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Tom had decided to become an entrepreneur after 15 years as a police officer. ing forces with his partner Ollie, a motorsport engineer, they decided to save their local pub from closing down. Transitioning into business was not that easy.
They also had to find the right staff. This is what makes a village pub — nothing worse than having someone who stands by, playing on their phone and not talking to the customers. Tom and Ollie had the support of X-Forces Enterprise, which helped them to get the finance needed to purchase the lease for the pub and the initial renovation works. They also received excellent help and guidance during the initial stages whilst applying for funding — particularly with the business plan.
We spoke to them all first. We let them know our ideas and they gave us theirs. We then came up with a mix of all of them.
So what advice would Tom and Ollie give to other people thinking about becoming entrepreneurs? We knew that food needed to be brought in to make the business viable, but getting the menu right was also important -we only offer traditional pub grub. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive, just basic pub grub — the locals love it — we are the only pub in the area that does that.
We made sure that we completed certain training such as the BIIAB Award in Beer and Cellar Quality course before taking on the pub to ensure we got it right the first time. We are situated in a village that has only 26 residents so our reputation is very important to pull people in from surrounding areas. We already have a fantastic relationship with our neighbours — the local farmer has already chosen us to host the dinners for his shoot during the quieter winter months.
We are also now in the final stages of landscaping our beer garden — which had to be cut into the hill — and which should be open soon.
: contact thethreemoles. May 3, A desire for a change of career from policing and motorsport engineering took partners Tom Richardson and Ollie Boulton on to a totally different path — one that led directly to the smallest pub in West Sussex pulling pints!
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