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Begin Your Journey

You will need to nominate a person to be the Designated Premises Supervisor at the pub. This person will need to have successfully completed the Level 2 Award for Personal License Holders to Obtain a Personal License (APLH). This person will ideally be the person applying to become the Business Partner at the pub.

Who qualifies for a personal license?

To qualify for a personal license you must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Not have forfeited a personal license within 5 years
  • Not have been convicted of a relevant or foreign offence
  • Possess an accredited licensing qualification.

You will need to complete Pre-Entry Awareness Training (PEAT), this is an e-learning package provided by the British Institute of Inn Keeping (BII).  PEAT will help you to identify the main issues which need to be considered and investigated before signing a tenanted agreement.  It will help you to prepare for your interview and subsequent meetings and give you an understanding of the professional advice you should seek to enable you to make informed commercial decisions.

On successful completion of the PEAT training you will be awarded with a BIIAB Certificate. The average duration of PEAT online training is 90 minutes. The cost of PEAT training in England & Wales PEAT is £90+VAT and can be obtained directly through the BII.

The codes of practice for leased and tenanted pubs govern the business relationship between pub companies and pub tenants operating tied public houses. As a member of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB) Hall and Woodhouse adheres to the Voluntary Code of Practice.

We strongly advise that you review the Voluntary Code of Practice, along with our Hello & Welcome document to prepare you for what to expect when entering into a Business Partnership Agreement.

Choose The Right Pub For You

Our Business Partnerships pub estate consists of 135 pubs, categorized into 5 key market segments. These segments should help you in the recruitment process to identify a pubs market type, trading style and guest profile so that you feel confident that you are applying for the right type of pub to suit you and your business plan.


Broad Based Local

Traditional pubs servicing local communities, with friendly and relaxed atmospheres and plenty going on.

Town Pub

Chameleon in operation, turning from a food-led business catering for shoppers and workers at lunchtimes to a more energetic environment catering for younger locals in the evening.

Quality Village Local

Generally traditional pubs inside and out, but some with more of a contemporary twist on the inside. They service the needs of more upmarket small to medium sized villages with strong food and drink offers.

Great Pub Great Food

The epitome of everything traditional, serving quality food and drink to more upmarket rural communities with good old fashioned hospitality.

Gastro Pub

Casual and trendy eating establishments, straddling the line between bar and restaurant. Serving delicious food (increasingly french/European inspired dishes), attracting an upmarket audience of food and drink lovers.

Understand Our Recruitment Process

To apply to become a Business Partner, simply complete our online application.

Alternatively, you can download the application form and return it to The Brewery, Hall & Woodhouse Ltd, Blandford St Mary, DT11 9LS or call us on 01258  457554 and we can arrange for an application form to be sent to you in the post with a pre-paid envelope.

If you do not have a specific pub in mind, please apply as above and signup to our newsletter for updates on our latest vacancies. We will keep you in mind for any suitable vacancies and contact you once these become available.

Before you apply, please make sure that you have reviewed the ‘Join Us’ page and read through the ‘Find A Pub’ property profiles if you have a pub in mind. It is important that you are completely aware of the amount of capital required to invest, as well as the commitment that will be required to run your own business.

When we have received your application, we will conduct a credit check and review the information provided in your application. You will then be contacted by telephone within 48 hours to let you know that we have received your application and to discuss any areas of interest. One of our Business Development Partners will then be in touch with you to discuss your application.

If you do not have a specific pub in mind, but would like to continue with your application, we will arrange for you to be interviewed by one of our Business Development Partners, usually for the geographical area you are interested in. You will then be kept informed of future opportunities that we believe would suit you.

If your application for a specific pub is progressed past your interview, we then ask that you complete a Business Plan which details your plans for the business as well as your forecast Profit and Loss and Cash Flow.

We will provide you with available information to help you complete this, including drinks volumes over the past three years, the rateable value of the property and our explanation of how we have calculated the rent figure. We advise that you take independent professional advice when putting your Business Plan together.

Your Business Plan will then be reviewed by your Business Development Partner. At this point you may be asked to undertake a second meeting to understand more about your Business Plan. If your Business Plan is agreed, you will be invited to attend a final interview with your Business Development Partner and the Business Partnerships Commercial Manager.

You will be asked to complete and sign a Business Partner interview checklist in respect of the pub.  This will ensure you have been given all the relevant information required to make an informed decision about signing a Business Partnership agreement. If your final interview is successful, you will receive an offer letter from us which we ask that you sign and return.

Only once Hall and Woodhouse have received your signed acceptance of the formal offer will a hard copy of your Business Partnership Agreement and associated documents be sent to you for signing.

Approximately two weeks prior to the date on which you take occupation of your pub, we will arrange for you to meet with your BDP for a Pre-Change Meeting. This meeting will include ensuring that you understand your agreement in detail, as well as the year one support package, training and the Hello and Welcome document. At this meeting the change date and details of this handover will be confirmed.

On the day of change, your Business Development Partner will be there to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Learn More About Business Partnerships

We believe our Public Houses, our support and our team make Hall and Woodhouse the ideal partner when looking to take on a new venture.

Here are some of the key areas where we are dedicated to supporting you:







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