ALMR launches tenth annual benchmarking survey

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The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) is launching the tenth edition of the annual ALMR Christie + Co Benchmarking Report survey and is calling on licensed hospitality businesses of all trading styles to contribute.

The annual report, produced in partnership with specialist property adviser Christie + Co, provides a complete overview of operating costs for pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants and is used extensively by the ALMR in its lobbying efforts.

Past benchmarking reports have been used to effectively influence policy on issues such as service charge, National Living Wage, business rates reform, PPL proposals and changes to gaming machine stakes and prizes. It is recognised by government and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors as providing accurate information on rental valuations for commercial and industry leases.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “Our annual benchmarking report is one of our most useful tools for operators in benchmarking their own performance and also in day to day rent reviews and business valuations. But more importantly, it is widely respected within Whitehall and has underpinned our engagement with policy makers. This year in particular it has been critical in our negotiations with the Valuation Office, delivering a fairer deal on business rates. The benchmarking report remains the most authoritative and extensive of its kind due to the widespread participation of ALMR members and non-members alike. It is the largest survey of its type and is unique in drawing information from individual site P&Ls and we are delighted to be partnering with Christie + Co to provided added value commentary and insight.”

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