Professional Services & Utilities

A stock pot is not a rubbish bin'

Menu focus

Focus on stocks and sauces: it's all gravy...

By Alison Baker

Warming winter dishes are often made better with good stocks and sauces. Alison Baker discovers how you can improve your menu and maintain consistency whether you make your own or buy in

The equivalent of 1.3bn meals are thrown away by the sector each year

Pub chefs must do more to tackle food waste: SRA

By Nicholas Robinson

Tackling food waste must be given more focus by pub chefs to help save their businesses money and benefit the environment, a spokesman from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has urged.

Soil Association calls for traffic light labelling on menus

Obesity debate

Mandatory nutrition labelling on pub menus

By Nicholas Robinson

Government should make nutritional information on pub menus mandatory to help combat the UK’s growing obesity crisis, a senior Soil Association policy advisor has urged.

Boost sales with winter warming hot drinks

Hot drinks

Hotting up: winter alternatives to coffee

By Noli Dinkovski

The temperature is dipping, collars are being turned up and customers are looking for something to warm the cockles of the hearts. The answer, says Noli Dinkovski, is a diverse coffee offer that is adaptable to the seasons.

Red Mist leisure

Surrey pub operator grows sales 16.5%

By MC Allegra FS

Red Mist Leisure, the Surrey-based managed pub operator, has reported like-for-like sales up 16.5% for the year to 31 May and is eyeing further expansion, M&C understands.

Need a lawyer?..professional service providers you need

Professional services

Need a lawyer?..professional service providers you need

By Fiona McLelland

You’re probably in the business because you love running your own pub. Not for the love of paperwork, legalities and accounts. That’s where professional service providers come in. 

55% increase in JJ's profits

JJ Food Service eyes new sites after profits up

By Nicholas Robinson

JJ Food Service has posted record profits of £12m for the year ending March 31 2015 – up 55% year-on-year – the majority of which would be pumped back into the company’s existing and new sites.

Is it a good market for first-time buyers?

Pub property

Is it a good market for first-time buyers?

By Nicholas Baker

Nicholas Baker provides us with his thoughts on the current environment for pub finance and tips for applying for finance as a first-time buyer.

Taking the pain out with Flypay

Technology

Taking the pain out with Flypay

By James Evison

Following a £7m investment from Time Out, PMA caught up with Tom Weaver, the CEO of UK start-up, Flypay, to discover what the app can do for pubs.

Faucet Inn's journey from pubs to all-day dining

Faucet Inn's journey from pubs to all-day dining

By James Wallin, MC Allegra FS

After building up a successful chain of pubs across London, Faucet Inn is now focusing growth on two all-day dining concepts, with a strong pipeline both domestically and internationally.

Pug pubs funding to grow to ten sites

City news

Pug pubs funding to grow to ten sites

By MC Allegra FS

Pug Pubs, the Midlands pub company set up by former M&B director Nigel Pinegar and former openings manager Matthew Crowther, is exploring funding options for expansion from 2016, M&C has learnt.

Sales at wet-led pubs up 2.8%

Sales at wet-led pubs up 2.8%

By Emily Sutherland

There is good news for wet-led pubs after it was revealed sales were up 2.8% compared to last August, but down at restaurant pubs and London-based casual dining chains.

Tip the balance in favour of our sector

Tip the balance in favour of our sector

By Ed Bedington

The issue of tipping has hit the headlines this week, and it’s good to see that the likes of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers has made a move to announce it is revising its code.

ALMR to revise tips code

ALMR to revise tips code

By Emily Sutherland

The Association of Multiple Retailers (ALMR) is to re-vise its code of practice to help pub operators navi-gate the tipping minefield that has dominated recent headlines.

Poll shows 70% of operators fear living wage rollout

Finance

Poll shows 70% of operators fear living wage rollout

By MC Allegra FS

The planned introduction of a new national living wage (NLW) for the over-25s continues to generate a mixed response across the sector, with more than 70% of operators in the UK’s eating and drinking-out market believing it will have a negative impact...

Funding advice: Are we 'in the money'?

Finance

Funding advice: Are we 'in the money'?

By Phil Mellows

As pub industry confidence returns, so is lenders’ faith in the ability of operators to give them a return on their money. Phil Mellows reports.

Why it would pay to pay the living wage

Why it would pay to pay the living wage

By Ed Bedington

There’s been an increased focus in recent months on making the trade more appealing as a career, and so it was refreshing to read the story of the Prospect Inn in Exeter.

Eating out sector up 4% year-on-year in April

Eating out sector up 4% year-on-year in April

By James Evison

Brits celebrating Easter by enjoying a meal out prompted a peak in leisure spending during April, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker.

Licensed Trade Charity launches sickness guidance

Guidance

Licensed Trade Charity launches sickness guidance

By Ellie Bothwell

The Licensed Trade Charity has launched new guidance to help prevent long-term sick and disabled people working in the licensed trade getting into financial problems.

Pensions freedom stirs lease market

property

Pensions freedom stirs lease market

By Ed Jefferson and Stephen Taylor

Investors turn to bricks-and-mortar pubs in order to secure better returns from their pension pots

Running a pub: Going multiple

Running a pub

Running a pub: Going multiple

By Glynn Davis

In the third and final part of our series on the challenges of running a pub business, Glynn Davis looks at the problems and benefits of increasing the number of outlets in your estate.

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