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Faversham brewer Shepherd Neame hires RBLI team to create pub signage

As pub landlords prepare to reopen their doors on Saturday, July 4, Shepherd Neame has ordered safety signage for all its 320 sites across the South East.

The Faversham brewer has placed the order for the signs with the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) in Aylesford.

Neil Roberts, RBLI's head of graphics and assembly with some of the new pub signage for Shepherd Neame
Neil Roberts, RBLI's head of graphics and assembly with some of the new pub signage for Shepherd Neame

The RBLI creates employment opportunities for ex-forces personnel through its social enterprise operation Britain's Bravest Manufacturing Company.

Among the signs are directional arrows and floor stickers to encourage social distancing, and posters outlining its new pub rules.

They were printed earlier this week and are currently being collated into packs which will be delivered directly to each pub.

Joanna Richardson, Shepherd Neame’s head of marketing, brands and communication, said: “We are committed to supporting the community we serve, and try to use local suppliers wherever possible. When we looked for suppliers for our new pub signage, we were really impressed by the RBLI team’s professional service and the high quality of their products, and obviously we were thrilled to be able to offer further support to our charity of the year.”

Kate Bull, managing director of Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, added: “As a socially-thriving commercial enterprise, we reinvest our surplus back into supporting the injured veterans and people with disabilities who help make up our team, so I am very proud to say that by choosing Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, Shepherd Neame has made a real contribution to some of society’s most overlooked individuals.”

The signs being produced by the RBLI will be used to ensure social distancing at pubs across the county
The signs being produced by the RBLI will be used to ensure social distancing at pubs across the county

Shepherd Neame says it expects to reopen at least two thirds of its pubs by the end of July.

Earlier this week it released the first list of pubs it intends to re-open on July 4.

The move comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson continued to reduce the lockdown restrictions which have been in place since March.

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