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Pubs Minister Backs The Bevy & Buys A Share

Labour’s Small Business and Pubs Minister is giving his backing to the Bevy and has paid out to become a shareholder.

Toby Perkins MP visited the community pub on 19th June and heard how the team behind it still need to raise money.

With shares costing £10 each, Toby handed over his stake and is urging other people to do the same.

Nancy Platts, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Brighton Kemptown, invited Toby to visit the pub so he could see how residents have turned around a problem venue into a community hub of the future.

The social enterprise venue will have a café, a training kitchen, meeting rooms and a pub but extra costs have left the team £40,000 short.

'Backing the Bevy'

Toby Perkins said: "The Bevy says it's aiming to be a community pub but it's clearly far more than that. Their vision is to be a training centre, meeting place and thrown into the bargain you get a pub.

“They've shown great spirit so far turning around a bad story of drug abuse and anti-social behaviour into a future community hub.

“But it's still not a certainty, they need to raise money and that's why I bought my share today for £10, I am backing the Bevy and I hope other people will do the same."

With 27 pubs closing a week, Toby has been working with CAMRA, the GMB Union & The Forum of Private Business, to call for a new statutory code to put the relationship between pub companies & their licences on a more balanced footing.

Toby has pledged to use his know-how to help the Bevy become a success.

Nancy Platts, a Bevy shareholder, said: “The Bevy needs more people to give it their backing and sign up as shareholders, I’m delighted Toby has given his support.

“We all need to get behind community projects like this and if you can’t afford to donate but are keen to get involved then you can always come along and help get the pub ready for its opening day.”

Find out more about the Bevy online and donate or sign up to volunteer.

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