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  • How to open a pizzeria on a shoestring: 10. Suppliers

    Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Suppliers You will need a range of suppliers to be able to operate your business. It’s important to have a good relation with them as sooner or later you will need a favour. My biggest advice: Treat them with respect and pay on time. Food & Beverage I would suggest you do a bit of research, ask your pizzaioli Facebook Group or Forum and your friends who they use. Look at delivery dates, how many ...

  • How to open a pizzeria on a shoestring: 9. Compliance

    Posted on Monday, April 12, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Part 9 Compliance If I have called the part where we discuss bank accounts and accountants boring, this is super boring! Compliance is a necessary evil. It’s actually for the common good, but like all things not created by actual restaurant operators, sometimes it may feel like a “box ticking exercise”. Registering with your local authority First and foremost, you must register with your local ...

  • How to open a pizzeria on a shoestring: 8. Registering for VAT

    Posted on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    This really deserves its own chapter, not because registering for VAT is complicated, but because it's a somewhat important decision that you must make early on as it will affect your prices and your finances. Part 8 Registering for VAT At the time of writing, the VAT threshold is £85,000 , which means 30 days before you expect to hit this figure, you should register for VAT. As explained, you ...

  • A time to panic - Recruiting a pizza chef in the current climate

    Posted on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    I had a look at the Pizzaioli in UK Facebook group this morning and saw 7 posts, in a row, of Pizzerias looking for pizza chefs If there ever was a time to panic about "not being able to find a pizzaiolo" this is probably it. With all this competition posting "I need a pizza chef in xxxx" on a Facebook Group doesn't work anymore. As I said in a previous post companies that are expanding rapidly ...

  • How to open a pizzeria on a shoestring: 7. Leasing your premises

    Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    As we are talking about opening a small place on a shoestring, we will assume you don’t have the capital to buy the freehold for your premises outright; hence you’ll have to lease it. Leasing a commercial property is not for the faint hearted and it may take a long time, depending on how speedy and committed you and the other parties are, and on how many parties are involved. There are several ...

  • How to open a pizzeria on a shoestring: 6. The boring bits

    Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    There are some essential choices you have to make early on. Consider those choices carefully as changing later on in your business life it's time consuming and stressful. Part 6 The boring bits Limited company or sole trader This is another somewhat important decision you will have to make, both have Pro's and Cons, mainly in terms of administration, taxation, and personal protection. You can ...

  • How to open a pizzeria on a shoestring: 5. Finding a property

    Posted on Monday, March 22, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    You decided to make the jump, prepared a business plan, and scraped together, one way or the other, enough money to bring your project to life. Now you need premises. Part 5 Finding a Property Essential requisites: You may want to write a list of what you need, based on your idea: the size, location, storage space etc. Once you write these guidelines down, make sure you do not deviate too much ...

  • How to open a pizzeria on a shoestring: 4. Financing

    Posted on Monday, March 22, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Now you've made it this far, it's time to talk money! There are a few options when it comes to funding your project: You can either do it on your own, with a business partner or try and raise funds from banks and investor. Whichever way you choose, you must have some funds of your own, first to show commitment, but also to be able to retain a higher percentage of your business. Having a partner ...

  • How to open a pizzeria on a shoestring: 3. Business Plan

    Posted on Monday, March 22, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Many small operators will skip this step. But it’s essential to have a good idea of what the numbers look like and see if your idea makes financial sense. Your business plan outlines what your business does and what you are trying to achieve. It explains: What the market opportunity is What makes your business special? How you will make it a success Writing a business plan helps you think about ...

  • How to open a pizzeria on a shoestring: 2. Viability

    Posted on Friday, March 19, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Now that you've read the first blog entry of this series; ' How to open a pizzeria on a shoestring: 1. Deciding to go ahead ', which discussed the vital things to consider before taking the plunge, it's now time to really see whether your project is viable. Part 2 Viability Properties Firstly, you need to decide on your preferred area. This could be a specific town or post code, it could be an X ...