BBPA Annual Awards 2015 Winnersaletalk
Winners revealed in British Beer & Pub Association Annual Awards 2015
Grain to Glass award winner: Hogs Back Brewery
Hogs Back scooped the award for their astonishing new hop garden at the brewery in Tongham, Surrey. The entry showed real innovation and a community focused approach, involving local people, highlighting the integrity of the product, and generating considerable interest in beer and how it is made.
The category saw a large number of very strong entrants, so a ‘highly commended’ was also awarded, to PEL Waste Reduction Equipment, which enables pubs to significantly reduce the cost of, and space occupied by, their existing waste management solutions.
Off-trade retailer award winner: the Co-op
Beer retail in the off trade has undergone dramatic changes in recent years and this category saw some very strong entrants. The Co-op won by involving all of their stores in a new initiative to promote the sale of regional ales. The results are already clear, with a 22 per cent uplift in sales since March. Each store has a designated “local champion” which the judges felt showed a real commitment to the beer category.
Corporate contribution award: Charles Dent
Charles Dent, Chairman and former Managing Director of Timothy Taylor & Co, won the award for his impressive level of commitment to excellence, foresight, leadership and calculated risk-taking that have contributed to undoubted and sustained growth for the company.
Chairman’s Award 2015: Andrew Griffiths MP
Andrew Griffiths MP received the BBPA Chairman’s award. He led the campaign in Parliament to remove the beer duty escalator, making the case to the Chancellor for three historic beer duty cuts. He has worked hard for a better deal on business rates for pubs, and fought back against HMRC proposals for costly tax stamps saving the brewing industry millions of pounds in the process.
The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.