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2015/02/24 18:30:16 (permalink)
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Starting points for setting up your own cafe...

Looking for a good starting reference for opening up your own café. Would be interested in learning from people on here if there are any that have done it from scratch.
I was very impressed by a café in Newcastle called the Scrumpy Willow and the Singing Kettle, not sure if anyone has come across it before. But the quality of the food is fantastic. I thought that there would be a market for this quality and vibe in my neck of the woods and as I'm passionate about the quality of food, I'm looking to get some pointers on how to start.
 
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    Boss Redd
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    Re: Starting points for setting up your own cafe... 2015/02/25 10:52:50 (permalink)

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    Re: Starting points for setting up your own cafe... 2015/02/25 11:45:47 (permalink)
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    For general business advice this is a good site to start with. 
    https://www.gov.uk/browse/business

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    Re: Starting points for setting up your own cafe... 2015/02/25 12:04:47 (permalink)
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    Good luck. Have you got a theme? Very posh over priced or decent good food, maybe lacking a bit on appearance?
    Book shop style warm and cosy or modern clinical or Eastenders Ian Beale


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    Re: Starting points for setting up your own cafe... 2015/02/25 12:45:05 (permalink)
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    My ex girlfriends dad and uncle opened a cafe together a couple of years ago, it's a great looking cafe located in the new forest. They were relatively busy, not OTT but steady. The thing that shocked me was that once they had paid out their overheads and expenses the two owners were only making around £1 a hour!!
     
    I'm not sure if it's improved as I don't speak to my ex anymore but I expect it'd get better over time.
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    Re: Starting points for setting up your own cafe... 2015/02/25 14:01:29 (permalink)
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    If you get it right there is a lot of money in catering
     
     
     
     

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    Re: Starting points for setting up your own cafe... 2015/02/25 21:56:40 (permalink)
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    kinghelmet
    The thing that shocked me was that once they had paid out their overheads and expenses the two owners were only making around £1 a hour!!
     
    I'm not sure if it's improved as I don't speak to my ex anymore but I expect it'd get better over time.


    I would say that breaking even was a pretty good start. This raises a good point for the OP though. Do you have the cash to see you through to profitability? You'll be spending money on rent, utilities, staff, equipment, capital and interest in debt etc and will need enough of a surplus to see you through until you build up a decent level of turnover.

    Do you have a home mortgage to pay, kids to feed etc?

    Cafes are ten a penny. They're always cropping up and closing as the competition is fierce due to such low barriers to entry.

    What will your USP be? What part of the market are you aiming at?

    What's the footfall like near your potential premises (not many will be bothered about driving to a cafe, unless your a road side cafe but again that's down to the market you are targeting.)

    Are you going to fight out with other cafes in the same area doing the same thing or have you identified a gap in the market?

    Are you willing to work long hours and have hardly any time off?

    How will you market the business?

    What business structure will you use? Sole trader, limited company, partnership?

    How will you retain customers?
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