The terms Bench, booth & banquette seating are used interchangeably in restaurant spaces with a particular style and seating the restaurant space focuses on. Bench and booth seating is a stylish seating solution for restaurant spaces, cafes, bars, and nightclubs. Whereas Banquettes or fixed seating creates are space-saving, cosy, intimate seating booths for guests to […]
Tips to Getting the Perfect Restaurant Dining Space
What makes a successful restaurant? Ever wondered why some restaurants have a high number of recurring guests and visitors? A restaurant that has a dining space that is functional enough for workers and attractive to the diners serves as a huge advantage when it comes to selecting a restaurant. The Dining space is the heart […]
Restaurant Furniture Cleaning and Maintenance Tips
It is not just the food and hospitality that attracts a customer to a hotel or restaurant space. Moreover, the customer is drawn more to the environment, ambience, decor and overall cleanliness and hygiene the restaurant space offers. Restaurants and hotels are spaces where visitors come to share important and lasting memories and ensuring these […]
Bars and Restaurant Furnishing Tips to Maximise Bookings this Festive Season
The busiest time of the year is here. With all the festive season cheer and joy, it is a busy time for restaurants and bars. There can be a sudden surge of bookings with respect to festive parties, family gatherings, festive dinners and so on. Not compromising the festive cheer yet following the rules of […]
5 Different Hotels to Visit if You Don’t Want to Travel Abroad
England has always been the land of interesting history, beautiful gardens, and breathtaking architecture. With its towns and urban cities that are straight from the storybooks, it is a must-visit once in a lifetime. If you are going on a staycation or just bored at home, here is our list of favourite cools, quirky and […]
Checklist for Reopening Your Restaurant
The Covid-19 Pandemic is here to stay, it’s time we learned how to get on with our lives simultaneously with the pandemic, following strict health protocols. The world is slowly getting back on its pace but with a lot of exceptions and changes. The authorities in charge have also been easing lockdown restrictions and allowing […]
Restaurants and Cafes are Open – Here are the New Corona-virus Rules for Dining Out
Like other social institutions, restaurants and cafes have been badly hit by the outbreak of coronavirus. An impact of the pandemic on restaurant and cafe establishments is the halting of dining in activities. Restaurants and cafes were either shut down or limited to offering takeaway services. However, the ban on businesses within the hospitality industry […]
5 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Buying Restaurant Furniture
Furniture is perhaps one of the most important aspects, which reflects the personality of a restaurant. It is therefore also a vital point in forming a perception in the customer’s mind. It could be just the comfort they feel, or the elegance and visual appeal, or the attractiveness of the colours used. Apart from ensuring […]
How to Choose the Best Hotel Lounge Furniture
Introduction Ever wondered what people are looking for when it comes to choosing a hotel during their leisure or business travel? People always enjoy a good place to relax and somewhere that feels like home. The market for travel, tourism and business travel is ever-expanding. Customers today pay close attention to comfort, cleanliness, price, architectural […]
Using Pub Furniture to Create an Experience
Pubs today have evolved to be of experiential nature. Just-round-the-corner pubs to fancy five-star gastro pubs are part of people’s routines nowadays. While weekdays get people flocking in for a quick drink after work over some casual chit chat or a quick bite to eat, weekdays get them spending entire evenings and nights with a […]
5 Tips on Buying the Perfect Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture is made to withstand outside temperature and related environmental conditions. It is for this reason that moving indoor furniture outdoors would not be the best of ideas. For example, in tropical countries, outdoor furniture would be made such that they endure heat as well as rain. Humid climates mean more moisture content which […]
Tips on choosing Modern Furniture for your new office
The reasons for getting new office furniture could be anything – increase in the number of employees, upgrade to larger space, revamp in the office interiors etc. Either way, you should choose new and modern furniture carefully because not only does it affect the wellbeing and productivity in the office, it also plays a role […]
UHS International response to Covid-19
Several UHS Internationals customers have expressed some understandable concerns due to the latest events and news surrounding Covid-19. We are working closely with them to maintain business activity at a normal level and support them in their current needs. UHS International has a suite of digital tools, which we can use to continue collaboration and planning. […]
7 Things to Consider when Designing Restaurant Interiors
For the best customer service and to ensure repeat business, a restaurant designer shouldn’t just think about how attractive the exterior of the restaurant is, the interior speaks volume too, just like the glamorous exterior. While considering the design of a restaurant interior, there are several segments to focus on and the whole process can […]
