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2017 the year of the independent.

As an independent pub owner, I am delighted that the buzzword for 2017 is ‘INDEPENDENT’. Markets in so many industries, pubs especially, are saturated with big national brands that invariably beat smaller traders into a corner with pricing and investment.  2017 will see consumers seeking out independent retailers. Looking for a more passionate service, higher quality and greater variety.

Artisan producers have been with us for a while and long may they continue but too often it’s only the larger retailers who offer those artisan brands as it’s their only feasible route to market.

Consumers in 2017 will seek out independent operators  to actively oppose larger nationals. This goes for pubs, hotels, restaurants, farm shops, coffee shops, delicatessens, etc. Who knows, we may even see the re-emergence of fish mongers and butchers to every street corner. With this change will come exciting new brands and new niche products.
Targeting the street savvy consumers, prepared to make a conscious choice about where they spend their money. Long live the INDEPENDENT!!
Lease owner at independent pub The Hogget

I have now been a publican for 15 years having had 4 quality food-led pubs – my wife, Laura, and I own the lease at The Hogget, an independent pub in Hook in Hampshire – serving great food in a relaxed and informal pub setting.