McMullens was founded in 1827 by Peter McMullen and since then we have continued brewing in Hertford without a break. The heritage of AK, for example, can be traced back to 1833. We have protected the company’s brewing history throughout that time by acquiring and investing in the public houses. Our pubs are run by our managers or business partners and provide an exclusive market for our beers. To this day, the McMullen family remains firmly committed to our beers because they act as the ‘flag’ for our business.
Our Philosophy - is one word: Respect
Respect for our customers, who are spending their hard-earned pounds with us. Respect for our staff, who entrust their working life and career aspirations to us. Respect for our tenants and pub operators, who commit to business relationships with us. Respect for our shareholders who invest, through good and bad times. The challenge, of course, is balancing the expectations of all the above.
Customer expectations have changed dramatically throughout our history. When we were founded, less than 5% of the population had the right to vote in general elections, but now every customer has the opportunity to tell us, through numerous feedback processes what they expect and whether their expectations have been met. We are, and have always been, customer-focused and as our customers’ needs have evolved so have we. This has allowed us to have survived, and indeed thrived, for nearly two centuries by listening to our customers and progressing with the times while remaining true to our values of providing passionate people and consistent quality, for the long term, at all times.
The following list shows the currently nominated categories with a tick. If the company can be nominated for a category, it will be shown as available. If there are no ticks next to a category, then the company has not been nominated for that category.
|Best Technology Services Provider|
|Business Resilience Award|
|Best Family Business|
|Large Business of the Year (>£3m)|
|Best Marketing Services Provider|
|Best Employment Services Provider|
|Best Small Business Award|
|SME Business of the Year (<£3m)|
|New Business of the Year|
|Best Legal, Accountancy and Financial Services Provider|
|Made in Herts|
|Business Services of the Year|
|Covid Hero Award|
|Best Sustainability & ESG Award|
|Best Corporate Social Responsibility|