Charity thanks pub chains for promoting staff support

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Praises sung: teams from Marston’s and Livelyhood were rewarded by LTC chairman Roy Boulter (pictured)
Praises sung: teams from Marston’s and Livelyhood were rewarded by LTC chairman Roy Boulter (pictured)

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Staff support organisation the Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) has praised two pub chains for their work promoting the charity’s grants to their employees.

Marston’s and Livelyhood received awards for outstanding corporation contribution at the charity’s AGM.

The charity broke its own records in 2018 with £1.3m in grants given out to those working in the pub trade to help them with financial and personal issues.

It operates a 24/7 free telephone helpline to help licensed trade staff with issues ranging from mental health to housing concerns.

Wolverhampton-based Marston’s was the recipient of the award for a company with more than 250 sites.

Important partner

It was singled out for its focus on mental health training and plans to promote its partnership with the charity on its online platforms.

LTC chief executive Jim Brewster said: “[Marston’s] see us to be an important partner as they develop their more inclusive and progressive people offer and, as they continue to develop their wellbeing strategy, the work they collaborate with us on will be critical to ensuring that their people have access to the support they need.”

Marston’s head of HR business partnering Maria Franklin said it was a great honour to receive the award. 

She added: “It is a great honour to be recognised by the LTC for the award. The charity offers some great services and advice for those working in the hospitality sector and are something that we are happy to support and promote through our employee benefits.”

The pub company will incorporate the charity into its general managers induction programme and nominate it to receive fundraising in 2020.

Livelyhood, a smaller chain with a handful of sites in south London, was the recipient of the other award for its dedication to staff support in the past year.

Incorporated support

Brewster explained: “It’s a small pub company with six sites but their passion for ensuring they spread awareness of the Licensed Trade Charity easily matches that of a large corporate pub company. 

“They have embedded us into their philosophy of ‘to do what is right, not what is easy’ by chatting, promoting, demonstrating and reinforcing with their managers, leaders and teams just how we can support them.”

The pubco introduces new employees to the charity on their first day and with various HR activities.

Brewster added: “They are passionate about their staff’s wellbeing and it’s not just lip service.  

“When our account manager was invited to one of their pub openings, all the staff she met knew of what we did and reiterated that Livelyhood was a company they loved working for.”

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