Whitbread selects SD Worx for HR services

10 December 2008

Whitbread, the UK's leading hospitality company, has signed a five year HR and payroll outsourcing deal with SD Worx

Whitbread, the UK's leading hospitality company, has signed a five year HR and payroll outsourcing deal with SD Worx, one of the largest providers of human resource services in the world. The partnership will see SD Worx delivering HR services to over 30,000 employees across the UK operation, including Premier Inn, Table Table, Taybarns, Costa Coffee, Brewers Fayre and Beefeater.

Our decision to work with SD Worx was based largely on their technology offering, combined with their demonstrable experience in HR outsourcing. Not only were we impressed with the capability of SD Worx HRevolution, which we believe has the flexibility to support our growth plans for 2009 and beyond, but also the expertise and professionalism of the entire SD Worx team. This move further supports our strategy of concentrating on core activities whilst raising efficiency levels across our organisation. Ben Wishart, Change and Information Director - Whitbread

Doug Sawers, Managing Director for SD Worx UK & Ireland, said:

Having undergone an extensive review, we were delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with Whitbread. Utilising our centre of excellence in Glasgow and our offshore capability in Mauritius, SD Worx is able to deliver a real competitive advantage to Whitbread. We look forward to supporting their people initiatives and their wider business strategy with a combination of industry-leading technology, consultancy and service.

Implementation is well under way with service expected to go live in a phased approach throughout 2009.

Notes to Editors:

Whitbread PLC is the UK's largest hotel and restaurant company operating market-leading businesses in the budget hotels and restaurant sectors. Its brands include Premier Inn, Beefeater, Table Table, Brewers Fayre, Taybarns and Costa Coffee. Whitbread PLC employs over 33,000 people and serves 8.5 million customers every month in its 1,500 outlets across the UK. In the first half of the financial year ended 28th August 2008, Whitbread PLC reported a 12.6% increase in Group Revenue to �682.2 million and 24% increase in Pre-tax Profit to �123.3 million. Whitbread PLC is a FTSE 100 company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. It is also a member of the FTSE4Good Index.