Self-Employed Pub Business Partner

Bear & Staff
Retail agreement


Situated on the busy A38, Bristol Road on the outskirts of Birmingham, The Bear & Staff underwent an extensive six figure refurbishment in 2019. It's current clientele is a mix of guests, owing to its urban location, regular older guests in the day, students and a huge mix of customer bases.

The Bear & Staff is an open plan business with great external drinking area to the front, side and rear of the business. The external covers are complimented with a heated and lit marquee. The front of the business offers a pool and darts area with relaxed drinking furniture, towards the back of the business it has more of a lounge feel the rear with relaxed booth seating and flexible drinking / dining area. There is a commercial kitchen which currently operates the retailer own food offer and they retain 100% of the food sales and profit.

The ideal retailer for the Bear & Staff with a hospitality high flyer with an understanding of how strong retailing standards can maintain quality of environment and guest behaviour. The pub is currently performing well, but has the opportunity to turn the dial up on own food, and food retailing standards, as well as strong local sales planning such as quizzes and live music.

The Opportunity

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.