The UK’s largest pub company distributes packages worth £300,000

A single customer sits at the bar in a near-empty pub in central London on March 17, 2020 after the UK government announced stringent social distancing advice including avoiding pubs and restaurants as a measure to kerb the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. - "Sacrificed', in danger of 'death', 'existential crisis': British pub and restaurant chains called on the government on March 17 for help with coronavirus damage in an already faltering sector, after the Prime Minister announced stringent social distancing advice to combat the virus. The UK government recommended on Monday that "non-essential" travel should be avoided, calling in particular for pubs and restaurants to be avoided. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Ei Publican Partnerships has said it will give up to one million items of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), worth almost £300,000, to its estate of pubs ahead of the industry reopening.

The pub giant, which was acquired by Stonegate Pub Company in March for £1.27b, has confirmed that each pub will receive a free PPE starter kit, which will consist of disposable masks and gloves, hand sanitiser and rolls of black/yellow self-adhesive floor tape. Nick Light, Managing Director of Ei Publican Partnerships, said: “The safety and wellbeing of our publicans is most paramount. This additional £280,000 investment in PPE is just one of the many ways we are making sure our pubs can reopen from lockdown in a safe and sustainable manner while providing an enjoyable experience for customers.”

Earlier this month, Ei launched Round, a bespoke contactless ordering app across their pub estate to safeguard publicans and customers, The Caterer reported. In May, following urgent calls from its pub tenants, the company announced a “multimillion-pound financial support package” for its leased and tenanted businesses that included a three-month rent credit for the period April to June.

Stonegate Pub Company is the largest pub company in the UK with a portfolio comprising 1,270 sites within the managed division and 3,200 leased and tenanted businesses.