St. Lucia

Hotel Chocolat enjoys a sweet start after IPO

H otel Chocolat 1 has had a sweet start to its life as public company after reporting that its sales have been slightly ahead of market expectations.

The chocolatier reported that sales rose by 12pc to 92.6m in the year to June 26, boosted by online sales growing by a fifth and a popular Father s Day offer

Legal claim has day in the sun as hotel group sues its accountancy firm for £50m in damages

T he owners of a hotel resort in the Caribbean backed by the one-time Wimbledon singles champion Pat Cash is taking its former accountancy firm, Wilkins Kennedy, to court this week over allegations of professional negligence, seeking damages of 50m.

It is likely to be the most high-profile battle between a small business and a top-tier accountant of recent years, and represents the final chapter of a legal saga spanning a decade