Warwickshire pub company scores a hat-trick in people awards

Hamish Stoddart Peach Co-founder

Hamish Stoddart Peach Co-founder - Credit: Archant

A company which runs four Warwickshire pubs has been named one of the best companies to work for in its industry by winning a Best Employers in Hospitality award, the third time on the trot it has been awarded this sought-after national accolade.

The Rose & Crown, Warwick

The Rose & Crown, Warwick - Credit: Archant

Peach, an independent pub company based in Oxfordshire, which runs The Rose & Crown in Warwick, The One Elm in Stratford, The Almanack in Kenilworth and The Star & Garter in Leamington Spa, lined up against employers of all sizes and from all areas of the hospitality industry to take part in the awards. Uniquely, the awards rely solely on the views of the people who work for them to determine if they’re a top employer or not.

The Almanack in Kenilworth

The Almanack in Kenilworth - Credit: Archant

Peach came away with the title of Best Large Pub / Bar Employer at the awards ceremony in London on Monday, September 30. It also came in 25th out of the top 50 employers in the overall award ranking.

“This is a fantastic result for us and great recognition of everything we do to look after our people,” said Hamish Stoddart, co-founder of Peach. “We work really hard to make our people feel happy, motivated and achieving their dreams and enjoying what they’re doing. We genuinely put them first as we know they’re critical to our success – you can’t run a good pub without great people to look after our guests and cook the food that goes onto their plates.

“We are different in that we genuinely want our chefs and managers to create their own version of the best gastro pub in the UK,” he continued. “We share ownership, we ensure the best of our team become partners in our business or go out and invest in their own. We also invest in their development, giving them industry-leading training, opportunities to grow and get promoted and a real say in how their pub is run, as well as a share of the profits their pub has made, which we couldn’t have made without them.”

Run by the Caterer.com, these annual awards highlight hospitality companies who do the most to attract, train, retain and motivate their employees and give them the skills to offer the highest standards of customer service.

Caterer.com Director Ian Burke explained: “I believe that if you really want to know what an employer is like, you should ask not the employer, but the people that work for them. For the Caterer.com Best Employers in Hospitality Awards, that’s exactly the way it works.”

More companies than ever before entered this year, with almost 6,000 people from across the country taking part in the 2013 survey.

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“We were very pleased to win this award a first time, and then a second, but to win it three years running is really the best news,” adds Hamish. “Getting a hat-trick is a real shot in the arm for all of us, and we’ll be celebrating with all the people who’ve made it possible.”

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For more about Peach and their pubs, visit: www.peachpubs.com

More information about the awards can be found at www.bestemployersinhospitality.com

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