Community pub gets business support through NBRN

Community pub, The Inn at Rhiwderin, is getting through the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a partnership organised by the National Business Response Network (NBRN).

A community pub and restaurant is getting through the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a partnership organised by Business in the Community’s (BITC) National Business Response Network (NBRN).

Like many hospitality businesses, The Inn at Rhiwderin, in Newport, south Wales, has faced significant reductions in trade as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions.

Angelina Curtis, who took over the location in December 2020 with business partner Phil Baker, sought assistance from the NBRN. It put her in touch with Simon Griffin, Dealer Principal at Welsh commercial vehicle dealership Watts Truck & Van.   

The connection led to Simon offering support and practical advice to help steer Angelina’s pub and its team of 29 staff through the challenges of the pandemic.

Angelina said: “NBRN and Watts Truck & Van have been a god-send. The one-to-one mentoring made a big difference. Simon’s experience with similar businesses let him suggest PR ideas, and he gave us great advice.

We are also marketing ourselves on Facebook as a result of Simon’s input and helping to enhance the profile of our country pub.”

With Simon and the NBRN in her corner, Angelina is looking to the future with confidence. 

Angelina said: “The team at The Inn at Rhiwderin are very grateful and hope to continue to benefit from Simon’s experience. I would thoroughly recommend the NBRN.”   

BITC formed the NBRN in response to the first national coronavirus lockdown and the need for support within vulnerable communities. 

The NBRN connects businesses with community organisations across the UK to harness the resources and expertise needed to help them build back. It has already made more than 3,000 connections.

If your business would like to help visit the National Business Response Network platform and pledge your support.

If you would like to request support please visit the National Business Response Network.