Becoming a Publican

Whether you are looking for a fantastic business or a rewarding lifestyle opportunity, we can find the right pub for you.

Our selection of pub opportunities, range of flexible agreements and industry-leading support packages give you the best possible platform for success.

Your opportunity

Your agreement

Your support

Your opportunity

We have been building our estate of approximately 6,000 pubs for over 20 years to ensure we have the highest quality offering in the industry.

We are here to ensure that you find the right business - one that's uniquely suited to your needs and provides you with the platform for success.

When searching for your pub, you will have total visibility of the financials, key features and property details involved. Click here to find out more about the steps to taking a pub with Enterprise, or to start your search straight away, click on the button below.

Search for your perfect pub business

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Your agreement

Our agreement options allow for flexibility in how you grow your business, and the type of relationship you want to have with us.

All of our agreements are clear and transparent, enabling you to make an informed decision when starting your business.

Once you have chosen your pub opportunity, your agreement will be discussed with the dedicated Regional Manager for your area. They will work with you to agree the terms of your deal, ensuring you have the foundations you need to build a successful business.

Learn more about our agreement options

or call our Recruitment Team on 0800 953 0072

Your support

From day one, our award-winning support is available to you as and when you need it.

Ranging from financial and property management advice to marketing support and the widest brand portfolio, our support complements your ability and is specifically designed to assist you in building a profitable and sustainable business.

We constantly evaluate the support available to you, ensuring you are equipped with the most relevant and up-to-date information and knowledge to help you run your business.

Our industry award winning training courses are continually developed and revised for your benefit; they are conducted by industry experts, throughout the year and across the country.

Learn more about our industry leading support

or call our Recruitment Team on 0800 953 0072

Steps to taking a pub with Enterprise

Running a pub is a serious business and we want to make sure that you are fully aware of the challenges that lie ahead.

There are five simple steps to becoming a Publican, with support from the Enterprise team available to you at every step along the way. These steps are accredited by our Code of Practice (see our Support pages) to ensure you have complete transparency from day one.

Click on the steps below to learn more about your journey to becoming an Enterprise Publican.

  1. Getting started
  2. Find your pub
  3. Plan your business
  4. Agree your terms
  5. Run your business

Getting started

Your first step is to find out as much as possible about what's involved in becoming a Publican and how to run a successful pub business.

There are 3 activities that you must complete which will help you do this:

  • Pre-Entry Awareness Training (PEAT) run by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) - this course is available online, takes around 4 to 5 hours to complete and is compulsory for those who have not previously held a lease or tenancy agreement.
  • Personal Licence: you need a Personal Licence, which is separate to the Premises Licence held by the pub. The applications for both are dealt with by your local authority.
  • Building Your Business (BYB) - run by Enterprise at venues across the country, this 5-day course covers 3 qualifications: the Level 2 Award in Food Safety (completed online in advance of the course), the BII Introduction to Licensed Hospitality Operations, and the BII Award in Beer and Cellar Quality. You can book a place now and you will need to complete the course before signing an agreement with us.

Our support teams are on hand to provide advice and guidance through the journey to your own pub business.

To begin your journey with us, you can register with our Recruitment Team now by calling 0800 953 0072. You can also email the team or request a call back via our website.

Plan your business

It's time to develop your ideas and plan your business.

Your meeting with the Regional Manager will provide fresh thoughts and ideas as well as further detail about the pub that will help you shape your business plan. They will be able to share more details about the Pub Condition Report, the fixtures & fittings and any investment that may be required.

With all the information at your disposal, the next step is to prepare a business plan, outlining how you would like to run the business. This will include information about the day-to-day running of the pub, as well as your plans for marketing and your financial forecasts. Our straightforward Business Blueprint template will guide you through the information required and your Regional Manager will be on hand to help if you have questions.

You will need to work with a qualified accountant to complete your business plan. We have a list of recommended professional advisors across England and Wales and can put you in touch with an accountant in your area. We will pay £250 towards your accountancy costs if you use one of our recommended accountants.

You should send your completed business plan to the Regional Manager; if you choose to use one of our recommended accountants, they will submit on your behalf. You will also need to complete an application form to include all parties to be named on the agreement which needs to detail your experience, skills and qualifications. To complete your application form online, you need to log into your web account or create a new account if you don’t already have one. Alternatively, print the Application Form found in the Quick Links section and send to our Recruitment Team.

If you intend to make available AWP or SWP machines in your pub it is a legal requirement that you register for Machine Games Duty (MGD). Registration can be done either online at  or you can request a postal application form by telephoning the Excise Helpline on 0845 010 9000.

Agree your terms

We work together to discuss all of the options and the terms of your agreement.

Using your business plan, we will assess the pub's potential performance and your potential profit opportunity. Your Regional Manager will discuss our Pub Business Assessment with you and this will be used to negotiate and agree the rent for the pub. We will then work together to shape an agreement that best suits the needs of your business, looking at the type of agreement and potential discount structure available for the pub. There may be tie release options for wine, spirit, packaged beers & ciders or gaming machines which you might wish to consider, and we will discuss the financial impacts of these options in greater detail.

The following documents are then completed and signed by both parties:

  • Pre-Contract Form - a summary of the terms of our agreement. These terms and conditions form the basis of our legal agreement

We recommend that all of our Publicans take legal advice to ensure that you understand all aspects of the agreement and the terms and conditions of the contract before signing. The Law Society website provides some useful information about seeking legal advice.

The final step is for us to sign our agreement marking the completion of our negotiations and the start of your exciting career as a Publican.

Run your business

With your agreement signed, it’s time to put your plans in place and prepare to launch your pub business.

From day one, you have access to our award winning support packages and free training for you and your staff. Our Welcome Pack provides more information about the support available to help you get started and introduces some of your key contacts.

Your Regional Manager will be your main point of contact at Enterprise and will be in touch regularly to provide the help and advice you need to grow and shape your business. You will also be given a dedicated Customer Account Manager to support you with purchasing and advise you of our current offers and promotions.

You can find out more about the range of Support and Training available by clicking on the Support page link to the right.

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For any queries on becoming a Publican with Enterprise

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