our latest analysis has found.  Research into over 100 organisations across all industry sectors revealed that average like for like revenues were up 5.4%. Recent fine weather and the start of the World Cup are likely factors in the increase, with drink sales 6.7% and food sales […]

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Wake Up and Smell the Better Labour Deployment

Wake Up and Smell the Better Labour Deployment

S4Labour is equally effective across all styles of hospitality business.  We recently rolled out S4Labour into BEAR, a fresh hybrid concept where chic cafe meets lively bar with a side order of delicious home-cooked food. BEAR, who recently opened their third venue, have grand plans for expansion, and will use S4Labour to provide the foundations […]

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Top Tips for World Cup Success

Top Tips for World Cup Success

Nothing captures the imagination of the British public quite like the World Cup. The month-long festival of football – inevitably bringing disappointment in England and delight for fans in other parts of the UK – never fails to create a sustained party atmosphere. The potential for hospitality operators to capitalise is huge, especially those in […]

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We’re Welcoming Three New Recruits

We’re Welcoming Three New Recruits

S4Labour is expanding quickly. We enjoyed 60% sales growth in last year and have recently helped high-profile operators including Revolution Bars, Oakman Inns & Restaurants, and Butcombe Brewery roll out our software. As our business grows, we are committed to bringing in the best people to work on our team. This ensures we will continue […]

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Excellent May Trading for S4Labour Customers

Excellent May Trading for S4Labour Customers

May was an excellent month for the UK hospitality industry with like for like sales across the industry up 5% on 2017 levels, our latest research has found.  Analysis of over 100 organisations using our S4Labour scheduling and HR software revealed that strong drink sales – likely bolstered by fine weather and the Royal Wedding […]

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We’re Recruiting – 2018/2019 Graduate Scheme

We’re Recruiting – 2018/2019 Graduate Scheme

We are now accepting applications for our 2018/2019 graduate scheme No idea what you want to do? Were your best memories of university in the pub? Go no further. Our graduate scheme offers a 12-month experience in a range of business areas, including sales, marketing, customer success, IT development, and HR, after which you are […]

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Staffing for Fine Weather – Our Advice

Staffing for Fine Weather – Our Advice

After a winter that seemed to last a lifetime, with Artic conditions punishing hospitality operators well into March, spring is finally here. Britain is basking in warm, sunny weather and the fine days are set to last into the weekend, giving the industry a golden chance to make proverbial hay. But simply throwing open the […]

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High Profile New Clients Drive S4Labour Growth

High Profile New Clients Drive S4Labour Growth

S4Labour is leading workforce management software for the hospitality industry. Since 2011, its innovative visual analysis of hourly sales data, taken direct from EPoS integrations, has allowed operators to optimise staff deployment, resulting in lower costs and increased sales. The feature-rich package also significantly reduces administrative time for its users. The fully-integrated HR module, covering […]

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We’re Recruiting – Business Development Manager

We’re Recruiting – Business Development Manager

We’re growing. In the last year we saw a 60% increase in turnover, and rolled out S4Labour into over 30 new organisations, totalling over 300 sites.  As we grow, we are eager to recruit the best people to help drive our continued success. As such, we are currently advertising for the position of Business Development […]

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What We’ve Done to Ensure GDPR Compliance

What We’ve Done to Ensure GDPR Compliance

On May 25th, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect. The new laws oblige businesses to amend the way they interact with data in a world with an increasingly technological outlook.  As such, we have reviewed, audited, and documented our processes, and have made appropriate changes. How the GDPR affects S4Labour and its users.  […]

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S4Labour Clients Scoop Publican Awards

S4Labour Clients Scoop Publican Awards

The champagne corks were popping for two S4Labour customers, who claimed category wins as the prestigious Publican Awards last night.  Seafood Pub Company, who manage twelve sites in the North West of England, saw off stiff competition to secure the coveted Best Food Offer prize. They pride themselves on an ethos of sourcing quality local produce […]

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“We Couldn’t Have Done it Without S4Labour” – Life & Soul Case Study

“We Couldn’t Have Done it Without S4Labour” – Life & Soul Case Study

Life & Soul is a multi-site hospitality operator based in Cheshire. Its directors previously ran the DV8 cocktail bars brand and following the sale of two sites last year established Life & Soul as a new entity. The company has flourished since, with its Rumba Macclesfield venue claiming the Best Turnaround prize at the prestigious […]

