Tennent’s has invested six-figures in Harry’s, Scotland’s first social enterprise pub group. Harry’s the on-trade wing of the Beer for Good Community Interest Company was founded in August 2015. Since then, the group has opened two bars and two cafes in Edinburgh.
Now, due to the support from Tennent’s, the group has extended its presence in the Capital and added to its growing portfolio with the purchase of “Harry’s Southside” (formerly the Southside Social on Edinburgh’s Buccleuch Street) and have refurbished it.
Aiming to support young people aged 18-25 requiring assistance, Harry’s offers bespoke training in the hospitality industry. With 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.
Chris Thewlis of Harry’s, comments, “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.”