It's all hands to the pumps for Sunderland couple Tony and Jacqueline Ganley at their new pub.
The husband and wife team have taken over the running of the 60-year-old Oddies pub in Millfield, Sunderland thanks to the Government’s Funding for Lending scheme.
Enterprise Inns sold the pub to the couple off an asking price of £150,000 for the freehold.
The Ganleys set to work on refurbishing the property and have significantly increased the pub’s turnover as a result. As well as boosting turnover, the Ganleys have also created four more jobs in the process.
The couple, who have had tenancies at other pubs in the area, bought the pub now have plans for a pub menu and have taken on chef Paul Harnett, plus three more bar staff in order to serve up meals, including Sunday lunches, all-day breakfasts, as well as curry and steak nights.
When they decided to buy the pub outright, they approached Dominic Duke at NatWest with their plan. Together, they successfully acquired a loan as part of the bank’s participation in the government’s Funding for Lending Scheme.
Tony said: “It’s been a long-held dream to own our pub so when we saw it was up for sale, we went straight to the bank and put our idea to Dominic. Buying Oddies is the best thing we’ve ever done; Dominic has been smashing and the customers are great.”
Duke from NatWest said: “Tony and Jacqueline have done an amazing job with turning round the fortunes of Oddies and adding food will significantly grow the business.
“The couple are well-known in the town as they have run successful stints at other pubs in Sunderland and also run Tony’s Audio Repairs. We knew they had a passion for running pubs and wish them well with the venture.”