A public house manager is responsible for the commercial success of a pub or bar. Duties range from front-of-house work to staff recruitment, marketing, accounting and stock control. The role requires strong management, commercial and practical skills.
Legislation changes have led to a more competitive market and an industry which is the focus of public attention. A pub manager must constantly adapt to ensure that their pub is profitable, pleasant and safe and that it is run in accordance with the law and ethical guidelines.
The sale of alcohol is restricted in the UK. Pubs, restaurants, shops and other premises must be licensed by the local authority, and the manager must also hold a personal licence.
As public houses differ widely, day-to-day duties vary. Running a small, independent tenancy pub involves different challenges from operating a high profile 'chain' pub. Some large or lucrative pubs employ assistant managers to help with the day-to-day running of the outlet and often vacancies are advertised for a manager or management couple.
Typical activities may include:
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