Run the Black Lion pub with Marston's in Scarborough

If you're an skilled publican or retail manager with food experience then check out our latest opportunity to run the Black Lion in Scarborough on our Retail Agreement.
The Black Lion is perfectly situated in Scarborough city centre set just off the main high street and is popular with tourists and locals alike. It is a listed building and has been a staple in the town for many years. It is a 2 bar operation, comprising a main bar area with pub games and a lounge area. To the rear of the pub is a small but ideal beer garden with tables and chairs also on the pavement at the front of the pub for the sun worshippers. The site is wet only but has a good sized kitchen providing the opportunity for the operator to have their own food offer. In addition to the bar areas there are also 7 letting rooms with shared bathrooms on the top floor of the pub. The customer base is a mix of locals and tourists in season. 
This is a great prospect for an licensee who is passionate about their local community and tourists.  The site currently takes on average £6,500 per week with 90% of sales from the wet side of the business, and 10% of turnover from its letting rooms, but has the potential to achieve up to £10k a week by adding a good own food menu and drinks sales.
We are looking for an licensee/s who can build strong links within the local community and has the drive to boost sales and drive the Black Lion to reach its' full potential.

The Opportunity

That idea you’ve always had about running your own pub – always seemed like a distant dream, didn’t it? Bet you never realised it was just a £5k security deposit away (plus legal fees) with a Marston’s retail agreement. Your earnings will be based on a percentage of weekly net turnover and for those of you interested in delivering a food offer, the agreement may include one of our branded food menus. With low ingoing costs, all the training and support you need to set you up for success, this is a great way of running your own business. 

What’s in it for you?
  • A 20% share of weekly sales, excluding VAT.
  • Incentive bonuses based on business performance and standard audits
  • Low ingoing costs, starting with just a £5,000 deposit and £360 legal fees. See ‘Things to consider’ for more information.
  • Support obtaining your personal licence
  • Accommodation provided with most bills covered, except the council tax.
  • Call on us to cover the cost of repairs, fixtures and fittings
  • All of your stock, including food, and all associated consumables are supplied for free by Marston’s, although you will be responsible for managing it once it has been delivered.
  • Comprehensive induction training and ongoing support and training.
  • A dedicated Area Manager working with you to help you grow the business.
  • Access to our 450 strong-support teams whenever you need them – including Marketing, Recruitment and Food and Drink specialists.
  • All our Pub Partners get access to our FREE Learning, Development and Training platform Campus (a package worth over £300!).
What we expect from you:

Our Retail Agreement is a proven business-model, perfect for entrepreneurs who can drive sales, standards and guest experience.
In addition to the £5k security deposit required for this agreement, you will need to cover legal costs (£360 inc VAT), and your own insurance (except building insurance, which we’ll cover). Also, you’ll want to start thinking about your team; taking care of paying them and all other employment matters.

Before we all sign the agreement and see you heading into a whole new life, you’ll just need to show us proof that you’ve had independent financial and legal advice and have completed a sustainable business plan, in accordance with the Pubs Code. And, of course, obtain your personal licence (ask a member of our team about booking this course free of charge with us) and complete your induction training.

It’s a five-year commitment, so you have loads of time to build the business and get it performing brilliantly but, if you do want to leave early, there’s always the option of six months’ notice with a ‘break’ clause in the contract

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