A pub company with a strong focus on wet-led outlets has set its sights on Scotland, with plans to open its first community pubs north of the border within the next couple of months.
Amber Taverns, which currently has a portfolio of 120 public houses across north England and Wales, has revealed that it is “progressing with five opportunities” in Scotland, with the first of the venues set to open in May.
Gary Roberts, operations director at Amber Taverns, said the firm adopts a different model to other pub companies – an ‘operator agreement’.
“The main variable is the relationship between Amber and the operator, which is through a contract with their limited company,” he explained. “The operator receives a percentage of total net turnover to pay themselves and their staff.
“Amber covers the cost of security and entertainment and all the overheads of the business, excluding the council tax/TV licence of any private accommodation.”
Roberts said this operating model incentivises lessees to develop the business.
He added: “Scotland has a fantastic selection of managed and independent pubs, delivering great service and customer engagement.
“We look forward to being part of that great tradition.”