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About Hive

If you have dreamed of operating your own pub retail business, our Pub Franchise Agreement is a low-cost way to achieve your ambition. This agreement provides you with a pub that's ready to trade with all food and drink supplied. We take care of all marketing and promotions and install smart till systems so you can understand how the business is performing, we even cover the majority of the bills. As everything has been set up, you can concentrate on growing your business and serving customers.

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



Low ingoing cost of £5,000 includes agreement fees and induction and on-site training.

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A quality pub that’s ready to go, making it easy for you to focus on the customer experience.

Opportunities nationwide

Is this type of pub business for you?

A Pub Franchise Agreement is the perfect opportunity for someone with experience of managing a pub, who now wants to run their own pub business. We look for people who are:

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You understand what’s needed to make a venue stand out.

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You are down to earth making every customer experience a pleasure.

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You're ready to roll your sleeves up to make a pub the best it can be.

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You do things properly, with honesty and integrity throughout.

What skills do I need?

A Hive Pub Franchise Agreement is perfect for people who are:

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Excellent Operators

You pride yourself on being the best, delivering the best experience for your community.

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Brilliant with people

You are a people person, putting a smile on your customers' faces.

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Team leaders

You are great at running a team in a fast-paced environment.

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Driven to succeed

You are ready to step up and run your own pub business.

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What is Hive?

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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.

Want to know more? See our FAQ’s

The term of the agreement is for 5 years.

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.

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.

We pay all running costs including utilities and Sky/BT 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.

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

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 3
  • 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.

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 £2,000 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.

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

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.

These percentages are specific to each pub business and will be discussed with you when you meet our franchise business development manager.

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

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

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.

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

This is calculated weekly.

This is paid weekly in arrears.

This is calculated by deducting the total quarterly trading costs from the total income applicable to that quarter. Profit is calculated quarterly (every 3 months) and paid within 28 days of the end of each quarter.

This is calculated quarterly (every 3 months).

This is paid within 28 days of the end of each quarter.

This cost is covered by Greene King.

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

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.

Greene King can only break the agreement early if there are found to be Critical Service Failures. Our franchise business development manager will discuss this with you when you meet.

Yes, you are able to transfer/ assign the agreement subject to our permission. 

The franchise agreement is not covered by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. However, there is a contractual right of renewal which can only be exercised once for a further term of 5 years.  

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