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Why partner with Punch?

With about 3,300 pubs in our portfolio, Punch Taverns is a long-established pub company. That means we own the premises, while our partners operate the pub as their own business. There are many reasons why Punch is the best partner for both new and experienced people who want to run a pub.


With the backing and support of a high quality organisation, taking a pub can be a low cost, low risk way for you to run your own pub business. We invest heavily in our outstanding portfolio of pubs, helping our partners to build successful businesses, and we offer significant levels of business support. You will have a dedicated contact – your Partnership Development Manager and no fewer than 17 professional support teams on hand to help with everything from accountancy to marketing. 


Whether you are new to the pub business or not, you want to partner with people who have plenty of experience in the industry. Punch Taverns was founded in 1997, and has grown into one of the largest leased pub companies in the UK. We were the first in the industry to introduce an accredited Code of Practice, endorsed by BIIBAS (British Institute of Innkeeping Benchmarking and Accreditation Services). This outlines our promise and commitment to our partners, the licensees who operate our pubs as their own businesses. Under this partnership approach, our agreements and terms are clear, fair and transparent.

Version five of the Punch Taverns Code of Practice was accredited in June 2013, following updates to the Industry Framework code earlier in the year. Punch Taverns were the first Pub Company to have their code re-accredited.

You can read our Code of Practice as a pdf or visit for information on how the accreditation process works. For further information on the industry framework code, visit

Download or read a copy of our Code of Practice and Framework Code.


We want you to build a sustainable, profitable pub business, and that means offering you great value in our terms of business, and rent levels that support your plans. Punch Taverns offers a variety of flexible agreements on pub leases under which you can take advantage of excellent value Buying Club discounts on beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and machines. You can choose to exclude some items from the agreement (so you can buy them elsewhere), and you can choose to set your rent at a higher level in return for lower product prices – it’s up to you.  

We’ll help you choose the right pub agreement.

Today we have a diverse, high quality portfolio of around 3,300 pubs nationwide, giving you the widest choice of opportunities. We can help you find the right pub leases for you and your business plan, from a local at the heart of the community, to a vibrant sports or music venue, to the sought after gastro pub. For a guide to our different types of pub, click here.