PGL Head Office
Ross on Wye
Based on the outskirts of the small riverside town of Ross-on-Wye. The location is significant, as the local River Wye saw PGL's founder (Peter Gordon Lawrence) launch his very first canoe trips from here in 1957.
PGL's Head Office is based at Alton Court, on the outskirts of the small town of Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire. Up to 170 people work at the site and as a result, PGL is one of the town's key employers. Alton Court is a sociable, energising place to work.
The offices are a mixture of old and new with some offices occupying old converted barns and a mansion house, whilst other recently built offices make up the rest of the Head Office. Our staff benefit from a number of incentives and perks.
Address: Alton Court, Penyard Lane, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, UK, HR9 5GL
Office opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm
Tel: 0333 321 2100
With free on-site parking, Alton Court enjoys an enviable location for commuters, being just minutes away from the end of the M50 motorway. Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol, Worcester, Hereford, Ledbury, Monmouth, Newport and Abergavenny are all less than one hours drive away. Free tea and coffee is provided in the various kitchens that are dotted around the site. Microwaves are also available if you want to bring in some lunch to heat up. In 2011, a brand new staff social area 'The Threshing Barn' was opened, with free wi-fi, vending machines, computer access, television and more!
Ross-on-Wye town centre is less than ten minutes' walk away and plays host to a range of cafes, coffee shops, pubs, supermarkets and even a fantastic delicatessen. If that's not good enough, we even have a local company who pop in every day with a range of cold and hot food/snacks. For our more energetic staff who cycle or run into work in the mornings or at lunchtime, we also have a shower on site.
A number of the company's key functions are located at Alton Court, including Sales, Marketing, Accounts, Human Resources, IT, Corporate Affairs, Ski, Operations and the different holiday departments.The Directors are based at Alton Court and all operate an open door policy. We are very proud of our relaxed working environment and PGL is strictly a first name culture. Only on rare days will you see people in business suits, shirts and ties - smart casual is just fine.
Alton Court acts as the central hub between all of the UK and overseas operations and looks after the logistics of deploying activity equipment, vehicles, uniform and pretty much anything else centres may need.
Ross-on-Wye is a small, bustling, friendly market town located on the banks of the River Wye in South Herefordshire. The river plays an active role in the town's social calendar, with an annual regatta and other events taking place around the water. The area is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country. The county of Herefordshire is one of the UK's most productive fruit-growing regions, which means thousands of acres of farmland surround the town. It's no surprise that the area is famed as one of the world's main cider-producing locations.
The town is a popular holiday location, with many quaint pubs, restaurants, B & Bs and campsites. There's an annual festival of the arts, a carnival and fair. Ross has an indoor swimming pool as well as all the usual sports teams, including mens and women's rugby, football, hockey and rowing. Outdoor pursuits lovers will enjoy the town's close proximity to Symonds Yat, the Forest of Dean, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains: the area is a playground for the paddler, mountain biker, climber, walker and horse rider.
- The town sits at the centre of an excellent motorway infrastructure, with the M50, M5, M4 and A40 all close by.
- Surrounding area was the setting for the 1952 film ‘The Spanish Gardener’ starring Humphrey Bogart, and the 2012 Estrella beer campaign
- Ross is a great place for children: there's plenty of outside space, things to do and places to go. The schools are small and friendly
- The town has highly-thought of primary schools and the town's high school is a specialist Technology College and an Enterprise Learning Pathfinder school
- PGL Travel Ltd is one of the town's key employers, meaning there's an active organised (and disorganised!) social life amongst staff.
Key PGL Facts
Need more convincing to apply? Surely not, but if so – here are a few ‘must know’ key facts:
- we employ over 3,000 people every year
- over 400,000 guests visit a PGL centre every year
- we are old! We have been providing activity holidays since 1957 (almost 60 years)
- we have the most competitive staff package
- we are the employer of choice within the outdoor activity industry!