Star to buy big ticket items for new lessees

By Mike Berry contact

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Star wants to help its lessees grow their food sales
Star wants to help its lessees grow their food sales
Star Pubs & Bars has said it will pay for big ticket items such as ovens, fridges and grills for lessees taking on new pubs.

The company claims its new policy will slash ingoing costs for new publicans by 60-70%.

The company says the initiative, which applies to business start up agreements and three year rolling leases, will be especially beneficial to those lessees wanting to run food focussed pubs, where equipment start-up costs can be very high. It says the move will also make it easier for multiple operators to grow their pub portfolios more quickly as less capital is tied up per site.

For Star lessees this means savings of around 60% will be made for pubs earmarked for capital expenditure, rising to around 70% for those not receiving investment, as ownership for this 60/70% transfers to Star Pubs & Bars. The fixtures and fittings Star lessees buy on entry to the pub will typically be 30-40% of the total value made up of trade staples such as furniture, curtains, tables and chairs.

Cash boost

Lessees will still be responsible for the repair, servicing and maintenance of their own as well as the Star Pubs & Bars owned equipment. An equipment inspection will be undertaken prior to any new lessee taking on a pub to ensure equipment is in a good state at the outset.

Star Pubs & Bars will arrange for all necessary statutory inspections of gas and electrical equipment with the costs re-charged to the lessee in a similar way to the current maintenance and statutory inspection programme.

Chris Jowsey, trading director, said of the initiative: “Our research reveals that the high cost of catering equipment is deterring people from investing to increase their food sales. Our new F&F policy is designed to help bridge the funding gap for applicants by boosting their cash flow and reducing the capital they need to raise to lease a tied pub. The programme also furthers our ambition to help enable all our pubs to serve food by 2020 and that 50% of sales should come from food.

“We spend time listening to applicants’ views and looking at ways we can best address their concerns. Keeping new lessees’ ingoing costs down, together with providing intensive one-on-one support in the first few months focussed around individual business plans and maintaining high standards, are key to launching new ventures successfully and ensuring pubs thrive in the long term.”

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Smart Publican

Posted by ken nason,

How can you make such a difinitive statement without knowing what the details of a franchise deal might be?

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scorfa

Posted by jon,

its a rush now to povide scorfa value equal to the wet rent as was always supposed to happen, before the adjudicator arrives.

the adjudicator should have the freedom too look at backdated values of scorfa

too little, too late

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Pubco evading legislation

Posted by Smart Publican,

All these range of smelly tactics designed to bypass the new legislation. This is another shameful act of aggression against tenants. The whole purpose of legislation was to give Tied Tenants a chance to improve their profits from below £15k pa to above £15K pa. It appears Pubcos will not allow that to happen. DO NOT TOUCH ANY PUBCO FRANCHISE WITH A BARGE POLE OR ELSE BE PREPARED TO GO BANKRUPT.

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