Now celebrating 25 years of excellence, the Publican Awards will give pub companies across the UK the chance to demonstrate their brilliance against the competition.
Ed Bedington, editor of the PMA, which organises the awards, said: “You’ve still got time to enter these stand-out awards. It’s a great opportunity to give your business the once-over, then, if you’re shortlisted, you’ll have the chance for a rigorous and valuable third-party evaluation of your operation carried out by seasoned, experienced and industry-leading judges.
“This event is a great chance for you to sharpen your edge in the competitive environment of the UK pub sector, benchmark your business against your rivals and network with a huge range of people from across the UK drinks sector.”
For more details on the awards visit the website www.publicanawards.co.uk, or contact Rachael Cannon on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her on 01293 610396.
Joules brews its way to community success
Shropshire-based brewery Joules impressed the judges with its community focus and tightly-executed brand, winning the hotly contested Best Brewing Pub Company.
Despite some nerves and jitters through the judging process, marketing manager Trudie Meredith said that winning had put the team on a high for several months.
“It was an extremely proud moment to receive this award on behalf of the business amongst so many well-known national businesses.
“We are all so delighted with this award and all are very proud to be part of a great team. Our relationships with our pubs is wonderful.”
The award was a particularly important achievement for Joule’s, which is a relatively new business in comparison to some of the other more established winners.
Top dog brewer continues triumphant form
The 2014 Publican Awards were a good night for Scottish craft brewer BrewDog, which won the competitive Best Brand/Concept award and was highly commended in the Best Brewing Pub category.
With typical aplomb, BrewDog has gone on to break the world record for the most amount of money made through crowdfunding, raising £10m in the latest round of fundraising for its investment scheme Equity for Punks.
The brewer has also continued its global push for more bars, adding sites in Brussels, Brighton and Stockholm, alongside its first food concept Dog Eat Dog in Islington. BrewDog could be a contender for Best Food Offer in the not too distant future, having announced that food will be a big focus for the company in 2016.
Three times a winner
Fuller’s benefited from an internal examination of its business during the judging of the Publican Awards — as well as the bragging rights of winning.
Fuller’s won awards for Best Food Offer (51+), Best Managed Pub Company (51+) and Outstanding Industry Contribution in last year’s Publican Awards.
Corporate communications manager Georgina Wald said the benefit of entering was twofold: “The way the entry makes you take a good look at your business, and the kudos of winning.
“Of course you only get one of these benefits if you don’t win! It is a terrific morale booster for all involved when you take home a Publican Award and recognition from your industry peers is always rewarding.”
Fuller’s uses the accolade when recruiting, and the award itself is on display in its main reception.