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The Great British pub is an institution, a tradition renowned all over the world and, we may be biased but, we believe it makes for a brilliant business opportunity too.

Having witnessed the market evolve over the last two decades, we have learnt to adapt our approach and turn our attention to the importance of partnerships, thinking differently to ensure our support is the best around.

We know that when it comes to partnerships not one size fits all and, for this reason, we offer multiple agreements for our Partners.

Here are the partnership opportunities available with Hawthorn Leisure, and a few words from some of our very own Partners.


We have a small selection of fully managed houses with high turnover, which provide a great opportunity for professional, committed managers who thrive on delivering against set targets.

What’s involved?

  • You get a fixed salary with great bonus incentives
  • We control costs and the retail offer
  • You are incentivised to grow sales
  • You will be allocated a dedicated managed house area manager
  • The opportunity to work in England or Scotland
Managed Operator Agreement


Tenancy agreement

(Typically 5 years)

Taking one of our independent tenancies gives you the freedom to run wild with your entrepreneurial skills – we actively encourage that edgy, energetic spirit of which we live by!

A tenancy agreement ensures that it’s your business and that you have an agreement in place that works financially for both of us.

What’s involved?

  • You are your own boss and your pub is your business
  • You rent the pub from us
  • You agree what drinks you want to buy from us; we offer you discount
  • We share machine income profit
  • You fund cashflow and stock
  • You buy fixtures and fittings from us
  • We support you with business development – frequently and expertly
  • The partnership spans over 5 years, with a 6-month notice period
Tenancy and Lease
Business Plan


There are 2 types of agreement in our managed estate:

1. Operator agreement

2. Employed manager – where we look after the format and all of the costs, and you thrive delivering against a set of objectives

We want our employed manager pubs to be the best that they can be, so if this is for you apply now.

Managed Application Form


Opting for an operator agreement means that you receive all the support of a ‘managed’ house, with the freedom to be self-employed or, occasionally, fully employed.

An operator agreement requires energetic, committed and respectful individuals, who have the drive to make things happen and a passion to win together.

What’s involved?

  • Extensive training through the industry’s number one training company, CPL
  • Invested pubs with great retail propositions in place
  • BDM support round the clock – with frequent visits and lots of sound advice
  • Free marketing and PR support
  • All the operating bills paid for you
  • Staff are employed and paid by you – giving you full autonomy over them
  • You are your own boss earning a percentage of sales
  • Minimal ingoings - £3,500 fully refundable bond and cash float – that’s it!
  • The partnership spans over 5 years, with a 6-month notice period
Managed Operator Agreement


To help you to find a pub which may be of interest we have divided the country into sectors. Please use these links to see the pubs currently available in each sector. The lists are dynamic and will change.

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