That’s one of Greene King’s Public Housewives view, Angela Poulton who took on the tenancy of the Tollgate pub in Bury St Edmunds, her very own business in November last year and has changed it beyond recognition.
Greene King’s Public Housewives campaign focuses on trying to attract more business minded women into the sector and Angela is just one whose taken the opportunity and made a real go of the challenge.
At 28, Angela joined the pub trade at 18 and has now realised her dream of running her own pub. She says of her career choice, “I love working with people so taking on my own pub business was very exciting, continuing to do something I love. It’s hard work and I’ve made a lot of improvements at the pub but it’s worth while as its your own business and your own decisions”.
Adding she said, “I think more women should consider a pub as a self employed business. They have a woman’s touch making a place more homely and we know that in the main we’re hard workers, organised and able to multi task, real qualities for running a pub”.
Angela has focused her attention on building the Tollgate as a quality community pub, concentrating on the food side of the business as well as holding successful charity events on bank holidays and small music festivals and, improving the garden facilities.
Regional manager for Greene King, Steve Look said, “Angela is a great landlady and an asset to the pub. We need to change the perception that pubs are run by men and attract more women like Angela to consider a pub as a career. The benefits are endless as Angela and our Public Housewives will confirm”.
Greene King owns and operates 1400 pubs across England and currently has only 13% of those pubs ran by independent women. The campaign seeks to change that and the launch of a website dedicated to draw more women into the business is helping to achieve just that, http://www.publichousewives.co.uk/
Press Contact: Elaine Beckett, Public Relations Manager, Greene King Pub Partners, Tel: 07974 132844