Cost Guide and Benchmarking

The BBPA’s annual cost guide provides valuable data for tenants and lessees on typical operating costs in the UK pub industry. The report represents the best available data from BBPA member companies on the costs of running a pub in the tenanted and leased sector of the UK pub market. It is a vital reference tool for anyone thinking of investing in a pub.

  • BBPA publishes latest cost benchmarking data for tenants and lessees

    10 July 2017

    The BBPA has today published the latest edition of its operating cost guide for tied tenants and lessees. The 2016 data is intended to help those wishing to take on a tenanted or leased pub business to be as well informed as possible about the current costs involved in running a pub. The BBPA’s guide provides valuable information for tenants and lessees on typical operating costs in the tied pub sector. The guide gives existing tenants and lessees the opportunity to benchmark their own business, and compare their own costs against these published industry norms. New for this year are categories for gaming machines and pay-TV for some models, as well as a higher turnover, community pub model, which brings the total number of pub models featured in the benchmarking guide to eight. The guide shows the average cost of running a tied pub over a range of pub models based on turnover and business types. 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 information should not be used to determine trends from year to year. For example, this year’s guide includes a new cost line (pay TV) and income stream (machines) for some models. The data should also be used in conjunction with sources such as the ALMR’s annual benchmarking survey and other pub trade data. The guide also makes clear that all pubs are unique and that actual costs incurred will be dependent on the different aims and styles of the business according to the location, the market and the skills of the tenant or lessee. As well as providing average costs, the guide also includes the minimum and maximum typical costs, providing a range of scenarios across different types of business. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive, BBPA, says: “Our updated report will provide very useful benchmarks that should help anyone thinking of taking on a pub, or those who are already in the trade. It can be downloaded free of charge from our website. It should be a great help to all those running a Great British Pub.”

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  • Cost of running a pub - BBPA report gives vital new data

    15 September 2011

    New data on the cost of running a pub has been released today by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). The information, contained in Running a pub – Guide to costs for tenants/lessees, should prove a vital resource for would-be licensees seeking to operate their own pub, says the BBPA. The report represents the best available data available from BBPA member companies on the costs of running a pub in the tenanted and leased sector of the UK pub market, and complements the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) Benchmarking Report which has been published annually for the last five years, and which the BBPA is also urging licensees to examine. The BBPA is publishing all the information on its website today making it available free-of-charge to publicans who are seeking to run a tenanted or leased pub business. Existing tenants and lessees will also be able to benchmark their own business, by comparing their own costs against industry norms. The data shows the average cost of running a pub over a range of pub models based on turnover and business types. It covers a wide range of pubs, from those with little in the way of food sales, to those that are largely food-led. The report takes account of the significant variations that exist in the cost base - even within those pubs that are broadly in the same category. Such costs are based on the size and location of the pub, the age and state of repair, the operating style and the experience of those in charge. The report, as well as providing average costs, also includes minimum and maximum typical costs providing a range across different types of business. BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments: “Our new report should become an indispensible tool for anyone thinking of investing in a pub. Publicans in the leased and tenanted sectors, or anyone else, can download it free of charge. “Business plans, and the negotiations over leases and tenancies, need to be as well informed as possible, so this is another solid step forward in transparency in the trade.” Kate Nicholls, ALMR Strategic Affairs Director, comments: “These latest estimates of costs provided by landlords are in line with the ALMR’s own evidence-based Benchmarking Report, which provides a wider analysis of a range of business performance KPIs, including costs. Taken together, these separate initiatives provide a complete picture for new entrants to judge the health of the business proposition they are taking on and whether rent levels are sustainable. The consistency of the figures across the two reports means they are mutually reinforcing, and we welcome the BBPA’s acknowledgement of the validity of our figures.” Bernard Brindley, Deputy Chairman of the BII, comments: "We welcome this information as anything that helps a licensee to make more informed decisions when looking to take on a leased or tenanted pub has got to be good news. What is more is that if you take into account that these figures don't include an allowance for managers salaries or entertainment then when these are added back in, the data is almost identical to the ALMR benchmarking data, which does include these figures. This can only serve to reinforce how robust both surveys are."

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48,350

the number of pubs in the UK.