Entry Information


Entry Deadline 4th December 2020

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The Publican Awards are open for entry for their 30th year, providing the industry’s leaders with a chance to shine through and get the recognition they deserve after an incredibly challenging year for the pub industry. Featuring the most robust and rigorous judging process in the industry, these awards are seen as the “ones to win” with hundreds of publicans entering the awards year-on-year.

Entries to the first stage are completely free. To support this comprehensive and time-consuming judging process, shortlisted companies will be asked to contribute £495 + VAT towards judging costs. This fee includes invaluable access to mystery site visit reports, tenant track research highlights and panel interview judging feedback following the announcement of the winners in March 2021. It also includes two finalist places at the Publican Awards 2021.

Please note, all supporting information submitted to us is treated with the strictest confidence and is used for judging purposes only. 

If you are considering an entry, please take a look at the below information which will give you all of the information you need on the entry process. For further information on the judging process, click here.

Why should you enter the Publican Awards?

 

2021 Award Categories

  • Best Accommodation Operator – This award will be presented to a pub company that has focused on offering accommodation as a key part of their business. Accommodation will play a significant part in contributing to the company’s profits and helping drive trade.
  • Best Brand and Marketing – This award will be presented to a pub company who markets their brand the best to the general public, helping to drive trade to their pub sites
  • Best Brewing Pub Company – This award recognises companies who operate both a successful brewery and a managed or tenanted/leased pub estate or both. The company will have between 2 and 150 pub sites.
  • Best Sustainable Pub Company – This award will be presented to a pub company that demonstrates a significant and concerted effort to reduce its waste. This includes the reduction and / or redistribution of food waste; energy reduction and management; plastics and single use items.
  • Best Community Operator – The winning company will have a successful pub estate of community focused pubs – community focused meaning trade predominantly targets local rather than destination customers.
  • Best Food Offer – This award will be presented to a pub company that delivers a successful mainstream food offer across their estate, with food a key part of the company’s total sales. This award is open to companies which average food price for a two course meal (Starter/Dessert and Main) is from £12.50 to £25 per head.
  • Best Premium Food Offer – This award will be presented to a pub company that delivers a successful premium food offer across their estate, with food a key part of the company’s total sales. This award is open to companies which average food price for a two course meal (Starter/Dessert and Main) is above £25 per head.
  • Best Drinks Offer – This award will be presented to a pub company that demonstrates drinks retail excellence, with drink sales a key part of the company’s total profits.
  • Best New Site – The winning pub site will have opened during the past 24 months. The site will either be a new-build pub or substantial re-development and entrants must demonstrate evidence of how effectively trade has been built at the site.
  • Best Pub Employer – up to 500 employees – This award will be presented to the pub company that provides an excellent working environment for employees including comprehensive training, strong staff motivation and benefits and a meaningful career path/ development structure for employees.
  • Best Pub Employer – 501+ Employees – This award will be presented to the pub company that provides an excellent working environment for employees including comprehensive training, strong staff motivation and benefits and a meaningful career path/ development structure for employees.
  • Best Operations Team – This award will be presented to the pub operations team that best demonstrates its effectiveness in innovation, leadership and business success.
  • Best Managed Pub Company – 2 – 50 sites – This award will be presented to a highly successful managed retail estate with between 2 and 50 sites, which has shown strong innovation and business performance in the past year.
  • Best Managed Pub Company – 51+ sites – This award will be presented to a highly successful managed retail estate, which has shown strong innovation and business performance in the past year.
  • Best Tenanted/Leased Pub Company up to 500 sites – This award will be presented to a highly successful tenanted or leased retail estate with up to 500 sites.
  • Best Tenanted/Leased Pub Company 501+ sites – This award will be presented to a highly successful tenanted or leased retail estate with over 501 sites.


Nominations are also being sought after for:

  • Business Leader of the Year – This award will be presented to a pub business leader who has led their company to fantastic success over the last 12 months. Please submit your nominations for this award using the form below.

Business Leader of the Year Form


  • Outstanding Industry Contribution Award – This award will be presented to a pub industry figure who has contributed an outstanding amount to the pub community over their career. Please submit your nominations for this award using the form below.

Outstanding Industry Contribution Form


If you have any questions regarding the entry or judging process, please contact Hazel Batchelar on 01293 846551 or email publicanawards@wrbm.com


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