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  • A Vegan’s Guide to Sleigh-ing the Festive Season

    Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    The holidays are great; it’s the perfect time to see loved ones, buy as many fairy lights as humanly possible, listen to Michael Bublé on repeat and of course, the food. But how do you enjoy this time as a vegan when dinners are predominantly meat based, and the Christmas markets have dairy this and turkey that? It can feel a bit tough, especially when you’re wanting to make plans with people who ...

  • Top Tips on How to Smash Your Bartending Trial Shift (and not the Glasses)

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    So, you have gone through the interviews with flying colours and have landed your trial shift, the next point of the hiring process, congratulations! (Or if you’re just reading this out of curiosity, welcome!) “But what now?!” I hear you ask. Don’t worry, Xpress is here to help! The trial shift is the day that all your hard work in writing your cv, applying yourself, going through interviews (and ...

  • Top 5 Edinburgh Restaurants to Celebrate World Vegan Day in Style!

    Posted on Friday, November 1, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    It’s World Vegan Day today and we’re so here for it, which is why we have a list of our favourite vegan spots in Edinburgh! Do you think we missed any? Let us know in the comments! 1 – Naked Bakery, 24a Hill St (images: @Naked_Bakery on Instagram) Located in Hill Street, this vegan café hits the spot! With cakes, soups, toasties and more delicious treats, it’s definitely somewhere to try out – ...

  • Leadership Development in Hospitality

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    Leadership. It seems like the buzzword of the year, along with synergy, which this will be the one and only time I’ll ever say that – it’s a good thing it’s Halloween, because that word gives me the shivers. If you spend your time on LinkedIn, you’ll hear the word leadership a lot (we’re looking at you, GaryVee), but our American pal is absolutely spot on. Gone are the days of bosses, hierarchy, ...

  • What Makes a Café Special?

    Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    We all love a café. It’s just fact – they are amazing. Whether they’re being utilised by bearded Dave who is adamant that the draft he’s typing up will be the new thing everyone will want to read with characters they want to be, or the friends who finally got a moment to catch up after months of uni (queue PowerPoint presentations of what one another missed in their absence), a casual interview ...

  • How Hotels and Restaurants Plan and Manage Food Quantities During Peak Seasons

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    In the UK, hospitality is such a focal point; with hotels and restaurants finding new ways to impress. In Edinburgh, we had a month or two to recover from The Fringe, and to prepare for Christmas which really begins mid-October, whether you want it to or not. Though instead of wondering "why does it have to happen now, I'm not ready for Michael Bublé" (rude, you should always be ready for his ...

  • 5 Ways to Personalise Your Guests’ Experience

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    When it comes to travel, guests are looking for something a bit more than the norm. The good ol’ standard no longer meets their standards, as it’s all about personalisation and unique experiences now. And we’re here with top tips on how to get that with your hotel! This ones for you boutique hotel owners! Check-ins , these are either seamless or the worst thing known to mankind, they can contain ...

  • The Unlimited Holiday Policy and How to Put Your Employees Mental Health First

    Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    “Unlimited holidays? Pft, they’ll never work again! I’ll never work again!” Screams George from HR, but little does he know this scheme will change the workplace as we know it. The discussion surrounding unlimited holidays is louder than ever, and workplaces are increasingly adopting this new scheme, but why? And how do we know that our employees won’t all pull a George and go on a 365-day break? ...

  • 5 Tips to Ace Shared Accommodation

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    Let’s be real for a second. Shared accommodation looks great, until you fly the nest and endure the harsh reality that the Blair and Serena set up you had in your mind with macaroons, shared bathrooms and 24/7 friend time is completely unrealistic. First of all, the only good store-bought macaroons are from Marks and Spencer and we do not have the income for that right now – that £5 could be two ...

  • Everything You Need to Know About Student Discount

    Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2019 by Amy ListonNo comments

    Books, parking permits, rent and countless cups of coffee; student life isn’t cheap. It’s also not easy, which is why student discount is the best thing to happen since sliced bread…and pot noodles. Get ready for a whole lot of tips, tricks and sites to use (along with a special treat for those in Edinburgh looking for a cheap, student pub crawl!) as it’s time to get your spend on! Where should I ...