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What We Learned at the Propel Multi-Club March Conference

What We Learned at the Propel Multi-Club March Conference

Last Wednesday we were lucky enough to sponsor the Propel Multi-Club March 2018 Conference. With a line-up of industry experts delivering talks on a variety of topics, we were eager to hear what they had to say. The talks were of a high quality, with speakers combining their experiences with opinion on the current market […]

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S4Labour Featured in Propel’s Friday Opinion

S4Labour Featured in Propel’s Friday Opinion

S4Labour CEO Alastair Scott was featured in the latest edition of the always excellent “Friday Opinion” series of articles published by Propel Info, one of UK hospitality’s most respected institutions. In response to a previous piece written by the Thai Leisure Group’s James Hacon, Alastair discussed the challenges and opportunities that define the burgeoning relationship […]

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February Like for Likes Up for S4Labour Customers

February Like for Likes Up for S4Labour Customers

Analysis of over 100 organisations using S4Labour showed positive sales growth for the majority of operators last month.  Our latest research into revenues at operators across all sectors of hospitality revealed an average increase in sales of 0.2% on February 2017 levels.  This was primarily driven by wet-led businesses, which enjoyed on average a 4.8% […]

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First Class Multi-Site Operators Join S4Labour

First Class Multi-Site Operators Join S4Labour

2018 has already seen a number of superb multi-site operators begin using our industry-leading S4Labour workforce management and HR software.  Increasingly, business leaders are recognising the value our systems bring them to reduce costs, increase sales and service levels, and improve processes, and are eager to come on board.  Our newest clients include Butcombe Brewery‘s 24-strong […]

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Our Advice On How To Fall In Love With Valentine’s Day

Our Advice On How To Fall In Love With Valentine’s Day

Hospitality venues can look forward to Valentine’s Day as an opportunity for increased footfall and boosted sales. However, Valentine’s Day isn’t always a day that managers love. Here’s our advice on how to make this year’s event a success. Boost Sales Valentine’s Day is a great way for operators to drive increased sales. Being a […]

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Our Research Featured in the Morning Advertiser – Christmas Day Significance Grows

Our Research Featured in the Morning Advertiser – Christmas Day Significance Grows

By working intimately with some of hospitality’s biggest and best operators, we are able to gain valuable insight into the industry’s trading conditions and trends.  Taking data from over 100 organisations who use our S4Labour labour management software, our new research, which has been featured in the Morning Advertiser, has revealed that Christmas Day is […]

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Top Tips for Upselling

Top Tips for Upselling

January brings a sharp decline in sales across hospitality, and optimising sales revenue is a hot topic once again. Our recent analysis found that certain industry sectors have suffered as much as a 60% drop in sales this month compared to December trading. If businesses are to thrive at this barren time of year, upping […]

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Our Research – January Sees Sharp Sales Decline

Our Research – January Sees Sharp Sales Decline

2018 is now two weeks old. January, typically the hospitality industry’s quietest month, is half gone, and the impact to sales for many venues has been dramatic. Trading Style  Trend from Dec (Nov) Late Night -60.8% (-28.2%) Hotels -40.6% (-21.1%) Food-Led Pubs -35.5% (-9.9%) Restaurants -32.8% (-14.7%) Wet-Led Pubs -32.4% (-21.3%) Taking data from our […]

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Junior Developer Vacancy

Junior Developer Vacancy

As we continue to expand, we are recruiting for a Junior Developer.   The successful candidate will join the in-house team development team at our Banbury headquarters in creating and maintaining cutting edge labour management software for the hospitality industry. Please see full details below. To apply, send a CV and covering letter to info@cattonhospitality.com. […]

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We’re Exhibiting Soon…

We’re Exhibiting Soon…

February promises to be an exciting month, as S4Labour are exhibiting at two of hospitality’s biggest trade shows in London.    First up is Pub18, the UK’s only dedicated pub industry show, which opens its doors at Kensington’s Olympia on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th. Two weeks later we will be taking our place amongst […]

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Top Tips for Writing an Efficient Rota

Top Tips for Writing an Efficient Rota

2018 is upon us, but for hospitality operators, the new year is all too often not a happy one. After December’s glut of sales, January can feel like a famine. With the public watching their waistlines and looking after the pennies once more, footfall at most sites will be down causing revenue to suffer. More […]

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Our Advice for Business Success During Dry January

