The historic Queen’s Head pub in Pinner has been nominated for an accolade in the prestigious Great British Pub Awards in 2020.
The pub is one of the six nominees up for the ‘Staff Welfare’ award, where a £10,000 prize is available to fund business improvement or put towards a community project.
Speaking via the Great British Pub Awards website, Sean White, owner, said: “Throughout the lockdown we communicated with all our staff with weekly texts, Zoom staff meetings which were all about maintaining staff morale.
“The target was to try to keep all 11 staff in work on the same pay, conditions and training regimes that we had established long before lockdown. I was acutely aware that staff may become anxious about contracting COVID-19, so all of them were sent an NHS document on coronavirus anxiety.
“We used an independent company to prepare our documentation and audit our premises, we use our general manager, Sammie Harris and manager, Eleanor Clavin to manage this process with me.
“The result of which is that at the end of the meeting, our staff feel confident and safe, and feel that we are doing the same for our customers. We achieved a Gold Standard for our COVID-19 preparations, and this was an achievement shared by all staff.”
Posting on Facebook, a post from the pub read: “Thank you so much to everyone who has voted so far. If you haven’t done so already, we would much appreciate your support.
“We’ve made it through to the final of the Great British Pub Awards in the ‘Staff Welfare’ category. Staff welfare is our number one priority here at The Queen’s Head, and we’re super proud of all the team.”
The winners will be revealed on September 24.