A landlady has launched a competition to find a new owner for her pub and restaurant in Walsall, and is charging just £25 to enter.
Jude Hanly, who currently owns Arbor Lights Bar & Restaurant, is offering wannabe restaurateurs the chance to win an established, thriving business of their own by buying a ticket and answering a set of skill based questions.
The prize includes accommodation, all fixtures and fittings, the existing team of fully capable staff, and full training and mentoring by Hanly throughout the transition.
The competition is open to both experienced and novice entries, but Hanly insists the winner must prove to be passionate enough about taking over the business.
“I am offering people a life-changing opportunity to make a new start,” she said. “This is a chance to pass on a dream opportunity to someone with genuine passion and a desire to run a pub and restaurant.”
Hanly claims the winner should make an owner-run profit of over £50k per year, and despite blaming ‘market conditions and personal circumstance’ for the move, insists the business offers a secure and substantial income.
Brushing off sceptical comments that the competition is a scam, Hanly said a prize will only be given if 20,000 tickets are sold. “There`s no scam, no tricks. I just want to pass on my business to someone who will take up the challenge and do a good job (with my help initially). This is a thriving business but I just haven`t got the time to devote to it.”
Arbor Lights opened six years ago after Hanly saw a gap in the market for an operation offering ‘a decent coffee or white-wine spritzer and fresh food.’
Entries must be submitted via www.winarestaurantandbar.com by 31 July, with the winner being announced on 14 August. A donation of £1 from each ticket will be made to MacMillan Cancer, a charity heavily supported by Arbor Lights in the past.