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West Berkshire Brewery faces allegations over workplace culture

West Berkshire Brewery (WBB) has launched an internal review after complaints from an anonymous group of former and current employees.

At the beginning of August, the UK's 'pub trade-bible', the Morning Advertiser, published an article which lauded the Yattendon-based brewery's working culture.

In particular, it drew attention to the company's senior team, 70 per cent of whom are women.

The West Berkshire Brewery's taproom in Yattendon.
The West Berkshire Brewery's taproom in Yattendon.

In response, a group calling themselves the 'WBB Renegades' published an open letter which set out to refute the Advertiser's coverage.

On their website, the Renegades requested that the publication remove the article, and they are also demanding an independent review of the brewery's management culture, with allegations of bullying and harassment.

A spokesperson for the brewery said that the company is engaging with complainants.

They urged anyone with "feedback or comments" on the business to get in touch with the HR team, or to contact them via their social media channels.

They said: "As a business, WBB is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace, free of discrimination and harassment of any kind.

"We recently received a complaint from an anonymous group of people regarding our culture. Upon hearing from them, we responded and asked them to share their grievances (completely confidentially) with our HR team.

"We are proactively engaging with an external party to conduct an internal review; allowing us to see how we can better promote diversity and inclusivity within a supportive and nurturing framework at WBB.

"This will include a reassessment of our processes when dealing with all employee concerns, right through to coaching and training for the leadership team.

"We want to make clear that as a company, we are fully committed to this and will not rest until we have reached a place in which all members of our team feel safe, secure and valued."

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