Golden opportunities exist for those seeking a career in the licensed trade, according to Arkell’s Brewery, which is once again holding its Recruitment Day, on Tuesday 6 March, 1pm-8pm at Arkell’s Brewery in Swindon.
Brewery director, George Arkell, said: “Arkell’s Brewery has 100 pubs across Swindon and the South and West of England and we’re always on the look-out for good publicans. At this time of year many people consider a change in career, so we’re offering a look at the licensed trade.”
The licensed trade is going through a period of change. Some might regret that the number of back-street pubs selling beer are getting fewer, but breweries and pub-owners know that most customers want much more, and this gives tenants the opportunity to turn the old-fashioned pub into a broader business.
“Practically all pubs have multiple income-generating opportunities and ours are no exception,” explained George. “Now a publican can sell beer, food – including take-away, host events and offer overnight accommodation too. Some of our pubs even have hard standing for caravans.”
A number of Arkell’s publicans have seized the opportunity to take on not just one pub, but two. According to Ross Morgan, who has recently taken on a second Arkell’s tenancy in Wroughton near Swindon with his wife Dawn: “If you’ve got good staff and suppliers, running two pubs isn’t much more difficult than running one – especially for a brewery like Arkell’s who I find very easy to get on with,”
Chris Manners, landlord of two Arkell’s pub in Oxford, agrees. He said: "We had a lot of help from Arkell’s and they provide us with regular support, but ultimately it’s our business and up to us.”
It takes a certain sort of person to be a publican, according to George. “We can’t write a job description for the perfect publican: we generally know whether they’ve got what it takes when we meet them, and when we do, we give all the help they need. Running a pub requires dedication and investment, but if you’re the right person at the right time of your life, it’s the business.
"We are a 160-year old family brewery with pubs, not a big pubco. To us, it’s absolutely all about the people and giving our customers what they want, and that’s the way we want it to stay.”
For more information on how to become an Arkell’s licensee visit www.arkells.com or come along to the event on 6 March. Contact Arkell’s Brewery for more details on 01793 823026.