Heard the one about the publican, the pubco rep and the punter …

… who walked into a bar? Well, in this case, a series of micro-pubs?  You had to be there to enjoy it fully. I was the punter who, in the company of a publican and a manager from a pubco, decided to embark on a tour of east Kent’s micro-pubs, before there are too many: it took us two days to get around, but more are planned. Contemporaneous notes I sent Facebook updates from (nearly)...
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What’s wrong with pubs?

The actual question: As the “Pubs Officer” for the local branch of CAMRA I received this email from a university student – From: XXX Sent: 06 March 2013 11:25 To: pubs@camra-afrm.org.uk Subject: Story on pubs vs supermarkets Hi Justin, My name’s xxx. I’m at XXX University. I’m doing a story...
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The trials and tribulations of tied pub tenants

If you are thinking of taking on a leasehold pub with a pubco (Punch Taverns, Enterprise Inns, etc) as your landlord, it is well worth watching this video about the problems faces by tied pub tenants first – to make sure you are happy you can cut it
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The power of a brand … it’s yours already

The British pub already has the power of a brand – a brand built up over centuries It is a versatile, strong brand, and one that should be built on – not wasted It is wasted by every surly publican who cannot be bothered to provide good service to his or her customers: who almost objects to their presence, even though they are the source of income It is built on by every publican who...
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April Fool giveaway

It’s my birthday in April, so I’m giving a 10% discount on all new legal work where I receive (and accept)instructions in April 2010 – you need to quote “promo code April Fool” when giving the instructions (on the authority form, in the case of new clients) in order to qualify, so don’t forget...
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An improving market?

It may be too early to tell for sure, but there are indications that there is more movement in the pub market than over the past few months: I am currently handling 4 leasehold pub sales and one freehold pub purchase, all of which were “stalled” before Christmas, but which are now leaping forward I hope this is a sign of better times to come – though the leasehold sale prices...
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