Accountants for pubs

    When you’re busy pulling pints and managing your staff, the last thing you want to worry about is accounting. That’s why our accountants for pubs are committed to helping you keep your financials in order.

    Our services for pubs include:

    Accurate and timely VAT returns

    Profit and loss analysis for effective decision-making

    Payroll management to keep your team happy

    Optimised tax strategies to maximise your profits

    Cashflow forecasting to keep you ahead of the curve

    Compliance checks for peace of mind.

    Raising the bar for pub accounting

    Running a pub comes with its own set of accounting complexities that other businesses don’t face.

    From the daily cashflow challenges to the complicated world of licensed trade accounting, it’s easy to get bogged down. Our specialised accountants for pubs not only save you time but provide you with actionable insights to help make your business more cost-effective.

    Accounting for pubs

    Pubs have unique accounting obligations. Given that you are in a licensed trade, there are additional layers of compliance, tax and reporting that need close attention.

    Stocktaking, recognising revenue from various income streams like food and beverage sales and possibly lodging, along with managing employee wages and tips, are just a few of the complexities you’ll deal with on a day-to-day basis.

    Failure to properly manage these can result in heavy fines – or even the loss of your liquor license. The challenges are numerous, but with the right accounting partner, they become manageable.

    What is licensed trade accounting?

    In the UK, licensed trade accounting refers to the specialised field of accountancy that deals with businesses in the licensed trade sector that sell alcohol, including pubs, bars, nightclubs, restaurants and hotels.

    These establishments have unique accounting needs and regulatory requirements, making it beneficial to work with accountants who have expertise in this particular area.

    Some of the key features and challenges of licensed trade accounting include:

    VAT on sales: VAT complexities often arise in licensed trade businesses, especially with different rates for food, alcohol and takeaway services.

    Stock control: Proper accounting for perishable goods, beverages and other stock is crucial for accurate financial reporting and for identifying wastage or theft.

    Employee payroll: Many licensed trade establishments have staff working various shifts and often hire seasonal workers, making payroll more complex.

    Licensing and regulations: Compliance with licensing laws, including alcohol sales, is a major concern for businesses in this sector. Failure to comply can result in significant penalties.

    Cash and card transactions: Given the high volume of cash and card transactions, reconciliation and accounting need to be rigorous in this industry.

    Capital allowances: Licensed premises often have high expenditures on fixtures and fittings, which may qualify for tax relief in the form of capital allowances.

    Business rates: These can be a significant cost for physical premises and need to be accurately accounted for.

    Seasonal fluctuations: Many licensed trade businesses experience seasonal highs and lows, affecting cashflow and requiring careful financial planning.

    Why do pubs need specialist accountants?

    Standard accounting practices don’t fully capture the nuances of pub management. You need an accounting partner who understands the intricacies of pub operations from the ground up. Here’s what our tailored services include:

    Detailed financial reporting

    Complete insights into your revenue streams help you know where to focus your efforts.

    Tax returns and compliance

    We ensure you’re up to date on your tax obligations, freeing you from expensive penalties.

    VAT and excise duties

    We’ll manage the VAT intricacies associated with alcohol and food sales in your pub.

    Staff payroll and tips

    We handle the complicated process of distributing wages and tips fairly among your staff.

    Don’t leave your financials up to chance. Contact our accountants for pubs today and find out how we can elevate your business to new heights.

    Our approach — the human touch

    In a world dominated by numbers, we prioritise people; the human touch. Our unique approach sets us apart, creating lasting relationships built on trust, understanding, and mutual respect.

    We genuinely care about the well-being and growth of your business, going the extra mile to ensure your financial stability and success. We’re approachable and available, always ready to lend a listening ear and provide expert advice tailored to your specific needs.

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    Julian Gillett


    I’ve been an accountant for more than 30 years, seven of which I spent as the Finance Director for a major national retailer.

    Jessica Peart from the BlueShore team

    Jessica Peart

    Practice Manager

    Hi! I’m Jessica Peart. I’m a fellow of the ACCA and have more than 15 years experience in accountancy.

    Karolina Jankos from the BlueShore team

    Karolina Jankos


    Hi! I’m Karolina Jankos. I have over 15 years of experience supporting businesses with their finances and compliance.


    Kevin Kibble

    I’m a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. I first started work in an Accountancy practice in 1984 and worked my way up through the firm to become partner in April 2000, a position I held for over sixteen years.

    What to expect

    Why choose our accounting services for pubs?

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    Industry-specific knowledge

    Our team specialises in licensed trade accounting, ensuring you get a tailored service.

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    Efficiency and cost-effectiveness

    We implement the best practices to save you both time and money.

    Human touch

    We care about your business as if it’s our own. Our approach is always personal, professional and proactive.

    Comprehensive services

    From tax returns to payroll, our end-to-end services have got you covered.

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    Proactive support

    We don’t just react to issues; we anticipate them and offer solutions before they become wider problems.

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