Creating the Perfect Lounge
Imagine the scene. You have a meeting at a new company. As you step into the reception, you’re met with an office space that’s dull, grey and uninspiring. Think Mad Men meets The Office (only without the comic relief). Now picture the complete opposite. The area is spacious; the atmosphere friendly and inviting. You get […]
Create a Cafe Your Employees Will Love
Coffee, anyone? A simple enough question, and one we say to friends and colleagues alike day in and day out. And why not? A quick chat over a cup of coffee is as much a part of everyday office life as a weekly meeting or a brainstorming session. So why not make your company cafe […]
Italian Hospitality in a Modern World
In a world of ever-changing food trends, how is the famous and traditional Italian cuisine keeping up? The profound cultural transformations and technological advancements that have occurred in recent years have impacted the hospitality industry in a big way. Nowadays there is a quasi-obsessive, but enjoyable attention to detail. A client entering a restaurant – even […]
Inside out: commercial outdoor furniture guaranteed to bring business in
With UK temperatures already reaching a high of 21°C at the end of February 2019, it looks as though we may be in for another year of record-breaking heat waves. As a restaurant or bar owner, you may not have been ready for the influx of customers wanting to eat and drink outdoors last year. […]
Choosing the best furniture for your office reception
Think of your office reception as the face of your business. It’s one of the first things a visitor sees and can create a lasting impression that can be hard to shake if you get it wrong. That being the case, creating a reception area that portrays your business in the most positive light is […]
Furniture Ideas for your Office Breakout Area
The purpose of office breakout areas A huge portion of our time at work is spent at our desk – this can quickly become dull and uninspiring. Many business owners are beginning to realise that to benefit from an engaged and motivated workforce, additional focus should be placed on providing the space for staff to […]
Facilitating the Agile Working Movement
Nearly 2 decades into the 21st century, we’re rapidly starting to see the move from rigid office environments, to free and fluid agile working spaces. This approach is frequently proving to facilitate creativity and productivity in workers, with lots of big companies adopting open work areas and creative spaces. Significantly, employers are quickly learning the […]
The newest trends in restaurant design
Visual stimuli have been proven to alter your customers’ perception of taste, flavour, and smell. In fact, in an article on the drinks business, a professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University, Charles Spence, said: “Lighting and music can act as digital seasoning for food and wine.” With this in mind, it’s vital that bars […]
How to stand out in the booming coffee shop culture?
If there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s that we love to get comfy and have a hot drink. Whether it’s a quick coffee during a weekend shopping spree, a get-together with friends, an impromptu work meeting, or a lazy Sunday brunch… a coffee shop is often the venue of choice! Coffee sales […]
A seat in the airport’s departure lounge is where the holiday begins!
Holidays start in the departure lounge, and it is at this highly anticipated stage of the holiday when waiting passengers want nothing more than a coffee, beer, or cocktail in the most appealing bar. Sinking into a comfortable armchair, clutching only a passport and a drink is where the relaxation and gloating social media posts […]
How to clean and maintain restaurant furniture
It’s not only delicious food and great customer service that keeps visitors returning to the same restaurant; it is the environment, the decor, and the overall atmosphere of the establishment. Customers remember these factors. Restaurants are where we share important experiences – such as enjoying a romantic meal with a loved one, catching up with […]
3 Shared Workspace Furniture Ideas
Shared and collaborative workspaces are growing in popularity. In particular, start-ups and technology companies are likely to invest in a shared workspace instead of committing to a lease; the benefits include opportunities to network and financial flexibility. Businesses across all sectors are also placing more focus on developing collaborative environmentswithin their existing establishments in line with a […]
Furniture for craft beer pubs
Craft beer pubs are having a moment – most towns and cities have a number of micro pubs, craft beer bars, or a place to grab a guest ale. If you own, or are in charge of managing or setting up such an establishment, you’ll understand that getting the “look” of your venue is important […]
More and more people are searching using Siri, Echo and Alexa technologies, so we decided to put it to the test! We asked Siri who was the leading supplier of hospitality and commercial furniture… see the response below: #SiriKnowsBest
Contract Furniture for Student Accommodation
