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CELEBRATING OUR TEAM!

We hosted our inaugural Parogon awards night this week, to celebrate and reward our staff for their dedication.

We held the event at Aston Marina and it was a huge success.

There were 32 awards up for grabs, five of which were site awards and the rest were individual, including the much coveted Employee of the Year for Front of House and Back of House.

Awards included; stand up to scrutiny, fundraising champions, harmonious tribe, customer is king, site of the year, manager of the year, people’s choice awards and the one everyone wants, employee of the year.

Front of house employee of the year went to Oliver Hosler-Rushton at the Blockhouse. He was described by his manager as: “Always incredibly positive. Pushes other members of the team and for drives sales incentive and upsells.”

Back of house employee of the year was awarded to Stephen Siriett from the Swan with two Necks. His manager said: “He push bikes from Burslem every single day, is never late or sick. And when he is at work gives 110%.”

The winners of the Employee of the Year trophies received an all-expenses-paid trip to Amsterdam. Other rewards included hampers, spa days and Michelin star restaurant experiences.

Working in hospitality means our team doesn’t get a traditional Christmas do, as it’s such a busy period for us. It’s important to us that we give our staff the opportunity to let their hair down, have some fun and feel appreciated too.

We decided to host the Parogon Annual Awards as a way to recognise those who go above and beyond and to really give the team a chance to dress up and have a great night.

It was brilliant, everyone looked amazing, morale was high and we all thoroughly enjoyed a well-deserved night.

If you want to join our amazing team, visit our jobs page!

 

 

 
 

WE’VE BEEN SHORTLISTED!

We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for a Training Excellence award in this year’s Sentinel Business Awards.

We pride ourselves on training our staff and upskilling, rather than outsourcing and it’s earned us this much coveted shortlisting.

The winners will be revealed at a grand event on Thursday 28 March at the King’s Hall in Stoke. We’re taking a table and can’t wait to celebrate with the other amazing businesses of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire at the black-tie event.

The Sentinel describes the awards as: The highlight of the regional business calendar, this competition rewards the very best, the most successful and the most innovative firms from across our patch and acknowledges the cream of local businesspeople and entrepreneurs.

We have six core values which we promote to the staff that together embody what Parogon stands for as a brand and as a company. One of them is ‘Develop’ and how we define that in a nutshell. We have case studies showcasing where individuals have joined us as a kitchen porter and risen to head chef over a period of four years for instance. On the job training is clearly a huge part of driving success at some levels of employment and our shadowing scheme for new members of staff works really well in settling them in after induction, but we have many avenues of training to employ.

If you want to join the Parogon Group visit: parogonpubs.co.uk/jobs/

 

 
 

Parogon Group rewards hard working staff with glamorous awards celebrations

We’re excitedly preparing for our inaugural Parogon Awards Evening on Monday 4th February at Aston Marina, Stone.

The evening is to celebrate our staff, we want to reward them and recognise the hard work and effort they have given to us over the past year.

Since April 2018 we have been crowning an employee of the month. Each site has been putting forward a nomination for both the Front of House and the Back of House for the operations team to award the title to.

Each person who has won Employee of the Month has been automatically put into the running for Employee of the Year. Two winners, one for Front of House and one for Back of House will be revealed at the awards evening and will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Amsterdam.

There are nine people in the running for each department and there will also be an award for the Manager of the Year who will win a luxury spa break.

During the evening there will also be four people’s choice awards and five site awards which will include:

  • Stand up to scrutiny award
  • Harmonious tribe
  • Customer is king
  • Site of the year
  • Fundraising Champions – this will go to the site which has raised the most money towards the group’s Douglas Macmillan £50,000 pledge.

Working in the hospitality industry the festive season is one of our busiest times of the year, so we don’t have an opportunity to have a traditional Christmas do. This is our way of showing our staff we appreciate their hard work, that they will get rewarded for it and that we want them to have fun.

