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Hive Pubs is the Franchise Agreement from Greene King Pub Partners

If it’s your ambition to run your own pub business, then a Hive Pub provides the perfect ready-to-trade solution.

This is a unique, low-risk opportunity to fulfil your full potential.

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The Benefits


You will receive a minimum annual income of £20,000 franchise fee, plus additional income based on performance.

Low Risk

At only £5,000 your ingoing cost includes agreement fees and induction plus on-site training.

Ready To Go

We’ll provide a quality pub that’s ready to go. So, you can focus on the customer experience.

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

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Ray Irwin & Bonnie Tarleton

After working in and running pubs for over 20 years, Ray and Bonnie are now flourishing as franchisees at the Guy Earl of Warwick in Welling.

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Hive Testimonials

Hear from some of our current franchisees about how we form partnerships with them, enabling to run great pubs with a buzz.

What Experience Do I Need?

If you have pub management experience, then you are perfectly placed to become a Hive franchisee.

We’re looking for people with:

  • High standards
  • Good admin skills
  • Team leadership abilities
  • Brilliant people skills
  • A drive to succeed.

Our franchisees are enthusiastic, outgoing and approachable people that always demonstrate integrity. They also have an open mind when it comes to improving the pub experience.

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3 Easy Steps To Becoming A Franchisee

Step 1

Request a call back today, or call us now on 01284 843 200

Step 2

Talk with our recruitment team. They’ll give you more information and assess your suitability for the role.

Step 3

Discuss the finer details of the role with one of our experienced Business Development Managers (BDMs).

“The support, the knowledge, the experience of Greene King really makes a massive impact to our success.”

Ana Carvalho & Bruno Cardoso, The Prince of Wales, Oxford.

Ana Carvalho and Bruno Cardoso.
Chris Windle The Cross Keys, York

“With Hive I have been able to take on a ready-to-go pub without the large investment usually needed”

Chris Windle
The Cross Keys, York

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Your Investment Requirements

£5,000 Entry

£5,000 is required to enter the business, which will cover all of your training and agreement fees.

Employee Costs

Any staff wages, including national insurance and any other statutory deductions.


Liability insurances to protect the business and the public.

Council Tax

Council Tax for the private accommodation.

Reducing Your Risk

Greene King Provides Everything You Need

  • You’ll have a pub that’s ready to trade, this includes all the fixtures and fittings and furniture - just walk in and start serving customers.
  • We pay the business rates and utility bills. Services, property insurance and licensing are all covered too.
  • We take care of all the repairs to the building.
  • We supply all the food and drinks to sell. These are available to order online from us.
  • The pub will serve an agreed food menu, where all dish ingredients, crockery, menus and promotions are provided.
  • We will install an EPOS smart till system to provide management information and help you manage the business more effectively.

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* Some funding may be required as working capital to float the pub before it opens.
** Bonus is based on agreed KPIs, only applicable in the first year and is exclusive to this offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Would I Be Employed By Greene King?

No, you would be fully self-employed. You will need to set up a Limited Company and become VAT registered to operate this type of agreement.

What Skills And Experience Do I Need To Be A Successful Greene King Franchisee?

Experience makes the difference and that’s why we are looking to create the perfect partnerships with excellent operators who have pub management experience. We are looking to partner with Franchisees who are energised, approachable and genuine to create a community led pub experience through a branded concept.

Do Greene King Pay For Everything?

We pay all running costs including utilities and Sky/TNT Sport (where applicable). You will need to pay for the following:

  • Staff (including employee national insurance and any other statutory deductions),
  • Insurances (such as public liability and contents insurance for private accommodation),
  • TV Licence and Council Tax for private accommodation.

Can I Take The Agreement As A Sole Trader?

No, you will need to set up a Limited Company to operate this type of agreement.

Will Training Be Provided?

Yes, before you start the business, we will provide relevant training in the standards, procedures, techniques and methods which make up the franchise system and in all aspects of the business. Initial training will cover the following.:

  • Safestart
  • BII Cellar Training
  • Food Safety Level 2 Additional training may be provided as we deem appropriate. We will also loan you copies of all relevant manuals.
  • Systems Training
  • Pre-opening on site training at the property

Additional training may be provided as we deem appropriate. We will also loan you copies of all relevant manuals.

How Much Will It Cost?

The ingoing cost is £5,000. This includes the agreement fees and the induction and on-site training. You will also be required to pay for independent financial and legal advice before you take on the agreement. We also recommend around a further £3,000 in working capital to ensure that you have enough money for set up as you will not get paid your guaranteed or additional income immediately.

Why Do I Need Working Capital?

This is to ensure that you have enough money for set up as you will not get paid your guaranteed or additional income immediately.

How Much Money Can I Expect To Earn?

The minimum guaranteed annual income is £20,000 with additional income coming from a percentage of weekly turnover, a quarterly profit share and the ability to earn an additional bonus by meeting compliance audits. Taking on a pub and becoming your own boss is not without risk. Being self-employed is very different to receiving a regular salary, but there’s the prospect of even greater reward. It’s important that you enter the business with a realistic view of potential performance.

When Would I Be Paid My Guaranteed Income?

This will be paid in equal weekly payments two weeks in arrears.

What Does Turnover Include?

All drinks, food and accommodation (if applicable) and excludes machines income. Turnover is calculated weekly and paid weekly in arrears.

Do I Need To Prepare A Business Plan?

Yes, using the information we provide you, and your independent professional advice, you will need to prepare a business plan that is realistic and sustainable. We will provide you with a business plan template to assist you.

Can I Implement My Own Menu?

No, the franchise system includes Greene King food and drink menus. We will provide all allergen information, food specification books and food order guides.

Who Pays Utilities?

This cost is covered by Greene King.

Is Sky/TNT Sport Included?

Yes, where applicable this is paid for by Greene King.

What If I Want To Leave Early?

Our pub franchise agreement includes a break clause of not less than 3 months written notice. This break clause can be exercised at any time.