Self-Employed Pub Business Partner

Black Horse Inn
Retail agreement


We’re delighted to welcome SA Brains into the Marston's family, safeguarding pubs for the future and preserving as many jobs as possible. SA Brains brings a proud family, heritage and a shared passion for pubs. Together, we're confident of a successful future. 

The Black Horse is situated on a very busy roundabout linking the busy and popular villages of Hendy, Fforest and Pontarddulais, on the A4138.  The pub has an open plan interior which is traditional and cosy.  There is a small beer garden to the left hand side as well as external seating to the front, as well as a large car park to the rear accessed via Clayton Road off the mini roundabout. The business is a stone throw from the affluent high street of Pontarddulais as well as the village of Pontlliw.  To the rear of the pub, it boasts a large car park that can easily pack upwards of 20 cars, it also has a lovely beer garden for the summer time. The Black Horse is one of 3 pubs in the village (1 x Enterprise and 1 x Felinfoel). The pub would suit a “hands on” operator who would lead the team by example and reap the rewards accordingly.

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.