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What makes Welcome Break

Welcome Break is one of the UK’s leading independent motorway service operators and has 27 sites across the UK. Welcome Break sites are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and attract 85 million motorway customers annually.

Formed in 1959, Welcome Break now has over 55 years experience in the sector and more than 5000 employees who strive to proudly and passionately offer its customers world class food and retail brands such as Waitrose, Starbucks, Harry Ramsden’s, Papa John’s, Krispy Kreme, WHSmith, KFC and Burger King in a friendly and relaxing environment.

We have a partnership with the world’s largest specialist sandwich provider, Subway, and branches have opened at over 26 Welcome Break locations to date. It has also partnered with salad bar brand Tossed, and now have six units at Birchanger, South Mimms, Fleet, Warwick Southbound, Cobham and Oxford. Furthermore, we have also recently opened four new Starbucks drive-thrus with Cafes, at Leicester Forest East North, Corley North, South Mimms and Fleet South along with three new pioneering Drive Thru only stores at Woodall North, Keele North and Keele South and Oxford to complement the other six Starbucks drive thru stores in the Welcome Break estate.

There are now a total of 18 Harry Ramsden’s across Welcome Break sites offering world famous fish and chips. Welcome Break also operates 25 Days Inn and four Ramada hotels across the UK motorway network.

We were also named as number 88 on The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 2015, the annual list of the UK’s top 100 private companies with the biggest sales.

In the year to January 2015, sales at Welcome Break reached an annualised £671 million.

It’s about people

Our business is about people. The 85 million people who visit our sites each year. Every one deserves to get a warm welcome and enjoyable break with the very best service, facilities, food and drinks we can provide.

Providing you with a great ‘break’ is really important to us. Every day here is as challenging as it is enjoyable. As rewarding as it is fun. We believe that the same should be true once our working day is over, so we do everything we can to make sure our teams can get their work/life balance just right!

Everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed here at Welcome Break. To make sure that those achievements are recognised, we have many recognition schemes where team members can nominate and thank each other. What’s more, we work hard to build a culture of openness, listening to customers and our own people so we can identify opportunities to improve service, innovation and engagement.

Children In Need

We are proud supporters of BBC Children In Need and over the past 4 years have raised over £1,000,000! This year, we will carry on having some serious fun, doing amazing things and raising even more money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

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