Greene King, the brewer and pub operator, has donated to Pub is the Hub, the organisation that helps pubs expand their services to the local community.
“We are extending our community support by providing some central funding to Pub is the Hub,” said chief executive Rooney Anand, who described the body as “much-needed to help pubs provide viable local services at the heart of their communities, right across the country”. An initial donation of £15,000 has been given.
The money bolsters Pub is the Hub’s Community Services Fund, established in April this year.
Chief executive John Longden said he was pleased with the initial response to the launch of the fund and “thrilled to have the support and encouragement from Rooney Anand and the Greene King board”.
“Their commitment to Pub is The Hub is testament to our simple philosophy of encouraging great licensees to provide additional services in their pub at the heart of their community.”
Over the past decade the organisation has worked with licensees to open 100 post offices, 125 shops and 30 computer training centres, plus provision for allotments, play areas, libraries, school meals and local cinemas.
And some 30 pubs are now being run by their own local community thanks to the support of Pub is the Hub.