Stonegate Pub Company has announced new financial support for Ei Publican Partners with rent and trade credits.

It will give publicans “significantly” reduced rents and trade credits, together with government grants that include the latest restart grants of £8,000-£18,000.

Stonegate, the UK’s largest pub company, will give rent and trade credits for the next three months – maintaining rent credits of up to 90% in the run-up to outdoor areas opening on 12 April.

It will thereafter provide trade credits “equivalent to” 100% of the value of rent until 16 May – the date from which pubs can open indoors.

The company, which took over EI Group last March for £3bn, said this would enable pubs to restock.

Trade credits would then continue at three quarters of the value of the rent until 20 June.

Stonegate said it would also provide special promotional pricing on wines, spirits and soft drinks.

It is maintaining rent credits of up to 90% for its publicans in Wales, pending confirmation from the Welsh government on the reopening timetable.

Nick Light, managing director, leased & tenanted for Stonegate, said the company was also providing re-opening advice, business-building tips and investing in outdoor areas.