Our reputation and success rests on the shoulders of our employees. While as a family-owned company it is important for us to espouse family values, we do not feel these are incompatible with a performance culture - which is vital for safeguarding Timothy Taylor's future. This is recognised in our company vision and values, which states that "Timothy Taylor's seeks to offer a safe and enjoyable working environment that evokes loyalty and a shared purpose. We aim to promote a culture that encourages efficiency, productivity and a collaborative approach whilst embracing change and recognising talent."
In order to attract high-quality employees, we offer strong basic salaries enhanced by generous provisions in terms of a barrelage bonus, pension scheme, and private health care. From the point of recruitment, particularly for our brewery team, we involve an outside occupational health firm to assess baseline health measures and then track them over the period of employment with Timothy Taylor's.
Timothy Taylor's is committed to investing in its people through appropriate training. This is particularly important for us because, as a medium-sized business, promotion is not always a possibility, but we can work hard to offer in-role development for our team. This ranges from 'train the trainer courses' (particularly key for our brewing team) to role-specific training (for example, our sales team have all been on Cask Marque cellar-training courses, to better advise their customers).
We are also sponsoring two members of staff at the Woolly Sheep Inn, for apprenticeships in Level 3 Chef de Partie and Level 3 Hospitality Supervision, while plans are in place to sponsor our Head Chef, for a part time degree in environmental health, a 6-year course.
We run an active Health & Safety committee which meets frequently and is attended by the Chief Executive and key representatives from across the business. In this way, we can not only review any incidents through our 'live accident log' and act on them, but, more importantly, pro-actively highlight and discuss issues or areas for improvement.
More recently we have placed focus on employee mental wellbeing, with two of our brewers attending a Mental Health First Aider course to provide augmented support to our team in the ever-changing environment in which we operate. Our Human Resources partner, Thrive Law, have a specific focus on mental health from which we and our employees benefit.
The company was quick to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by immediately introducing safeguards across the business well before a lockdown was announced (for example, sales members were asked to work from home and to phone accounts instead of visiting them; the brewery team had enhanced hygiene and work measures put in place to minimise the chance of the virus spreading; and we had already taken the decision to close the Woolly Sheep Inn, on safety grounds before the government made this a formal requirement).
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