Purpose of investment
To allow them to take on the lease of a city centre bar.
Investment package: Making Enterprise Happen
Social outcomes:, Health and wellbeing
Harry’s Bar – A bar with a social heart
If you are in Edinburgh’s West End, why not pay a visit to Harry’s Bar. Harry’s Bar originally opened in 1986 and was a place which captured the essence of 80’s Edinburgh. Now refurbished and reopened in 2016, Harry’s wants to give something back to society. It may look like your average city centre bar, but scratch away at the surface and you realise this business has social enterprise running through its veins
Resilient Scotland provided Making Enterprise Happen investment, which has enabled Beer for Good to acquire the lease for the bar, complete the refurbishment, and get the business up and running.
The team behind Harry’s, Beer for Good CIC, are keen that the bar will support other social enterprises and help young people from difficult backgrounds gain access to long term employment.
Beer for Good CIC will provide work experience and training to young people. The training programme will offer a combination of on-the-job training and classroom based learning covering a range of modules from food hygiene to first aid. The programme will provide sufficient flexibility allowing it to be tailored to meet each individual’s needs and will last anything from two weeks to six months.
On completion of the training there will be opportunities to progress to long term employment, thanks to established links with key industry partners.
By its very nature the hospitality sector is low paid and its employees tend to be transient. Beer for Good CIC see that their training programmes not only help the individual, but will benefit future employers by improving the workforce skill set. Harry’s Bar is still in its infancy, but in the first year they hope to support 25 young people through their training programme, increasing to 45 in subsequent years.
Harry’s Bar is free of tie, which provides flexibility to showcase a range of products and in particular to support social enterprises. Currently they offer a platform to Heroes Vodka, Brewgooder beer and Two Fingers Brewing Company alongside more well-known premium brands.
Supporting social enterprises isn’t limited to the supply of alcohol for the bar. Social enterprises also supply the soap (Cope) the bread (Bread Share), recycling and cleaning (Changeworks), and the weekend door security (GTS Solutions).
Commenting on the investment Chris Thewlis, Director Beer for Good, said, “Resilient Scotland are forward thinking and not risk averse. They offer one of more attractive investment packages currently on the market. Without this investment, Harry’s Bar may have taken a different form.”
It’s still early days for Beer for Good CIC and Harry’s Bar, but with the committed team driving it forward, it won’t be long before we see more Harry’s Bars popping up in cities across Scotland.