There is no shortage of talent in the food and hospitality industry across the island of Ireland. While great staff are a main pillar of a successful business, it's a testament to an establishment when staff stay with it long-term too.
We know there are workplaces around the country that help to encourage their staff, push them to succeed and support them too. At the 2019 FOOD&WINE Awards in association with Rémy Martin, we want to acknowledge Ireland's best workplaces, so we asked those within the industry to nominate exactly who should take home the top prize. And here are the three businesses shortlisted for Best Workplace.
Balloo Inns Group, County Down, Northern Ireland
Balloo Inns gastropub group, which owns The Parson’s Nose, Balloo House and Overwood Restaurant and the Poacher’s Pocket, has over 120 members of staff working across its various locations. The team’s success has been put down to the staff’s hard work, according to MD Ronan Sweeney who said, “We have a fantastic, talented and motivated team across the Balloo Inns Group, I really want to thank them for all their support and hard work.”
The Pig’s Ear, Nassau Street, Dublin
A Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, The Pig’s Ear’s ethos is to provide thoughtful hospitality to the customer and the team. According to owners, Andrea Hussey and Stephen McAllister, it’s important to treat their staff well, “We treat the team like family and respect that everyone comes with their own story. We strongly believe that the day-to-day should be kind and we enjoy taking care of each other.”
Caisleáin Óir Hotel, Annagry, Donegal
Caisleáin Óir Hotel was founded by the McDevitt family in 1978 and since then, it has gone from strength to strength. The hotel was nominated for this award because of how supportive a workplace it is. Known for treating staff with courtesy and understanding, The hotel and bar have kept staff on a long-term basis due to its positive environment.
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