Proper Pubs, the community wet-led operator division of Admiral Taverns, has invested over £1m into upgrading its community pubs in May.

The group, which has more than 170 pubs across England, Scotland and Wales, has invested the funds into four pubs in Middlesbrough, Harlow, Preston and Wigan.

The investment programme is part of the group’s strategy to ensure the pubs evolve and thrive within their communities, offering customers an active social hub.

Proper Pubs most recently opened both the Purple Emperor in Harlow after a £213,000 investment, and The Gamull, a community pub in Preston following a £350,000 investment on Friday 26 May.

At the start of May, the Honeysuckle in Wigan reopened after £180,000 refurbishment, and the Miners Arms reopened on Thursday 18 May following another transformational £310,000 investment.

Mark Brooke, director for Proper Pubs, said: “Our pubs sit at the heart of their local communities, bringing people together from all aspects of life, whilst supporting important local charities. We’re proud to continually invest into our estate to provide our operators with the resources they require to make their pubs the very best. The results from all four refurbishments look outstanding and I wish each of our operators every success for the future.”

This Easter, Proper Pubs collected over 12,200 Easter Eggs for local charities and recently installed its 85th defibrillator across its estate. The defibrillators are positioned outside the pubs for medical emergencies and have already resulted in three-life changing results.