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28th May 2019

Stonegate Recognised As Best Training Operator in Scotland

L-R: Jennifer Reoch, Jemelle Bish - Stonegate Apprenticeship Manager, Aileen Macdonald - CPL Training, Dean Barker-Rogers - Stonegate HR and Training Manager and Jo Graham - Regional Chair of BII Scotland

Stonegate Pub Company was voted the Best Operator for Training by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) Scotland in its annual awards ceremony recently. The company was presented with the award at a glittering ceremony which took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow.

The BII Scotland Awards recognise and reward those in licensed hospitality who have demonstrated excellence in their field. The awards were hosted by Jennifer Reoch, popular STV presenter and partner of BII Scotland. The award was presented to Stonegate by Aileen Macdonald from CPLTraining.

Commenting on why Stonegate stood out, the judges said: “With the quality of training and development in our industry getting stronger and stronger all the time, this category was special.

“It was an extremely difficult category to judge, however, Stonegate’s commitment to operator training and driving internal succession is outstanding. The way staff and teams are able to articulate the career pathways they are on, and the extensive level of engagement Stonegate has achieved across its sites in Scotland, is something for others to aspire to.”

In response to the award win, Lee Woolley, Head of Learning and Organisational Development, said: “It is always great to receive award recognition, it is confirmation that we are doing the right things and going in the right direction. We are extremely proud of our 50+ Scottish sites and the wonderful teams who run these fabulous businesses, giving them development opportunities and seeing them grow in to even better leaders continues to drive our Bar to Boardroom philosophy.”

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Editor’s notes

About Stonegate Pub Company

Stonegate Pub Company is the largest privately held managed pub operator in the UK, with revenues in excess of £800m and we employ over 14,000 people. The company has 772 pubs, split into two divisions, Branded, comprising: Slug & Lettuce, Walkabout, Be At One, Venues; and Traditional comprising: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Inns and Common Room.

Our ‘bar to boardroom’ training ethos has resulted in the following national awards, including:

2019 – BII Scotland Awards – Best Operator for Training

2019 – Ian Payne MBE, Lifetime Achievement Award, Retailers Retailer of the Year; Investor of the Year TDR Capital, Retailers Retailer of the Year

2019 – Two Menu Innovation & Development Awards (MIDAS): Slug & Lettuce best menu – Premium High Street Pub; Walkabout best menu -Town & City Pub

2019 – 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

2018 – Late Night Awards – Best Service & Team Development and Best Late Night Company

2018 – Licensed Trade Charity – Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award

2018 – Great British Pub Awards (two awards) – Best LGTBQ+ and Best Sports Pub

2018 – APPBG PUBAID Corporate Charity Fundraiser Award

2018 – Publican Awards – Best Late Night Operator

2017 – Great British Pub Awards (three awards) – Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment and Best Sports Pub

2017 – Publican Awards (two awards) – Best Managed Pub Company; and Best Late Night Operator (plus highly commended Best Employer)

2017 – Menu Innovation and Development Award (MIDAS) – Premium High Street Pub (TPK)

2017 – Retailers’ Retailer Award – Investor of the Year (TDR Capital)

2016 – BII National Industry Training Awards (NITA) (two awards) – Best Managed Company for Training; Lifetime Achievement Award for Chairman, Ian Payne

2016 – Great British Pub Awards – Best Sports Pub

2016 – Scottish Training Federation – Best Large Employer

2016 – HR Excellence Awards – Best Learning and Development Strategy

2016 – HR Distinction Awards (two awards) – Innovation for Digital & Social Media; People Development

2014 – (Three awards) – HR Distinction in Innovative Use of Technology; Publican – Business Leader of the Year, Chairman Ian Payne; MIDAS Best New Concept Missoula, Montana Bar & Grill

2013 – (Two awards) – Publican award Best Pub Employer; MIDAS City and Bar Dining award Slug and Lettuce


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Poppy Kelham

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