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05 March 2015

Tring-based Oakman Inns recognised as Top 30 Employer in UK

Tring 2nd March 2015: Details were released in Sunday Times that Oakman Inns & Restaurants Limited, the Tring-based pub company which owns three pubs in Hertfordshire with four pubs in Hertfordshire (The Akeman in Tring, Kings Arms in Berkhamsted, Red Lion in Water End and The Beech House in St Albans) has claimed 28th place in this year's prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For in the UK.

The methods of data-gathering and analysis employed in the quest to find the country's Best Companies to Work For mean that the lists are widely acknowledged as the most extensive research into employee engagement carried out in the UK each year. All the scores and ratings that are assessed to compile the lists are based on employee opinions, and each year the questionnaires are revised and updated to reflect current workplace concerns.

The award was assessed across eight key factors, which are:

Leadership: how employees feel about the head of the company and the senior managers
Wellbeing: how they feel about pressure levels and the balance between work and home life
My Manager: people's feelings towards their immediate boss and day-to-day managers
My Team: people's feelings about their colleagues and how well they work together
Giving Something Back: how much people believe their firm puts back into society in general and the local community in particular
Fair Deal: how happy the workforce is with pay and benefits
My Company: feelings about the company people work for, as opposed to the people they work with
Personal Growth: whether people feel challenged at work, that their skills are being used and that they have scope for advancement

Values and activities highly rated by Oakman Inns' employees include their future leader programmes and graduate schemes; their sustainability and ethical food policies - all its pubs have achieved two star ratings from The Sustainable Restaurant Association; working closely with their local communities and supporting charitable activities; and the new 'Heart of Oakman' award programme which rewards individuals for exemplary attitude and behaviour.

Chief Executive of Oakman Inns, Peter Borg-Neal is delighted with the result: "It serves as a huge boost to the reputation of Oakman Inns and our growing team. We have always understood that people are our most important asset and we are hugely committed to engaging with our team and making Oakman a great place to work. I really hope this recognition helps demonstrate the rewarding career opportunities offered by the hospitality industry."

The prestigious accolade was announced at an awards ceremony in London where Peter Borg-Neal was presented the award by Nick Rodrigues, Editor of The Sunday Times Best Companies Supplement. (Photo attached).

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