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Community and Charity

Pubs have always been a focal point of any community – and we aim to continue that tradition by supporting and building relationships across the local area.

Charity

UK nominated charity – Young Lives vs Cancer

The company’s UK nominated charity is Young Lives vs Cancer (previously CLIC Sargent). It supports children and young people with cancer. Since our partnership began in 2002, Wetherspoon has raised over £19 million for the charity. This achievement is thanks to the generosity and commitment of our customers and employees. Those funds raised more recently are detailed below, by year.

Amount donated (£)

August 2011–July 2012

1,408,921

August 2012–July 2013

1,606,163

August 2013–July 2014

1,653,941

August 2014–July 2015

1,714,125

August 2015–July 2016

1,622,461

August 2016–July 2017

1,749,691

August 2017–July 2018

1,674,090

August 2018–July 2019

1,541,618

August 2019–July 2020

1,114,668

August 2020–July 2021

214,888

Republic of Ireland nominated charity – LauraLynn

In 2015, Wetherspoon nominated LauraLynn as its supported charity in the Republic of Ireland. The charity provides palliative and supportive care services to meet the needs of children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Thanks to the efforts of our customers and staff, as at July 2021 (and since 2015), we have raised more than €269,000.

Amount donated (€)

August 2015–July 2016

9,669

August 2016–July 2017

18,842

August 2017–July 2018

22,089

August 2018–July 2019

33,826

August 2019–July 2020

85,885

August 2020–July 2021

98,990

The Royal British Legion poppy appeal

Our pubs continue to support this appeal, selling poppies and raising around £25,000 a year.

FareShare
 is the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. FareShare saves good food from going to waste, redistributing it to frontline charities. Since working with FareShare, Wetherspoon has donated, on average, over 300 meals a week to the charity.

Between January 2020 and June 2021, the company gave a total of 24 tonnes of food donations, or 54,143 meals, to 1,118 charities. 

Local charities

Collectively, our pubs have also donated to local and other charities and organisations, including the 
Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Industry trade bodies and associations 

Wetherspoon is a member of the following trade bodies, associations and charities:

UK Hospitality – campaigning on behalf of its retailer members, encouraging the government to recognise and act on the economic, social and charitable values which pubs bring to communities 
up and down the land.

British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA)
 – members are responsible for 90% of the beer brewed in Britain today and represent around 20,000 of Britain’s pubs. They include international companies, family brewers, managed locals and the nation’s largest tenanted pub estates. Its aim is to support, represent and campaign for the well-being of the beer and pub sector.

Drinkaware – an independent charity working to reduce harm from alcohol misuse in the UK.

National Pubwatch
 – a voluntary organisation set up to promote best practice through supporting the work of local pubwatch schemes. Its aim is to achieve a safer drinking environment in all licensed premises throughout the UK.

The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) – a not-for-profit organisation which supports companies in working towards sustainability, guiding customers to make more sustainable choices.

Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) – the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains (including labour rights, health and safety, the environment and business ethics), used by over 50,000 members in more than 150 countries. 

Community engagement 

Pubs as part of the local community 

Pubs are a focal point of the community. We try to contribute in a number of ways. 

Research (published in June 2018) by the data and research consultancy CGA has shown that a Wetherspoon pub more often has a positive effect on the local area and can stimulate general local interest in eating out. A full copy of the report is available here.

Pubs’ design and facilities 

Over the years, the company has won several awards for pub design and community facilities. 
Details of the most recent ones are available here. 

Public-access defibrillators 

These have been installed in 22 pubs and at the Wethercentre (our head office in Watford) for use by 
the wider community. Most of these are sited on an external wall, although some are currently inside the building. Following feedback from our employees and customers, we have committed to install public-access defibrillators in as many of our pubs as possible by July 2022. 

Supporting customers with disabilities 

The company works with the charity Changing Places which supports those with physical disabilities (such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis) who may need extra facilities or space to allow them to use a toilet safely and comfortably. Changing Places toilets are different from standard accessible toilets (or disabled toilets) and larger – to meet the needs of those using them. We have built Changing Places toilets in 11 pubs7 , providing these facilities for disabled customers and their carers.

We have teamed up with Good Food Talks to make it easier for our visually impaired customers to browse through the menu at their local Wetherspoon. Good Food Talks (goodfoodtalks.com) enhances facilities for the blind and visually impaired, when dining out, as well as for those with other reading difficulties, allowing browsing and listening to the menu through a fully accessible website and iOS mobile app.

Working in partnership with Mencap, we provide work placements in our pubs for those with learning difficulties.

We support the Not Every Disability is Visible campaign, highlighting the stigma and misunderstanding which can surround those with invisible disabilities, including colitis and Crohn’s disease.

How pubs contribute to the economy 

Wetherspoon and other pub and restaurant companies have always generated far more in taxes 
than is earned in profits. Wetherspoon generated total taxes in FY19, before the pandemic, of £763.6m. This equated to one pound in every thousand of UK government revenue. 

In FY21, mainly as a result of the lockdown, total taxes paid to the government declined by £692.3m 
to £71.3m, net of furlough payments – yet the company made a positive contribution to the government treasury, even in these dire circumstances. 

The table below, over the last 10 years, shows the tax revenue generated by the company, its staff 
and customers:



Published: January 2022



5An equivalent scheme is offered to those employed in the Republic of Ireland.

6Public-access defibrillators are available at: The Furze Wren, Bexleyheath; The Three Hulats, Chapel Allerton; The Moon under Water, Cheltenham; The Counting House, Congleton; Guildhall and Linen Exchange, Dunfermline; The Regal, Gloucester; The Rodboro Buildings, Guildford; The Gordon Highlander, Inverurie; The Gold Cape, Mold; The Union Rooms, Plymouth; The Watch Maker, Prescot; The Unicorn, Ripon; The Regal Moon, Rochdale; The Salt Cot, Saltcoates; The Banker’s Draft, Sheffield; Sir Henry Segrave, Southport; The Society Rooms, Stalybridge; The William Webb Ellis, Twickenham; The Tim Bobbin, Urmston; The Horse Shoe, Wombwell

7Changing Places facilities are available at: The Pilgrim’s Progress, Bedford; The Velvet Coaster, Blackpool; Captain Ridley’s Shooting Party, Bletchley; The Prior John, Bridlington; The Booking Office, Edinburgh; The Lifeboat, Formby; The Troll Cart, Great Yarmouth; Sandford House, Huntingdon; The Mossy Well, Muswell Hill; Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate; The Iron Duke, Wellington