Professional Services & Utilities

Booker's non-tobacco sales up 0.6%

Booker’s total sales down

By Nicholas Robinson

Foodservice wholesaler Booker has reported total sales for the 24 weeks ended September 2015 down 1% to £2.2bn, but like-for-like non-tobacco sales up 0.6%.

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.

Pubs take lead in price rises

Analysis

Pubs take lead in price rises

By MC Allegra FS

The latest menu pricing analysis conducted by M&C Allegra Foodservice has shown greater price rises in the pub sector than in restaurants or fast-food outlets.

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.

'Recent liberalisation of pension rules opens up interesting possibilities' [Credit: Thinkstock.co.uk]

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

Yummy Pub Co's Pender: 'The co-founders are now off the shop floor and have head office-type roles'

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.

Pub is the Hub secures £100k funding

Pub is the Hub secures £100k funding

By Ellie Bothwell

Pub is the Hub has secured a £100,000 injection of funding from the Government for its Community Services Fund that will go directly to pubs that are looking to diversify.

Finance: Calvin Dow (right) advises finding various routes of funding

Running a pub

Running A Pub: Trading up

By Glynn Davis

In the second of our series on the challenges of running a pub, Glynn Davis looks at the practicalities of taking those first steps in expanding your horizons by running a large premises or more than one outlet.

The BBPA is urging pubs to respond to requests for information

Pubs warned over business rates info request

By Mike Berry

Licensees have been urged to respond quickly to requests for information from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) about their pub’s trading performance, if they want to avoid fines and unnecessary red tape.

Raise a glass: Carmel Daly-Fletcher has lots of money-saving tips

Challenges of a lease

By Jessica Mason

Carmel Daly-Fletcher, BII Licensee of the Year 1998, has been widely recognised as being one of the top pub managers in the country. But when she made the transition from manager to leaseholder, even with her first-class credentials, she found it a challenging...

Lessee John Cavanagh and his wife Kara at the Hamilton Russell Arms in Thorpe Thewles, County Durham

Experience

Running a pub: Personal experience of starting out

By The Publican's Morning Advertiser

When John Cavanagh took up a five-year lease at the Hamilton Russell Arms, in Thorpe Thewles, County Durham, four years ago, it had lost much of its trade following a fire.

Matthew Ralphs: Enterprise ensure 'the business will be a long-term success'

Recruitment

Running a pub: How pubcos recruit publicans

By The Publican's Morning Advertiser

Matthew Ralphs, recruitment marketing manager, for Enterprise Inns explains how the pubco recruits tenants and lessees into its business.

What does a pubco mean by 'reasonable' and 'fair'?

What does a pubco mean by 'reasonable' and 'fair'?

By Robert Sayles

Pubcos always appear keen to reassure demands placed on licensees are both ‘reasonable’ and ‘fair’. However, these terms are vague and ambiguous - needless to say, there’s invariably a very good reason for this dearth of clarity, writes Robert Sayles.

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