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Surviving The 1st Year In Business

Whilst no one can guarantee the success of your pub business I can give you some tips on how to make it through that all important first year in business. According to government figures 20% of new businesses fail within the first year, hopefully this short guide will highlight some of ...

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Creating a Pub Food Menu

If you want to sell food at your pub creating a food menu is one of your chef’s or your most important jobs. Your food menu is usually the main means of selling food to your customers and it is the document that directs and controls the operation of your ...

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Business Rates

Business rates are a charge on the use and occupation of commercial premises and are applied according to a consistent statutory definition (rateable value) throughout the UK. All assessments are due to be reviewed in April 2017 and this will inevitably produce some changes in liability above and beyond the ...

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Comedy Nights

Stand up comedy has become massively popular in recent years and there is a huge demand for it everywhere. How does a smaller venue go about putting on a comedy night? Running comedy nights in theory is very simple. It only needs 3 things... a great venue, a great audience ...

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Pub Running Costs

One of the things I continually get asked is "How much does it cost to run a pub?" My usual answer is "How long is a piece of string?" as all pub businesses are unique and in consequence each pub has its own unique running costs. So how do you ...

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So you want to run your own pub or micropub? Then read on…

With the benefit of Publican Sam’s 35+ years of hands-on experience in running pubs in the UK, the site helps with ideas & information to guide you through the minefield of good pub management and with over 400 pages of specialist information How To Run A Pub is the essential and definitive online guide to running a pub. (The easiest and quickest way to find what you want is to use the site search engine on the left.)

The site will help you with your bar, kitchen, finances, pub insurance, pub rents, rules and regulations, staffbuilding, pub websites, WiFi and much, much more… with practical advice, how-to guides and top tips. Plus, hopefully, enough “pub ideas” to help you make a success of your business. Every effort has been made to check information and provide you with an objective view of running a successful pub, whilst also sharing top tips from his own experience and those of other successful licensees Publican Sam knows and trusts.

“I will continually monitor issues, trends and developments within our vibrant industry and offer up advice where appropriate. Your comments and views on the advice expressed, and even your own “pub ideas”, will be greatly appreciated not only by me (you never know everything) but by others using this site send me a message.”


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As with any significant undertaking that will potentially change your life (such as taking on a pub) you should seek independent professional advice.

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