Self-Employed Pub Business Partner

Red Lion
Retail agreement


The Red Lion is a traditional Wet led pub situated in the small town of Madeley, Telford. The pub is surrounded by chimney pots and local businesses, with easy links into Telford Town Centre.
The pub is a two room operation. The bar equipped with its own real log burner, darts board and flat screen TV's is the locals favorite hangout. The lounge also boasting flat screen TV's is situated the other side of the bar which leads on to a large covered terrace and large grassed beer garden.
Their is a small function room above the pub, this hasn't been used for many years but with a bit of TLC and the perfect operator this room should attract some additional revenue for the pub. The pub also boasts a large carpark and a small terrace at the front of the pub. 
The Red Lion needs someone with a clear vision that the pub should be the centre of the community. A passion of cask ale and perfect drinks. The pub has lots of potential to host outdoor events. Someone who loves sport would be a great asset to this business 

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.