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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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How to Advertise Your Pub

So you've got the décor right, the ales are clear and bright, the food is tasty and great value and you have a cracking program of entertainment for your customers to enjoy … so how do you let the public know? Well, you do what every other business does … ...

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Party Nights

“Party on dudes” – Bill & Ted I love a good party, sometimes all I need is a good excuse (sometimes not); your customers are no different. Party nights are great fun and very profitable and if you can make it a talking point, great advertising for your pub. Whilst all ...

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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.

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