- Northern Inns, which employs 11,000 staff and operates 800 pubs, has earned the Investor in People quality standard.
East Lancashire Training and Enterprise Council adviser Chris Butterworth handed the award to managing director David Grace.
The Leeds-based company, which is a division of Scottish & Newcastle Retail, was being recognised as an Investor in People for the second time because full assessments have to be carried out every three years.
Late-night bar group Po Na Na plans to continue expanding next year from 22 sites to more than 30 defying the sector's dip in consumer confidence.
It has doubled turnover for the six months to September to £5.3m and pre-tax profits rose 126 per cent at £761,000.
Further expansion is planned by Southern pub operator Pleisure which has taken on its sixth site.
The seven-year-old company, based in Brighton, East Sussex, has bought a non-core pub from Brunning & Price, formerly Pubs Ltd.
Managing director Nick Griffin, who heads Pleisure with father Keith, said it currently had outlets in Brighton and London but was on the look-out for more.