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Pubs and brewery

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. We remain an independent family business with many long-serving team members, including several generations of the same family. We strive to create an inclusive culture, where everyone can be themselves, do their best work and be part of the Shepherd Neame family.

Our apprenticeship programme continues to go from strength to strength, as we work with HIT Training to offer a diverse range of courses and development opportunities throughout our business.

We hold an annual Shepherd Neame Pub Awards event to recognise exceptional standards across our estate, and recognise team members in our brewery and support office with our own ‘Shepherd Neame Oscars’ ceremony at the end of the year.

We also launched our Brewing A Safe Culture campaign in 2022 to promote a robust health and safety culture around the business. 


We actively promote our county through membership of tourism and trade organisations including Visit Kent and Produced in Kent. We support our communities through sponsorship of local events including the Faversham Hop Festival, Faversham Literary Festival, Taste of Kent Awards and Broadstairs Folk Week, and help a range of good causes through our Sheps Giving charitable arm.

We are proud to contribute significant sums annually to local sports sponsorship, from grassroots to county level, including as a long-time sponsor of Kent Cricket, with the Club’s Canterbury headquarters, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, named after our beer brand.

We are the principal sponsor of Maidstone United FC, and have pouring rights partnerships with Bromley FC and Millwall FC.

We are the official beer supplier for The Open golf championship and have partnered with The University Boat Race for the past two years.

Discover more about our people

A commitment to doing the right thing for our community, our people and our environment is at the heart of our strategy. 

We strive to attract and retain the best people across our business, and work to ensure that our pubs and brewery play a key role in their communities. 

Discover more about our focus on people and community in this film: