Tennent’s Supports Scotland’s first Social Enterprise Pub Group
As Scotland’s leading wholesaler, Tennent’s supports the on-trade sector at every opportunity, with the latest example being the country’s first ever social enterprise pub group, Harry’s.
Harry’s is the on-trade wing of the Beer for Good Community Interest Company and was founded in August 2015. Since then, the group has opened 2 bars and 2 cafes in Edinburgh.
Now, thanks to a six-figure investment package from Tennent’s, the group has extended its presence in the Capital and added to its growing portfolio with the purchase of “Harry’s Southside” (formerly the Southside Social on Edinburgh’s Buccleuch Street) which opens to the public on Thursday 21 December.
Aiming to support young people aged 18-25 requiring assistance, Harry’s offers bespoke training in the hospitality industry. These trainees are given the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and will also receive industry-wide recognised qualifications to help them in their future careers.
With just 16 full-time members of staff, the group’s primary focus is on developing their trainees in a working environment and they have done so by delivering over 130 vocational qualifications to students and creating over 20 positive destinations in the past two years.
With the support of Tennent’s, the group has completely refurbished what was the Southside Social, with a view to growing profits to further invest into the business and allowing them to support even more young people through the programme.
Tennent’s commitment to supporting the on-trade is evident trough the scale and range of their investment. Over the last 6 years, the business has invested £45m in Scotland’s pubs, clubs hotels and restaurants and will make funds available to cover projects ranging anywhere from 4 to 7 figures.
Martin Cairns, Trade Investment Manager at Tennent’s, said:
“We are extremely proud of our ability to help out licensees looking to develop their businesses, whether a loan is required to purchase a new ice machine or adding additional venues to their portfolio, Tennent’s are here to help. The process couldn’t be quicker or simpler and our Account Managers will support you every step of the way. Harry’s Southside is a particularly satisfying example given that we are not only investing in the refurbishment of an existing venue, but in doing so, we are helping to provide opportunities for young people looking to establish a career in the hospitality industry. ”
Chris Thewlis of Harry’s, commented:
“We are delighted to enter into this ground-breaking partnership. This is a unique investment deal and it is fantastic that Tennent’s recognises the power of good that social enterprise can do. Our agreement demonstrates that the private business sector can work with the social enterprise sector to deliver a project of this magnitude. We look forward to strengthening that bond in the near future as we work together to expand our social enterprise business and give further opportunities to deserving young people.”