Community and Charity
Historically, pubs have always been a focal point of any community and we aim to continue that tradition by supporting and building relationships with the local community, through employment and the provision of services and investment in the local area. Wherever possible, we ensure that our pubs are accessible for all customers.
Awards for design and facilities
In the last year, the company has won a number of awards for design and pub development, including:
- The International Food & Beverage Creative Excellence (FAB) award for the ‘Best Bar at an Airport – worldwide’ for The Windmill, Stansted Airport.
- The Red Lion, Gatwick Airport North Terminal won the same award in 2015.
- Wetherspoons, Birmingham Airport was Highly Commended at the same awards in the category ‘Best Bar at an Airport – worldwide’, and The North Western, Liverpool Lime Street was Highly Commended in the category ‘Best Bar at a Railway Station’.
The Windmill, Stansted Airport
In addition, the company was recognised at the Loo of the Year Awards 2015 for the quality of our toilet provision, including:
- National Award Winner: Champions League Standards of Excellence
- National Award Winner: Individual Category - Ireland
- National Award Winner: Accessible Toilets – Scotland
- National Award Winner: Changing Places Toilet – The Velvet Coaster, Blackpool
- National Category Award for Pubs: England – Stannary Court, Plympton
- National Category Award for Pubs: Scotland – John Fairweather, Cambuslang
- National Category Award for Pubs: Wales – Godfrey Morgan, Newport
- National Category Award for Pubs: Ireland – Great Wood, Blanchardstown, Dublin
- National Category Award for Historic Buildings: England – Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Keswick
The company’s UK nominated charity is CLIC Sargent, which supports children and young people with cancer. Since our partnership began in 2002, Wetherspoon has raised over £12milliion for the charity. This remarkable fundraising achievement is thanks to the enthusiasm, dedication and commitment of our customers, employees and local communities.
All nine Wetherspoon pubs across Northern Ireland joined forces to take part in the 2016 Deep RiverRock Belfast City marathon event, collectively raising £4,000 for CLIC Sargent.
In 2015 we launched our company nominated charity in the Republic of Ireland with LauraLynn, Ireland’s only children’s hospice providing care for children with life limiting conditions. Thanks to the efforts from our customers and staff and local communities we have raised over €8,500.
The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Our pubs continue to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, selling poppies and raising around £25,000 per year.
Help for Heroes
In January 2015, in conjunction with the Help for Heroes charity, Marston’s Beer Co developed a cask ale to raise funds for this good cause. A donation of 6p is made for every pint sold in Wetherspoon which over the last year has raised £3,386.88.
Collectively our pubs have donated hundreds of pounds this year for local charities and organisations including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Supporting those with Disabilities
People with physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra facilities to allow them to use the toilet safely and comfortably. Changing Places toilets are different to standard accessible toilets (or "disabled toilets") as they have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people who use them. Working with the charity ‘Changing Places’, we have built Changing Places toilets in seven new pub openings providing these facilities for disabled customers and their carers.
Working in partnership with Mencap, we provide work placements in our pubs for people with learning difficulties.
Wetherspoon’s newest pub in Edinburgh, The Booking Office (next to Waverley Station), has opened with a Changing Places toilet facility.
Supporting Industry Trade Bodies and Associations
We are members of the ALMR (Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers). The ALMR campaigns on behalf of its retailer members, encouraging government to recognise and act on the economic, social and charitable values that a pub brings to communities up and down the country.