Food, Drink & Hospitality

Your brand is everything in the hospitality sector. Protect your intellectual property and strengthen your brand equity

The hospitality sector is facing crisis. Not only is it under the same external pressures as other industries, it is also being challenged by high rental prices, increasing business rates, staffing problems associated with Brexit, the cost of regulatory compliance, and rising wages. Crucially though, competition is as fierce as...

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Wisdom of the crowd: how to make sure IP doesn’t derail your crowdfunding efforts

Startups raising hundreds of thousands – even millions – of pounds via Kickstarter may be rarer than it once was, but crowdfunding remains a popular method of fundraising. There are a myriad of options, whether you go down the equity crowdfunding route offered by the likes of Seedrs, CrowdCube, and...

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Brand Value? Sweet like chocolate

In March this year, the New England Confectionery Company, one of America’s oldest and most treasured candy manufacturers, found itself threatened with closure. In response, thousands of fans rushed to hoard boxes of Necco Wafers and Sweethearts, fearing the worst for their potentially endangered candy favourites. One wholesale website saw...

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Trade Marks: Protect your brand from day one

When it comes to starting out and building your name, there’s some do’s and some don’ts that should be at the top of your agenda. Do run clearance searches before you commit to a new beer name or new markets – ideally a full search in your home/most important markets,...

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Food inspection technology

It is more important than ever for food and drink companies to think carefully about the protocols put in place for ensuring quality control. Fortunately, the rapid pace of innovation in the field of food inspection technology is allowing food and drink manufacturers to combat this risk by installing systems...

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