Dave and Kim took over the Paget Arms in Loughborough, just over a year ago. They worked with Everards to settle on an agreement that was right for them and a year on they are running a thriving business in the student town of Loughborough with the help of eight-month-old pub dog Clyde! The pub sits surrounded by houses of the locals and regulars that have now become friends.
It was an advert for the pub that caught Dave and Kim’s attention and they went along to a Pop Inn event held by Everards (which they now do virtually, check their Facebook Page for details). They could see its potential and more importantly could see themselves there. However they weren’t in the right place to take the pub on in the traditional Everards way of a three year tenancy, so they had a chat with the Everards team and Business Development Manager (BDM) for the pub Martin, who could see they were the perfect fit for the pub.
“It’s all about getting the right people” says Martin “it’s the business owner that makes the pub successful. We look for talented people who love what they do, we can help with the funding and getting them on their feet with the finance side of things, but we can’t give them their talent, that comes from within. We’re motivated to find the right pathway to the pub for the right people.”
Dave had managed many a pub in his career across the Midlands as well as working as a bouncer and bodyguard for 18 years and Kim worked as an office manager. Originally Dave ran the pub whilst Kim carried on working and Kim has now joined him in the pub full time.
“I’ve had pubs before, but Everards have been amazing to work with, I’ve been blown away by the company in general but especially the people; every need I’ve had has been supported as I have asked and it’s just been so easy and positive. We started our conversations with Louisa in the Attraction team, and she was great at taking us through the start of our journey. Louisa really spurred us on and made us know we had made the right decision with Everards and even now is a familiar face that we know we can call at any time. Louisa and Martin made us feel so welcome from the beginning and helped us find a way to work together. I love working in this industry, being in the pub chatting with customers and choosing which beers we have on – it makes me happy.” says Dave
“But I could not see a way to do this financially on my own at this point in time, that’s why I was working as a manager before taking a break from the industry. I had a break for three years whilst I cared for my Dad and I realised then that if I went back into the trade, that I really wanted my own pub. We saw the advert from Everards and decided to just go and have a chat. I am glad we did. We are not on the traditional three-year tenancy agreement, but we have worked out a way to get there together thanks to Louisa and Martin. The support and network of Everards and all their business owners is amazing, and we are proud to be business owners with them and part of it all. We are loving the journey with Everards, despite Covid arriving just eight months into us taking the pub, actually the pandemic has just cemented how great they are to work with and we can see ourselves at the Paget and with Everards for years to come.”
If you are looking to take on your own independent business, like Dave and Kim or growing your business further, have a chat with the Everards team. If you are the right person, they will work with you to develop a flexible agreement which works for everyone. Ultimately as a local independent family business they want to support other independent businesses and are happy to develop partnerships that work. It’s not just pubs either, more recently they have partnered with Jenno’s Coffee House to grow their business from one coffee house to two and also Rustic Crust to get their pizzeria business from a mobile business to a bricks and mortar business, both on different business agreements to suit them.
So, if you are unsure on the financials, get in touch with the Everards team here or give them a call on 0116 201 4260 and let them see if they can help make your business ideas viable and get you behind your very own bar.
To see which pubs are currently available, visit www.everards.co.uk or get in touch as they may have something in the pipeline that you have been waiting for!
If you happen to be in the Loughborough area, pop in and say hi to Dave, Kim and Clyde! You are sure of a warm welcome and you could even treat yourself to one of their special honey gins, made with fresh ingredients from a local beekeeper – follow them on Facebook @thepagetarmsloughborough to see what else is on offer and to get your daily pub dog dose!
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Everards of Leicestershire is an independent, family business based in Leicestershire. Chairman, Richard Everard OBE DL is the fifth generation of his family to run the business since it was established by William Everard in 1849. Everards are proud to work with lots of local businesses and causes – from Leicester Tigers and Leicester Riders, for which Tiger is the Official Beer, to supporting local charities such as Warning Zone, Age UK and PROSTaid.
Tiger Copper Ale (4.2 per cent ABV) is Everards’ most famous beer and is the official beer of Leicester Tigers. On the bar alongside Tiger you will find Golden Hop (3.5 per cent ABV), Beacon Hill (3.8 per cent ABV), Sunchaser (4.0 per cent ABV) and Old Original (5.2 per cent ABV) available in many Everards pubs. In addition, an innovative range of Limited-Edition beers are released throughout the year. Recently the selection included beers such as Small Beer No.1, People’s Captain Short and Stout and Session IPA No.3, alongside favourites such as Sleighbell and Tighthead.
Everards own more than 175 pubs across the Midlands, all run as independent businesses.
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