Hi! I've got my mind set on opening a bar/nightclub type business, a music venue to be precise, in a trendy part of my city centre and really need to get some help or advice. For the last 5 years I've been running a website selling goods to retail and trade, but this was setup during my college years to provide an income and has never really been something that I wanted to do although I've taken the business as far as I can in the current circumstances. My main interests are the music industry and entertainments business, therefore I feel its now time to move on and am in the process of selling this business to free up my time and release funds for another project. Now, I know alot of people will say theres already alot of trendy bars and clubs in city centres, but I have a very specific idea of what I want to do and have identified a huge gap in the market (in this city at least) where there are zero competitors. I think the closessed thing similar to what I want to do would be our theatre, and thats not really very similar Whilest I feel fairly comfortable in most aspects of running a business, its the bar/alcohol side of things which I find a bit intimidating. I have worked in a bar once, but no experience other than that and I'm not really sure where to start. I do however have quite a bit of experience in running events and promotions, but like I say the bar is biggest issue to me! For this business I intend to be the sole owner (or MD I should say) but my partner who I've been with for 8 years (and trust very much) has a fair bit of experience working in bars. On top of this she has: A degree in Hospitality Business Management BA Hons in Business Administration (not the paper pushing admin) Certificates for: BII, Health & Safety, Food Hygine So my idea would be to employ her as a manager of some kind, not sure yet, but this is only on the condition that I match her current office job salary of £25,000 a year. I'm thinking about doing the courses for BII, H&S, and Food at my local college, just purely for my own interest if nothing else. But in setting up this business I have absoluetly no idea where to start. I'm hoping somebody here will know what the first steps are and can offer some guidence. I'd love to get a mentor as well, I'm still young at 23 . Lastly, if I am going to do this then I'm thinking about setting up as a limited company instead of a sole trader because my long term goal is to own a number of bars and leisure businesses. So in theory I woud set up something like "Blah Blah Leisure & Entertainment Ltd" and then run the music venue with its own name under this company. Is this a good idea or would it cause any problems? EDIT: Forgot to mention, I'm all for opening an eco-friendly venue as well.