How to Start up Your Hospitality Business

If you’re thinking of opening a pub, restaurant, B&B or other hospitality business, planning is vital. Four key steps have a major impact down the line. These are:

  1. Decide what kind of business entity.
    Sole trader, partnership or limited liability? Don’t let new legislation catch you out – read our Key Steps.
  2. Register your business – where and how? Follow our Key Steps.
  3. Draw up a simple business plan to set targets and keep your finances on track. See Key Steps.
  4. Set up bookkeeping systems before you start! See Key Steps.

See below for a STARTUP CASE STUDY.

We’ve worked with dozens of startups in the hospitality sector, including pubs, restaurants, hotels, B&Bs and tourist attractions. These businesses have benefited hugely from our sector experience, and you can, too!

Business support includes practical advice and real-life examples on

  • Types of finance for startups
  • Systems to put in place
  • Trends and markets
  • Staff/payroll
  • Insurance
  • Training by Hayhoe Webb
  • From chef to owner
  • From manager to owner-manager
  • Freehold/leasehold
  • Countdown to start up
  • Opening week
  • The first month
  • The first year

Get your business off to the best possible start. call us on 01620 826 060 or email
For a confidential no obligations chat

What our Clients Say

We were introduced to The Hayhoe Webb Partnership when we were thinking of starting our own business. We didn't realise how much needed to be done before we even started trading, but The Hayhoe Webb Partnership did it all for us, so by the time we opened the pub for the first time, everything we needed was done for us. They were fantastic!

Tam and Margaret Thomas

Business Start-up

If you’re thinking of opening a pub, restaurant, B&B or other hospitality business in East Lothian, the Hayhoe Webb Partnership can provide invaluable support.

Business Growth

When you want to grow your hospitality or tourism business and are looking for sound business advice from an expert in hotel, pub and licensed management we're here to help.

Business Rescue

If your finances are floundering and you need to take control of your hospitality business to square things with the tax man, The Hayhoe Webb Partnership are a safe pair of hands.


Not many people in the hospitality trade love bookkeeping – but someone’s got to do it! It’s a legal requirement and Hayhoe Webb are experts.