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14th May 2024

Heartwood Collection Named as a Sunday Times “Best Places To Work” 2024

Heartwood Collection has been recognised by the Sunday Times as one of the UK’s best places to work.

Heartwood met the stringent requirements with an average 81% engagement score in the workplace survey, 9% above the average industry engagement rating. Measuring reward and recognition, information sharing, empowerment, well being and job satisfaction, Heartwood Collection scored ‘excellent’ in four out of the six workplace categories.

The survey results highlighted that Heartwood’s employees feel supported in their career development and they are recognised for the valuable contribution they make to the business.

Helen Melvin, People Director, Heartwood Collection commented: “We are delighted to have been placed in the Sunday Times Best Places to work. It reflects the time and investment we put into creating workplaces our teams are proud of, where they feel recognised and valued. The insights we have gained from taking part also highlight how we can continue to ensure Heartwood Collection remains a positive working environment for everyone ”

The result follows the Group’s recent double win at the Publican Awards, winning ‘Best Operations Team’ and ‘Best Managed Pub Company (1-50 sites)’ for Heartwood Inns and the Restaurant Magazines R200 ‘Best Food Led Pub Group 2023’.

Heartwood Collection currently operates 14 brasseries under the Brasserie Blanc brand and 23 pubs under the Heartwood Inns brand with a total of 1,300 employees. The Group is backed by Alchemy Partners and recently secured an additional £100m of funding from Alchemy Partners and its banking partner, OakNorth Bank, to support the Group in its ambitious growth plans to grow to over 60 sites with a turnover of £133m by 2027. The growth of the Group will create a further 750 jobs and will see the Group’s continued expansion of its “pub with rooms” proposition with a further four sites set to open in 2024 following the opening of The White Horse in Dorking in February of this year, the Group’s first location with bedrooms.

The Group offers personalised development plans for all employees to ensure career progression and a wide range of benefits, rewards and wellbeing support. Staff retention is high, the average length of service at General Manager and Head Chef level is six years and staff turnover is currently at 60%.

Richard Ferrier, CEO, Heartwood Collection, commented: “To be recognised as one of the best places to work in the UK is a massive achievement and I am extremely proud of everyone at Heartwood Collection. This award is particularly special as it’s voted for by our teams.”

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Notes to editors

Heartwood Collection is the Group that operates 23 Heartwood Inns pubs and 14 Brasserie Blanc restaurants across the UK. Heartwood Collection’s current site portfolio is as follows:


The Barley Mow – Englefield Green, Surrey

The Black Horse – Thame, Oxfordshire

The Black Horse – Reigate, Surrey

The Black Swan – Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

The Boot – Histon, Cambridgeshire

The Britannia – Parkstone, Dorset

The British Queen – Locksbottom, Kent

The Cricketers – Cobham, Surrey

The Hare – Harrow Weald, Middlesex

The Highwayman – Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

The Jobber’s Rest – Upminster, Essex

The Jolly Farmer – Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire

The King’s Arms – Prestbury, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

The King’s Head – Teddington, Middlesex

The March Hare – Guildford, Surrey

The Oaks – Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset

The Plough & Harrow – Long Ditton, Surrey

The Queen’s Head – Weybridge, Surrey

The Quill & Scholar – Lichfield, Staffordshire

The Red Deer – Horsham, West Sussex

The Sun Inn – Chobham, Surrey

The White Bear – Ruislip, Middlesex The White Horse – Dorking, Surrey

Upcoming openings:

The Rising Sun – Reading, Berkshire. Opening June 2024

The Ropemaker – Emsworth, Hampshire. Opening July 2024

The White Hart – Lewes, East Sussex. Opening September 2024

The Coat & Bear – Newbury, Berkshire. Opening October 2024

The Royal Forest – Epping Forest, Essex. Opening November 2024

The Prince of Wales – East Barnet, London. Opening Winter 2024

The Old Crown – Great Bookham, Surrey. Opening Winter 2024

The White Hart – Lymington, Hampshire. Opening Winter 2024

Brasserie Blanc Restaurants

London – Chancery Lane

London – Fulham Reach

London – Southbank

London – Threadneedle Street





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Milton Keynes




Heartwood Collection is backed by Alchemy Partners. Heartwood recently announced the news that Heartwood Collection recently secured an additional £100m of funding from its owner Alchemy Partners and its banking partner OakNorth to support the Group’s continued growth in freehold pubs and freehold pubs with rooms.

Heartwood Inns has been awarded the Best Managed Pub Group and Best Operations Team Awards at the Publican Awards 2024 alongside the R200 Best Food-Led Pub Group Awards 2023.

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