MK pub company joins The Sunday Times Top 100 2017

Posted 1st March 2017

The Peach Pub Company, which runs The Swan at Salford and The Black Horse in Woburn has been named one of the best places to work in the country by The Sunday Times in the newspaper’s annual survey of great employers.  Peach shot into the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For at number 45, with a Two Star accreditation. 

Now in its 17th year, The Sunday Times Top 100 is an annual ranking and survey of the best of Britain’s employers. Its publication each year is a highly anticipated event in the UK’s business calendar.  

Ben Paul, Peach Partner said, “When we started Peach fifteen years ago we set out to open one, really great pub. Now, to be recognised as one of the best companies to work for in the whole of the UK is a dream come true. 

“We’re a great team of like-minded individuals serving fantastic food and drink with huge enthusiasm and it’s the team and our teamwork that make it possible for our guests to have a great experience every day in all of the 18 pubs we now have, including here at The Swan at Salford and The Black Horse. 

“Although we’ve won many awards from within the hospitality world for looking after our people and giving them inspirational training and development opportunities, getting recognition this time from outside our industry is even more meaningful. It’s tough for a hospitality company where the hours are long and the work is hard to be recognised as a great employer. 

“It’s a challenge for pubs, too. The great British pub industry will only be saved if we carry on making our pubs fun, exciting places to come to and for our people to work in,” he says. 

Peach has around 450 people on its team running 18 great gastropubs including The Embankment in Bedford. 

The Sunday Times Top 100 is drawn up after extensive data-gathering and analysis alongside an employee survey of companies operating across all industry sectors.  By asking for the views of the people working for these companies what their employer and workplace is like, the awards get a true picture of which companies, like Peach, are the best to work for. 

“We are really proud to be included in the list and to be highlighted as a great employer,” says Ben. “And now we’ve got this far it has to be our goal to be even higher up the list next year,” he adds.

To find out more about joining the award-winning Peach team and benefit from great training and career opportunities, please go to  The full list of The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies 2017 is at

The Swan is at 2 Wavendon Road, Salford, Milton Keynes, MK17 8BD. Tel: 01908 281008  @TheSwanSalford 

The Black Horse, 1 Bedford Street, Woburn, MK17 9QB.  01525 290210.