After a turbulent few months and the prospect of permanent closure, Welsh brewer Brains has been saved by the mighty Marston's
Good news stories are as rare as a hug from your grandmother at the moment, yet finally the newspapers are reporting how hospitality jobs are being saved, rather than cut.
After being forced to close their pubs due to the continuing Covid crisis, family-owned Welsh brewer Brains faced the prospect of axing 1300 jobs and potentially closing for good.
Yet thankfully, one of the largest brewers in the country, Marston's, have stepped into the breach and taken over the running of 156 pubs, based mainly in south and west Wales.
SA Brain & Co was established in 1882 in Cardiff, and became Wales’ largest brewer, while remaining under family ownership. John Rhys, the company chairman who oversaw the deal, is the great-grandson of founder Samuel Arthur Brain.
“We know and trust Marston’s to be excellent custodians of our pubs and, while this is not a decision we have taken lightly, we are confident that our pubs will thrive under their stewardship,” says John.
“Furthermore, this transaction enables Brains to continue its long heritage as an independent entity, preserving this great Welsh business for generations to come.”
The 1,300 employees in Brains pubs will transfer to Marston’s, which employs a further 14,000 people across the UK.