Are you on the hunt for contract furniture for your student accommodation project? UHS Group has been designing and providing modern furniture for establishments popular with students for several years… cheeky Nando’s anyone? Our vibrant chairs, tables, sofas, and stools can be found in commercial venues all over the UK – popular restaurants you’ve almost definitely […]
Stimulating, atmospheric outdoor spaces…
It’s that time of year again when the outdoors opens up… We see some great inspiration from London terraces, Rome rooftops, Parisian streets and the riverside in Cologne. An outdoor terrace, eating or social space is an area that requires as much attention as the interior as it becomes increasingly popular to eat outdoors. Nestling […]
RUSTIC PUB FURNITURE – AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF THE PUB EXPERIENCE
Who doesn’t enjoy classic pub food on a lazy Sunday after a lovely countryside walk, or perhaps as a mid-week treat? As well as the food, sinking into a deliciously comfortable armchair by a wood burner, or perching outside in a bright beer garden, are some of the experiences that make spending time in a […]
Evolution or Revolution? Everything about the way we’re banking is changing…
Whether it’s how we look for a new mortgage or insurance product, to how we digitally manage our accounts through mobile apps. Kids are now learning how to use a tablet sooner than they’re learning to read, and every business needs to adjust to this. In fact, the only thing that’s not changing is that […]
Why “Instagrammability” matters when selecting furniture?
Beautifully designed, unique and on-trend hospitality or commercial furniture is vital when creating your venue’s appeal – your furniture should inspire visitors to capture their experience. Why? Because roughly 800 million people use Instagram on a monthly basis. If your venue’s interior is creative, design-led and memorable, your visitors will reach for their phone, share […]
Bar stools – A Complete Guide
When furnishing or designing a bar, hotel, restaurant or café, it’s likely you’ll need a range of bar stools to provide ample seating (and to complement your interior). At UHS Group, a leading provider of furniture for the hospitality sector, we recognise that choosing a bar stool presents many decisions. This guide provides the advice […]
Safe and Stylish Contract Furniture
When acquiring contract furniture for a hospitality or commercial establishment, it can be difficult to navigate the vast range of options available. To deliver a successful project, a number of factors must be taken into consideration – such as style, practicality and affordability. However, it is of paramount importance that furniture is safe – particularly […]
Bar stools – an integral part of a venue’s design and comfort
UHS Group is a leading supplier of quality bar stools – perfect for the hospitality and commercial industry. We understand that bar stools are so much more than “space savers” in venues. They are an integral element of an establishment’s overall design and comfort. Our durable and stylish bar stools range from ultra-modern wire framed metal […]
The UK’s booming coffee culture calls for stylish café furniture
When choosing a coffee shop, most high streets present a number of options ranging from well-known chains to quirky independents. Because of this, there’s little room for dull furniture and lackluster design in such a competitive market – with 70 million cups of coffee consumed in the UK every day, it’s never been more important […]
Furnishing a wine bar is not just about putting in some tables and chairs
If you’re designing a wine bar’s interior or selecting furniture for your venue, you’ll understand that furnishing is not just about “putting in some tables and chairs”. It’s much more than that. At UHS Group, we collaborate with interior designers and those responsible for acquiring furniture to maximise a venue’s potential in terms of style […]
The Perfect Hotel Room… what about the Hotel?
It seems to be the subject at the moment to discuss the perfect hotel room and what the guest wants, especially after recent events such as The Independent Hotel Show where Chic Retreats created a whole book on this. Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall – Fresh, clean coastal scheme We think it starts with the Hotel […]
What really is ‘contract quality’?
Around 40% of furniture used in a contract environment isn’t contract quality. The term ‘contract quality’ is used by companies who usually don’t know the true meaning of it. It is essentially being used as a marketing term to sell products to a wider market. Products are being designed with planned obsolescence in mind – […]
Curry vs. Chocolate… what would you choose?
This is the most amazing week of the year so far – national curry week and national chocolate week! A great excuse to grab a takeaway and eat a stack of chocolate! Which begs the questions… what would you choose? Let the battle of the foods begin! For me it’s got to be Curry… specifically […]
Rust or Bust
The introduction of Rust! The oldest new kid on the block… Rust! We have seen the resurgence of Rust in recent months to great effect. Years of chemical reaction is used to create a dark distinctive burnt orangey colour, which is perfect for those ultra-industrial themes. Old warehouses with exposed brickwork could be effective with […]
Pink & Ink… the colours on trend!
