Ben Holden

Business Development Partner (Dorset)

Ben has worked within Hall and Woodhouse for the past 5 years as both a General Manager and a Business Partner. He has a diverse portfolio of direct experience as well as a BA (Hons) in Business and Hospitality Management. Ben is the Business Development Partner for Dorset and East Hampshire.

Chris Gouldson

Business Development Partner (East)

Chris joined Hall and Woodhouse back in 2014 as the Business Development Partner for Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex. Chris ran his own tenanted Public House for many years and also worked as a pub co. Regional Manager before moving to Hall and Woodhouse.

Nick Sellick

Business Development Partner (West)

Nick celebrates 25 years of service with Hall and Woodhouse this year. He has an extensive background in the Leisure industry and vast knowledge of the tenanted trade. Nick is the Business Development Partner for the West counties covering Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Wiltshire.

Matt Woodhouse

Business Development Partner

Matt is the Business Development Partner for Berkshire, Surrey, and the West Sussex area. He has a professional background in Forensic Accountancy of which he obtained before officially joining Hall & Woodhouse in 2017. Matt is an 8th generation family member and has previously gained work experience throughout numerous parts of the business.


All of our Business Development Partners have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the licensed trade industry or have been educated to degree level. Within the first 24 months of their appointment, they are required to undertake appropriate training including; application of the UK Pub Sector Tenanted Code (1-499 Tied Pubs), procedures for rent reviews and production of Fair Maintainable Rent assessments. To ensure their skills and knowledge remain up to date, our Business Development Partners undertake appropriate training courses to ensure that they are always best placed to provide you with the support you require.


Approximately two weeks prior to the date on which you take occupation of your pub, we will arrange for you to meet with your Business Development Partner for a Pre-Change Meeting.

At this meeting, you will discuss:

  • The practicalities for the forthcoming change
  • Collect from you your signed Business Partnership Agreement
  • Collect the monies for the deposit, training fee and change of Designated Premises Supervisor fee


The first year in your new pub will be the most challenging, as you are getting to grips with building your business and managing all your overheads and cash flow effectively. To aid your journey you will have a structured program of visits throughout your first year. During these visits our Business Development Partners will assess how the business is progressing and agree any further action or support you require.

Your Business Development Partner will conduct business development meetings (BDM’s) with you at the end of months one, three, six, nine and twelve.  These meetings will be minuted and you will receive a copy of these minutes detailing agreed discussion points and actions.

See our available pubs

Red Lion

Church Street, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 4BU
The Red Lion is a charming country pub set in Sturminster Marshall, a quintessential English village nestled in…


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Chestnut Horse

Easton Nr Winchester, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1EG
The Chestnut Horse is a charming, historic 16th century pub located in Easton, Hampshire. It is currently categorised…


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Onslow Arms

High Street, Loxwood, Billingshurst,West Sussex RH14 0RD
We are delighted to present the Onslow Arms, which is a 'Great Pub Great Food' house. It is…


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