Greene King expands Hive Pubs team with five new roles

Hive Pubs, the new franchise pub concept from Greene King Pub Partners, has expanded its team with five new Learning and Development roles.

The new Learning and Development roles have been created to support the rollout of Hive Pubs over the coming years and to help embed new franchisees and their teams into running a Hive Pub.

The new roles will provide a range of training and support to Hive Pubs franchisees and their teams, including front of house training and on-site kitchen training to deliver the Hive Pubs food offer curated by the food team at Greene King.

The new Learning and Development team for Hive Pubs will be spearheaded by Learning & Development Manager James Corbett (pictured left with L&D Partner Alex Wheatley), who was previously a Retail Systems Trainer for Greene King’s Managed divisions as well as a General Manager of a Greene King Locals managed pub.

Four Learning & Development Partners will work alongside James in the Hive Pubs team – three of which will report directly to him and have joined from the wider Greene King business and have experience in training roles in managed pubs ranging from leadership training to front of house and kitchen training.

The Hive Pubs Learning & Development team will work alongside and report into Greene King Pub Partners’ long established and award winning training team for Greene King’s Leased and Tenanted partners, led by Sarah Milward – a judge at the most recent BII National Innovation in Training Awards.

So far, nine Hive Pubs have been opened by Greene King Pub Partners since October 2020, with several more in the pipeline for this year.

With a Hive Pub, franchisees get a minimum guaranteed income of £20k plus additional income based on performance such as share of turnover and other bonus opportunities including profit share.

Aimed at those with experience of running a pub as a Manager but looking to run their own pub business, the Hive Pub franchise agreement gives licensees a ready to trade pub within a proven branded concept for just £5k ingoing cost.

Wayne Shurvinton, Managing Director for Greene King Pub Partners, said, “As the rollout of our Hive Pubs concept goes from strength-to-strength, we have expanded the team behind it.

'This has seen us develop a dedicated Hive Pubs Learning and Development team that will help our franchisees and their own teams to grow their businesses and provide an excellent level of service to customers.”