Growing with communities

Growing with communities

Our breweries, cideries and pubs are at the heart of communities across the UK, so making sure they prosper and thrive as our business grows is really important to us.

Creating and restoring orchards

Creating and restoring orchards

Since 2014 we’ve partnered with The Urban Orchard Project and The Bulmer Foundation on Helping Britain Blossom (HBB), our flagship community programme to bring the benefits of orchards to communities, particularly in urban areas.

By the end of 2015 we’d created or restored 40 orchards in Birmingham, Hereford, Leeds, London, Manchester and Scotland. A total of 400 trees were planted in areas where people could really benefit from green space, such as hospitals, schools and housing estates.

We’re also reviving the art of orcharding by training 75 people in traditional orcharding skills, so they can maintain the trees and engage and share their new skills with the wider community.

Investing in the Great British Pub

Investing in the Great British Pub

We are passionate supporters of the Great British pub. Each year we invest millions into our estate to help our licensees improve their pubs and grow their businesses, while safeguarding the future of the community pub.

Since 2012, we’ve invested around £93 million into renovating our pub estate - £30 million in 2015 alone. Last year, we refurbished over 100, each having around £175,000 spent on them, along with smaller-scale improvements to a further 100 pubs.

Through this investment we are improving each pub’s food offering – as well as creating spaces for watching sport or private dining – so our lessees can attract more customers.