Our Advice for Business Success During Dry January

After a few too many pigs in blankets and countless celebratory Christmas drinks, January is viewed by many as a chance to kick-start a healthier lifestyle and reduce spending on food and drink after an indulgent festive period.   Over 3 million people have said that they plan to give up alcohol during the first […]

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S4Labour Partners with Tahola to Deliver Integrated and Innovative Solutions

S4Labour Partners with Tahola to Deliver Integrated and Innovative Solutions

We are delighted to announce that we have established an integration with leading data and business analytics providers Tahola.  We will work together with Tahola to provide the hospitality industry with a solution that meets organisations’ labour management and business intelligence requirements. This will result in reduced costs, improved processes, and increased revenue for operators. […]

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S4Labour Customers Nominated for Publican Awards

S4Labour Customers Nominated for Publican Awards

Congratulations are in order for three S4Labour clients who have been confirmed as finalists at the 2018 edition of the prestigious Publican Awards.  Seafood Pub Company will vie to claim the hotly-contested Best Food Offer category, an accolade they previously won in 2015, while Anglian Country Inns beat off stiff competition to take their place […]

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Our Advice for a Successful Christmas

Our Advice for a Successful Christmas

The festive period is a bustling time of year for hospitality businesses. Within it lies an opportunity to impress your customers and boost your sales. Providing customers with exceptional service during December is a sure-fire way to drive repeat custom during the following months. Here’s our advice on how to make this Christmas a roaring […]

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How to Reset your S4Labour Password

How to Reset your S4Labour Password

We often hear from S4Labour users who wish to reset their password, either because they wish to change it or because they cannot remember the original.   Resetting a password is a quick and simple process which can be done by following the process below:  Step One On the S4Labour login page input your email address […]

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Staffing for December – Top Tips

Staffing for December – Top Tips

December is a blessing for hospitality. Bookended by autumn’s dwindling trade and a cold, baron January, the “festive season” represents a sparkling opportunity. Increased footfall and a party atmosphere mean a revenue-boost is all but guaranteed. The best operators will exploit this further, both by maximising immediate profitability and using December to promote the long-term […]

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Improving your Sales Forecasting

Improving your Sales Forecasting

With the festive season just around the corner, it is important for hospitality businesses to strategically plan for the increased demand during the weeks and months ahead. Accurate sales forecasting will ensure operators get the most from this busy period. Accuracy is Key Many businesses will under-forecast in order to keep labour costs low, and […]

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An Integrated Solution is a Better Solution

An Integrated Solution is a Better Solution

At S4Labour, we are proud that our labour management system was created by operators for operators. Our people have a wealth of experience gained from backgrounds in all sectors of hospitality, and we continue to manage three food-led destination pubs, two with bedrooms. These provide the perfect environment to ensure our products stay at the […]

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S4Labour Featured in Welcome Systems Podcast

S4Labour Featured in Welcome Systems Podcast

At S4Labour, we understand the wide range of systems that contribute to the successful running of a modern hospitality business.  We have an active integration with Welcome Systems, market-leading providers of Property Management software. This allows optimisation of scheduling in sites offering overnight accommodation, with demand for housekeeping and food service staff driven by room occupancy rates […]

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What we Learned at the Propel Multi Club Autumn Conference

What we Learned at the Propel Multi Club Autumn Conference

On Wednesday we were fortunate enough to sponsor the final Propel Multi Club Conference of the year. With industry leaders and entrepreneurial talent from a range of sectors scheduled to speak, we were eager to hear what they had to say. With an abundance of knowledge in their respective areas, we were provided with real […]

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We’re Sponsoring the Propel Conference

We’re Sponsoring the Propel Conference

S4Labour are continuing our sponsorship of Propel events with the final Multi-Club Conference of 2017. The conference will take place on Wednesday 1st November at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London.  We will have a stand in the refreshments and networking area and will be available throughout the day to discuss controlling costs, driving greater […]

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Six Reasons to Work With S4Labour – Quotes from the Best Operators

Six Reasons to Work With S4Labour – Quotes from the Best Operators

At S4Labour we work with over 100 of Britain’s best hospitality organisations, ranging from award-winning single site and small multi-site operators right up to some of the country’s best-loved national brands. There are numerous reasons why they find us to be the perfect partner in ensuring their sustained success, but don’t just take our word […]

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The Future Looks Bright for S4Labour’s New Graduates

