How we are supporting our pubs through Coronavirus/ COVID-19
A message from Mark Davies, CEO, Hawthorn Leisure, 25th March ‘20:
In accordance with the Government’s announcement of Friday 20th March, our community Pubs are closed until further notice, to limit the spread of Coronavirus. We have been in close contact with all of our Pub Partners and will continue to offer guidance and support throughout the enforced closure
Over the last few days, our dedicated team of BDMs have spoken with every one of our Partners to update them on the support we are offering, which includes:
Deferring rent and all associated charges with immediate effect for our Leased and Tenanted Pubs
A financial support package for Partners at our Operator Managed pubs
Supporting our Pub Partners and tenants who employ staff to enable them to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, whereby 80% of the wage costs of employees who are unable to fulfil their role due to COVID-19 will be borne by the UK Government.
Cancelling and refunding any orders placed for delivery post Friday 20th March
Liaising with suppliers regarding any unopened stock.
Many of our Pub Partners have already gone above and beyond to support their local communities in this time of need, and even though our pubs are now closed, we will continue to give back to the people in our communities who need us most.
Thanks once again to our Pub Partners, managers, operational and support teams for their resilience. We’re proud of you, and we’re looking forward to raising a glass together on the other side.
Loyal customers at Derby community pub The Loudon Arms can look forward to live sports following a £50,000 refurbishment by owner Hawthorn Leisure.
1st April, 2020: Hawthorn Leisure has today announced an operational restructure, which has seen the creation for the first time of a dedicated Operator Managed division. Mark Brooke has joined Hawthorn Leisure in the new role of Operations Director – Operator Managed, while Elaine Kennedy has been promoted to the role of Operations Director – Scotland and North East England.