Franklin & Sons teams up with hospitality support organisation So Let’s Talk, sponsoring events during mental health awareness week + launching its hospitality support fund.

  • Franklin & Sons are officially partnering with So Let’s Talk to bring advice & support to customers and employees, with mental health events during mental health week, leading the mental, financial, and physical health movement currently taking place in the industry.
  • The events are taking place between 15th-17th of May and will be taking place over several locations in Manchester.
  • The Feel Good Club will feature industry leaders including Paddy Howley (co-founder of So Let’s Talk), Hannah Plumb (Alchemist) & Kelly Harrison (New World Trading Company) discussing how to ‘#86 the silence’ on mental health in the hospitality industry.
  • An industry celebration event will take place at Oast house on the 16th of May with live music provided by the online DJ and artist booking platform, Gig Pig. Live mural artist Shawn Sharpe will be creating artwork during the event


Premium tonics, sodas, and 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.

Tuesday 16th May, Location: Oast House – 6-10pm Celebrating hospitality with live music from Gig Pig & live mural artist Shawn Sharpe

Wednesday 17th May, Location: Speak In Code – 12-2pm – open event for management & owners – panel discussion topic: How the drinks industry can support trade.

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.”


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Find images here: So Let’s Talk Mental Health Week Events

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