Dorset based brewer, Hall & Woodhouse, has invested an impressive £200,000 in developing its people during the 2011/2012 financial year, alongside a £5 million investment in the new brewery.
With the launch of the Hall & Woodhouse Academy in 2011, as its centre for learning and development, the brewer has continued to push the importance of training, launching a number of initiatives aimed to drive excellence in its staff.
From the Ways of Woodhouse, which ensures understanding and appreciation of Hall & Woodhouse’s core values, to On Stage Excellence that focuses on improving productivity and profitability whilst maintaining high levels of hospitality, staff are provided with a wealth of opportunities to develop themselves.
The brewery’s partnership with Bournemouth University, now in its third year, is just one example of where Hall & Woodhouse takes its duty to its people one step further. Funded entirely by the brewery, managers, business partners and staff can undertake a three year Business and Hospitality Management degree course.
One of those currently undertaking the degree is Mazen Ayash, Hall & Woodhouse manager at St Stephen’s Tavern. He commented: “I am over the moon about joining the Hall & Woodhouse Business and Hospitality Management course. It has provided me with a great opportunity to develop my skills, and learn new ones, all of which help me in my day to day duties. I’ve also met some great people from different parts of the company.”
Head of Operations, Chris Stagg comments: ‘We have such a strong family ethos here at Hall & Woodhouse and this is reflected in the way we look after our people. We recognise the importance of training in running a successful business and take interest and pride in the development opportunities we offer our staff.”
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Hall & Woodhouse remains an independent family brewer, owned and run by the fifth generation of the Woodhouse family. In addition to brewing Badger Ales, the company’s growing pub estate includes more than 260 tenanted and managed houses that stretch along the south coast from Devon to Kent and includes the prestigious Hall & Woodhouse Bath, which the Mail on Sunday listed as one of the six places you should see when visiting the city.
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