Pilot project for community hub pub

Pub is The Hub, a rural pubs organisation, is looking for Borders pub licensees to take part in a pilot project to make their pub a community hub.

A £25,000 grant is on offer from The Prince’s Countryside Fund to encourage publicans to utilise unused space in their pub or outbuildings by turning it into a post office, farm shop, library, cafe etc.

The grant will fund a pilot project for 12 months in the region to identify priority areas and rural service needs with the aim to work with at least eight rural pubs, the first time Pub in the Hub has worked with Scottish publicans and communities.

Malcolm Harrison from Pub is The Hub said: “We are looking for great licensees currently running pubs in the Border counties who would like to diversify their business to contact us. In the first instance we will have a meeting to share information and there will be no obligation to take on a project.

“Many pubs have unused space in their pub or outbuildings that could be used for new services such as farm shops, a café or community meeting space. These initiatives often involve working with local suppliers and creating new jobs for local people so the whole community benefits.”

Anyone interested should call 01 423 546165 or email samhope@pubisthehub.org.uk