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30th November 2021

Stonegate Group launches bespoke learning and development training programme for Craft Union Pub Company

Stonegate Group has launched a bespoke learning and development programme for Craft Union Pub Company. Part of Stonegate’s multi-awarding winning Albert’s Theory of Progression, this programme called Elevation is designed for Regional Managers giving them an internal personal and career development programme specifically designed to develop, elevate and enhance their skills and knowledge.

Elevation consists of five modules: Brilliant CoachingDeveloping Brilliant ResilienceBrilliant Leadership, Delivering Brilliant Commercial Impact and The Brilliant Communicator. The programme consists of classroom-based development workshops, pre and post project work, personal development plans, social media communication groups and over 30 business toolkits.

Lee Woolley, Director of Learning and Organisation Development, said: “Craft Union’s philosophy is putting brilliant pubs back at the heart of local communities. Not only do pubs play a vital role in the lives of their customers but the teams and operators play such an important role in nurturing this. This programme gives our Regional Managers the extra support, skills and behaviours needed to continue this mission.”

This first cohort of Regional Managers sees 12 people start Elevation and is available across the whole Craft Union operations team.

Lee continued: “We are committed to evolving our learning and development programmes to ensure they remain beneficial and relevant to all our teams. Our award-winning programmes are key tools in the attraction and retention of the very best talent within our businesses and to continuously achieve and outperform the market.”

Stonegate’s commitment to its bar to boardroom philosophy continues to be actualised with the latest three internal appointments to the position of Regional Manager at Craft Union being from the Aspirations programme of Albert’s Theory of Progression – Stonegate’s programme that equips experienced General Managers in the Managed Estate with the necessities of area management.



About Stonegate Group

Following the acquisition of Ei Group on 3rd March 2020 for £1.27bn, Stonegate Group is the largest pub company in the UK.  Its portfolio is comprised of 1,270 sites within the managed division and 3,200 leased and tenanted businesses.

The managed pubs division, which employs 13,500 people, is split into Branded and Traditional pubs. Branded is comprised of: Slug & Lettuce, Walkabout, Be At One and Venues. Traditional (unbranded) pubs are made up of: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Inns, Common Room and Craft Union.

Press release from Stonegate Group