Why Marston's?
Being your own boss comes with some major perks. But there’s so much more than you realise to becoming a pub partner with Marston’s.
Free accommodation
Keep your money. We provide free accommodation with most of our opportunities.
No utility bills
As part of our Retail Agreement, Marston’s cover the cost of utility bills and stock.
No more commuting
No traffic. No rushing. When you wake up, you’re already at work.
A lifestyle, not a job
Don’t live to work, love to work. In your own pub.
Take control of your earning potential
The more money you take, the more you earn.
Your own business
Choose how much freedom you want to run things your own way and get creative with your future.
Proven business models
Our pub partnerships are tried and tested for success.
Learn on the job
We’ll give you all the training and support you need to build a great business.
Supporting you every step of the way
Our 450-strong head office support teams are there to help with everything from Marketing to IT.
Our Story

Our mission at Marston’s is to have “Pubs To Be Proud Of” and we’re 100% committed to achieving this.

2021 saw a change of CEO, signalling the start of an exciting period of change and transformation for the business. Marston’s is now a focused Pub Company, striving to have the best possible partners and licensees to join us on this very exciting journey.

Our commitment to our colleagues and partners is underpinned by a very clear set of values and behaviours and we put these at the heart of everything we do. It makes it the very special place that Marston’s is known to be.

We are Guest Obsessed – we put our guests first always, aiming to delight them when they’re in our pubs.

We Raise The Bar – we’re committed to each other, the business and to being the best version of ourselves.

We will Grow – we challenge ourselves and each other, to ensure we’re always being the best we can possibly be.

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
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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.

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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.

Recruitment process
Once you have explored our opportunities and submitted an application for your preferred opportunity, a member of the recruitment team will give you a call to get to know you better and arrange for you to meet with one of our Area Operations Managers.
Your first meeting with an Area Operations Manager is to understand your previous experience (in the trade or elsewhere) and your ambitions for running a pub. We will tell you more about the pub and how the agreement works.
Stage one business plan – here is where you start to bring your ideas of running a pub business to life. We will ask you to think about the strengths and weaknesses of the industry and your vision for the pub.
We will provide you with a property pack, including the financial trading history of the pub and a schedule of any works we may be conducting. This can be used to seek independent financial, legal and property advice.
Stage two business plan – you will meet with an Area Operations Manager to present your business plan, which will include your ideas around your team, your target market, financial projections and how you will make an impact in your first 100 days. This plan will form part of your conditional offer, which will be signed off by your Area Manager and our Estates Manager.
If successful, subject to a conditional offer, we will book your induction and discuss the next steps towards securing a substantive (full) agreement. Your induction will consist of 5 days of training followed by a structured 6 month onboarding programme including a range of skills-based webinars, mentorship from an existing pub partner, and ongoing support from a dedicated Area Operations Manager.
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