Last updated 23rd October 2023
This statement sets out AT Brady Holdings Limited, company registration number 10935683, (hereinafter referred to as “Admiral Taverns”) actions to understand and to put in place steps to identify potential risks and the steps in place to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. Admiral Taverns is an independent tenanted and leased pub company which operates in England, Wales and Scotland only and works on a financial year from 1st June to 31st May. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year ending May 2023. In July 2021, Admiral Taverns acquired the Hawthorn Leisure group and integrated the two businesses. The combined group operates under AT Brady Holdings Limited as the parent company. This statement is made pursuant to s54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and applies to all subsidiary companies and group companies who are required to make a statement under this legislation, including Admiral Taverns Ltd (company registration number 05438628).
As part of the hospitality sector, Admiral Taverns recognises that we have a responsibility to lead by example in our approach to slavery and human trafficking and we are committed to preventing this in our activities, and we take our responsibility seriously.
Organisational structure and supply chains
Admiral Taverns is an ambitious, independent community pub company that operates in the UK only and is headquartered in Chester. We own and manage circa 1,500 leased, tenanted and operator managed pubs around the United Kingdom (UK). We are committed to continue to invest in our pub portfolio through our CAPEX programs and invest in our people. Admiral’s unique operational approach has earnt industry recognition through the Publican Awards with the group awarded Best Leased and Tenanted Pub Company in 2019, 2016 and 2013. The group was also a finalist in 2023 in the Best Community Pub Operator and Best Tenanted / Leased Pub Company (501+ Sites) and ranked highly commended as Best Community Pub Operator in 2017.
Being UK focused and community centric, Admiral Taverns considers its risk of slavery and human trafficking to be low. Our pubs are run independently by licensees or operators who employ their staff directly. Our recruitment processes ensure that appropriate checks have been undertaken to ensure prospective licensees have the right to work in the UK. These individuals have the support of our Business Development Managers (BDM) and our internal teams with any concerns. Our BDM’s have a manageable number of pubs within their geographical remit to ensure that they can remain in close contact with each one. If any Admiral employee or representative becomes suspicious of any illegal activity or has any concerns, they will escalate the matter. Many of our licensees operate as tied pubs, using our approved suppliers to order their stock. In addition, we offer licensees an enhanced service charge to help provide them statutory compliance testing through our suppliers.
Admiral Taverns’ suppliers and contractors range from large drinks manufacturing companies, to professional advisers and agents and also regional and local contractors who provide services to Admiral pubs. Admiral conducts due diligence on new suppliers to our business. All of our suppliers and contractors are based in the British Isles and Admiral engages with them, on the basis that we are committed to working only with suppliers and contractors who treat their obligation to modern slavery with the utmost importance.
Given the nature of our business and the suppliers that we deal with, we strongly believe the risk of non-compliance in our business to be low, but nevertheless, it is an issue upon which we remain vigilant. We believe the area of most risk in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking to be through unknown external suppliers to our pubs, for example if licensees are not tied for beer supplies or employ their own contractors for property works. This is due to these suppliers being unknown to us and out of our control. We will continue to mitigate this by raising awareness of modern slavery with our licensees and they are required to adhere to all UK regulations within their contracts with Admiral Taverns.
Responsibility for our anti-slavery initiatives are as follows:
Investigations/due diligence/performance indicators:
The Executive Directors of Admiral Taverns have approved this statement and Modern Slavery Policy in October 2023 and are committed to ensuring there is no form of modern slavery within our business and to review this statement annually.
Signed by Board Member/Executive Director:
Property and Strategy Director
Date: 23 October 2023
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