Pub partnership

Harry’s makeover with Tennent’s backing

Martin Cairns and Chris Thewlis

Partnership: Martin Cairns and Chris Thewlis

Scotland’s first ever social enterprise pub group, Harry’s is relaunching its latest venture with a six-figure backing from Tennent’s.  

Harry’s is the on-trade wing of the Beer for Good Community Interest Company, set up in August 2015. Since then, the group has opened two bars and two cafes in Edinburgh.

The company has refurbished the former  Southside Social on Edinburgh’s Buccleuch Street which has been rebranded Harry’s Southside. 

Aiming to support young people aged 18-25 requiring assistance, Harry’s offers bespoke training in the hospitality industry. These trainees are given the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and will also receive industry-wide recognised qualifications to help them in their future careers.

With just 16 full-time members of staff, the group’s primary focus is on developing their trainees in a working environment and they have done so by delivering over 130 vocational qualifications to students and creating over 20 positive destinations in the past two years.

Tennent’s has invested £45m in Scotland’s pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants over the last six years.

Chris Thewlis of Harry’s, said: We are delighted to enter into this ground-breaking partnership.

“This is a unique investment deal and it is fantastic that Tennent’s recognises the power of good that social enterprise can do.

“Our agreement demonstrates that the private business sector can work with the social enterprise sector to deliver a project of this magnitude.

“We look forward to strengthening that bond in the near future as we work together to expand our social enterprise business and give further opportunities to deserving young people.”

Martin Cairns, trade investment manager at Tennent’s, said: “We are not only investing in the refurbishment of an existing venue, but in doing so, we are helping to provide opportunities for young people looking to establish a career in the hospitality industry.”


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