Key features of our Entrepreneur Agreement include:

  • A 3 year agreement with the flexibility to give 6 months notice
  • Lower entry costs with an agreed weekly F&F deposit for the length of the agreement
  • Turnover based rent to give you maximum profit opportunity
  • Accommodation on-site for you and your family, for a healthy work/life balance
  • Full supply agreement with industry-leading suppliers, competitive prices, rewards and supplier promotions to support your business
  • Exclusivity on our award-winning Badger cask beer, only available in H&W pubs
  • Annual sales volume incentive on all drinks products of £1000
  • H&W are responsible for all structural repairs
  • Quarterly open book accounting for the duration of the agreement
  • Capital investment opportunities to enhance your trade levels
  • Paid membership of the BII, the pub industry’s professional body


The Business Partnerships Agreement is protected by the Landlord and Tenant Act. In return for the use of our pub for your business we charge you rent. This is an amount set for the term of the agreement and is agreed before you take on the pub. We will show you exactly how we have calculated the rent for your pub. The rent is not subject to a review and is only adjustable annually in line with RPI (if RPI is negative then your rent will be lowered in line with RPI).

If you want to renew your agreement for a further three years the rent is linked to RPI only. This gives you the ability to plan for the future with certainty and means you are not penalised for your success.


Taking on a pub with Hall & Woodhouse is a low-cost way to set up your own business but it does need some investment from you. As well as a returnable deposit of £7,500, you will also need to buy stock and other items, and have some working capital to help you run your business.

You will also need to purchase the pubs fixtures and fittings from the previous operator, but we can provide loans to new Business Partners for this, and if you choose to leave your business, you will be able to sell the F&F to the ingoing Business Partner.

Drinks Tie

As our Business Partner you agree to purchase all beers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks through us.  The Supply Agreement, or ‘Drinks Tie’, helps us develop and brew our award-winning beers which are exclusively available in cask and keg format in our own Hall & Woodhouse pubs, giving our pubs a valuable point of difference. It also allows us to invest in our pub estate, further develop our product range, fund support from our Business Development Partners, supply marketing materials and much more, for the benefit our Business Partners. The Supply Agreement also makes it easier for you to order your stock; it means one call, one order, one payment and one delivery backed up by our excellent support teams.

Open Book Accountancy and Stocktaking Service

Business controls are critical during the first 12 months so we require you to use our approved accountancy and stocktaking services. The information they produce is shared with us so we can support you in developing and managing your business. We require the production and sharing of quarterly accounts in the first year of your agreement and annual accounts thereafter.

Sales Incentive

At the start of your agreement an annual total volume target will be set for all drinks products. At the end of each year if you exceed your target you will receive a £1,000 credit to your trade account.


The responsibility for repairs falls to both Hall & Woodhouse and you. You will be given a detailed breakdown of who is responsible for what before your agreement begins. However, as a rough guide, we are responsible for the structure of the building (eg if a window frame is rotten) and all non-structural repairs will be your responsibility (eg if a window pane breaks). You are also responsible for interior decoration and keeping the gardens and grounds up to standard.

Gaming Machines

Gaming machines include Amusements with Prizes (AWP), Skills with Prizes (SWP) and pool tables. You choose your machines from our list of nominated suppliers. Machine income is shared after rent and duty is paid. 44.67% of the profit goes to you, while we receive 22%. We manage the machine suppliers on your behalf.

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