Self - Employed Pub Business Partner

Foundation agreement


The Buck sits on a busy road in the centre of Newtown, Powys. The pub has an attractive frontage with external seating at the front, allowing customers to enjoy a drink whilst watching the world go by. Internally the pub is a one room operation with some great original features. There is a small, snug, area to the side of the bar and the pub has a cosy feel to it. 
Newtown is steeped in history, brimming with life, this is a place where red kites and buzzards soar above a grand Victorian heritage and the modern buzz of Powys’ largest town, nestled beneath lush green hills and fed by the sparkling waters of the Severn. The town has c11000 residents and is a popular tourist spot offering many attractions. 

There is small beer garden to the rear, which is enclosed providing privacy to customers to enjoy special times with their friends and family. To the left hand side of the bar there is a small kitchen whish should be utilised to offer a small food offering to locals, tourists throughout the day.

The Buck would suit an energetic individual who has an outstanding focus on customer service in order to build strong relationships throughout the town. A positive outlook to drive sales and the ability and tenacity to develop a small food offering that complements a great drinks range. Experience of running successful events and engaging with local groups would be an advantage to build a great community pub.

The Opportunity

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.