Organisation key to growth

• Gillian McIntee and Ben Smith.
• Gillian McIntee and Ben Smith.

GOOD time management and investment in staff training are key to making the move from running one pub to two.
Star Pubs & Bars lessees Ben Smith and Gillian McIntee took on the Riccarton Inn in Currie in 2012 – seven years after they signed the lease for the Kinleith Arms in nearby Juniper Green. And the pair, who both had previous experience in the hospitality industry, haven’t ruled out taking on a third outlet.
Smith told SLTN organisation is key to running more than one site. “We’ve now got 28 staff between the two pubs and there is a lot more work involved so it’s all about managing our time,” he said.
“We had a good team of staff at the Kinleith and that enabled us to take on a second pub.”