Why we’re proud to be Punch …..



  • We continue to invest substantially to develop fabulous pub businesses. Under the ownership of Patron and May Capital, we have plans to invest £80 million developing our pubs during the next three years.
  • Our market-leading Punch Progress training package provides some of the sector’s best induction training and continuing professional development. We’ve just launched a mobile-friendly training console and app with CPL Training! We’ve also been recognised with a National Innovation and Training Award (NITA) for our Art of the Possible Training programme!
  • We were the first pub company to launch an online ordering and information portal for our Publicans in 2011. Our award-winning Punch Buying Club has just taken its 100,000th order and sold our 100 millionth pint of beer!
  • We operate a mixed estate of leased, tenanted and retail businesses, enabling us to share and apply learnings and best practice across all. Read more information about our suite of agreements.
  • We have successfully launched and continue to develop a range of innovative retail concepts, from our award-winning Champs Sports Bars to our warm and inviting Village Pub and Kitchen concept.
  • Our dedicated food team use their expertise to develop innovative, mouth-watering and on-trend dishes, perfectly suited to our various retail concepts.  The tried and tested results are then brought to our leased and tenanted venues.
  • We provide a market-leading product range to our Publicans, including one of the broadest and most established cask beer ranges in the industry – 108 rotational cask ales a year.
  • Our marketing support remains unparalleled including the world’s largest pubs teams dart competition (The Punch Darts Classic) and the biggest national pub quiz! Our market-leading roadshows have also grown in success year on year.

Running a pub business is a fantastic way to be your own boss, meet new people and support your local community. At Punch, we’re passionate about pubs and the people we work with and want like-minded people to join us. Being a Publican can be hugely rewarding and, with our tailored support, can help you achieve your aspirations.

Retail Contract

Our Retail Contract is the perfect way to run a pub on a self-employed basis, but have the support and comfort of knowing we are right beside you to guide you on your journey. A truly rewarding business model.


Punch Tenancy

Our tenancy agreements offer unprecedented levels of support with a flexible approach to running your own pub. We have a number of different tenancy agreements to suit you and your business needs.


Lease Agreements

Our lease agreements are a long-term and flexible way to run your own pub business. Our bespoke agreements range from full or part-tied lease agreements to free of tie commercial leases, which give you the flexibility you need to run an independent pub business.


Becoming a Punch Publican

Taking on a pub can feel like a big change, but with our help it needn’t be a daunting one.

As you get ready to begin your exciting journey with us, you will have a dedicated and experienced Punch Development Manager (PDM) who will be on hand to guide you through the process of taking on your new pub business.

Throughout this website, we will guide you through the first steps of becoming a Punch Publican and some of the things you should consider before starting your journey of running your own pub.

Finding your perfect pub business…

Finding the pub that is perfect for you is the first critical step on your journey. It is important to research the pub, area and customer base of your potential new business.

To succeed in the pub industry, you need to be creative and innovative and keep up to date with common trends in the marketplace.  It is important to network locally and know your pub’s community.

There are plenty of different styles of pub operations from high street bars, destination food-led pubs and local community pubs. The most important thing for you to do is make sure your personality and skill set fits your potential pub.

Costs and considerations…

Although being a Publican can be hugely rewarding, you should take into consideration that running a pub can be a change to your lifestyle. It won’t just be the usual 9-5. You will need to work unsociable hours, including late nights and weekends.

If you haven’t got pub experience, but you think running a pub sounds right up your street, you should think about getting a part-time role in your local pub – just to make sure it’s the lifestyle for you.

When you take on a Punch pub, you must also consider the costs involved. There’s a deposit, fixtures and fittings, your first beer and food order, plus the legal fees associated with taking on your pub business. Don’t forget, you may also have to buy uniforms for your staff, plates, cutlery, glassware and catering equipment.