Bar operators named in ranking of best companies to work for

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Revolution Bars Group, Hawksmoor and TGI Friday’s are among those named as the best companies to work for in the UK.

They feature in the latest Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For league tables – the annual list based on feedback from staff and other research into the employers that enter.

The 25-strong list of Best Big Companies To Work For in the UK was topped by TGI Friday’s at number one – and a new entry to the survey. Employing 4,648 staff, it was named the best for team spirit, leadership, training and wellbeing.

This was coupled with employees feeling “a strong sense of family” (82%), “fun” (86%) and that they work with “teams they get a buzz out of” (77%). Staff also said that working at Fridays is “good for personal growth” (80%) and that they “love working for the chain” (79%) – again, all achieving number-one scores.

TGI Friday’s will be creating over 700 new careers in the hospitality industry before the end of 2015 through six new openings. A further 10 new restaurants are planned for 2016. Openings last year included a new travel format that debuted at Manchester Piccadilly station (pictured).

Also in the list of Best Big Companies was Marriott International, rising from sixth to fourth place, while pub and restaurant group Whitbread was at 12.

Hawksmoor, which operates restaurants and bars in London and – as of this week – in Manchester, was ranked 12th in the main 100-strong list of Best Companies To Work For – a rise of nine places compared to 2014.

Employing 489 people at the time of the survey, Hawksmoor received positive scores for paying fairly compared to the rest of the hospitality sector, staff rewards and benefits, and its sound principles and support for charities.

Revolution Bars Group, formerly The New Inventive Bar Company, came 78th in the list, rising from last year’s ranking of 84.

Employing 2,251 staff at the time of the research, it received positive scores for staff saying they had fun with their colleagues – one of the highest scores in the research. Over two-thirds of staff are on zero-hours contracts but 70% say they feel treated fairly – another high score – and are happy with their pay and benefits.

Staff, who work across the Revolution and Revolucion de Cuba bar concepts, share in bonuses rewarded at the discretion of managers and also benefit from heavy investment in training and team-building.

Oakman Inns & Restaurants – the home counties pub company founded by industry veteran Peter Borg-Neal – was a new entry at 28 in the main list.

HIT Training, which specialises in the hospitality sector, rose four places to 88 in the list.

Corbin & King, the restaurant group headed by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, was a new entry at 97.

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