The Publican Awards 2016
The first round of judging is complete and the Publican's Morning Advertiser is delighted to reveal the shortlisted finalists for the 25th anniversary year of the Publican Awards.
Taking place on 15 March 2016 at Evolution in Battersea, London, these celebratory awards saw unprecedented record entries into the first round of judging and the finalists have now been selected.
Ed Bedington, editor of the PMA, said: "We've been overwhelmed with the response to the competition this year. The fact it's celebrating 25 years of recognising industry excellence has seen companies from across the pub world get on board and we're delighted to have smashed records with our entries. "Of course, the sheer volume of superb companies coming into the competition means that its been a hugely difficult job for the judges to whittle down the field to our current shortlist. "Commiserations to those who didn't get through, as the awards have been incredibly competitive so it's no bad reflection. To those through to the final rounds of judging - now it gets even more interesting!
"Feel free to tweet your success using the hashtag #publicanawards - share the news with your staff and customers. Making it into the final is no mean feat in itself, so I'd urge you all to celebrate your success."
The Publican Awards is the most rigorous competition in the sector, with several stages of judging, ranging from headquarter and site visits by judges, mystery shopper visits, tenant tracker research and also a final stage "Dragon's Den" style grilling from a panel of leading industry experts.
With over 25 years of experience, these awards are truly the ones to win for pub companies and are hotly contested. Bedington added: "We're now moving onto the next stages of the judging, with judges hitting the road. I'd like to wish all of our finalists the very best of luck for the next few months, and look forward to seeing everyone on the night in March.
"With our move to our new venue, Evolution in Battersea, we're looking forward to putting on the best event yet - finalist or not, this is not a night to miss."
Tables are now on sale for what is set to be a fantastic evening so book now to join us for 25 years of Publican Awards excellence! Click here to book your place!
Click here for the 2016 finalists
See highlights of the 2015 Awards by clicking the video below!