Publican Awards: Watch winners' reactions

By Georgina Townshend contact

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Winners of this year's Publican Awards have spoken to The Morning Advertiser about how important these awards are to them and their company, featuring a video message from David Beckham.

Almost 1,400 people attended the event at Battersea Evolution on Tuesday (14 March), joining The Morning Advertiser​ and celebrity host Jonathan Ross, who handed out the prizes.

The New World Trading Company (NWTC) swept the board across six categories,​ with Stonegate taking two titles, Large Managed and Late Night Operator, as well as a highly commended in the Large Employer category.

The Coaching Inn Group, which also took a further two titles, Small Employer and Accommodation, and Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars took the Best Food Offer award.

On the night, NWTC chief executive Chris Hill said winning the awards was a "dream".

“To win six awards tonight is the most amazing, surreal, feeling,” he said. “These are the industry awards – I can’t actually put into words how I feel.”

Stonegate chief executive Simon Longbottom said he felt "extremely lucky", while Cheshire Cat's husband and wife team Mary McLaughlin and Tim Bird said they were "really happy" about their award – which they accepted for "all the back-of-house staff".

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