New owners of historic Fife inn plan to give away business to staff

The Shoregate, opening at the end of April, brings a new lease of life to a C-listed hostelry in the heart of Crail’s beautiful conservation area.

Unusually, part of the business plan involves awarding shares in the business each year to the successful applicants for roles of general manager and head chef, leading to eventual ownership, and a profit-share scheme for all employees, based on reputational success.

Trading as variations of The East Neuk Hotel since at least 1890, the building had suffered from many years of under-investment.

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