Times not quite up

PUBLISHED: 12:18 04 March 2011 | UPDATED: 15:20 20 February 2013

Saving pubs: Steve Dews

Saving pubs: Steve Dews

Winnersh finance director Steve Dews has launched a scheme that he hopes will not only protect what he sees as the "cornerstone of Britain's social life" from disappearing, but will also provide a business opportunity...

Winnersh finance director Steve Dews has launched a scheme that he hopes will not only protect what he sees as the "cornerstone of Britain's social life" from disappearing, but will also provide a business opportunity for like-minded people.

"Fifty pubs are closing each month across the country and locally we have seen closures in villages and town centres," says Steve, whose day job is with The Oracle Corporation in Reading. Recession, taxes, and the smoking ban are all reasons for the decline but Steve believes he has the solution with
www.runmypub.com.

"Our aim is to halt the decline by getting together anyone who wants to take on the challenge of re-opening pubs that have been forced to close." For just 25, members will be involved in all aspects of running a pub, without the great financial risks or long hours usually associated with being a landlord.

"Pubs that succeed are offering something extra, such as local food, good beer and community events," explains Steve. "So this is not an investment but more about the satisfaction of running a pub, seeing behind the scenes as well as the entertainment inside the pub, from live gigs to meeting the regular customers."

Steve and his co-founders, Andy and Phil Womack and journalist Simon Jenkins, reckon that they need 5,000 members to take on the lease of a pub, and 10,000 to buy one outright. They are also keen to hear from landlords who are interested in working with them.

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