BrewDog is named among best 100 as UK Top Employer

By Gary Lloyd

- Last updated on GMT

Recognition achieved: James Watt says BrewDog is ‘always looking to recruit and retain the best talent around’
Recognition achieved: James Watt says BrewDog is ‘always looking to recruit and retain the best talent around’

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Ellon-based brewer and bar operator BrewDog has been named as one of the best 100 companies to work for in the UK.

The certification as a UK Top Employer​ from the Top Employers Institute follows BrewDog’s recognition in The Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2023​.

The Top Employers Institute certification programme assesses the people practices of participating companies, throughout the world, via independently audited and fact-based HR Best Practices Survey, which covers six areas –Steer, Shape, Attract, Develop, Engage and Unite, which are further expanded into 20 subtopics.

How far we have come

BrewDog CEO and co-founder James Watt said: “Being certified as a UK Top Employer really says so much about how far we have come as a business.

“I am so proud of this accreditation, but I am far prouder of the amazing 3,000 people who make up our fantastic team and all the hard work they have put in to get us here.

“Every company faces challenges along the way and we were determined to use ours as a catalyst to work even closer with our teams and improve everything we do as a business.”

No ‘end point’

Watt continued: “This isn’t a journey that reaches an ‘end point’ – we are always looking to get better, looking to recruit and retain the best talent around and help our people build fantastic careers with us. But I am also really pleased to see our efforts are now being recognised.”

Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink added: “The turbulence impacting the workforce over the past few years has led many organisations to rethink how they approach the changing dynamics of work.

“Yet, despite all this change, certified top employers have continued to go above and beyond to maintain their excellent people practices in the workplace.” 

Earlier this month, BrewDog reported an operating loss of £24m​ in its latest financial results.

Watt said at the time: “We faced huge cost price pressures, soaring inflation and an unprecedented hike in energy bills across our business – all of these factors impacted profitability in 2022.”

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