How Do I Go About Getting Into The Pub Trade?
Running a pub is both a lifestyle and a business decision. As such you should expect to work long hours, be able to multi-task and find the energy to be sociable and welcoming even at the end of a long day, but as many in the industry can testify the rewards, both financially and personally, can be significant.
Whilst getting into the licensed trade can seem quite daunting it must be remembered that breweries and pub companies are continually on the look-out for enthusiastic new partners to run their pubs and as such if you have drive to take on a new challenge and the commitment to make a success of a new venture, the pub trade may well be for you.
If you are thinking of a new career in the pub trade contact your local Fleurets office as we specialise in matching people to opportunities in the pub trade. Our national network of local offices have experienced negotiators who can advise you on which pubs in your chosen area are for sale or are available to let. We can also put you in contact with other professional services such as Specialist Finance Brokers, Solicitors and Accountants that can help you with the preparation of a business plan.
You will initially need to understand what you are able to afford and decide on the style and location of the operation you would like. At this point speaking to your local Fleurets Office will help you identify the opportunities that are available. Obtain details from any of our offices or web site and go and see as many as you can. Weigh up the pros and cons and decide which matches your requirements best. Then if you know you can afford it and have or are able to obtain a Personal Licence quickly, make your offer. Don't be afraid of seeking professional assistance for Surveys or Valuations, money invested in professional services of this kind could be money well spent and it could cost you a lot more if you get things wrong.
Alternatively if you want to understand the Licensing aspects of running a Pub the British Institute of Inn Keeping can advise you on which courses are appropriate given your past work, business and managerial experiences.