REKOM UK is determined to restore the reputation of clubs and bars in the UK and fly the flag for a new style of responsible retailing.
As the Publican Awards ‘Responsible Retailer of the Year’ 2016 we pride ourselves on a responsible approach to drinks retailing and the welfare of our customers. As part of this, we have introduced a limit to the amount of alcohol that can be purchased online as an advanced sale, as well as continuing to monitor this at the point of service, with our team of hostesses and staff who have been trained in identifying safe and responsible alcohol intake.
Our websites tell stories of service and atmosphere, rather than a drink-dependent business, and our social media only promotes quality serves and responsibility.
We are active members of the Pubwatch scheme – having more venues than any other late night entertainment operator participating in Pubwatch or Purple Flag schemes – and have formally signed up to Drinkaware.
Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. We work in conjunction with Drinkaware to help keep our customers informed and ensure they make better choices about drinking.
Find out more here- https://www.drinkaware.co.uk
Duty of Care
We have launched a number of initiatives of campaigns aimed at improving customer welfare. The introduction of female security teams was one such initiative and now forms part of the DNA of our customer service experience. Our ‘We Care’ strategy includes offering free phone charging, free handbag services and escorting customers to taxis – even paying for these where necessary. We also provide free entry to our venues for carers accompanying a disabled customer. All staff receive detailed training during their induction which highlights our responsibility to customer welfare, and we work closely with the Street Pastors to ensure the wellbeing of our customers, even after they have left our venues.
Our venues work closely with their local communities, hosting special events, as well as with local authorities and police to ensure that we deliver the highest standards possible, promoting alcohol responsibly and encouraging positive behaviour.
Environment and Energy Management
We are committed to reducing our energy consumption and carbon emissions; we firmly believe that in reducing our green footprint, we are making our contribution towards improving energy security and curbing climate change.REKOM UK has historically been a heavy consumer of electricity, using 22 million kWh annually. We committed a year ago to establishing a more ethical and efficient working environment, starting with our simple “turn stuff off” campaign. All of our clubs/bars have a nominated energy manager, receiving regular specialist training and education in energy usage. As a direct result of this campaign, we have reduced our power consumption by 22%, which is a reduction in our carbon emissions of 1811 tonnes of Co2 gases.We are proud to say that we have increased our recycling to 80% of all our waste. In real terms, this means we have diverted 24 tonnes a week from landfill to recycling.
In addition to educating our staff on energy conservation, we are adopting new, more efficient technologies. An example of this is the installation of motion sensors across all our washrooms, effectively mean we are only using water when our businesses are trading. The impact is 50% reduction in our water usage: the equivalent of 33 Olympic sized swimming pools.
This is a further annual reduction of 22 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Gender Pay Gap Report 2019
We have over 2,600 passionate, talented and valued employees here at REKOM UK, and we are committed to ensuring that each and everyone who joins our team has the same opportunity to enjoy a long and lasting career with us.
We truly believe that as a business that is all about people, it is really important that our employees reflect the public we serve. We also believe that a diverse workforce is integral to the business’s innovation, customer understanding and competitive advantage.
It is encouraging that across our 2,600 employees, at 3.1% our median pay gap is far below the UK national average of 18.4% for 2018, and as our pay quartiles show, we are relatively evenly split between the number of males and females in these roles. We are confident that there is no inconsistency between how we pay men and women for the same role. We will review again when the UK national average for 2019 is confirmed.
However, there are ways that we can evolve and improve. Whilst it is positive to note that 58.4% of our female employees, and 51.1% of our male employees received bonus pay, we are also conscious that where there is a gender discrepancy it is in the level of that pay. This is because the majority of our highest paid senior leadership roles are currently men. Though it is important to recognise that there are naturally fewer senior roles, and turnover at this level is less frequent than more junior roles, looking forward we will be examining how we can use the available data to improve and ensure that REKOM UK becomes an even better place to work…
Gender Pay Gap Report 2018
We have over 2,800 passionate, talented and valued employees here at REKOM UK, and we are committed to ensuring that each and everyone who joins our teams has the same opportunity to enjoy a long and lasting career with us.
We truly believe that a business is all about people, it is really important that our employees reflect the public we serve. We also believe that a diverse workforce is integral to the business’s innovation, customer understanding and competitive advantage.
It is encouraging that across our 2,800 employees, at 0.6% our median pay gap is far below the UK national average of 18.4%, and as our pay quartiles show, we are relatively evenly split between the number of males and females in these roles. We are confident that there is no inconsistency between how we pay men and women for the same role…
In March 2018 we removed plastic straws from all of our venues as part of our #nostrawsattached campaign, marking an important step forward in our sustainability plans. As part of the campaign, drinks will now not be served with a straw as standard.
The replacement straws are made from PLA, a plant-based plastic that biodegrades in six months and contains 67% less embodied carbon than oil-based PP plastic. The new PLA straws are disposed of in allocated food waste bin, and staff have been issued with the necessary guidelines to ensure straws and plastics are recycled properly, reinforcing a best eco-friendly process.