BUSINESS RATES HIKE CLAIMS ITS FIRST PUB TRADE VICTIMS

By Victoria Trafford, Director of Business Rates Well, as we feared, increased business rates have taken their toll on a number of pubs across the UK, resulting in their closure. The Morning Advertiser has reported that the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has cited climbing business rates as a factor in the recent closures, further to its warning the Government for several ...

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT AS PUBLICANS’ SPORTS BILLS ARE SET TO FALL

The licensing industry can a hotbed of controversy when it comes to charges and price hikes, but one of the biggest bugbears for licensees is the cost of providing Sky for customers. With the Premier League, the Lions Tour and the Grand Prix promising to be a huge draw for customers this year alone, Sky has become a necessity for the majority of pubs looking to increase their profits, but it is...

MEET THE NEWBIES: THE PLANNERS

Harris Lamb has been on a major recruitment drive over the past 18 months, expanding the team rapidly as the business grows; but what do the recruits themselves think? We meet the new kids on the block, and find out how they’re getting on. Alisha Paul and John Pearce joined Team HL in December and April respectively, and have spent the past few months getting to grips with the working practic...

Aiding the Poundstretcher expansion plan

Harris Lamb's Retail team is assisting Poundstretcher with its 2017 growth plan. The discount retail chain aims to launch 50 new stores this year, and Harris Lamb has been retained to help identify and acquire sites.  . Head of Retail David walton said: "We're looking to secure sites both in town centres and in out-of-town retail parks, with sales areas of 5,000-40,000 sq ft. We're v...

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: BECOMING A MAYOR’S MENTOR

Since becoming the first Mayor of the West Midlands last month, Andy Street has swiftly set about starting to realise his plans for the region. One of the first things he’s done, which we think is a fantastic initiative, is his Mayor’s Mentors scheme. The concept is simple: Andy is calling on people to share their experience and knowledge with young people to help them learn life skills...