Pub Is The Hub scheme launches

Group Of Friends Enjoying Evening Drinks In Bar
Group Of Friends Enjoying Evening Drinks In Bar

A scheme to help Borders pubs will be launched next week.

Pub is The Hub, the rural pubs champion, will launch its local services initiative in partnership with Scottish Borders Council.

The scheme is also supported by the Scottish Government, the Prince’s Countryside Fund and drinks company Diageo.

Pub owners and operators, suppliers and local authority representatives in the Scottish Borders are invited to attend the launch on January 20 at The Lodge Carfraemill in Lauder, Berwickshire.

Pub owners will be able to apply for grants of up to £4,000 towards diversification schemes.

These can include siting post offices, shops, libraries, internet cafes, allotment schemes, school dinners, cash point machines, IT training and community cinemas in pubs.

Stuart Bell, portfolio holder for Economic Development at Scottish Borders Council said this week: “We are delighted to be involved in the Pub is The Hub launch in Scotland and welcome the opportunities for rural publicans to diversify their services.

“The scheme has the potential to strengthen village communities and I look forward to attending the launch event in January.”