Category Archives: Business ideas/analysis

Licence to spill

We spoke today to the licencing team at our local council who confirmed that no objections had been made during the consultation period and that our premises licence has been granted. That leaves building regulations approval and planning permission to sort which … Continue reading

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Beer’s the thing

One of the first questions a business adviser wants answering is why? Hundreds of pubs are closing every year, so why do we want to open a micropub? Our response is that the micropub business model seems to be the best way … Continue reading

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The smoking ban

The number of pubs in Britain has been declining consistently since 1980, when there were 69,000 pubs in the country; thirty years later and the number of pubs stood at 52,000. Of all the threats to pubs, one of the … Continue reading

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A race to the bottom: thoughts on pricing

There are dozens of websites, Facebook pages and publications which we follow in order to stay on top of trends in the pub trade. Recently we joined an online licensees support group, the members of which have been invited by … Continue reading

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On-the-job training

For all the beer we’ve drank, until fairly recently we had never worked behind a bar or pulled any pints. Our lack of cellar experience is the number one gap in our business plan and something we’ve started to address through … Continue reading

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The property search

We’re asked again and again, where and when are we opening?? A few weeks ago we found premises which, although not perfect, would have been perfectly adequate. Unfortunately the landlord decided to sell the property instead of taking us on … Continue reading

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Sisters are brewing it for themselves

Many micropubs open in a converted high street shop. With most high street shopping done by women, what can micropubs do to make them feel welcome? Dr Gloria Moss of Buckinghamshire New University says women are responsible for 83 per … Continue reading

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