The Future Looks Bright for S4Labour’s New Graduates

Following the appointment of three new senior employees, S4Labour are delighted to welcome to the company the four members of our graduate programme for 2017.   The quartet, who took up their positions at our Oxfordshire head office earlier this month, are Ross Atkinson, Ben Nestel, Jess Stacpoole, and George Tuvey. They were selected from […]

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Staffing After Summer – Our Advice

Staffing After Summer – Our Advice

The kids are back at school, there’s a chill to the air, and while we may still be blessed with the odd fine day, autumn is in the air. For most in hospitality, the end of the summer season brings renewed staffing challenges.   With sales likely to drop, tightly controlled labour spend once again […]

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We’re at the Bar & Pub Show 2017

We’re at the Bar & Pub Show 2017

S4Labour are exhibiting at the Bar & Pub Show at Olympia, London, from October 2nd – 4th.   The three-day event, part of the wider Hospitality Show 2017, will bring together professionals from all sectors of the industry.  We are exhibiting from stand WF51, situated right next to the Bar & Pub Hub at the […]

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S4Labour Clients Win at Great British Pub Awards

S4Labour Clients Win at Great British Pub Awards

The champagne corks were popping as two S4Labour customers saw off stiff competition to take wins at the Great British Pub Awards 2017.    City Pub Company’s Temple Brew House, in London, came out on top in the prestigious Beer Pub/Bar of the Year category, while Rumba, in Macclesfield, part of DV8 Bars, was crowned […]

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Experienced Trio Joins S4Labour

Experienced Trio Joins S4Labour

We are delighted to announce the appointments of three new senior members of the S4Labour team. This news was also reported in industry-leading publication Propel Info.  S4Labour is the fastest-growing labour scheduling solution for the hospitality industry. As more and more first rate operators are realising the value it brings to their business, we are dedicated […]

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Guide to Setting Up Users in S4Labour

Guide to Setting Up Users in S4Labour

As new people join your business, or are promoted internally, there will be a requirement to create new higher level users within S4Labour.  This is a simple process that typically takes under 30 seconds and can be carried out by any Level 5 (head office) level S4Labour user following the steps below.    Step One […]

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Expanding Your Empire – Our Advice

Expanding Your Empire – Our Advice

Are you looking to take on new sites to grow your hospitality business? If the answer’s a resounding “yes!”, you’re in good company – 60% of UK pubs are now managed by multi-site operators, while in recent years the restaurant sector has seen a rise in the number of chain operators coupled with a decrease […]

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Six Ways S4Labour Can Save You Time

Six Ways S4Labour Can Save You Time

S4Labour is the fastest growing labour solution for the hospitality industry. It is intuitive and user-friendly software designed to optimise scheduling of staff, as well as manage HR functions. In addition to significantly reducing operating costs, the system saves its users valuable time, allowing site managers to focus on doing what they do best – […]

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S4Labour Case Study – Barons Pub Company – Helping the Best Get Better

S4Labour Case Study – Barons Pub Company – Helping the Best Get Better

Barons Pub Company is a collection of food-led pubs in the south of England. It was founded by Clive Price in 2000 and has grown healthily since. Averaging a new site acquisition every two years, Barons expanded outside of its Surrey heartland for the first time in early 2017, opening The Black Boy near Reading. […]

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Top Tips for Summer Holiday Success

Top Tips for Summer Holiday Success

School’s out for summer, and for our industry that means there are a host of opportunities for operators to maximise sales. Doing this well can provide an even greater boost to turnover at a time of year that typically sees the strongest trading, setting your business up for success into the autumn and beyond. Here […]

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What we Learned at the Propel Summer Conference

What we Learned at the Propel Summer Conference

Last Thursday, we were lucky enough to sponsor the latest in a long line of excellent Propel events. This year’s summer conference, complete with evening party, as ever saw a programme packed with illuminating speakers from all areas of hospitality. Across those on stage, we saw a common theme – strong, genuine people with a […]

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Helping the Best get Better

Helping the Best get Better

Congratulations are in order for no fewer than eight of our valued customers who have had sites nominated for awards in this year’s Great British Pub Awards across five different categories. The awards night is due to take place in London and September, and we will certainly be rooting for plenty of outright category wins, all […]

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Ambience and “Site Flow” – the Key to Modern Success?

Ambience and “Site Flow” – the Key to Modern Success?

