Shepherd Neame eyes kitchen and management talent as it bids to fill 300 roles

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Shepherd Neame is aiming to recruit more than 300 new team members to support the reopening of its pub estate.

The Faversham-based brewer and pub company has a total of 312 pubs and hotels – of which 65 are managed – across Kent, London and the South East.

After more than five months of closure, Shepherd Neame reopened around 75% of its estate for outside service last month, with the rest getting business underway yesterday after indoor service was permitted.

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Nigel Bunting, director of retail and tenanted operations at Shepherd Neam, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive customer response since we began opening our pubs last month, and we expect to be busy this summer as people enjoy socialising and reconnecting with friends and loved ones once again.

“In preparation for this, we are delighted to announce that we will be recruiting more than 300 full and part-time team members across a variety of management, front-of-house and kitchen roles.”

Mr Bunting said the business could offer competitive salaries and benefits, along with extensive training and development.

“As an example, last year we launched a bespoke apprenticeship programme for aspiring managers and chefs, with the first group recently completing their qualifications. The wellbeing of our people is also incredibly important to us, which is why we recently invested in Unmind, a workplace mental health platform now available free of charge to every team member.

“After a challenging year, we are delighted to finally be able to look ahead and plan for the future and recruit talented people to join our team – and also do our bit to help start rebuilding the local economy.”

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