Pub groups recognised in Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2024

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Company achievements: various hospitality businesses were named as some of the Best Places to Work in the survey (image: Getty/SolStock)
Company achievements: various hospitality businesses were named as some of the Best Places to Work in the survey (image: Getty/SolStock)

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A number of businesses from the hospitality sector have been named as the best places to work by the Sunday Times.

Among them was multiple operator Heartwood Collection, which scored ‘excellent’ in four of the six workplace categories included in the survey.

Heartwood Collection people director Helen Melvin said: “We are delighted to have been placed in the Sunday Times Best Places to Work​.

“It reflects the time and investment we put into creating workplaces our teams are proud of, where they feel recognised and valued.

“The insights we have gained from taking part also highlight how we can continue to ensure Heartwood Collection remains a positive working environment for everyone.”

The business is no stranger to awards as it scored success at the 2024 Publican Awards, taking home the title of Best Pub Operations Team​ and Best Managed Pub Company (2-50 sites)​.

Massive achievement

This was as well as being named Best Food Led Pub Group 2023 from The Morning Advertiser​’s sister publication Restaurant​’s R200 awards.

Heartwood Collection CEO Richard Ferrier added: “To be recognised as one of the best places to work in the UK is a massive achievement and I am extremely proud of everyone at Heartwood Collection.

“This award is particularly special as it is voted for by our teams.”

Hall & Woodhouse was also listed. The pub company strives to make hospitality and brewing a career choice, not just a job, encouraging internal promotions.

Moreover, Drake & Morgan was named too. Employees at the group receive a paid day off on their birthday while the workforce are encouraged to develop their skills and the business operates a mentoring scheme in partnership with Otolo.

Another businesses to be recognised was Top 50 Boutique Hotel Heckfield Place​ in Hook, Hampshire where Michelin-starred dining is on the menu for employees. Perks include half price discounts at its restaurants.

Businesses recognised

Red Engine, the business behind Flight Club and Electric Shuffle, was also included. The company offers regular learning and development sessions, management training and incentives. Its recently launched chef academy aims to keep kitchen managers up to date with culinary and people skills.

Scotland-based Signature Group was also featured. The firm nurtures talent through is Aspire and Inspire training courses for junior and senior managers as well as offering a 40% discount at its venues alongside on-the-spot rewards of up to £50 for people who go the extra mile.

Elsewhere, drinks company Jubel was recognised. It is 40% female and everyone among the 34 staff have share options, unlimited holiday, free gym classes for office-based workers, private healthcare and a £50 wellbeing monthly budget.

Another included was drinks supplier Kent-based Chapel Down. The team works in a transparent environment where cross-departmental secondments are encouraged to boost development.

Hospitality recruitment company Sixty Eight People was also named on the list. Engagement is measured quarterly, while staff are surveyed to identify areas for improvement.

Other hospitality companies featured in the Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2024 include:


Bella Italia

Burger & Lobster

Dakota Hotels

De Vere


Dorchester Collection

Flat Iron Steak

Hotelrez Hotels & Resorts

Heckfield Place

Jamie Oliver Group

Moto Hospitality

Nell’s Pizza

Richmond Hill Hotel

The Goring

Valor Hospitality Europe

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