Our agreements

We offer a number of different ways to be your own boss as one of our pub partners. The one you choose is largely dependent on how much support you want from us (as well as how much money you want to invest). Some people really want the all-out freedom to organise themselves, get creative and work tirelessly to develop a truly independent business. Others prefer a partnership that offers a bit more security and support from the Marston’s team. Whichever type of agreement you’re after, there’s a pub for you. What’s more, there’s one thing all of them offer in droves – the chance to really free your ambition!

Tenancy agreement

If you’re looking for maximum freedom and the chance to run a business in your own way, a Marston’s tenancy will allow you to really flex your creative muscles. This agreement is for the real entrepreneurial types, who have a bit of money to invest, some solid business skills and the vision to bring their dream to life.

You can implement your own ideas and develop your own food offering. And, whilst you’ll be running your own business your way, you can still lean on the Marston’s team for all the support you need.

This is your chance to:

  • Take on a pub for three or five of the most exciting years of your career yet
  • Be your own boss and do things pretty much your own way
  • Offer the award-winning range of fantastic Marston’s beers, wines, spirits and minerals
  • Keep 100% of the business’ profits
  • Put together your own menus and choose your own food
  • Keep 50% of profits from any gaming machines
  • Learn from the best, with brilliant induction training, not to mention on going training and support from your dedicated Business Development Manager, who’ll help you make the most of the business

Things to consider

This agreement offers the most independence, but also needs a bigger commitment from you. So you’ll need to put in a £5k security deposit or 25% of the annual rent, whichever is higher, plus pay your own rent (the yearly increase will be capped to the Retail Price Index) and cover your own legal fees. You will need to cover your own business insurance and also start thinking about your team; taking care of paying them and all other employment matters.

We’re on-hand to offer guidance as you plan your business overheads, like business rates, annual service charge, Council Tax and utility bills. Also, start thinking about any internal repairs and decoration you’d like to do to bring the place up to standard and consigning to an annual decorating fund. Not to mention what fixtures, fittings and glassware you’ll get for your pub.

Before we all sign the agreement and see you heading into a whole new life, you’ll just need to show us proof that you’ve had independent financial advice from an accountant and solicitor, as dictated by the Statutory Pub Code. And, of course, obtain your personal licence (which we’ll help with) and complete your induction training.

Retail agreement

That idea you’ve always had about running your own pub – always seemed like a distant dream, didn’t it? Bet you never realised it was just a £5k security deposit away (plus legal fees) with a Marston’s retail agreement. Your earnings will be based on a percentage of weekly net turnover and for those of you interested in delivering a food offer, the agreement may include one of our branded food menus.

We’ve been working with this type of agreement for 10+ years now and have invested £3 million in our Retail Agreement pubs over the last year alone. People love them because they allow you to:

  • Be your own boss and work from home, with no commute
  • Live rent-free with no bills except Council Tax
  • Get your personal licence
  • Feel incentivised to grow the business and earn more
  • Access our support teams whenever you need them – from Beer & Quality Technicians to a dedicated Area Manager and Marketing team
  • Give your customers access to the brilliant range of Marston’s beers, wines, spirits and minerals – plenty of it award-winning
  • All of your stock, including food, is supplied for free by Marston’s, although you will be responsible for managing it once it has been delivered
  • Call on us to cover the cost of repairs, fixtures and fittings
  • Learn all about Business Development Review Planning, Commercial Excellence and more over the first week’s induction training
  • Spend the first two days on the job settling in with full supervision on-site
  • Enjoy close support from the Marston’s team in the weeks after the initial induction training

Things to consider

In addition to the £5k security deposit and legal fees required for this agreement, you will need to cover your own insurance, except building insurance, which we’ll cover. Also, you’ll want to start thinking about your team; taking care of paying them and all other employment matters.

Before we all sign the agreement and see you heading into a whole new life, you’ll just need to show us proof that you’ve had independent financial advice from an accountant and solicitor, as dictated by the Statutory Pub Code. And, of course, obtain your personal licence (which we’ll help with) and complete your induction training.

It’s a five-year commitment, so you have loads of time to build the business and get it performing brilliantly but, if you do want to leave early, there’s always the option of six months’ notice with a ‘break’ clause in the contract.

Foundation agreement

Let your big ideas for your own pub run free as a foundation partner. Your earnings will be based on a percentage of weekly drinks sales, but you’ll have the flexibility to choose the food you offer and keep every penny of food sales! It’s the chance to:

  • Leave your old life behind and be your own boss
  • Commit to five of the most exciting years you’ll have ever worked
  • Live rent-free in the pub
  • Take home 30% of weekly drinks sales
  • Keep 100% of the money you make on food
  • Keep 50% of the profits from any gaming machines
  • Offer the award-winning range of fantastic Marston’s beers, wines, spirits and minerals
  • Have your drinks stock supplied and paid for by Marston’s, not to mention your heating and lighting
  • Learn from the best during your induction training and enjoy on going training and support from your dedicated Business Development Manager

Things to consider

You’ll need to put in a £5k deposit, plus legal fees and cover your own insurance (except building insurance, which we’ll pay for). Also, you’ll want to start thinking about your team; taking care of paying them and all other employment matters. We’re on-hand to offer guidance as you plan your business overheads, like business rates (and your own residential Council Tax). Also, start thinking about any internal repairs and decoration you’d like to do to bring the place up to standard and committing to an annual decorating fund.

Before we all sign the agreement and see you heading into a whole new life, you’ll just need to show us proof that you’ve had independent financial advice from an accountant and solicitor, as dictated by the Statutory Pub Code. And, of course, obtain your personal licence (which we’ll help with) and complete your induction training.

It’s a five-year commitment, so you have loads of time to build the business and get it performing brilliantly but, if you do want to leave early, there’s always the option of six months’ notice with a ‘break’ clause in the contract.