Bury St Edmunds brewery giant Greene King has donated £15,000 towards a fund supporting rural pubs who want to branch out to benefit their communities.
Pub is the Hub’s Community Services Fund offers grants of upto £4,000 for licensees who are looking to broaden their services to the wider community.
One beneficiary of the fund was the Queen’s Head, in Hawkedon, which received funds about five years ago to help open a butchery adjoining the pub.
Scott Chapman, who runs the free house with wife Juliette, said the money helped to kit out the butchery, which is open to the public on Friday and Saturday mornings and allows the pub to serve ‘top quality’ meat. Mr Chapman said: “Any help you can get is welcome. Over the years it has been quite hard going not least because of quite large rises in business rates and costs generally.”
For every £1 invested in the Pub is the Hub scheme, a further £1 is matched or invested by public funding or private investment. Greene King has donated the money for the second year running.
Rooney Anand, chief executive at Greene King, said: “Pubs are an important part of the community and the Community Services Fund provides crucial support to enable pubs to offer other services to their local area such as butchers, libraries or post offices.”