Punch signs up to Pub Pride 2021

Punch Pubs & Co has announced a partnership with Ask For Clive, pledging to support its Pub Pride 2021 events across the UK.

Punch is kicking off the collaboration by signing up a number of its iconic venues for the inaugural Pub Pride event, which takes place on Friday 23 July.

Keen to support the campaign are three of Punch’s flagship pubs: The Goose that sits in the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village, The Lord Roberts (pictured), an iconic and well-loved pub in Nottingham, and The Regent, famous for its vibrant and welcoming atmosphere in the heart of Edinburgh. These pubs will be hosting Pub Pride events.

Pub Pride is a nationwide campaign, locally activated, which aims to unite LGBTQ+ communities and celebrate this year’s pride season at a grassroots level. 

Punch will be promoting both the Pub Pride 2021 event and ongoing Ask For Clive campaign to its 1,250 venues across the UK, encouraging them all to get involved.

'Everyone will always be welcome in our pubs'

“At Punch, our ‘Doing Well by Doing Good’ programme underpins the way we do business," says Russell Danks, marketing and strategy director at Punch Pubs & Co. "This mantra sits at the very core of our business, and as part of this, it has become more important than ever to support charities such as Ask for Clive.

"With hate crime on the rise in our UK communities, we need to work harder than ever to stand up and show zero tolerance. Our pubs are the hubs of their communities, and we are proud to support this campaign, raising awareness across the UK, working with our publicans and teams to ensure that everyone will always be welcome in our pubs.”

Punch is hosting an internal immersion day in support of the campaign for both its HQ in Burton upon Trent, operations teams and any Punch publicans wishing to participate. This campaign activation training will provide guidance to venues and will include webinars delivered by the Ask For Clive team explaining why the need for inclusive hospitality is important now more than ever.

Ask For Clive works with venues across the country to promote inclusion and create safe, welcoming social environments for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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