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Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Poppleston Allen – Peter Borg-Neal

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Company boss: Peter-Borg Neal was awarded Business Leader of the Year at the 2022 Publican Awards
Company boss: Peter-Borg Neal was awarded Business Leader of the Year at the 2022 Publican Awards

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A leading figure for the trade throughout the last few years, Oakman’s Peter Borg-Neal has continued to drive his business forward, with some key acquisitions to increase his portfolio, along with some impressive fundraising initiatives to support the growth – all this on top of some impressive trading figures that many would like to emulate.

Starting his hospitality career as a 16-year-old cellar boy, Borg-Neal has spent four decades rising up through the ranks to where he is today.

The experience he has garnered throughout the years has provided him with the clear insight into what it means to work at an Oakman Inn and how each decision is ultimately reflected in the customer experience.

Company founder

Borg-Neal went on to start Oakman and the business first opened its doors in 2007 with a vision to crate the perfect environment to come and enjoy great food and drink, while catching up with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.

In a trading update earlier this year (February), Oakman announced it had secured what directors believed to be its “strongest ever pipeline of new sites”, which would result in the business growing its estate by 25%​.

Last year, the group acquired six pubs from the administrators of Seafood Pub Company​ and included former managing director and founder of Seafood Joycelyn Neve joining Oakman.

Acquisition deal

In celebration of the first year anniversary of its partnership with Oakman, Seafood PubCo opened a new southern flagship pub​ in Tring, Hertfordshire in March.

Borg-Neal said the acquisition of Seafood PubCo was a “great success” and added: “As expected, it has been a good cultural fit and the business has seamlessly merged into the Oakman family.

“The pubs are trading well and present a new dimension to our expansion plans for the future.”

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