A NATIONWIDE hospitality chain with restaurants in Dorset has been named in The Sunday Times.

The ‘Best Places to Work’ category featured companies from across the UK.

Heartwood Collections currently operates 14 brasseries under the Brasserie Blanc brand and 23 pubs under the Heartwood Inns brand with a total of 1,300 employees.

Heartwood met the requirements with an average 81% engagement score in the workplace survey, 9% above the average industry engagement rating.

The company scored ‘excellent’ in four out of the six workplace categories.

The collection also features two restaurants in Dorset, the Oaks in Highcliffe and The Britannia in Parkstone.

Helen Melvin, people director, Heartwood Collection commented: “We are delighted to have been placed in the Sunday Times Best Places to Work.

“It reflects the time and investment we put into creating workplaces our teams are proud of, where they feel recognised and valued.

“The insights we have gained from taking part also highlight how we can continue to ensure Heartwood Collection remains a positive working environment for everyone ”

Richard Ferrier, CEO, Heartwood Collection, commented: “To be recognised as one of the best places to work in the UK is a massive achievement and I am extremely proud of everyone at Heartwood Collection.

“This award is particularly special as it’s voted for by our teams.”