With around 4,500 pubs, our publicans and managers operate at the heart of the communities they serve, employing local people, providing a diverse range of goods, services and facilities to local residents, businesses and visitors and making a valuable contribution to the local economy.
- Amount of money donated to Pub is The Hub
- Amount of money donated to charities from Craft Union
- Amount of money raised for MIND through Bermondsey Pubs
We have recently strengthened our social responsibility efforts across the wider sector through a new corporate partnership with The Clink Charity, the charity which aims to reduce reoffending by training and qualifying prisoners for employment as chefs in the hospitality sector upon release. You can find out more about The Clink in this video.
A recent Justice Data Lab report states that a Clink graduate is 50% less likely to reoffend having been through one of their programmes. We have previously worked with the Royal British Legion and raised over £90,000 for the charity over five years.
Trade bodies and associations
We actively contribute to trade debates and support industry trade bodies and associations including the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), UK Hospitality (UKH) and PubAid.
We support Drinkaware, the independent UK wide alcohol education charity working to help reduce alcohol related harm by helping people make better choices about their drinking and we also work closely with Club Soda, the Mindful Drinking Movement. We also support Gambleaware who work to help to reduce gambling harms in Great Britain. Finally, we have partnered with the Licensed Trade Charity who assist pub, bar and brewery people who are in need of help or facing a crisis with practical, emotional and financial support.
Working in communities
We are proud to be a founding supporter of Pub is The Hub having backed the important initiative since 2005. Since then, we have donated £220,000 to the Community Services Fund which helps rural pubs who want to diversify their business. We have a number of pubs who raise a considerable amount of money for charity, including our Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in the 2019 Ei Group Awards for Excellence, Mike Armitage at the Lion Brewery in Ash. He and his team have raised in excess of an impressive £200,000 for charity over the years which is incredible!
Heart of the Community Awards
Craft Union beat tough industry competition to be awarded the prestigious Heart of the Community Award at the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) awards.
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