BBPA publishes new cost guidelines for British pub tenants and lessees

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has released the latest edition of its operating cost guide for tenants and lessees.

The data is intended to inform those wishing to take on a tenanted or leased business about the costs involved in running a pub.

The BBPA’s guide provides information for tenants and lessees on typical operating costs in the pub sector and gives existing occupants the opportunity to benchmark their own business and compare their own costs against the published industry norms.

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The guide shows the average cost of running a leased and tenanted pub over a range of pub models based on turnover and business types.

Updates in this year’s guide include pay-tv and live music costs for all pub models and a new town and country model which brings the total number of pub models featured in the guide to nine.

It covers a wide range of pubs, from those with little in the way of food sales, to those that are largely food-led, and takes account of the significant variations that exist in the cost base, even within those pubs that are broadly in the same category.

As in previous editions, the guide’s input data and sources change each year, so the BBPA stresses that information should not be used to determine trends from year to year.

As well as providing average costs, the guide also includes the minimum and maximum operating costs by providing a range of scenarios across different types of business.

Brigid Simmonds OBE, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “Whether you already run a pub or are thinking of taking one on, this new report is a must-read. It includes essential information on the current costs involved in running a Great British pub and can be downloaded – free of charge – from our website.”

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