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The 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2021 list is for private and not-for-profit organisations, employing 200 to 1,999 workers.
Hickory’s Smokehouse was at number 11 in the top 100, came fourth in the top 20 Leisure and Hospitality Best Companies to work for, number 17 of 100 businesses in the Best Company to Work for in the Midlands, and fifth best of 100 companies in the north west as well as number eight out of 30 in Wales.
The Coaching Inn Group came in at number 21, while ranking fifth best in the Leisure and Hospitality Best Companies to work for, number five out of 100 in the Midlands and 25 out of 75 in the east of England. The business was also named the ninth best company of 50 in the south west and fourth of 30 in Wales alongside number 25 of 75 in Yorkshire & The Humber.
Genuinely put people first
At number 24 was Peach Pubs, which was also hailed as sixth best Leisure and Hospitality company, number 13 of 100 companies in the Midlands, ninth out of 75 in the east of England and in the top fifth (20) of best companies to work for in the south east.
Peach managing director Hamish Stoddart said: “It’s our vision [that] we Make Life Peachy. Ever since we started 20 years ago, we’ve genuinely put our people first.
“We’ve always believed they at the heart of a pub and utterly central to our success. Shared ownership and the longevity of our team prove this.
“The past year, during the pandemic, we knew it was more important than ever to take good care of the team, especially when the pubs were closed and the team furloughed. It was the perfect opportunity to prove it and we did.
“We worked incredibly hard to look after the physical and mental wellbeing of our people, especially during lockdown."
He added: “We took the opportunity to reaffirm our support to our team, both financially and through keeping in close contact and volunteering together to support the towns we are proud to be at the heart of.
“We have come through together, staying true to our vision of being a great place to work, learn and grow. We are delighted to be recognised as a Three Star, world-class employer.”
Leeds-based Northern Monk brewery was named the sixtieth Best Small Company to Work For this year, where the criteria for entrants is private and not-for-profit organisations employing between 25 and 74 people.
Northern Monk was named sixth best out of a list of 10, Food and Drink’s Best Companies to work for, and 46 out of 75 in Yorkshire & The Humber.