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Greene King

About Greene King

Company HQ location: Bury st edmunds, Suffolk

Industry: Food & drink

No of employees: 44000

Our company in a nutshell

Greene King was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. It currently employs 44,000 people across its main trading businesses; Pub Company, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.

It operates 3,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland, of which c. 1,800 are retail pubs, restaurants and hotels, and c. 1,200 are tenanted, leased and franchised pubs. Its leading retail brands include Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer, Flaming Grill and the Greene King Local Pubs estate.

Greene King also brews quality ale brands from its Bury St. Edmunds and Dunbar breweries, and is the UK’s leading cask ale brewer and premium ale brewer with brands such as Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Belhaven Best.

Greene King are offering an award-winning Apprenticeship programme which has supported over 10,000 apprentices through the business since 2011. During the course of the Apprenticeship programme, you’ll gain professional qualifications from Entry (Level 2) through to Management (Level 4). Plus, you’ll enjoy the benefits of working for one of the leading pub companies in the UK with the biggest apprenticeship programme in the hospitality sector.

The Apprenticeship scheme provides opportunities for new team members to achieve an Apprenticeship through 12-month training programmes designed to perfectly match roles in the licensed hospitality sector.

You will be paid the National Minimum Wage for your age.

Life at Greene King for apprentices

An Apprenticeship at Greene King is a work-based programme which runs alongside your employment. It's a fantastic way to get hands-on experience while securing a nationally recognised Qualification. As a Greene King Apprentice you will:

- Be employed from day one

- Work with experienced team-members

- Be supported throughout your programme

- Earn while you learn in a job you can be passionate about

- Study towards a related nationally recognised Qualification

- Gain additional skills through ongoing learning opportunities

- Boost your career opportunities with an entrepreneurial, successful and expanding business.

Company Values

Delivering exceptional service, outstanding value and unbeatable experiences for customers

Passionate for our business

Bringing out the best in others


Secure a nationally recognised qualification

Learn while you earn

Grow your skills and experience of the hospitality sector

Government-funded training

Case studies

Isabelle Pearson

House Manager

"My apprenticeship has given me more confidence and I have learnt valuable skills to do my job. It has changed my life."


Corporate social responsibility

Macmillan Cancer Support

In May 2012, we began our first national charity partnership, pledging to raise £1m over three years for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thanks to the fantastic hard work, dedication and creativity of our team members together with the wonderful generosity of our guests, we’ve already raised £2m! We’ve renewed our partnership with Macmillan for a further three years!

Focus 12

We support Focus 12, a charity based near our headquarters and brewery in Bury St. Edmunds. Focus 12 provides treatment for those with drug and alcohol dependencies and offers guidance and counselling for family members.

Prostate Cancer UK

All of our Spirit Pubs got behind Prostate Cancer UK during the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and collectively raised more than £70,000!