J D Wetherspoon

Company Profile

About J D Wetherspoon

Our Chairman, Tim Martin, set up J D Wetherspoon in 1979. Why ‘J D Wetherspoon’? Because ‘J D’ form the initials of Sheriff JD Hogg, from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ TV series, of course, while Mr Wetherspoon was one of Tim’s teachers in New Zealand!

In addition to our 909 Wetherspoon pubs, we also run Lloyds No.1 bars – the same great standards and value, but with music. We also have 45 Wetherspoon hotels – quality accommodation, at great prices.

Our People

People are our greatest asset – and we are very proud of the recognition which we have received from those independent bodies awarding us in this area.

Let’s be blunt: without the best people, we can’t offer the best service – and it’s great service which customers want, above all else. We seek to develop staff through effective and award-winning training and development, through a positive working environment and, of course, by means of a decent pay packet. Every year, thousands of staff complete one or more training courses, not only preparing them to work safely and to the best of their ability, but also inspiring them to pursue positive career development.

Attracting and retaining talent

We employ over 35,000 people across our pubs, in regional roles and at our head office in Watford, Hertfordshire. Many employees have chosen to spend their career with us and progress through the company. The average length of service for a pub manager is now over 10.5 years, with 18% of associates with us for over three years.

Working with us

Everything our customers eat or drink will be served by you. You’ll be responsible for the head on their pint, the peas on their plate and the froth on their latte. Our customers’ happiness and satisfaction will rest on your shoulders – so, you are very important to us!

Of course, you'll deliver superb service to every customer who walks through our doors; you'll be friendly, helpful and full of fun! You'll love being part of a team and will always be willing to lend a hand. You'll think fast, on your feet, when dealing with customers' comments, while keeping that smile on your face.

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