Food safety laws: a guide to your legal responsibilities

pub food safety cutleryAs a pub landlord you must take a meticulous approach to food safety in order to meet your legal obligations.

Ultimately, it’s about the customer. They should be able to enter your pub and order food (or drink) without concern about hygiene standards.

Abiding by food safety laws – and the principles that underpin them – means your customers can wine and dine safely without worry.

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Business structure: your 4 options for running a pub

running a pub signMany people wishing to run a pub are unsure about how to set up the business from a legal perspective.

Whatever kind of pub you wish to run, you will need to decide on its legal structure.

Otherwise known as the business structure, it affects the way you account for the money that goes into and out of your business, as well as the amount of tax you pay.

There are four options to choose from:

  • Sole Trader
  • ‘Ordinary’ Partnership
  • Limited Liability
  • Limited Liability Partnership

You need to carefully consider these options. A variety of factors should inform your decision, such as: the amount of money you can wield, your projected profit and the availability of – and the desire to have – suitable business partners.

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A fool-proof guide to health and safety for pubs

pub health and safetyIf you’re running a pub, then you’ll no doubt want to avoid some of the potential banana skins laid down by health and safety legislators.

But don’t despair… the health and safety laws that apply to pubs are actually rather sensible.

The whole purpose of health and safety legislation is to ensure that businesses protect both staff and customers.

So, instead of regarding it as an irritating legal consideration that needs ticking off, think of it as a useful framework for ensuring everyone’s well being.

To help you, we’ve summarised the guidance provided by HSE, the Government body that oversees health and safety law in the UK.

As the owner of a pub you need to do the following:

  1. Elect a competent person to ensure your pub meets its legal obligations.
  2. Carry out a risk assessment.
  3. Provide a safe workplace.
  4. Give relevant training and information.
  5. Supply adequate first aid facilities.
  6. Write a health and safety policy.
  7. Get Employers’ Liability Insurance.

Let’s go through them one-by-one.

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