Soft subtle pinks and electric ink blues are the colours on trend that are taking over London’s design scene. Anyone who’s anyone is using them so it’s time to get involved. Why do they work so well? Soft subtle pinks are like mayonnaise… they literally go with anything! But unlike mayonnaise they are used in […]
Time to combine performance and style
Found in some of the UK’s most well-known bar and restaurant chains, including ETM Greenwood in London, plus Café Football & Hotel Football in Manchester. Our bar furniture is resilient enough to take the strain of any busy sports bar or pub! Commercial sports bar furniture A forerunner in the hospitality furnishing industry, we’re able […]
The future’s bright… the future’s Retro!
Are you looking for retro bar furniture? UHS Group provides retro bar furniture to create a nostalgic yet stylish vibe at your venue. Our selection includes bar stools, tables, chairs and more. The future is retro bar furniture Retro bar furniture is essential when creating the illusion of a bygone era. Add to the illusion […]
Comfort away from home to escapism
As a forerunner in the hospitality industry we strive to be the leading furniture supplier which ensures we keep in trend with our furniture designs and styles. This year we have seen a few changes that have shaped the interiors of restaurants, bars, hotels and even the commercial spaces. Comfort away from home is key, […]
RISE OF THE COCKTAIL BARS
UK Cocktail Bar Furniture Are you looking for cocktail bar furniture? At UHS Group, all bar furniture is designed with an obsessive eye for detail and quality – we offer bar stools, tables, sofas and armchairs exuding quality, craftsmanship and contemporary design. Based in Oxfordshire UK, UHS Group is a forerunner in hospitality furnishing. We […]
How far would you go for the sale?
New inquiry comes in to your inbox. You put some options together, price it up and send. Follow up a week later – Won or Lost I’ll be honest with you, I’ve done this before and seen plenty of my colleagues do the same. To some of you there may seem nothing wrong with this […]
Are you a designer…?
What will youdesign? As part of the ongoing mission to be the leading furniture brand in hospitality, UHS is developing software and design platforms to ensure the specification process is easy, enjoyable and empowering. Recently the launch of youdesign campaign is just a start of the journey. Youdesign is a platform where you can choose […]
New ag(il)e working
So last week I had the experience of working in New York, travelling via Uber, working in a coworking space, ordering lunch via seamless.com (USA’s version of Deliveroo) – Great I could get used to this…! Whilst there I was among digital creatives, coders, international representatives, fashion and music companies. The respect was great, the […]
ROI from your outdoor space
Outdoor space is becoming more and more popular in the UK. These areas are great for revenue boosting in a restaurant as long as the space is appealing, smart, attractive, and clean. Aesthetically pleasing, fir for purpose and appropriate furniture is always a challenge for the restaurant owner because of the Great British elements, however […]
Brains + Good Furniture = High Performance
We find it fascinating that as the modern world is fast developing, our need for good furniture has not changed. As top performing companies are focussing on creativity, talent and creating the right atmosphere, comfortable and inspirational furniture has never been so important. This made us think of a new formula for success Brains + […]
Well not totally, but shall we just get on with it? And then let’s move forward in confidence. At UHS Group we have been musing in recent times and decided we are a bit ‘Britalian’ because we have Italian and British teams working close together in a great collaborative spirit, so whatever happens Brexit will […]
How do you enter the office?
“Morning, Morning, Morning, Morning” Smile and Nod “Hi, how you doing? Yeah good thanks” Head down, get to the desk as quick as possible “Guuhhh the traffic was awful!” These are just a few common examples of what I’ve experienced from my time working in an office. How do you enter the office? I’ll be […]
The emergence of a home away from home…
With a valuation of $30 billion, Airbnb is now worth approx. $7 billion more than the next most valuable hospitality company – Hilton Worldwide ($23.33 billion). It is also nearly worth more than Hilton and Hyatt ($6.87 billion) combined ($30.2 billion). This is rather extraordinary for a company that started in just 2008, and is […]
Be bold… Its already February! A good start and everyone is in the race, how are you going to win? This year we are approaching with enthusiasm, positivity and excitement, because we feel this is going to be good. After landing some great contracts and projects at the latter part of last year we step […]
Fire and forget, or hire and regret?
