Howard Kennedy has assisted The Hummingbird Bakery with the acquisition of a new branch in Guildford.

This is a great example of how we have helped businesses like The Hummingbird Bakery deal with their planning due diligence early on in the transaction to avoid pitfalls further down the line.

Tarek Malouf, the managing director of The Hummingbird Bakery says that operators should

"Always have a dialogue with the Council to explain how your business operates and whether it can operate from the premises under its present planning position".

Occupiers intending to take new premises and looking to emulate the success of The Hummingbird Bakery would be advised to check the operating use of the premises in planning terms at an early stage and consider the use clause contained in the lease to check they align, and also reflect the occupier's intended use.

We always encourage our occupier clients to really understand their business and future requirements so as to make sure that they stay on the right side of planning law and the user clauses in their leases.

We are delighted to have supported The Hummingbird Bakery on their acquisition and continued growth. Best of luck with the branch opening!