Star buying club ‘could save operators up to £7,500’

By Emily Hawkins contact

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Collective power: Star Pubs & Bars said its new buying club will help pubs increase profits
Collective power: Star Pubs & Bars said its new buying club will help pubs increase profits

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Star Pubs & Bars has launched a buying club, which it claims could help an average pub save up to £7,000 each year.

It will help boost licensees’ top-line growth amid cost inflation causing increasing challenges for operators, the pubco said.

Star also claims it will not receive any financial benefit from the scheme with all savings set to be passed on to licensees.

Expansion of Star’s Just Add Talent (JAT) managed operator estate to 120 sites means it has increased buying power.

The pub company will negotiate preferential commercial terms on a wide range of goods and services for its leased and tenanted licensees. 

Just the start

Star Pubs & Bars buying director Steve Dancer said the pubco would be consulting licensees for their thoughts.

He said: “By cutting licensees’ costs, the buying club will increase their profits and make their businesses more sustainable. 

“This is just the start – we’ll be listening to our licensees at our autumn forums and throughout the year. We will be looking to develop the club further in line with their feedback.

“The deals are struck on the back of our JAT estate.

"They demonstrate, once again, how this small group of managed operator pubs is providing commercial and competitive advantage to our 2,700 L&T (licensed and tenanted) pubs.”

Discounts have been agreed with suppliers, including Biffa, Nesbits, Sky, Initial, A-Cask and PHS Greenleaf.

The club is accessible via Star’s online beer-ordering platform.

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