Stroud Brewery has received special recognition for its commitment to inclusivity and diversity.
The Gloucestershire Inclusive Employer Award was presented to Stroud Brewery founder Greg Pilley at the popular Brimscombe brewery.
The Gloucestershire Inclusive Employer Awards are hosted by Inclusivity Works, and launched by the GEM Project.
They aim to inspire more employers to work in partnership with the campaign and, through the support on offer, take advantage of fantastic, talented and motivated potential employees who may not have previously been considered.
Grey Pilley was delighted to receive the award: “We’re absolutely thrilled with this award as we believe a company is only as good as its team and if our staff are happy and feel valued, then the business will thrive. Not only do they enable the business to function, but I’m also constantly impressed by the ideas they have for developing the brewery’s work and new products.
“Doing everything we can to help our staff build their professional and personal skills and have a healthy work-life balance is really important to us. We believe our business offering is stronger and better for having people with a wide range of life experience working here. For example, it’s brought new culinary knowledge into our kitchen resulting in new offerings on our menu. We’re now organising new events based on those different food cultures to offer to
customers in the brewery’s tap room.”
As well as helping new employees to settle in through tailored work programmes, work buddies and training for the rest of the staff, the brewery makes a special effort to employ young people. Nearly 50% of its bar and kitchen staff are people under 24 years old. Greg commented: “For many, working at the brewery is often their first job and we work hard to ensure it’s a
positive experience that helps them develop their work skills for the future.”
The brewery is proud to be a Living Wage employer. It also offers staff a free meal when they work a full day and has introduced a flexi-working policy. Greg and his team are not sitting on their laurels, however, and are always finding new ways to support staff.
For more information about Stroud Brewery’s work as a responsible and ethical business, read their latest Impact Report here.