Greene King Pub Partners has written to all its leased and tenanted partners confirming the additional support it will provide them as pubs look to adapt to reopening post lockdown.
The pub group revealed that since pubs closed for the Covid-19 lockdown, it has provided approximately £11m in rent concessions as well as investing around £4m in support for its partners.
The latest update to its 1,000 partners confirmed that every pub would receive a £250 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit for reopening, including face masks, visors, gloves, and hand sanitiser gel.
Each pub has also been offered £120 of Covid-19 signs for pub gardens and interiors, plus free online training courses covering Covid-19 topics such as service after lockdown and personal protection.
Greene King Pub Partners managing director Wayne Shurvinton said: “We wanted to make this additional £250,000 PPE investment as it’s the right thing to do for our partners, to give them the best platform possible to recover their business during this hugely challenging time for us all.
“We know there is no better investment we can make right now than backing our partners to succeed and this has been at the forefront of our minds throughout.”
He added: “I’m pleased that we can offer this next step of support for reopening, backing up our 90% rent discount for the first four weeks of reopening and 50% for the following four weeks, as well as discounts on casks and kegs as well.”
The news comes as Greene King launched its delivery and takeaway service from a select number of its London sites last month and more recently announced the expansion of its delivery and takeaway services outside of London to pubs across the UK.
The group, which has over 3,000 pubs, hotels and restaurants across the UK, reopened 29 of its sites from 22 May amid the Covid-19 crisis and will be offering a combination of food delivery.