Marston’s donates to Community Services Fund

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Marston’s PLC, one of the UK’s leading independent and pub retailing business, has increased its community investment by providing a donation of £10,000 to the Community Services Fund.

Established in April 2013 Pub is The Hub wants to help UK pubs to diversify into new services provision for their own communities. In launching the fund, Pub is The Hub recognised that good licensees today can work with the public, private and voluntary sector to improve the local economy. Licensees can apply for funds up to £4,000 per project providing it meets the right criteria in providing additional essential services for the benefit of its community.

With a solid track record of rural project development and delivery over the last ten years, Pub is The Hub has worked with great licensees to open 100 post offices, 125 shops, 30 computer training centres, provision for allotments, play areas, libraries, school meals, local cinemas, and in the region of 40 pubs being run by their own local community.

Marston’s chief executive, Ralph Findlay said: “The Pub in the Hub initiative continues to focus on some of the great work innovative tenants, lessees and freehouses are doing in a fast changing pub market and Marston’s are delighted to support John and his team.”

John Longden, chief executive of Pub is The Hub said: “We are thrilled to have the support and encouragement from Ralph Findlay and the Marston’s team. Their commitment to Pub is The Hub is testament to our simple philosophy of encouraging great licensees to provide additional services in their pub as the heart of its community.”

Ralph and John are pictured at Marston’s lease, The George Inn, Alstonefield in the Peak District where Pub is The Hub had previously supported the refurbishment of the Coach House into a large meeting room and shop.