Industry sector:

Public house: Telecommunications

Your business will need at least one telephone line to contact suppliers, receive customers' bookings for meals, accommodation and so on. If you're going to do bed and breakfast you may well need several lines, and a phone system that enables guests to dial out from their bedrooms. You're likely to need an email address and a website and/or social media profile is an excellent way to promote your pub and to tell customers about the range of products you stock, the services you offer and forthcoming events. Think about offering wifi internet access to customers and guests.

Many different internet service providers (ISPs) offer web hosting, internet connections and email accounts. Shop around to find the best deal for the package of services your business requires.

The telephone company will bill you every month or quarter for the calls you have made, often plus an amount for the line rental for the next quarter.

You might decide that you need one or more mobile phones for the business.

Various packages and discount structures are available to business users which can help to reduce telecommunications costs. Contact your telephone company's customer services department for details.