HEINEKEN to support community pubs with £50,000 funding for Pub is The Hub

20th February 2017


HEINEKEN is investing £50,000 in Pub is The Hub. The announcement was made during a visit to The Red Lion in Epworth by Pubs Minister, Andrew Percy MP on Friday 17 February.

The funds will be directed towards Pub is The Hub’s Community Services Fund and Regional Hub of Advisors.   The Community Services Fund was set up by Pub is The Hub in 2013 to kick start pub diversification schemes run by great licensees in the form of grants of up to £3,000. Support for the regional hubs will help with running costs, marketing and its small team of advisors around the UK.

David Paterson, Corporate Affairs Director, HEINEKEN says, “We are delighted to build on our support of Pub is The Hub in 2017.  We warmly welcome the Government’s announcement last month that it will fund the organisation and we are pleased to join the Government in its support and match their donation of £50,000.   HEINEKEN has partnered with Pub is The Hub for some years and with 1,050 pubs in our Star Pubs & Bars estate, we share Pub is The Hub’s belief that the pub should be the centre of vibrant community life.”

The Minister, who is also the constituency MP for the Red Lion pub, commented: "Our nation's pubs sit at the heart of so many of our local communities and are greatly valued by local people. The work that Pub is The Hub undertakes helps make our pubs more sustainable for the future, enabling them to diversify and offer a range of community services and benefits. 

“That is why I was delighted the Heineken will be matching the Government’s £50,000 of funding, on top of previous support, for this excellent community organisation, so that more communities can benefit from their work. This will make such a difference to many more communities nationally." 

John Longden, Chief Executive of Pub is The Hub said. “We are thrilled that HEINEKEN has chosen to support Pub is The Hub with such a generous donation. They recognise that great licensees and their pubs play an enormously important role in communities across the UK today. With their help we can continue to support these small businesses with both advice and small grants. In turn these schemes will continue to change peoples’ perceptions of pubs, drive local economies, support local employment and provide important community hubs.”

Initiated by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2011, Pub is The Hub is a not-for-profit organisation of specialist voluntary advisors for community pubs and licensees who are thinking of broadening their range of services in the UK.   The organisation encourages good licensees, communities, pub owners, breweries, local authorities and the private sector to work together to match community priority needs with additional services that can be provided by the pub.  These include allotments, butchers, cafés, cinema, community playgrounds, digital training, libraries, live theatre, meeting spaces, shops, post offices and many more.

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