Hall & Woodhouse, the independent brewer and pub operator, is to spend £1.2million to prepare its tenanted estate of more than 200 pubs for the smoking ban.
Central to the investment is the introduction of external facilities which can be used by smoking and non-smoking customers alike. Dorset-based manufacturer, Broadview, who supply awnings, umbrellas and blinds, have been appointed by Hall & Woodhouse to introduce suitable external facilities.
There is no doubt that the cultural change delivered by the smoking ban will be hugePaul Bunting, tenanted commercial manager of Hall & Woodhouse
Paul Bunting, tenanted commercial manager of Hall & Woodhouse, said: "We strive to ensure that each of our pubs remains unique, welcoming and friendly, offering a quality experience.
"We have been working very closely with Broadview to ensure that our tenants are provided with suitable and comfortable external facilities, whether it is umbrellas, awnings or an entire alfresco facility.
"There is no doubt that the cultural change delivered by the smoking ban will be huge and the facilities will ultimately help our tenants to prosper following the introduction of the legislation."