There has never been a better time to take on a new pub business. Investment by the brewers into their freeholds continues at pace and the choice of agreements on offer varies from long FRI leases to short term tenancies, managed positions and self-employed franchises.

In this feature we focus on brewing and what our brewers have on offer.

The main considerations will be, do you want to work with one of the larger brewers who have a national presence or the smaller brewer who works generally in a more local geography and has a small estate of pubs (usually in the hundreds rather than thousands).

Both options will have their attractions and benefits. The larger businesses will have opportunities nationally across the UK whereas the Family Brewers will be more regionally based.