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In the United Kingdom, a visit to the pub is a considered a way of life. In every neighborhood, a nearby pub is known as “the local,” where the publican owner knows the regulars and the regulars know one another. It’s all about comfort, camaraderie, and conversation with a pint and sometimes with a bite to eat or a cozy bed for travelers to rest a weary head.

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One small group of pubs, branded Yummy Pub Co., has taken the essence of that pub atmosphere to the next level. As the owners rightly say, “Our company is all about people. Without people we would just own empty pubs.”

At Yummy Pub Co., Tim Foster is one of the three owners who has given himself the job title, “Head of Being Awesome” — and he’s recruiting for someone to fill the new position, “Head of Random Acts of Kindness. The search is on for “London’s kindest, kookiest, and cleverest person” to launch a new initiative focused on giving, sharing and rewarding others.

The kindness project was inspired by TeamMargot.com. This is the true story of a brave and adorable two-year-old who lost a 12 month battle with blood cancer while prompting international awareness of the need for more potential stem cell and bone marrow donors.

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“It’s about giving something to others for nothing in return but really, it’s not just a selfless act because it makes you feel good about yourself, too,” said Anthony Pender, co-owner. The best job in Britain is not your standard 9-to-5 role, Pender explains. It will be filled by the kind of person who slips five dollar bills between the pages of library books for others to discover or makes 35 donations for a 35th birthday instead of asking for presents, Yummy suggests in a blog post.

Or, perhaps “It’s handing out 1,000 cups of tea to strangers on the street, curing the Monday Blues by inviting local workers in for a bottle of bubbly, giving away free meals to the homeless on Christmas or even inviting someone who can’t afford a holiday for a weekend away at one of the company’s quirky country B&Bs.” Yummy management suggests.

If kindheartedness fuels a company’s growth, watch for Yummy Pub Co. expansion in the future. They’ve already grown from a 2007 beginning with one 15th century mill in Surrey to six pubs, tea houses and B&B inns around London and Kent.

 

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This article was written by Laurie Jo Miller Farr via Examiner.com for CBS Local Media