Ralph Findlay recognised in New Year’s Honours

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Achievement recognised: Ralph Findlay was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list
Achievement recognised: Ralph Findlay was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list

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Former Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay was one of a number of names from the hospitality sector recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Findlay, who is now chair of the C&C Group, was awarded an OBE for his services to hospitality.

He announced he was stepping down from the pub group in March 2021 after being at the helm for the previous two decades.

Founder of Liverpool-based hospitality group Baa Bar Elaine Clarke was awarded an OBE for her services to hospitality.

Key to success

On her accolade, Clarke said: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to be awarded with this honour, which not only recognises my achievements as a self-made female business leader but also those within this industry that is still struggling to overcome the challenges of the past two years.

“People are the key to my success and longevity – from day one we’ve always strived for Baa Bar to be a place where people want to work and in doing so, we have a business that is still going strong after 30 years.

“This robustness is absolute testament to the teams, many of whom have worked with us for many years."

Giving back

She added: “I hope my achievements can inspire young people, especially those from similar backgrounds to mine, to believe they can also achieve and be successful in business.

“I’ve learned a lot over the years and I’m at a place in my life and career where I want to give back and offer my support to those to those starting out. I’ve never been one to rest of my laurels – here’s to the next decade!”

In addition, marketing and PR firm Representation Plus founder Janine Cryer was praised for her services to the tourism and hospitality sector and awarded an MBE while Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes was awarded a knighthood.

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