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16th April 2019

Greene King increases support for Pub is The Hub

l-r: Rooney Anand, John Longden

Greene King has increased its annual support for Pub is The Hub’s advisory activities and Community Services Fund to £25,000.  This is the sixth year of Greene King’s support, now totalling £100,000.

Pub is The Hub provides a range of free advice to licensees, communities and local authorities, who wish to use the pub to broaden their services to the wider community. The organisation helps to inspire them with small grants from its Community Services Fund and so far, 29 different types of activity have been created around the country, including new village stores, libraries and community cafés and cinemas, all of which are making a big impact on their neighbourhoods.

For every £1 that is invested by Pub is The Hub, a further £2.10 is matched by other public and private funds. At the current time over 70 projects are in the pipeline seeking funding.

John Longden, chief executive of Pub is The Hub said: “We are very grateful for the generosity of Greene King as a donor for this long-term support as they help the continuity of both our advisors’ work and the Community Services Fund itself.  Small grants support inspirational licensees and projects which are tacking a lot of social issues today.  They also prove that small pots of money can go a very long way if our regional advisors can help and support services and activities that can be situated in the one place that is warm, welcoming and open all week – the pub.”

Rooney Anand, Greene King’s chief executive said: “Pubs play an important role in the community they serve, so it’s inspiring to see the ways in which they diversify to offer services that no longer exist in their area. Pub is The Hub’s Community Services Fund is a valuable way to enable this to happen so locals can still receive these services, such as a post office or library. We are proud that our support has now reached a £100,000 enabling more of these projects to happen.”

At the Saracen’s Head in Shirley near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, Robin and Terri Hunter opened the Church Lane Deli at the pub as an essential new service, both for the village and surrounding area.  It is open six days a week and staffed by two new employees, involving local people and providing somewhere to meet up, to buy every day provisions and to support local suppliers.


Notes for editors

For more information please contact:

Lisa Harlow, PR Advisor for Pub is The Hub on 07917 757860 or email

Jo Kreckler, Senior Communications Manager, Greene King on 01284 714123 or email


About Pub is The Hub

  • Pub is The Hub is a not-for-profit organisation initiated by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2001, which offers independent specialist advice on rural services diversification or community ownership of pubs.

About Greene King

  • Greene King was founded in 1799 and is based in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. It employs around 39,000 people across its main trading businesses; Pub Company, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.
  • Greene King operates 2,798 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland, of which 1,714 are retail pubs, restaurants and hotels, and 1,084 are tenanted, leased and franchised pubs. Its leading retail brands are Greene King, Chef & Brewer, Farmhouse Inns and Hungry Horse.
  • Greene King also brews quality ale brands from its Bury St. Edmunds and Dunbar breweries. Its industry-leading portfolio includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Belhaven Best.