Self-Employed Pub Business Partner

Plough & Barleycorn
Retail agreement


Waterlooville is an attractive largely residential town in Hampshire, just north of Portsmouth in the South of England. Formerly a prominent market town, Waterlooville, Complain and Havant now serve as more local communities and commuter towns to Portsmouth and London.

The Plough & Barleycorn sits along Tempest Avenue in the heart of one of the larger residential areas, next to a Tesco Local, a nursery and sports fields. The pub has an open plan main trading area, served by a large L-shaped bar area, but also a separate pool/darts area, function room and beer garden which includes children’s play equipment.

Our guests are mainly residents of the area joining us for social occasions, a meal or one of the many weekly events the pub hosts however the pub has long been one of the main music venues in the area and regularly hosts some of the bigger bands in the area. There is opportunity to expand in this area and work with the large car park and fields for larger-scale events. Food also plays a strong part in the success of the business, with a value-driven, quality menu, the Plough & Barleycorn can cater for a variety of needs, functions and events.

There is a large car park just behind the pub and use of the car park next to Tesco is free. There is also a large, 3-bed accommodation that comes with the pub.

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.