Investing in community businesses

• The Dundas benefitted from funding.
• The Dundas benefitted from funding.

PUNCH Taverns has recently refurbished five of its Scottish pubs.
The investments include £120,000 at the Kirkill Bar in Cambuslang, £145,000 at the Electric Bar in Motherwell, £180,000 at The Dundas in Grangemouth, £260,000 at Habbies Bar & Grill in Kilbarchan and a £268,000 investment at the Yeoman in Dunfermline.
All five are said to be “important community assets” which have been “refurbished sympathetically”.
The recent refurbishments form part of the pub company’s commitment to invest £3 million in Scotland.
Punch Taverns operations director, Brian Davidson, said: “We recognise how important pubs are to the fabric of society and are committed to keeping our locals alive.
“This much-needed investment across the central belt has ensured that vital community assets will be preserved for the future.
“It has also created jobs and given the regional economy a much needed boost.”
Punch claims all the refurbishments have been carried out in partnership with publicans to ensure the best features of the units were preserved, while creating additional facilities and offers that have included kitchens and entertainment for local communities.
Liam Baxter, manager of The Dundas in Grangemouth, said the revamp of that unit has “transformed it in to a smart, stylish and welcoming pub that people can be proud of”.
Punch Taverns operates 230 sites across Scotland and is currently looking for publicans and hoteliers to run some of its refurbished outlets.