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Hotel and Leisure

Margins are tight. We put you in control

We understand the current pressures the hospitality industry is under as well as the broader business challenges you face and tailor our services and the way we work together to suit your commercial goals.

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Advice you can depend on

We provide wide-ranging advice for hotel owner managers, licensed brands, hotel groups, pubs and leisure facilities including gyms, restaurants, health & sports clubs. Our specialist team can help you with everything from complex property transactions to TUPE issues, employment law support and supplier and employee contract negotiations, throughout your business lifecycle. Our thorough due diligence process ensures we identify any risks at an early stage and propose commercial solutions to avoid any surprises.

We offer City experience without the City fees, delivered with a friendly, pragmatic approach. We know sector margins are tight, so we ensure our solutions are clear, cost effective and our advice is easily accessible to all areas of your business.

Our areas of focus

Clarity and certainty, from acquisition to exit

Whether you’re buying or selling, we work nationally and internationally with individual hotels, licensed brands, boutique chains and expanding groups typically up to 100+ hotels. We can also advise on both the business and personal aspects of exit and retirement.

Our proactive, responsive approach will keep your transaction moving and ensure you are aware of progress throughout the process. 

Advice you can depend on, throughout your business lifecycle

We work with a wide range of stakeholders including owners, administrators or insolvency practitioners and provide due diligence on matters such as source of funds, ownership and share structure. We also have experience working with lenders including banks, equity funds and share investors and we’re up to speed with the types of venture they’re most likely to lend on or invest in. We can also help you explore other funding streams like factoring agreements and invoice discounting on booked rooms.

If you’re licensing your hotel brand we’re experts in trade mark applications and the protection of intellectual property. Thanks to our partnerships overseas, we also understand the requirements of local markets.

Our specialist team can also assist with complicated TUPE issues upon acquisition or sale along with employee support throughout the process.

We look further ahead

As you grow, everything from your property leases to your staff contracts become more complex so we can work with your property, HR and operations teams on a wide range of matters including commercial property leases, business terms, management contracts, compliance and TUPE. We always look at your plans for growth and structure contracts according to your long-term goals.

Like you, we understand the value of service

We’re always looking for better ways of doing things on your behalf and our number one priority is to protect your investment and interests. We’ll give you the clear, pragmatic advice and direction you need so you have the confidence to act.

Contact our team for help with any of the following:

  • Hotel acquisitions, sales & mergers
  • Equity and debt financing
  • Branding and trade marks
  • Construction advice for development and refurbishment
  • Operational and asset management advice
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts
  • Corporate structuring advice
  • Key staff engagement, retention and protection
  • TUPE and employee relations
  • Commercial property litigation
  • Estate and tax planning for private owners
  • Crisis and reputation management.

Your livelihood in safe hands

Whether you’re buying or selling a standalone pub or multiple premises, we provide the clarity and certainty you need. We work with individual pub owners as well as small pub groups on transactions between £500,000 and £7m. 

We scrutinise the detail but are always conscious of the bigger picture and understand the broader business challenges you face.

City experience and expertise, without the City fees.

We tailor our services and the way we work together to suit your goals. We have experience working with lenders including banks, equity funds and share investors and we’re up to speed with the types of premises they’re most likely to lend on or invest in. We can also help you explore other funding streams, like factoring agreements and invoice discounting on your booked rooms.

Your reputation is everything

Reputations are hard to build in the hospitality industry but easily lost. The risk of losing a 'named chef' or other key individuals is great and can have a huge impact on your trade so we can help you draft contracts that offer both protection to you and incentives for your key employees to remain. If you’re licensing your pub brand, we’re experts in trade mark applications and the protection of intellectual property.

We look further ahead

As you grow, everything from your property leases to your staff contracts become more complex so we can work with your property, HR and operations teams on a wide range of matters including property leases, business terms, management contracts, compliance and TUPE. We always look at your plans for growth and structure contracts according to your long-term goals.

Like you, we understand the value of regulars

We value long-term relationships and we’ve been working with some of our clients in the pub trade for many years. You can trust us to give you the advice and direction you require so you have the confidence to act.

Contact our team for help with any of the following:

  • Purchases, sales, acquisitions and mergers
  • Branding and trade marks
  • Key staff engagement, retention and protection
  • Funding arrangements
  • Commercial property transactions
  • Employment and HR support
  • Crisis and reputation management
  • Business exit and personal planning
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts

From coffee shops to pubs, commercial leases to employee contracts

If you’re structuring for growth through acquisition or takeover we’ve got the experience and expertise you need to get your expansion plans right from day one.

We know your margins are tight so we look at the bigger picture as well as your immediate goals ensuring our advice can be easily accessible across all your venues as required.

Location, Location, Location

With your brand reputation and your chain’s distinctive style to protect you’ll need to handle your expansion with care and future venues need to be correctly sited - right down to the exact spot within your target towns. Commercial property can be a complex area but we’re experts in pre-contract negotiation, pre-let agreements, options and rights of pre-emption. Our connections with property agents especially in the South West could help you secure the perfect property.

We make contracts less complex

As your group expands employment and supplier contracts can become more complex. We can help you draft contracts that offer both protection to you and incentives for your key employees to remain. You can also rely on us to scrutinise the minute detail and where necessary or appropriate we can negotiate better terms on your behalf.

If you’re licensing your chain we’re experts in franchising, trade mark applications and the protection of intellectual property. Thanks to our partnerships overseas we also understand the nuances of local markets.

Our specialist team can also assist with complicated TUPE issues upon acquisition or sale along with employee support throughout the process.

Like you, we understand the value of service

We value long-term relationships and we’ve been working with some of our clients with multiple venues for many years. You can trust us to give you the advice and direction you need, so you have the confidence to act.

Contact our team for help with any of the following:

  • Purchases, sales, acquisitions and mergers
  • Branding and trade marks
  • Key staff engagement, retention and protection
  • Funding arrangements
  • Commercial property transactions
  • Employment and HR support
  • Crisis and reputation management
  • Business exit and personal planning
  • Franchising
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts

Solutions fit for your business

Whether you’re running a rugby club or a health spa, golf club or gym we offer you City experience without the City fees, delivered with a friendly, pragmatic approach.

We know sector margins can be tight so we ensure our solutions are clear, cost effective and our advice is easily accessible to all areas of your business.

An experienced head and a keen eye

We act for a wide range of independent operators in the sport & leisure sector as well as regional and nationwide chains. Our comprehensive technical expertise covers everything from lease negotiation and venue hire agreements to sponsorship contracts. Our team understands the opportunities available to you as well as the real-world challenges you face.

You can also rely on us to scrutinise the minute detail of a wide range of employment and supplier contracts and where necessary we can negotiate better terms on your behalf.  If your business is located within another venue such as a hotel we can dovetail commercial agreements to suit both sides.

If you’re looking to expand we work with a wide range of lenders including banks and equity funds and we know the types of enterprise structures they’re most likely to lend on or invest in.

Like you, we understand the value of service

Innovation and flexibility drive our approach and we tailor our services and the way we work together to suit your goals. We’re always looking for better ways of doing things on your behalf and our number one priority is to protect your investment and interests. We’ll give you the clear, pragmatic advice and direction you need so you have the confidence to act.

Contact our team for help with any of the following:

  • Trademark and branding
  • Commercial contracts
  • Sponsorship, advertising and media agreements

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