Use our industry guide to find key background information, market research, import and export guidelines, statistics, legislation, trade bodies and trade publications.
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Trends and forecasts
Market research reports focusing on this business sector are available from a number of market research specialists. In most cases these reports are available to fee-paying subscribers or on a pay-as-you-go basis.
BDO produces a Restaurant and Bars Report on the current market, managing tax and employment costs, new tips regulations, technology and future trends.
Other market research specialists
Some free information is available from the following market research specialists, ranging from industry news to executive summaries of the reports.
A full listing of reference products and research reports for the restaurant industry from Euromonitor, with a range of global, country and company level reports. Each report provides a contents listing and a useful executive summary reporting on the key trends in each country report.
Research company specialising in the European foodservice market, with reports covering contract caterers and restaurant chains.
Foodservice market research specialist offering reports on consumer behaviour, menus, quarterly and annual market trends and key brands.
Business and industry research specialists offering reports on a wide range of sectors, including full-service restaurants. Report snapshots, table of contents and a sample report are available. The company also produces global industry research reports.
A full listing of reports covering the restaurants, pubs and bars sector with the option to view the executive summary and a table of contents for each report.
Statistics on the UK
Office for National Statistics
The Annual Business Survey (ABS) from the Office for National Statistics collects financial information covering UK production, construction, distribution and service industries. Statistics available include:
- number of enterprises;
- total turnover;
- approximate gross value added at basic prices;
- total purchases of goods, materials and services;
- total employment – average during the year;
- total employment costs;
- total net capital expenditure;
- total net capital expenditure – acquisitions;
- total net capital expenditure – disposals;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at end of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at beginning of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – increase during year.
The dataset Non-financial business economy, UK: Sections A to S includes data on restaurants:
- Restaurants and mobile food service activities (56.1)
See Section I: Accommodation and food service activities
Statistics on Europe
Eurostat, the EU statistics hub, collates detailed Structural Business Statistics giving the latest figures for industry, construction, trade and services by sector and country. The indicators available include:
- number of enterprises
- turnover or gross premiums written
- production value
- value added at factor cost
- gross operating surplus
- wages and salaries
- social security costs
- gross investment in tangible goods
- gross investment in land
- gross investment in existing buildings and structures
- gross investment in construction and alteration of buildings
- gross investment in machinery and equipment
- number of employees
- number of persons employed per enterprise.
Statistics within the database are available for:
- Restaurants and mobile food service activities (I561)
See database section ‘SBS – services’
Average employment costs within this sector are available from Table 14 of the Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.
The data includes average employment costs for:
- chefs, cooks;
- kitchen and catering assistants;
- restaurant and catering managers;
- waiters, waitresses.
Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.
Legislation and regulation
Gov.uk provides some guidance on the main legislation applicable to various sectors, including food, catering and retail.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a section on health and safety in catering and hospitality, which includes latest regulations affecting this industry.
UK business guides
The Library can supply business guides on this sector to ICAEW members and students.
The websites of trade bodies in this sector are a useful source of industry overviews, contacts and statistics.
- Academy of Food and Wine (AFW)
- Institute of Hospitality
- Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA)
- Restaurant Property Advisors Society (RPAS)
Trade journals and publications
Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics.
Articles and books in the Library collection
- View a list of articles and books in our collection on restaurants
- View a list of articles and books in our collection on the catering industry
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You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post or email through our document supply service.
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