Community & charities

We are proud that our pubs and breweries are an integral part of their communities. For many the relationship has been longstanding; The original Marston’s brewery was founded in Burton in 1834 playing an important role in the town where many of its workers would have lived. At Marston’s we recognise that our pubs’ strong relationship with their communities is essential for their long term success.

We continually survey what our pub customers think of the service they have received. From these results we adapt our offering to suit local tastes and changing preferences. This dialogue with our communities is assisted by our pubs’ support for a range of local voluntary activities arranged by our customers and staff.

Our aim is for our pubs to remain the pride of their communities, and we are determined that it stays that way.

Long Live the Local

long live the local

We support Long Live the Local – a nationwide campaign from Britain’s Beer Alliance. Backed by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), the campaign celebrates the vital role that local pubs play in our communities, culture and national identity. It calls on the Government to cut high beer tax to help keep British pubs open.

Pubs are one of the few remaining public spaces offering a unique combination of great food, drink and atmosphere at the heart of the community. Watch a special video that celebrates the great British pub.

A recent study by the BBPA revealed nine in ten UK adults (89%) are pub goers. 63% said pubs bring the community together and 99% believe their local is a great place for celebrations and special occasions.

Between 2008 and 2013, the industry experienced the devastating impact of a five year increase on beer duty. In 5 years, beer sales declined by 24% in pubs, 5000 pubs closed and 58,000 pub and brewing related jobs were lost.

With half of all pub-lovers saying the number one reason they would reconsider a visit to the pub is higher prices, a rise in beer tax puts local pubs and their contribution to communities in jeopardy.

Found in modern cities, market towns, rural villages and everywhere in between, our pubs play a really important role at the heart of communities. They bring people together, offering a place to socialise. Our pubs often work closely with local businesses, providing essential services beyond drinks, food and entertainment and, they support local charities and fundraising efforts, too.

We’re proud of our relationship with local communities and we’re dedicated to bringing people together in the great British pub for years to come.

The Long Live the Pub website has more information on the campaign, details on how to write to your local MP and allows you to sign the petition to cut beer tax.

Community Heroes Week 2019

We can be Heroes

The second national Community Heroes Week took place from 29th April – 6th May. Encompassing fundraising activity from Wolverhampton head office, Burton Brewery and pubs from across Marston’s Pubs & Bars and Venture, this aimed to be the biggest fundraising event yet. 418 pubs were nominated to take part and format leadership teams were challenged to help drive the calendar of activity at head office. In addition, Taverns regional Ops teams organised their own fundraising activities in support of charities of their choice.

Head Office Activity

Car wash

Marston’s House was a hive of activity all week with the FLT teams hosting a range of events to raise money for our local pubs charities. On Monday the Urban team held a carwash, offering a full valet service.

On Tuesday, team Venture held a bake sale and quiz, as well as the grand raffle being drawn in the afternoon – top prizes included VIP tickets to the O2 courtesy of Budweiser, Premiership Football tickets from BT Sport and the usual array of alcohol.

head office activities

In addition, we were supported throughout the week by Diageo and their Pimms bar, Fentimans, Funkin Cocktails and Beer Co. not to mention the generous donations from many of our suppliers to ensure the grand raffle was as appealing as ever. Over the course of the week, we raised an amazing £4,887.

The Customer Services team in Burton held a raffle, raising £500 for two local charities NET Patient Foundation and St Giles’ Hospice, as well as another £250 which was contributed to the central fundraising pot.

In recognition of the contribution of every member of staff at head office during Community Heroes Week, a portion of the money raised (4 x £200) is going to be donated to local Wolverhampton charities. We will shortly be asking anyone who works at head office to nominate a charity that they would like to be considered for this gift.

BBQ

Great Locals ran some pub games tournaments on Wednesday as well as selling traditional pub cobs and snacks.

