Hello everyone, I'm in the process of opening my own pub and I've already done quite a bit of research, found wholesalers near me, a company that provides pub dispense equipment, created a business plan and I'm on cash flow forecast now. My idea is unique (there is no similar pub in the city, possibly country) and not very complicated, therefore I believe I can succeed. I'm applying for a loan, however I've got half or maybe even most of the amount (will see when I finish the cash flow forecast) needed to open it and keep it running, so I guess I'm in quite good position. I've also booked myself a course needed to obtain personal license. But before I would like to know a few things such as, how does leasing an equipment work? I've heard from a friend of my parents that it is possible to lease the equipment and that this is the best way to begin with. Also, how much gallons of beer mid-size pubs usually order/sell? If you're owning a pub, how many clients have you had in your first year? Is it possible to check if the building I want to rent will get the premises license or is it possible not to get the license just because of where the building is located? (I assume if it is near the neighbourhood then the people living in that area would be against us opening a pub, fortunately for us the building is close to the sops but not that close to houses) And I've heard the business rates are raising, so I want to know how big of a threat are they? Thanks for your attention, I'd be grateful if someone who owns a pub answers my questions.