Stonegate Pub Company has celebrated 300 deputy managers taking up managerial positions, part of its award-winning ‘Alberts Theory of Progression’ training scheme.

The milestone was ached as 17 deputy managers celebrated their graduation from the accelerator programme last week.

The recent tranche raised £10,000 for UK Charities, taking the programme’s all-time total over the £350,000.

Special merit went to Angelo Rabelo, deputy manager of Be at One in Putney, who graduated with the highest score, and to Leah Bowen, holding manager of the Hamstead in Birmingham, who raised more than £3,300 for the charity, Dogs for Good.

Angelo arrived in the UK just two years ago from Brazil and took a job in a bar to learn English.

The business graduate’s aptitude was noticed, and he was promoted to deputy manager of Be at One when Stonegate acquired the business.

For his course presentation he submitted a detailed business plan to improve sales for his site – and he has now been given the go-ahead to implement his ideas.

Angelo said: “My dream is to become an operations director, so to graduate from Accelerator with such a result after only two years in the business and two years studying English, is amazing. I am looking forward to all the new opportunities my qualification will bring me and to one day move onto the Aspirations course to help me progress towards becoming an Area Manager. I didn’t dream I would be here when I landed in the UK such a short time ago!”