spoke to the estate agent this morning and still no change so am pushing from another angle, let’s see how that goes. . .
Interesting Sunday afternoon of capers at the old girl, arguments and fights are just one of the interesting facets of the licensed trade I guess! No it doesn’t put me off but its interesting to watch people trying to form allegiances and align themselves in order to try and capitalise on a change.
Kinda bored of the asking for jobs phase at the moment, would be good to think that the pub was capable of supporting me before I burden the business with more costs. Its odd but people really don’t see the personal side of it all, not that they should need to of course but it would be good to be thought of as a poor struggling businessman like so many others rather than a pot of money for the taking. Still I guess that’s one of the things with being a cash driven business, everybody sees the cash in the till and the apparently endless supply of beer.
Still back in the world of work today waiting on the bloody phone to ring and still madly keen to get in there and start still so all good.
And what have we learnt this week? Well to be honest nowhere near enough! I spoke to the estate agent this morning and he has assured me that he is not marketing the pub at the moment because he wants to deal with me. As always this was an entertaining call in that he called me, I missed the call and called back to be told “Bill is on the phone”
Me – yes he is on the phone to me
Switch – no sir that’s me
Me – no he is leaving me a voicemail
Switch – no sir he is talking to someone
Me – no that’s my voicemail its not talking back!
John – hello mr young
Me – I was after bill
John – oh they put you through to me by mistake, let me take a look…. Oh Bill is on the phone
Me – how about we give up and I will call my voicemail!
Looks like a meeting today may take us forward so hopefully sometime next week I will have something to say to the lovely Julie, sorry Julie for being one of your more challenging clients.
Really couldn’t be any keener right now, life is far from a bowl of cherries and I need to have something to get my teeth into that can consume my life. Everything is crossed but has been crossed for so long that it’s now a normal posture!
In truth the deal is mine it’s just sorting a date, here’s hoping that there’s not long to go.
And still no bloody answer, what’s wrong with these people!
Now I know this is getting as boring for you as it is frustrating for me and I will try and update with something that’s more positive or simply more of an update as soon as I can but for today I’m afraid its a double dose of no news 😦
About the only positive I can find at the moment (although its probably only for Bill) is that I haven’t chased the estate agent yet so at least I’m sticking to my aspiration although I’m not sure how long it will last.
No news today but in honesty I wasn’t expecting anything, I think the most likely update is Tuesday/Wednesday when the receivers have a scheduled meeting.
I really do hope we get this moving this week, I want my pub! Have been considering my options over the weekend, in the absence of any development its all I can really do. I’m thinking that the pub needs my full time attention and won’t be able to suffer working alongside, I am naturally terrified about giving up the job that I love and offers me security but I think its the only way.
I do really love the licensed trade, I loved the Ship and its incredibly frustrating watching from the public side of the bar. When I came out of the Ship I knew I would miss it, but I think that Andy is the only one that knew how much (good call buddy). As much as I love my job, love the heavy engineering, the commercial negotiations and knowing that you have produced something that will be used by millions of people its a tough job and I can’t do it justice if I’m splitting time between two roles.
The pub is the new challenge and needs full time care and attention, its not going to be easy but it is going to be interesting. My business plan is ten years, that’s ten years to bring the pub back to its full glory and realising its business potential. Honourable mention to Russell at the Victory yesterday for the simple line “its always been your pub” its fantastic to have so much support and so many people believing in me, let’s hope its not long before we get to start the new chapter.
I think I can safely say that the cat is out of the bag and common knowledge has it that I have purchased the Tavern, there is (as readers of this know) still some way to go in terms of paperwork but I really hope to have a positive announcement this week. I want the pub, have agreed a deal and just need the receivers to sign the F&F into it and were there it is so frustrating watching the pub from the sidelines!
Heres to a week where things happen it’s certainly about time
But maybe, just maybe, this could be the week! Those of you that know me will know that things are progressing as I now have a carpet washer in preparation for the clean up that is obligatory. Special mentions this weekend for Dave for his support and to Boris and Tara for writing off most of yesterday thanks guys!
This weeks aspiration is not to call Bill at all, I know that he will call as soon as he has an update and I know that he won’t stitch me up, if there is a problem it will come out of the dark and catch both of us out so calling and pestering wont change anything.
Heres hoping …..
Had a good chat to the manager yesterday who is in the same boat as me at the moment (the one called “waiting”) and I was rather impressed that he has upgraded me from no hope to good chance partly helped by the glowing praises heaped upon me by the girl who looks after the fruit machines (and used to look after mine) cheers Angie!
Then full of joy I telephoned the estate agents and they told me that nothing has changed, they are so frustrated that they read me word for word their report to the receivers which pretty mush says pull your finger out before the buyer does! It’s now 4 weeks since the simple question was asked and still not answered, to make matters worse they expect me to complete on the sale within 4 weeks from their acceptance talk about one rule for one.
So sadly it looks like I will have nothing to announce this side of the weekend, but really it’s nearly here.
I just spoke to my estate agent who tells me that we are getting closer ….. They have spoken to the receiver who confirms F&F is included but the bank are still saying that they are not sure.
Apparently a number of questions have been asked and answered and we are expecting an update today. The estate agent agrees with me that this is now farcical and they are pushing as hard as they can. The agents seem to be in agreement on most points including the fact that we are talking about probably less than £15K worth of tat and not the crown jewels or a designer fittings makes it all a bit academic.
Still got fingers crossed for a yes by the end of week, but which week?
If I have to wait much longer I’m going to ring Orange and get them to test that my cell phone is actually working!
Talk about stressing, I know Bill will be busy working on it and would expect a call from him end of day to let me know how he got on but I am imagining all sorts.
Doesn’t help that the ex tenant told me he is waiting on a call back on his offer that he expects this week, Bill tells me that there are no other offers on the table but like its been at every step I’m nervous and paranoid as hell.