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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:

We have opened the HOPS room.
The HOPS (Health Optimisation and Promotion Scheme) is a workplace initiative that brings together and promotes all the health workplace initiatives we offer and enables employees to easily access activities or support.
The provides a private space for the Occupational Health Manager to meet with employees and offer support. It also houses literature in relation to health promotion and support.  The room has been used constantly and as it is situated in the middle of the production areas allows easy access for employees.
We have undertaken the Call Push rescue initiative from the British Heart Foundation and have to date trained 97 employees in basic resuscitation techniques.

Success Story:

One of the employees had a meeting with the Occupational Health manager because he was struggling with his mental health.  He was offered 3 sessions of face to face counselling funded by the brewery, Keeping Well at work leaflet, Mindfulness toolkit leaflet, voluntary organisation information sheet and the opportunity to have reduced or amended hours.
This employee has since reduced his alcohol intake, organised his work life balance to be more conducive to rest, has changed his diet to be healthier and has accessed counselling.  Although he acknowledges this will be a long struggle, he is feeling infinitely better, his relationship with his partner has improved, he is more productive at work and he is generally happier.

‘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
Top Tip

Excessive drinking outside of working hours is known to affect presenteeism and absenteeism

Employee Feedback


"The Healthy Workplace programme has supported our business to build and nurture a culture of health and provide GE employees with the resources they need to get and stay healthy.The varying workshops, information & events that the Healthy Workplace programme provides, have enabled us to reach our goals of enhanced health awareness, reduced absenteeism and improved employee engagement within our organisation" - Claire Shelley, GE Money


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