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Property and Professional

Are You Focused?

35 YEARS AGO, I stood on Lambeth Bridge & threw my briefcase in the Thames saying 'never again will I work conventionally. At the time I was MD of 3 companies, part of a large group, but I couldn't stand the politics. That was on a Thursday, the following day I went to my 3 offices & said goodbye to all my staff & put my car keys in the postbox of the group head

Signature Senior Lifestyle SIGNATURE SENIOR Lifestyle is a privately owned company and one of the leading providers of quality care home accommodation in the country. Signature's aim is to provide accommodation and care of the highest standard to meet the needs of frail elderly people, both now and in the future. As both developers and operators we are looking for prominent, high profile sites in affluent residential areas capable of accommodating a care home

office & caught the train home. The following day I went to Italy for 2 weeks & on the first day back, I saw a Midland Bank Manager, told him what I'd done & he said "despite the fact you're young, you've had a lot of experience in running companies, I think you can help some of my customers". So for 35 years, I've been helping companies & it took me years to work out the 1 reason why a business makes money is the same reason why a business makes money: FOCUS. Focus just on your skill, you'll never make money. Focus on profit & you'll make money. Reader enquiries - Tel: 01202 551193, email: or visit

of around 60,000 – 70,000sq.ft GIA within a single building. Each Signature development is unique in its design and configuration and does not follow any set architectural style. As such Signature will consider a variety locations and development opportunities, including mixed use schemes, high rise developments, urban and semi-rural locations. The focus of Signatures land acquisition is currently within the Greater London and the Home Counties with land values paid up to £25m for the right site. Introductory fees are paid at 3% of the land purchase price for off market introductions with £5k payable on exchange of contracts. Please contact: James Wilson, Land & planning Manager on 077141 72173

Looking For Finance Solutions For Your Business? FOR OVER 20 years Moorland Finance have been sourcing and providing finance for personal and business use to our customers all over the UK. We offer flexible funding services in Cornwall and Devon to ensure your business is fulfilling its full potential. Our services include hire purchase deals, leasing, sales and leaseback and contract hire for equipment between £1000 and £1,000,000, including: • Catering equipment • Office equipment • Cars • Vans • Lorries • Coaches • Heavy duty equipment • Plant equipment • Printing equipment The above list isn't exhaustive, our finance services aim to help you acquire whatever you need to make your business a

success. We offer flexible fixed-term funding solutions to assist with the management of your monthly cash flow to enable you to have access to the equipment you require. Having problems raising the funding you need for your equipment or vehicle purchase? Then you need the help of Moorland Finance Ltd. We provide finance solutions for new start businesses, sole traders and partnerships throughout Cornwall and Devon. With a number of contacts established over many years in the industry, we can offer you the best deals available. Rest assured that our team can find a solution and tailor a finance package to suit your budget. Malfunctioning equipment never happens at a good time. Replacing the item or repairing the fault could lead to a loss of vital finance. Don't struggle on without the essential things you need to succeed, let our specialists tailor a leasing, hire purchase, leaseback or contract hire in Cornwall to suit your needs today. If you would like to call us for a chat about your options, please give us a call on 01626 333373 or send us an email.

March 2017

Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier



The Hospitality Business Mentor from The Bowden Group DAVID HUNTER is the Hospitality Business Mentor – he works with owners and investors in hotels, restaurants and catering businesses. Ensuring the business performs and makes the required profit, is what David does, and he does this by: 1. Setting realistic targets for the business, and creating budgets and forecasts 2. Monitoring Sales, Gross Margins and Labour costs very closely 3. Mentoring the owners and/or managers of the business to help them achieve their objectives Other areas that David advises on include: • Marketing – general and specific (ie promotions etc) • Human Resources (HR) - including all the legislation, and disciplinary positions. • Reward and Bonus schemes – always linked to achievement of objectives • Customer Service - including Hospitality skills training Do contact David for an informal chat, or make an appointment to meet with him. Call David direct on: Mobile 07831 407984 or by email on Visit the website at or the Blogsite at

CONTINENTAL STYLE CAFÉ/RESTAURANT WITH FULL ONLIC., CLOSE TO UNI BUILDINGS, CITY CENTRE, PORTSMOUTH. Staff run business offering easily manageable menu with scope for eve and Sunday opening. NB premises are licenced to midnight. Approached across a wide pavement with seating for 40. Eye-catching, dble frontage with 2 pairs of folding doors. Attractively decorated with seating for 70. Comprehensively equipped catering kitchen. Current gross T/O £6,500/£7,000 pw. Accts record T/O of £284,343 (ex VAT) for y/e 31 March 2016. Gross profit £221,267 (77.8%). Leasehold at current rental of £16,500 p.a.x. – OIRO £200,000 + S.A.V. (Ref. C.3694)

LOCK-UP DAY TIME COFFEE SHOP (A3 USE), PROM POSN AT MAIN RD JUNCTION, IN CENTRE OF COMMUTER TOWN, NR. SALISBURY, WILTS. Character Grade II Listed Bldg circa 17th Century. Close to arterial road & historic attraction. Airconditioned with Italian theme & seating for 40. Catering kitchen & 2 parking spaces. Open congenial hrs – 6 days. Same hands 10 yrs. T/O £1,500 pw (not VAT reg). GP 70%. Leasehold at rental of £12,000 p.a.x. - £35,000 + S.A.V. (Ref. C.3690)

CATERING BUSINESS, SPECIALISING IN COLD FOOD BUFFETS & SANDWICH MANUFACTURING, SOUTH HAMPSHIRE. Occupying an accessible location amidst a small business park. Grnd flr of unit extends to approx. 1,309 sq.ft and includes a fully equipped production kitchen with sandwich conveyor, etc. First flr mezzanine approx. 665 sq.ft, used as office and staff room. Retirement sale. Same hands 15 yrs. Current takings peaking at around £20,000 pw. GP 50%+. 10 yr lease from Oct. 2016 at £16,000 p.a.x. 2 refrigerated vans included. – OIRO £200,000 + S.A.V. (REF. C.3685)

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CLH News #198 March 2017  

Issue #198 of CLH News - the leading monthly trade publication for the independent hotel, pub and restaurant sector of the hospitality indus...

CLH News #198 March 2017  

Issue #198 of CLH News - the leading monthly trade publication for the independent hotel, pub and restaurant sector of the hospitality indus...