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St Austell Brewery

St Austell is an independent, family run brewery.

What we do:

St Austell brewery produces many of the region’s most popular beers for sale in pubs, bars and supermarkets in Cornwall, Devon, across the UK and overseas. St Austell Brewery is also the South West’s leading wholesale supplier to the licensed hospitality sector, delivering beers, lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks to nearly 5000 bars, restaurants, hotels, pubs and clubs in South West England.

St Austell brewery pubs can be found all over the South West, from Bristol in the east to the Isles of Scilly.

St Austell Brewery’s Training Centre, Academy 1851, is a center of excellence in training for the hospitality sector.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

Creating an environment that people are happy to work in, feel positive about coming to every day and actually benefit from are all considerations that mean St Austell Brewery are able to keep talented individuals within our organisation, helping them to develop their careers and allowing us to make use of that talent to stay successful and competitive in an increasingly demanding market place.

Recent health and well being activities:

St Austell Brewery has developed a health workplace initiative called HOPS (Health Optimisation and Promotion Scheme).  This brings together and promotes all the health workplace Initiatives we offer and enables employees to easily access activities or support.

HOPS Voluntary Health checks are offered to employees to check BP, pulse, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI.

We have run two stop smoking clinics and have started a running club two evenings a week.

Success Story:

During a HOPS voluntary health check, an employee was found to have a dangerously high BP, she booked an appointment at the GP for that day and was given medication to treat it. She has since addressed other health issues and has started a weight loss plan and is feeling like a new woman.

‘It has always been my belief that a company is only as strong as its people and of course that doesn’t just cover physical strength. As the great great grandson of our founder Walter hicks, I am extremely proud of the fact that we are still an independent, family owned company which from the earliest days has valued its workforce. We have many stories going back to the turn of the last century which mention plays being performed here as a diversion for the workers, while a barber shop in the bonded warehouse provided a service to those who couldn’t make it down to the town during normal shop opening hours. Though I am sure there are many imagined perks to working in a Brewery, we do our best to ensure that we stay abreast of the latest initiatives in terms of wellbeing in the workplace and to create the best environments for our people to work in. The reality is that employment within the Brewery today brings with it a wealth of benefits including health care and access to many services related to Occupational Health, physical and mental wellbeing as provided by People Team.' (James Staughton - Chief executive)

- Director
The facts

Musculoskeletal conditions generally rise with age. The age group 50-64 are most affected by sickness absence not to mention the UK 50+ population is expected to increase by 32% between 2008 and 2030.

Top Tip

“When we think of young people’s health, we think of schools being a key space for engagement, for adults the workplace is a similar space”- Dr Justin Varney, Public Health England Programme Lead for Health and Work.

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