Social Housing Sector Update

Newspapers Some landlords believe that there is little that links the private and social housing sectors; however with the current housing crisis it’s becoming more and more important for private landlords to understand what is happening in the social housing sector and vice versa. Often, it’s too easy to skip over an important story in the news because you think that it does not apply to you, so here we have chosen the most important information all landlords should know about the social housing sector: (more…)

The Most Luxurious Motorhomes in the World

Country Coach Prevost RVThere has been a massive increase recently in the UK public investing in motorhomes due to the fact that a motorhome holiday can often be much cheaper than a traditional one. However, there are some motorhomes available that are a little bit more luxurious – and so expensive that they would cost you about ten times more than your average holiday! Here we look at some of the biggest and most expensive motorhomes in the world: (more…)

Handling Tenant Arguments

Two people arguingTenants are often quite vocal when it comes to something they are unhappy about, which is why at one point or another it is highly likely that as a landlord you will receive an angry phone call or letter. Most landlords would prefer not to get into an argument with their tenants as it just adds extra stress to their already busy job, however there are times where it is unavoidable. So here we give you some tips on how to handle these arguments: (more…)

Spring Cleaning your Property Portfolio

spring clean your paperworkIt has been an extremely long winter but finally we have some good news – spring is finally here! The weather is starting to get warmer, people are becoming cheerier, and going outside is no longer a burden but a joy! Spring is also a great time for fresh starts, so here are some of our tips to give your entire property portfolio a good spring clean and get the best out of your business! (more…)

Accident Prevention in Restaurants

Restaurant kitchenAll employees are responsible for providing safe and healthy workplace conditions as well as the right systems and methods for safe activities.

This is particularly crucial in a restaurant where the risk of serious injury can be quite high and, depending on the size and location of your establishment, hundreds of customers may come through the door each day.

Accident prevention procedures should be undertaken in all phases of your restaurant with an accident prevention policy in place. Employees at all levels should follow safe work habits, report unsafe conditions and assist fellow employees who need help.

It is imperative any restaurant owner considers restaurant insurance too, which will protect you if certain unfortunate incidents take place that are either unforeseen or out of your control.

Additional areas that will improve restaurant health and safety include:

Staff Training

Whilst having pre-arranged policies in place is fundamental, any restaurant or kitchen layout is likely to change over time so it’s crucial to hold regular safety meetings, with employees provided with a safety orientation when a previously unrecognised hazard has been noted.

Regular Inspections

A restaurant manager should be in-charge of conducting regular safety inspections as part of any accident investigation, in the event of any hazardous substances being introduced to the building or when a hazard has been reported.

Eliminate any hazards

Whilst safety inspections and staff reporting can highlight areas that need addressing, once any hazards have been established, a restaurant should provide a means to remove the threat or minimize the chances of any accident. Repairing or removing faulty equipment, retraining employees, modifying the layout and apply safer work habits can all assist with this.

Injuries to staff or guests

If the worst case scenario should become a reality, a restaurant owner and his staff should know how to deal with any injuries to guests or fellow employees. In any medical emergency an ambulance should be called immediately, and employees should never attempt to move the injured party.

Be sure to consult your employee handbook for the procedures to deal with any guest injury.

As a restaurant owner it’s crucial to protect yourself against a relatively large number of risks, whether you’re aware of them or not, with a good insurance policy. But just by following a few simple procedures and rules you can end up greatly reducing the risk of injury or illness to both your employees and customers.

Sourcing Food for your Restaurant

greengrocerSo far we have discussed how restaurant owners can get ideas for recipes and put together a menu, but now we go back to something a little bit more basic – sourcing food for your restaurant! Buying food is something you will do on a regular basis along with paying your bills and restaurant insurance, and sometimes this means that owners forget that you don’t just have to go to the same shop again and again! Here we look at some different ways of sourcing food for your restaurants:

Local Produce

So many people complain that supermarkets are harming local businesses, however many fail to do anything about it! Why don’t you do your bit for the local community and look at all the different ways you can buy ingredients from local shops and farms? For instance, if you serve bread at the beginning of each meal why don’t you talk to your local baker and see if he can provide it for you? You could also talk to your local greengrocers and butchers, and if you are planning on offering them repeat business for a long period of time they may offer you a discount!


Going to a wholesaler is a great way to save some money as you can buy everything you need in bulk for a cheaper price, especially for non-perishable items. Flour, sugar, teabags, and even serviettes and toilet roll can all be bought in large amounts for cheap at your local wholesaler, however be warned that you will have to sign up first before you are allowed to buy your goods there by providing proof you own a restaurant. Also, there is a tendency for some to get carried away whilst they are shopping and forget that everything they buy needs to be stored somewhere! The best way to avoid this is to make a list and stick with it whilst you’re there!

Grow your Own

People often forget that it’s actually quite simple to grow certain things in their own back gardens, and also extremely cheap as you can often pick up plants for pennies! Herbs such as parsley and thyme are especially easy to grow yourself and are used in a wide variety of dishes. If you are feeling more adventurous you could even have a go at growing your own tomatoes or peas. This is also a great way to make your menu look more impressive, especially if the tomato soup is home-grown and 100% fresh!

Sourcing food for your restaurants can often end up just becoming another chore, but by looking at news ways not only can you have fun but also end up saving yourself some money!