Here are our finalists for Employee of the Year

Front of House:

Back of House:

If you want to join the Parogon Group visit: parogonpubs.co.uk/jobs/

 

 
 

WE’RE IN THE PRESS AGAIN THANKS TO OUR TEAM

We invest in our staff because we know they are the key to running a successful business. Their happiness and development is important to us which is why we’ve entered The Sentinel Business Awards for the Training Excellence Award.

We’re pleased to have a lovely write up in The Sentinel about our commitment to our team and to show the staff that we appreciate their hard work and dedication.

We have 360 team members across six sites and are looking to grow that figure even further. By the end of next year, we’re hoping to employ 500 people locally and each individual will be mentored and trained so that they can work to the best of their ability and feel confident when carrying out their daily duties.

 

Read the article here

Stoke-on-Trent Live

 
 

OUR CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS HIT THE HEADLINES

We are pleased to announce that our Christmas Cocktail specials have been featured in an article in Bar Magazine, an industry leading publication after they contacted our in-house bar trainer Chris Turner for some input.

Mixologists from all of our venues have designed a range of cocktails to bring festive cheer to the Christmas period.

The list features the likes of The Gingerbread Man, combining coconut rum with ginger, pineapple and cream and the Toblerone Old Fashioned built with Reserva rum, almond sugar syrup, sea salt and bitters and creatively garnished with mini Toblerone and orange segments.

These sweet festive flavours alongside our classic bold presentation will be available all through December so please come down and enjoy a Christmas tipple with us.

To see the article in the magazine Click Here

 
 

OUR CHARITY PLEDGE CONTINUES

We are proud to announce that we been featured in Stoke-on-Trent Live for our continued support of The Douglas Macmillan Hospice! Across 6 restaurants we have raised an impressive £28,848 for the charity over the last 18 months through a variety of fundraising activities such as our recent Wild Warrior Mud Run!

We would like to take this opportunity to say and HUGE thank you to all our staff and guests for their continued support and charity! We pledge to continue our efforts and raise £50,000 by 2020!

To read the full article click the link.

Stoke-on-Trent Live

 
 

STAFFORDSHIRE HOT 100

The Sentinel has listed Parogon Pubs as one of the ‘Hot 100 Businesses’ for 2018.

Companies were chosen for a number of reasons such as current performance, great innovation, importance to the local economy and what the company and staff put back into local communities.

We are proud to have been recognised in Staffordshire and thank everyone within the business for their continued hard work in helping us remain successful.

 
 

OUR FIGHT TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT

We have decided to join the fight to reduce plastic waste in our oceans by switching to bio-degradable straws and removing plastic stirrers from our venues.

On average we use around 18,000 straws across the company a month, so we want to do our part by reducing our own contribution to plastic waste.

The past 12 months has also seen us change the way we look at our waste management. We have moved to a process that encourages a significant increase in the amount we can recycle across all our sites.

2017 saw over 65% of our waste organised for recycling and we aim to continue and improve in this area as each year passes.

 
 

COMING SOON – New Site Opening

The Seven Stars has been a well known pub and restaurant between Stafford and Cannock for many years.

After closing in early 2017, Parogon Pub Group have secured the site and we have worked closely with our design team to produce a fresh new scheme which will thrill our guests. It is sure to become the jewel in our crown and an exciting premium country dining venue with something to interest everyone.

Our contractors will start work on the extensive overhaul within the next month and we are looking forward to opening in February 2018.

 
 

NOW OPEN – The Boars Head

Following its acquisition in January 2017 and a 3 month refurbishment costing £750,000, we are delighted to announce that as of 14th August 2017, The Boars Head in Walgherton is open and trading as the newest venue of the Parogon Pub Group.

The Boars Head is set in an idyllic rural location, with a menu combining some English pub favourites, home cooked with fresh ingredients, with our Chef’s interpretation of some international classics too.

At Parogon we are renowned for our extra-mile attitude and The Boars Head promises to continue this in a beautiful and relaxed environment. Our highly skilled and motivated team enjoy nothing more than ensuring each customer receives a memorable visit and this venue will be no different.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Colclough, rich@parogonpubs.co.uk

Company Director