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21st February 2023

Craft Union Pub Company launches Winter Warmth campaign for the Homeless Running until March 2023

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Craft Union Pub Company, the multi-award winning Community Pub Operator, once again, leads by example by supporting the Only a Pavement Away charity through its Winter Warmth campaign. The campaign, which ran last winter, encouraged customers to donate clothing items and essentials and to help the homeless during the cold winter months.

Thanks to the generosity of Craft Union customers, 480 bags of warm essentials were given out last year to the homeless, along with £8,000 raised for the charity. This year, the campaign is off to a strong start, with £885 already raised in only two weeks.

“We know that the winter months can be a difficult time for many people, particularly those who are struggling financially or who are experiencing homelessness. We want to do our part to help make a difference in our local communities, and we hope our customers will join us in this effort,” said Nick Andrews, Managing Director of Stonegate Group.

Nick continued, “We are proud to support Only a Pavement Away and their efforts to help the homeless in our communities. Last year, we saw first-hand the impact our customers’ donations had on those in need, and we hope to make an even greater impact this year.”

Each Craft Union pub is running its own collection respectively. They are inviting their local community to donate items such as scarves, gloves, blankets, coats, jumpers and toiletries to give to these collections for those in need. The campaign runs until March 2023, after which the pubs will take these items to nearby shelters. There is a Just Giving Page set up, which can be accessed through the link: for Craft Union to collectively raise funds across all sites.

“The Craft Union Pub Company’s ‘Winter Warmth’ campaign is a shining example of how businesses can make a real difference in the lives of those in need. Their generous donations and support for Only A Pavement Away have helped to provide warmth and essentials to those who are homeless during the cold winter months. We are grateful for their continued partnership and commitment to making a positive impact in our communities” said Greg Mangham, co-founder of Only A Pavement Away.

Craft Union Pub Company’s winning combination of bespoke pubs and great community engagement has produced award-winning campaigns and events. To learn more about their initiatives and keep up-to-date with their incredible events and drink offers, head to As the company says, “there is truly something for everyone!”



About Stonegate Group

Stonegate Group is the largest pub company in the UK.  Its portfolio is comprised of over 4,500 sites, split across the managed division and leased and tenanted businesses.

The managed pubs division, which employs over 16,000 people, is split into Branded and Traditional pubs. Branded is comprised of: Slug & Lettuce, Popworld, Be At One and Venues. Traditional (unbranded) pubs are made up of: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Pub & Dining, Social Pub & Kitchen and Craft Union.


  • Great British Pub Awards – Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year, Best Pub to Watch Sport, Community Hero
  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year (Jemelle Bish), Best Apprenticeship Training Programme (ATOP)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)


  • Licensed Trade Charity Awards   raising awareness through fundraising
  • Great British Pub Awards – Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year, Best Pub to Watch Sport
  • MCA Retailers’ Retailer Awards – The Hero Award (Suzanne Baker)



  • Great British Pub Awards – Feeding the Community, Community Mindfulness & Ei Publican Partnerships Pub of the Year
  • REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards – Best New Wellbeing Strategy (5000+ staff)
  • Publican Awards – Best Pub Employer (501+ employees)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)


  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year, Lee Woolley (2019); Best Managed Company for Training; Lifetime Achievement Award for Chairman, Ian Payne (2016)
  • CGA Insight Hero and Icon Awards (two awards): Icon Award   Ian Payne MBE, Business Leader, Simon Longbottom (2019)
  • UK Hospitality’s Dusk ‘til Dawn Late Night Awards (two awards) – Icon Award (Ian Payne MBE), Best Marketing and Promotions Award (2019);  Best Service & Team (2018)
  • Great British Pub Awards – Best LGBTQ+ Pub (2019); Best LGBTQ+ and Best Sports Pub (2018); Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment and Best Sports Pub (2017); Best Sports Pub (2016);
  • BII Scotland Awards   Best Operator for Training (2019)
  • Retailers’ Retailer of the Year (two awards): Lifetime Achievement Award, Ian Payne MBE;  Investor of the Year   TDR Capital (2019); Investor of the Year: TDR Capital (2017)
  • Menu Innovation & Development Awards (MIDAS) (two awards): Best Menu, Premium High Street Pub: Slug & Lettuce; Best Menu, Town & City Pub: Walkabout (2019);  Premium High Street Pub: Town Pub & Kitchen (2017); Best New Concept:  Missoula, Montana Bar & Grill (2014); City and Bar Dining: Slug and Lettuce (2013)
  • Publican Awards (five awards): Best Community Pub Operator, Best Pub Employer (501+ employees), Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites), Best Drinks Offer, Business Leader of the Year   Chief Executive, Simon Longbottom (2019); Best Late Night Operator (2018); Best Managed Pub Company; Best Late Night Operator, plus highly commended   Best Employer 501+ employees (2017);  Business Leader of the Year, Chairman Ian Payne (2014); Best Pub Employer 51+ sites (2013)
  • British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA)   Chairman’s Award (2018)
  • Licensed Trade Charity: Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award (2018)
  • APPBG PUBAID Corporate Charity Fundraiser Award (2018)
  • Scottish Training Federation: Best Large Employer  (2016)
  • HR Excellence Awards: Best Learning and Development Strategy (2016)
  • HR Distinction Awards: Innovation for Digital & Social Media (2016); People Development (2015); Innovative Use of Technology (2014)

Press release from Leisure PR.


Jenaifer Sethna

Account Executive

Leisure PR and Communications Ltd.