Pubs, bars and clubs given helping hand

Hundreds of pubs, clubs and bars across Sydney and New South Wales are benefitting from Bundaberg Rum’s Raising the Bar initiative.

More than 150 venues across New South Wales have received ‘Bear Cares Safety packages’ providing essential supplies of hand sanitiser, dispensers, floor demarcations, thermal scanners and PPE.

The COVID-safety kits, worth $1,250, are removing an onerous cost burden from venues at a time when they are trying to rebuild from the economic hit of COVID-19 and get back to business.

Diageo Australia and Bundaberg Rum’s $11.5 million Raising the Bar fund is an investment in the recovery of the hospitality industry, which plays a vital role in both the NSW and Australian economies.

Raising the Bar will directly support jobs, recovery, and innovation in the Australian hospitality industry. Pre-COVID-19 Australian pubs, bars and clubs employed more than 500,000 Australians and contributed $17.2 billion in revenue.

“Bundaberg Rum is proud to be supporting New South Wales hospitality venues to get back on their feet after such a challenging period. This industry is vitally important to this state’s economy, providing tens of thousands of jobs, as well as a sense of community,” Angus McPherson, managing director at Bundaberg Rum’s parent company Diageo Australia said.

“The Raising the Bar initiative won’t just instil confidence in patrons but will also help ease the ongoing financial burden of purchasing costly safety equipment and supplies such as hand sanitiser and PPE,” said McPherson.