James Staughton, Tamsyn Hawkins and Jeremy Mitchell collecting the Pub Champions awards at the BBPA dinner
The awards celebrate and recognise outstanding achievements by key individuals and organisations within the business, with the title of pub champion awarded to the company that has worked consistently to secure pubs for future generations to enjoy in a constantly changing market.
Picking up the award, brewery chief executive, James Staughton, said: “This is an amazing accolade which rounds off another fantastic year for us.
“We have already received the Queen’s Award for sustainability, and being crowned pub champions by our industry peers is true validation of the efforts St Austell Brewery is making to ensure that this bastion of
British culture — the local pub — remains a vibrant, relevant and successful one.”
Commitment to local communities
St Austell received the award from Charles Ireland, general manager, GB, Ireland and France, Diageo, for its ongoing investment in its estate of 178 pubs and hotels, and its commitment to the local communities that surround them.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “I am delighted St Austell Brewery have been awarded the BBPA Pub Champion 2018 Award.
“St Austell Brewery have continued investing in their award-winning estate of pubs and hotels, ensuring local communities have somewhere to meet. They have also forged strong links to local schools and colleges — including a chefs academy at Truro College — to inspire young talent to look at careers in the pub industry.
“The BBPA Annual Awards serve to highlight the continued achievements of our industry and rewards the commitment to our sector and St Austell are a great example of both. As a visitor to their pubs, I know how hard they work with their local communities, and this award is very well deserved.”