So the burning question is why would I choose a product that is suitable for contract use and not an item from an online company when the price difference can be so substantial? Well…. To start with the reality is that in fact the cost really isn’t any more; in fact in the long term […]
Adding a splash of colour
The challenge We very much relish getting our teeth into a creative project with a passionate brand, and the Oxford Nando’s refit we took on last year was one of our 2016 highlights. Nando’s were not just looking for a boost to the restaurant’s interior, they wanted to ensure the refit delivered that elusive ‘wow’ […]
Inspiration from Cologne!
IMM Cologne is the first interiors show of 2017 that previews some of the trends that will be shaping the furniture industry over the next year. UHS Group’s attendedance at IMM Cologne shows our desire to keep up with the latest furniture design ideas in the hospitality industry. At IMM Cologne, you will find a […]
Hospitality trend predictions for 2017
The past several years have witnessed a revival of retro and vintage culture, and no industry has felt this more than the hospitality industry. Bar and restaurant design has been stripped back; think exposed bricks and pipework, copper tones and industrial lighting. Furnishings that fill these spaces appear salvaged, as authentic materials are used to […]
Hospitality Sector – Are Customers Loyal And Staying With “Trusted” Brands?
Everyone’s got a favourite restaurant or type of food – for me it’s got to be Italian, so whenever I’m looking for somewhere to eat, I’ve always got my eye out for an Italian restaurant. I also like looking for somewhere new and whenever I hear about a new restaurant opening up I like to […]
The Restaurant sector – is it consumer confidence led?
The number of restaurant outlets has declined by -0.5% in the last year, and turnover is down -0.8%…
Website – User Experience vs. Design
Without a nice design users may not hang around as there’s no attraction to the brand or website, so they’re likely to shop elsewhere…
Restaurant furniture – is it safe and fit for purpose?
We seem to gradually coming out of the battered reclaim look, after scrambling around in skips and rummaging through flea markets.
Office areas are all about ‘Lifestyle Venues’
The world is changing, maybe more rapid than we think. An office area that doesn’t actually belong to me? Oh and just in the vicinity is a Gym…
Hospitality in the workplace?
Hospitality ‘the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.’ An industry word for ‘comfort away from Home’ as we call it.
UHS VISIT SPOGA GAFA
The UHS Team visited the Spoga Gafa show in Cologne, where many new products and designs were shown for the outdoor areas.
INSPIRED BY THE OLYMPICS?
Our new Carnival collection is here just in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics… and it’s worthy of a gold medal!
A price guide for Hospitality Furniture…
From the dining chairs to the lounge chairs this ‘Collection’ is packed with every style you can think of.
Pub Conference Review
UHS’s attendance at this event shows our desire to keep up with the latest opportunities and challenges across the pub/restaurant industry.
MILL TABLES: THE PERFECT SOLUTION
Our Mill collection consists of a range of moulded table tops (square or round) that can be fitted to any base…
INSPIRATION FROM MILAN!
The team spent a few days getting fresh inspiration from Milan visiting Salone Del Mobile and surrounding showrooms…
INNOVATION AT IMM
New products, new styles, new designs, new colours… UHS team visit Cologne!
Welcome to ‘Steinbesser’s Experimental Gastronomy’ with Edwin Vinke at the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam…..
SLEEP EVENT 2015
On Tuesday, we sallied forth to London and the Sleep 2015 event…
SALONE DEL MOBILE 2015
One of the greatest furniture expos in the world, the Salone del Mobile provided a warm welcome to UHS earlier this year.
CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK
The UHS team were inspired and rebooted by Clerkenwell Design Week – if you missed it this time, make sure you get in on the next.
ORGANIC AND FRESH LINES IN MADRID…
Special care was taking with the realising of light, colour, acoustics, textures and smells in the this space….
SALONE DEL MOBILE 2014
The UHS team spent some days trawling the design and inspiration at Salone del Mobile, looking for new designs, new trends and new product inspiration.
ADDICTED TO BESPOKE FURNITURE? FIVE REASONS THAT WE LOVE IT
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but more and more people are investing in bespoke furniture…