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Franklin & Sons Teams Up with Hospitality Support Organisation So Let’s Talk

Sponsoring events during mental health awareness week + launching its hospitality support fund.

Soft drinks brand Franklin & Sons has partnered with hospitality support organisation So Let’s Talk, to launch a series of events to educate and empower the bar community during mental health week between the 15th-17th of May, equipping bartenders with essential mental health tools.

A staggering half of all hospitality teams experience some form of negative mental health during their career. So, Franklin & Sons are partnering with So Let’s Talk, to deliver the tools for operators within the hospitality industry to be able to effectively help their team’s mental well-being and to ultimately #86 the silence.

Franklin & Sons has also pledged to further support accounts within the on-trade with the launch of its hospitality support fund, which provides bespoke 2-hour mental health sessions for their employees and management teams.

Key events across the 3 days, taking place in Manchester, include panel discussions with key industry figureheads and leaders within the northern hospitality industry.

The events break down are as follows:

Monday 15th May, Location: Feel Good Club 5-7pm – Invite only event – Industry leaders to host a panel discussion on mental health inside hospitality.
Panelists are:
Paddy Howley : Founder, So Let’s Talk
Hannah Plumb : Talent and Culture Director Alchemist
Tam Johnson : Head of Engagement New World Trading Co.
Jules Furnival : People Ops Tree House
Greg Maguire : Director Manchester Hospitality Network
Dom Jones : Founder Highlight (formerly co founder of Maray)
Kiera and Aimiee: Founders Feel Good Club

Tuesday 16th May, Location: Oast House – 6-10pm Celebrating hospitality and how brands can support the health of hospitality professionals with live music from Gig Pig & live mural artist Shawn Sharpe.
Live Music from @adafrancis and @chocloate_music_chocolate sponsored by GigPig
Dj Set from Our House Is Your House

Live Mural created by Shawn Sharpe AKA GoodGood Graffiti

Industry Leading speaker Paddy Howley

Brands sponsoring us for the event are Franklin and Sons (headline sponsor), Lyres (non all spirit sponsor), Tiny Rebel (non alcoholic beer sponsor), Manchester Gin (spirit sponsor), Amy Kilner Official (creating the artwork for our advertisement board going up on the largest screen in Europe on the 16th on Victoria warehouse)

Wednesday 17th May, Location: Speak In Code – 12-2pm – Mental Health session: Free mental health session for hospitality professionals

To get free tickets for the Tuesday celebration, fill in this survey from So Let’s Talk.

All content will be filmed and available afterwards for trade to access via

James Stimson, Senior Brand Manager at Franklin & Sons: “Franklin & Sons are proud to be part of the movement to bring positive cultural change and support to all the remarkable people within our fantastic community. Most of the team and I come from a bartending background, so we understand some of the pressures and stresses prevalent within the hospitality industry. With the support from our bespoke sessions and mental health week events, we hope to help the community challenge, navigate, and alleviate the mental, physical, and financial stresses of the industry, and we are honored to play any part we can in that.”

Paddy Howley, co-founder of So Let’s Talk Adds: “Our mission is to 86 the silence! We recognised early on that the support of drinks brands would be key in that mission. Partnering with Franklin & Sons just made sense for us. We can’t wait to create more positive change together.”