Despite the pouring rain, the Toast team held a BBQ and sold a fantastic array of burgers as well as some tasty mocktails and delicious desserts on Thursday.

To round off the week, the Village FLT teamed up with the Crown at Albrigthon to hold a BBQ and beer and cider festival with live music on the Friday.

In addition, we were supported throughout the week by Diageo and their Pimms bar, Fentimans, Funkin Cocktails and Beer Co. not to mention the generous donations from many of our suppliers to ensure the grand raffle was as appealing as ever. Over the course of the week, we raised an amazing £4,887.

The Customer Services team in Burton held a raffle, raising £500 for two local charities NET Patient Foundation and St Giles’ Hospice, as well as another £250 which was contributed to the central fundraising pot.

In recognition of the contribution of every member of staff at head office during Community Heroes Week, a portion of the money raised (4 x £200) is going to be donated to local Wolverhampton charities. We will shortly be asking anyone who works at head office to nominate a charity that they would like to be considered for this gift.

Regional Support

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Regional teams also organised various events to raise money for their chosen charities:

  • Venture North – 26.2 mile walk through the Lake District raising money for the Cumbrian Air Ambulance - £1,356
  • Venture South – 11 mile walk dragging a firkin along the tow paths of the West Midlands for Stand up to Cancer - £1,195
  • Team Toast – a cycle ride from Marston’s head office to the Malt House in Thornbury in Memory of Fight for Lee’s Life - £1,266
  • Team Franchise West – a car wash at the Moreton Arms for Compton Care - £200
  • Team Franchise East – a series of activities over a weekend including auctions, quizzes and entertainment to raise money for Trust in Ted - £5,316.60
  • Team GL South West – a day volunteering at the Wildside Activity Centre, Wolverhampton

Pub Engagement

Events took place across our estate, with pubs sharing their photos and stories on our Community Heroes Facebook page. Once again we have found it a challenge to get pubs to report on how much they have raised. So far, we have had 36 pubs confirm that they have raised a total of £30,000. Combined with our head office and regional fundraising, our total currently stands at £45,000.

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As with last year, most of the money raised at head office will be donated in support of charities local to our pubs. Via the Heroes of the Community Facebook group, we ran a series of fun competitions, getting the pubs to tell us about their fundraising activities and take part in silly challenges to win some money for their chosen charities.

Where has our fundraising money gone?

Compton Care £300.00
Georgina Unit @ Russell’s Hall Hospital £250.00
St. Mary's Nursery £250.00
Autism Directory & Side by Side £100.00
National Autistic Society £250.00
LimbBo Foundation UK £350.00
Clatterbridge Cancer Charity £250.00
Bella & Brave animal sanctuary £250.00
Cancer Research UK £250.00
Old Hall School £250.00
Birmingham Children's Hospital £100.00
Lee's Fund £250.00
Cumbria Air Ambulance £250.00
Stand Up to Cancer £250.00
Trust in Ted £400.00

Pub is The Hub

Each year Marston’s makes a substantial financial contribution to the charity Pub is The Hub to help pubs in small, often rural communities, adapt and survive changing economic pressures. The charity helps pubs offer additional services to their communities such as shops, play areas, postal services and libraries www.pubisthehub.org.uk.

Head office

In 2019 we packed an incredible 400 hampers to deliverto pubs running events for vulnerable members of the community this Christmas.

hampers

Wolverhampton Business Improvement District

Marston’s has actively supported Wolverhampton’s city centre management for a number of years. As a company with its head office in the proposed Business Improvement District (BID) Marston’s has plays a role in its delivery. BID is a government vehicle to ring fence rates income for local improvements with the BID geography. The BID works to deliver enhancements to the city centre making it more attractive and vibrant for customers and city employees. The BID is managed by the Wolverhampton BID Company Ltd which Marston’s actively supports.

Marston's Employee Charity Fund

Marston’s also operates an employee charity, supported by contributions from the company, which each year donate to various good causes.

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