Self-Employed Pub Business Partner

Burnt Oak
Milton Keynes
Retail agreement


The Burnt Oak is situated in an area of Milton Keynes called Shenley Brook End with its neighbouring areas, Shenley Church End and the districts of Shenley Wood and Shenley Lodge, the districts are collectively known as "The Shenleys". The immediate area has a population of 25,000 whilst Milton Keynes is 250,000.

The pub is near a primary school and one of the best performing secondary schools in Milton Keynes with everything on the door step or only a 5 minute drive away from retail shopping, library and centrally linked train station.

The pub itself is a large size with approx. 80 covers in total and a separate conservatory room with 40 covers that can also be used for functions. From the main front door it has a long bar and several screens for showing live sport, a pool table, dart and an interactive dart board game. A full Marston's food menu is available all day and there are two external beer gardens to sit in when the sun is shining.

This is a pub that caters for everyone’s needs from families, diners, sport enthusiasts, the after work crowd or someone who would like a quiet drink.

With all the facilities available opportunities to form local teams for pool and darts. There are lots of scope to really drive this business forward.

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.