The Swan Salford celebrates success in Best Companies to Work For 2021

Pub company Peach, which runs The Swan in Salford, has been named as one of best companies to work for in the country and was also singled out as a top employer in its industry in this year’s Best Companies to Work For awards.

The UK’s Best Companies to Work For awards recognise a business’ commitment to its employees and shows that it sees workplace engagement as a vital part of its success.

Peach, which is ranked 24th in the league of the nation’s best companies, also received a Three Star Accreditation at the virtual awards ceremony held on Friday (21 May 2021).

The independent business came away from Friday’s virtual awards ceremony with four wins under its belt. As well as officially being one of the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For, Peach came sixth in the UK’s Top 20 Leisure & Hospitality Companies to Work For.

It was also named the 9th best employer in the East of England, the 13th in the Midlands and the 20th in the South East, where it was also the best in hospitality.

It’s the fifth year running that Peach has won a Best Company to Work For award, and a record year for the company. Peach Managing Director, Hamish Stoddart, said:

“It’s our vision, we Make Life Peachy. Ever since we started Peach twenty years ago, we’ve genuinely put our people first. We’ve always believed they are the heart of a pub and utterly central to our success. Shared ownership and the longevity of our team prove this.

“This last 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 well-being of our people especially during lockdown. 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’re 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.”

Peach supported its teams during the pandemic

Participation in the awards is partly by a team-wide survey that asks for honest feedback on areas an employer is strong in and those it needs to improve on, such as leadership, commitment to personal growth through training and development, well-being and giving something back.

Peach supported its teams during the pandemic and focussed on the mental wellbeing of its chefs, front of house and support teams who were furloughed.

It launched a social enterprise that enabled its furloughed teams to keep busy cooking by delivering food to the NHS and 50 charities, and also to keep connected to their pubs’ communities.

At the same time, it looked after the team, creating new personal development plans for individual and personal development for every team member.

It also launched a Peach Hardship Support Fund for those facing financial difficulty and worked with industry charity Hospitality Action to ensure no-one in the team was left behind.

Peach is aiming to grow by three or four pubs in the next year and is hiring right now.

The Swan is at 2 Wavendon Road, Salford, Milton Keynes, MK17 8BD. Tel: 01908 281008. 

More details of Best Companies to Work for 2021 can be found here.