Running a Pub – Guide to Costs


Tenancy Code of Practice

Our agreements comply with the industry’s Tenanted Code of Practice (1-499 Tied Pubs).


Our Eyes Wide Open Manual

Our own code of practice – Eyes Wide Open – was the first of its kind to be accredited. It explains the kind of relationship that you, as a prospective licensee and business owner, can expect to have with us; one that encourages you to thrive in the long-term.



Our business plan template can help you get started with the application process.



Download an application form.


Talk to our team

There’s plenty to take in, so please do give us a call on 01754 882011 or send us a message

Frequently asked questions

We have a very varied estate, from small community pubs to high-street beer houses, and food-led places to pubs with accommodation. Our pubs are spread across seven counties: Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Humberside and Yorkshire.

We’re known for our fairness and transparency, which has resulted in us being the first in the industry to have our own accredited code of practice. In fact, it’s been described as one of the best. We stick by our word, we do what we say we’re going to do and we stand firmly by our promises. That is to help you enjoy successful careers – by sharing good honest business values and by giving the service, support and fresh ideas to help pubs thrive. Our business has always been about Good Honest Pubs Run By Good Honest People. Harry Bateman summed this up rather well in 1953, when he told his fellow brewers: “In your business, don’t ever lose the human touch with your staff and tenants.”

No chance! Batemans has been a family business for four generations. A large chunk of the shares have been entrusted into the family, to help secure the business and its values for future generations, business owners and staff.

Some experience, whether in retail, business or pubs, is certainly helpful. But we have training facilities, to help ensure those without experience can be successful. Passion is the most important qualification!

Typically, between £8,000 and £25,000.

We appreciate that at the moment there is so much uncertainly in the economy, the country and indeed the world, that many people are nervous about changing careers or investing in businesses. The Hospitality Sector has been particularly affected by low consumer confidence, which in turn is deterring people from joining the industry.

We have looked at all the things which may cause concerns and have constructed an agreement which addresses those concerns:

  • Ability to buy a business at very low cost
  • Energy costs
  • Working hours
  • Holidays
  • Inflation
  • Security
  • Reward
  • Ability to build up a business and then sell it

With ‘Reduced Risk, Business Purchase Agreement‘ the Business Owner actually buys the business and has the right to sell it on.