Just read an article on this site and it seems to make a great deal of sense. The normal practice when setting up a pub or bar is to contact a brewery or wholesaler who then arranges for dispense equipment to be installed, provided that your enterprise is seen as viable. The downside of this arrangement is that you are stuck with that wholesaler or brewer and have to pay their prices. My question is this, what if I paid for my own equipment and bought my beer from who ever was the cheapest.
Thinking about this for some time I asked a contractor who came to do work at my place how much did he think it would cost to have my equipment relaced. He estimated it to be anything from Â£2000 to Â£3000 maximum. Quite a bit of money ok, but this cost could be recoved relitively quickly when you look at the cost savings on buying my beer from the cheapest supplier. Also it gives me the flexibility to change my products as and when.
As for maintenance the contractor mentioned said he could look after things no problem. Is it just me or does this seem a good idea. Does any brewery dispense contractors out there offer this service? Maybe the equipment could be leased over a period, this would still save you money. If this practice was the norm I am sure pubs and bars would not be in the declining state they are. Would this work do you think ???