Around 100 MPs are expected to meet with 200 Stonegate managers today (12 September) in a reception at the House of Commons, celebrating the appointment of the 200th home-grown general manager.
The general managers will be showcasing their learning achievements via Stonegate’s bar-to-boardroom Albert’s career development programme – demonstrating to government the opportunity offered to young people’s progress and development from the hospitality industry.
The GMs have all progressed through Stonegate’s Accelerator programme, designed to identity talented deputy managers and transform them into high achieving business operators and future leaders.
The programme also covers personal finance, setting personal goals and leading people.
Throughout the six month programme each Accelerator undertakes a charity fund-raising project, which has seen over £300,000 raised for local and national charities.
Over 700 employees engaged with the multi-level Albert’s learning programme last year, with the top 200 now running their own pub, a further 15 transitioning from GM to area manager – a further nine have moved into operational support roles, such as marketing and HR.
“It makes me immensely proud to be leading a business that demonstrates clear career progression as we see more of our people move up the management ranks,” comments Stonegate’s chief executive Simon Longbottom.
“Many of these young, talented people are on the path that will lead them to a seat on the board as they continue to develop their business acumen and leadership skills.
“Enabling Lords, Ministers and MPs to share in our celebration helps them to better understand the myriad of career opportunities within hospitality that are open to people of all ages and from all walks of life, as well as appreciating the contribution these businesses make to their communities and UK PLC.”