Lottery grant will help pub diversification

By John Harrington

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Longden: trailblazer for industry
Longden: trailblazer for industry
A new training programme to help communities unite to diversify pubs is to be launched in 10 regions of the country. It's thanks to a £470,000 Big...

A new training programme to help communities unite to diversify pubs is to be launched in 10 regions of the country.

It's thanks to a £470,000 Big Lottery Fund grant and will fall under the aegis of Pub is the Hub, the rural pub diversification scheme

The fund will pay for the work of the Community Champion Training Programme for three years.

This will see licensees, pub-goers, councils and others given advice on how to expand services at rural pubs. These could include internet facilities, post offices and local shops.

"It's quite a trailblazer. It's about us as an industry saying lets get together and involve good licensees and local authorities," said Pub is the Hub director John Longden.

Areas earmarked for the scheme are: Cumbria, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Suffolk, Staffordshire, Devon and Cornwall.

"If these 10 areas prove successful we will hopefully roll it out to other areas," said Longden.

He said he was "frustrated" that none of the £300,000 funding for Pub is the Hub, promised by former pubs minister John Healey, has arrived.

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