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12th June 2020

Be At One team supports NHS with ‘Walk the Moon’

Be At One teams up and down the country joined together last week to cover the equivalent distance between the poles of the moon. The 88-strong group aimed to run or walk a whopping 3,254km in five days but actually ended up covering 4,113km, raising nearly £2000 for NHS Charities Together.

Organised by Max von Anrep, General Manager at Be At One in Cardiff, the initiative also encouraged the Be At One teams, separated during lockdown, to come together behind a common cause, as well as getting them active and inspiring some of the team spirit they’re renowned for within the Stonegate Pub Company community.

The group involved shared details of their individual challenges on their lockdown Facebook group, Be At One Creative Community, as well as supporting each other throughout. Jess Smits, winner of Be At One’s Bartender Challenge 2019, also created a bespoke cocktail in honour of the groups effort – aptly dubbed the ‘Mars-gerita’.

Max said: “The Be At One team thrives on the social nature of our work, so naturally we’ve all been going a bit stir crazy during lockdown! We started the Be At One Creative Community Facebook group to keep the community spirit alive and morale high, but it became more than that when we decided we wanted to do something together to help support the NHS and the amazing work they’ve been doing during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We all had such a great time completing the challenge, it got us out of the house and doing something active and we all had so much fun. We far outstripped our target of the moon, finishing off somewhere in outer space, probably on the way to Mars, where we treated ourselves to Jess’ delicious Mars-gerita! Hopefully the cocktail will make it onto our menus once we’ve reopened as little Be At One landmark to remember this time by.”

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About Stonegate Pub Company

Following the acquisition of Ei Group on 3rd March 2020 for £1.27bn, Stonegate Pub Company is the largest pub company in the UK.  Its portfolio is comprised of 1270 sites within the managed division and 3457 leased and tenanted businesses.

The managed pubs division, which employs 17,000 people, is split into Branded and Traditional pubs. Branded is comprised of: Slug & Lettuce, Walkabout, Be At One and Venues. Traditional (unbranded) pubs is made up of: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Inns, Common Room, Craft Union and Bermondsey Pub Group.


  • REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards – Best New Wellbeing Strategy (5000+ staff)
  • Publican Awards – Best Pub Employer (501+ employees)


  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year – Lee Woolley
  • CGA Insight Hero and Icon Awards (two awards): Icon Award – Ian Payne MBE, Business Leader, Simon Longbottom
  • UK Hospitality’s Dusk ‘til Dawn Late Night Awards (two awards) – Icon Award (Ian Payne MBE), Best Marketing and Promotions Award
  • Great British Pub Awards – Best LGBTQ+ Pub
  • BII Scotland Awards – Best Operator for Training
  • Retailers’ Retailer of the Year (two awards): Lifetime Achievement Award – Ian Payne MBE, Investor of the Year – TDR Capital
  • Menu Innovation & Development Awards (MIDAS) (two awards): Best Menu – Premium High Street Pub: Slug & Lettuce; Best Menu – Town & City Pub: Walkabout
  • Publican Awards (five awards): Best Community Pub Operator, Best Pub Employer (501+ employees), Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites), Best Drinks Offer, Business Leader of the Year – Chief Executive, Simon Longbottom


  • British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) – Chairman’s Award
  • UK Hospitality’s Dusk ‘til Dawn Late Night Awards: Best Service & Team
  • Licensed Trade Charity: Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award
  • Great British Pub Awards (two awards): Best LGBTQ+ and Best Sports Pub
  • APPBG PUBAID Corporate Charity Fundraiser Award 
  • Publican Awards: Best Late Night Operator


  • Great British Pub Awards (three awards): Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment and Best Sports Pub
  • Publican Awards (two awards): Best Managed Pub Company; Best Late Night Operator, plus highly commended – Best Employer 501+ employees
  • Menu Innovation and Development Award (MIDAS): Premium High Street Pub – Town Pub & Kitchen
  • Retailers’ Retailer Award: Investor of the Year – TDR Capital


  • BII National Industry Training Awards (NITAs) (two awards): Best Managed Company for Training; Lifetime Achievement Award for Chairman, Ian Payne
  • Great British Pub Awards: Best Sports Pub
  • Scottish Training Federation: Best Large Employer
  • HR Excellence Awards: Best Learning and Development Strategy
  • HR Distinction Awards: Innovation for Digital & Social Media


  • HR Distinction Awards: People Development


  • HR Distinction: Innovative Use of Technology
  • Publican Awards: Business Leader of the Year, Chairman Ian Payne
  • Menu Innovation and Development Award (MIDAS): Best New Concept Missoula, Montana Bar & Grill


  • Publican Award – Best Pub Employer 51+ sites
  • Menu Innovation and Development Award (MIDAS): City and Bar Dining – Slug and Lettuce