Oakman Inns and Restaurants

To build the best pub company in the world.
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http://www.oakmaninns.co.uk

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A career with Oakman Inns starts with a pizza. Successful job applicants are sent a voucher for a free pizza, so that they can come into one of the pubs or restaurants, test the food and see the team at work.

The casual dining pub and restaurant group has been operating since 2007 and owns a range of venues, mainly in Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Lancashire. Its vision was to create an environment where like-minded people could come and enjoy great food and drinks while catching up with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.

The group's SPEED system of values promotes sustainability, a passion for pubbiness, engaged teams, excellent operations and design and detail.

To keep staff engaged, the Heart of Oakman reward system recognises team members who are living the company's values, going beyond the call of duty and providing great customer service. Awards are divided into bronze, silver and gold and come with a personal message from their manager.

A fast-track programme trains managers to be business leaders through face-to-face coaching and effective management guidance. It incorporates peer review feedback.

The group also encourages inclusivity. It has a relationship with Bullingdon prison, in Bicester, Oxfordshire, attending its job fairs to discuss opportunities with prisoners on their release. It also supports DENS, a homelessness charity that aims to bring disadvantaged people back into the workplace.

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Wellbeing

63% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The group is a charter member of the Mindful Employer initiative, which benchmarks activities against a national standard. Oakman Inns' mental health policy ensures that personal and work events that could impact mental health are identified, such as the menopause, moving home, relationship problems and transferring sites after a promotion.
My Company

86% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

Oakman Connect acts as a community sharing group on Facebook. Daily specials, fantastic service and activities at the various sites are shared to motivate and inspire, as well as to celebrate the great work teams do. It keeps the community feeling small, intimate, and engaged.
Personal Growth

81% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Oakman Chef Academy, a two-week intensive training programme takes new recruits to a bootcamp. The course covers all of the critical kitchen skills in a classroom environment. The culinary management programme offers promising and talented chefs monthly skills sessions to develop their craft and kitchen leadership abilities.
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63% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The group is a charter member of the Mindful Employer initiative, which benchmarks activities against a national standard. Oakman Inns' mental health policy ensures that personal and work events that could impact mental health are identified, such as the menopause, moving home, relationship problems and transferring sites after a promotion.
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86% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

Oakman Connect acts as a community sharing group on Facebook. Daily specials, fantastic service and activities at the various sites are shared to motivate and inspire, as well as to celebrate the great work teams do. It keeps the community feeling small, intimate, and engaged.
Personal Growth
96%

81% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Oakman Chef Academy, a two-week intensive training programme takes new recruits to a bootcamp. The course covers all of the critical kitchen skills in a classroom environment. The culinary management programme offers promising and talented chefs monthly skills sessions to develop their craft and kitchen leadership abilities.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2005
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
29
Employee average age
51% : 49%
Male : Female employee ratio
10%
Employees earning £35k+
48%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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Like all service-led companies, the value of our business is not driven by our brand or our price or our bricks and mortar but by the quality of our team. In a highly skilled environment like hospitality, it is critical we create an environment that allows our team to develop their world-class skill levels even though they couldn’t put them into practice during the Pandemic. As a Company we place considerable importance on our teams’ happiness to meet our goals as a business.

Dermot King, CEO - Oakman Inns and Restaurants

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