Ten years ago next month, the smoking ban came into effect across the UK.Opponents at the time argued that the ban would critically harm the pub sector, viewing drinking and smoking as too closely linked Opponents at the time argued that the ban would critically harm the pub sector, viewing drinking and smoking as too […]

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Top Tips for Employee Efficiency

Top Tips for Employee Efficiency

Last month we brought you our Top Tips for Management Time-Saving. This time round, we turn our attention to those people who compose nine-tenths of our workforce, team members. With over 25,000 now registered on S4Labour, it’s high time they were given some consideration. Here are our top five tips to help employees work more […]

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Employee Recognition for a Motivated, Efficient Workforce

Employee Recognition for a Motivated, Efficient Workforce

Our industry truly has people at its heart. Paradoxically, many employees in it feel no love for the work they do. Some studies have found employee turnover in the sector to be as high as 80%, while a 2016 report found that poor staff retention costs UK hospitality businesses £272 million a year. It seems […]

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Top Tips for Management Timesaving

Top Tips for Management Timesaving

Time is always precious, but seldom more so than for managers in our industry. Tasked with balancing the business-building side of their role against the less glamorous administrative processes required to promote efficiency, for these people any opportunity to save time is a golden one. Here are our top tips on how to do just […]

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Playing Happy Families

Playing Happy Families

This week, a survey by the Morning Advertiser revealed that a huge 64% of British families visited a pub or restaurant on last month’s Mothers’ Day. A 2015 study by bighospitality.co.uk reported that three-quarters of families are now eating out more regularly than they were five years ago. With figures like this, it’s easy to […]

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Top Tips for Summer Efficiency

Top Tips for Summer Efficiency

With Britain basking in spring sunshine this week, it’s easy to believe summer is just around the corner. Here are our top five tips for how to make summer 2017 efficient and profitable. Restructure the bar The summer season brings a prime opportunity to restructure your product offer behind the bar to optimise efficiency. We […]

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Get Ready for Summer

Get Ready for Summer

It’s a stretch to say that summer is just around the corner, but the days are getting longer, the weather’s getting warmer, and spring’s first daffodils are here. In the hospitality industry, however, there is rarely time to stop and smell the flowers. Smart operators are already turning their attention to the challenges and opportunities […]

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Top Tips for Event Planning

Top Tips for Event Planning

Mothers’ Day is almost upon us, and will be swiftly followed by Easter, May’s bank holidays, and the busy summer season. Making the most of these opportunities on an annual basis can be essential to the success of many hospitality businesses. Here are our top tips on how to do just that. Scope out the […]

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Guide to User Access Levels

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Our Research Featured in Industry-Leading Publications

As the labour management solution of choice for many first rate operators, we are superbly positioned to provide unique insight into the challenges faced by the industry. Our research into the impact of living and minimum wage increases was recently featured in both Propel and The Morning Advertiser.

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Top Tips for Reporting

Reporting is an important aspect of modern hospitality management, with operators benefiting from a wealth of illuminating information. Here are our top tips on how you can make reporting work for your business.  Daily Reporting To stay on top of their business performance, it is important for site managers to have quick, easy access to key […]

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Preparing for Valentine’s & Mothers’ Days

Preparing for Valentine’s & Mothers’ Days

With January behind us, the hospitality industry is looking forward to brighter times ahead. This time of year brings several events that for most pubs and restaurants ensure some of the busiest days of the year. First among them comes Valentine’s Day, a time for amorous pampering that tends to spread into a week-long festival […]

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Improve your Management Processes

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Our Guide to Perfect Staff Levels

Our Guide to Perfect Staff Levels

In any hospitality business, having the right number of people working, both on any given shift, and in terms of total team size, is important to ensuring great service levels, constant brisk trade, and more money in the till. We’ve all been to pubs and restaurants where there simply aren’t enough people working. The staff […]

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Turning Christmas Visitors into Year-Round Regulars

Turning Christmas Visitors into Year-Round Regulars

Customers are at the very heart of every successful hospitality business. We often see pubs, bars, and restaurants referring to their “valued” customers, and many a manager has opined that “customers pay the bills.” But how often do we think about how much a customer is truly worth us in financial terms? In an industry […]

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Help Us to Help You

Help Us to Help You

Our dedicated support team members are labour management experts and committed to assisting your business. Please help them help you use S4 by including as much detail as possible when raising support tickets, either through the “Support” widget on S4 or by sending an email to s4labour@cattonhospitality.com. To support you most efficiently, we need to […]

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