PM invites Cornish publicans to No 10

Picture by Tim Hammond / No 10 Downing Street.

The directors of Inn Cornwall Ltd were invited to Number 10 to help launch a new campaign as part of the UK’s drive to net zero.

Through the Together for our Planet small business campaign, the Prime Minister and Business & Energy Secretary are urging the thousands of SMEs across the south west to lead the way on climate action, as part of a national call to put the small business community at the heart of the green revolution ahead of the UN Climate Summit COP26 in Glasgow.

Boris Johnson and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng greeted a number of small business leaders at the reception, including Justin Barnett and Mark Holden from Inn Cornwall, who operate The Victoria Inn at Threemilestone, the Norway Inn at Perranarworthal and The Victoria Inn at Roche.

Holden said: “It was an amazing experience to meet the Prime Minister and to hear first hand his vision as he launched this fantastic new campaign for businesses. We talked about our company’s recent journey and discussed our future plans for our pubs. We are constantly looking at ways to improve and have started making steps towards Net Zero.”

Mark Holden and Justin Barnett

Barnett added: “We feel very honoured to have been invited to Downing Street by the Prime Minister and represent Cornwall on the launch of such an important initiative. It was a career proud moment to be able to tell Boris, ministers and members of BEIS about Pub Grub and our teams journey over the past 18months. It was such a privilege for a small Cornish business like ours to be recognised at such a high level.”

Inn Cornwall has put sustainability at the heart of its operations. It has invested in new EV charging stations for all three of its pubs and aims to use solar power generation to deliver greener lunches to all guests in the coming months. Also, its new take away and delivery service, ‘Pub Grub’ runs on 100% electric vehicles.