Two hundred Stonegate general managers to descend on Parliament

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Parliamentary celebration: Stonegate Pub Company staff will meet MPs to celebrate the appointment of the company's 200th home grown general manager
Parliamentary celebration: Stonegate Pub Company staff will meet MPs to celebrate the appointment of the company's 200th home grown general manager
Two hundred Stonegate Pub Company general managers will descend on Westminster today (12 September) to celebrate the appointment of the company’s 200th home-grown general manager.

One hundred MPs are expected to meet with the Stonegate contingent, who will showcase the value of the company’s bar-to-boardroom ‘Albert’s’ career development programme and demonstrate the diverse range of development opportunities offered to young people by the hospitality industry. 

More than 700 members of staff engaged with the ‘Albert’s’ programme last year, the top 200 of which are now running their own pubs, with a further 15 having progressed to general manager positions.

The general managers attending Parliament have all progressed through Stonegate’s ‘Accelerator’ programme which instils the skills required to run successful businesses, develops leadership qualities and equips participants to compile strong sales strategies and business plans.

Throughout the six-month programme Accelerator participants also undertake charity fundraising projects which have collectively raised more than £300,000 for both local and national causes.

Stonegate Pub Company’s chief executive Simon Longbottom commented: “It makes me immensely proud to be leading a business that demonstrates clear career progression as we see more of our people move up the management ranks.  

“Many of these young, talented people are on the path that will lead them to a seat on the board as they continue to develop their business acumen and leadership skills.

“Enabling lords, ministers and MP’s to share in our celebration helps them to better understand the myriad of career opportunities within hospitality that are open to people of all ages and from all walks of life as well as appreciating the contribution these businesses make to their communities and UK PLC.”

An employer of more than 13,500 people, Stonegate currently has 724 pubs in its stable across brands including Slug & Lettuce, Yates, Walkabout and Be At One, which it acquired on 23 July​. 

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