Approach

Why would you need a consultant? You know how you want it all to be. Surely it’s an extra expense which could be better used for buying a cooker. The point about the right experienced advice is that it should save you money.

Fitting it out

Serving the public with food and drink is more complicated and expensive than you probably think; if you get it wrong, it can cost thousands to put it right. Or sometimes you don’t need an item at all. For example, in 1997 I spent £8,000 on air conditioning when fitting out my smart new cafe in Manchester. When the summer came along, the north facing unit was much nicer simply with paddle fans and the doors kept wide open.  A complete waste of money on something which was never used.

I work with architects fitting out restaurant premises, and advise on the kitchen layout, and equipment. Often architects will subcontract this to a kitchen equipment supplier. Needless to say, kitchen firms want to sell as much as possible, and while they have their role, often persuade you to buy unnecessary items. I have recently saved my client £50,000 on such a project. I work for you, as though I was spending my own money.

Monitoring Performance

It’s 6 months in and things are not going as well as you hoped. Don’t worry, I’ve been there. You’re probably committed to a lease, and borrowings which seem to increase by the week. The last thing you probably feel like doing is spending more money on advice, but it may be money well spent, if it gets you back on the right course.

So how can I help?

The first step is to meet up and have a chat.  You’ve got to feel I’m the sort of person who can share your vision. I’ve started many restaurant, cafe and food shop premises of my own from scratch, built them up and then sold them on. I can therefore help with every part of the process: advising on premises, budgeting, fitting out, branding, menus, staff recruitment, as little or as much as you want. I’m happy to work on the whole project to opening or just parts where you feel your knowledge is lacking. That’s what we’d talk about at our first meeting.

What about the cost?

I can work on an ad hoc hourly/daily basis, or a set fee, whichever seems appropriate.

No charge for an introductory chat.