ONLY a few weeks into the year and already things are moving at a pace. We have seen the VAT rise (but not yet the effect) and we are warily looking out for where the public sector spending cuts may affect us, other legislation that could kick-in or indeed other events.
Although 2011 will undoubtedly produce a series of challenges for those in the licensed and leisure trade, it is also a year of potential opportunities.
Savvy operators won’t have failed to notice that this year’s calendar is peppered with sporting events, celebrations and festivities.
Looking at the North East, we are sports mad, always keen to make the most of the bank holidays and are famous for a number of big weekends when thousands flock to the region to take part in the likes of the Bupa Great North Run, Ladies Day at Newcastle Racecourse and the Sunderland Air Show.
Those with their finger on the pulse and an ability to market a clear and desirable offering stand to trade well.
Pubs and other licensed premises look likely to have extended hours to 1am on the evenings of both April 29 and 30 without a specific request to the Local Authority, after all, who doesn’t want to raise a glass on the big day to Wills and Kate?
Here at Sanderson Weatherall, we can of course hope that the cold depths of winter will be matched by the hot sun of summer (well, I did say hope) – good for us all and good for the local licensed trade.
:: Anthony Tubbs, senior surveyor, Licensed & Leisure, Sanderson Weatherall LLP, tel: 0191 269 0161.