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  • A LinkedIn post that went viral and how to save hospitality

    Posted on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    On Sunday morning, after reading and article on the weekly edition of The Caterer, titled "Where are all the staff?" I felt a sudden urge to tell the world my point of view. I do this from time to time on LinkedIn, our Facebook page and this blog, but normally only a handful o people will read and comment on these posts. This time it was different, my post struck a chord with a lot of people and ...

  • Pizza Place VS Pizza Truck

    Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    This week we found some interesting debate going on online, in this case the topic was: How difficult is it to set up a mobile pizza business and what are the pro and cons compared to a brick & mortar pizza place. Recording our podcast, talking to business owners and generally keeping an eye on the various pizza chef groups, we have learnt that although setting up a mobile pizza business may be ...

  • How to open a pizzeria on a shoestring: 11. Staff

    Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Staff are the core of every company, even more so in a customer facing role. Food is only one of the reasons why people will choose your restaurant and not always the most important one. Service and the experience in general are very important factors. So choose your staff carefully and make sure they align with your culture and the idea of service you want to offer. Part 11 Your Staff Pizzaiolo ...

  • Come fare richiesta per il Settled/Pre-Settled Status e ottenere il diritto di lavorare nello UK

    Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 by Alan Pizzaiolo TribeNo comments

    Come fare richiesta per il Settled/Pre-Settled Status e ottenere il diritto di lavorare nello UK Per chi e’ questo post? Questo post concerne tutti gli Italiani che hanno lavorato nello UK e hanno il National Insurance Number. Se sei tornato in Italia/lasciato lo UK nell’ultimo anno, potrai molto probabilmente ottenere il Pre Settled or Settled status, e a seconda delle tue circostanze, il ...

  • 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 ...