Sponsor Profiles

Supporting Admiral Taverns Pub of the Year

At Admiral Taverns we are champions of community pubs and the passionate, dedicated licensees that run them. Up and down the country these small businesses play an invaluable role in their local area, enriching communities and providing important social hubs which draw people together.  There is, after all, nothing better than ‘a great local.’

As the UK’s leading community pub group we understand the magic of what makes a true community pub great. Great pubs are run by great people and we have an absolute focus and dedication to supporting our licensees to develop both their businesses and themselves. We believe in building long standing working partnerships with our licensees and take a bespoke approach to each pub, supporting the team on the path to long-term success.

We are enormously proud to be once again sponsoring the Best Community Pub category at the 2018 Great British Pub Awards. It is a chance to shine a light on some of the pubs which are genuine beacons in their local community and recognise the entrepreneurial people behind them.

The process to find the Community Pub of the Year will of course identify great pubs, with supreme standards, friendly, fantastically-trained staff, with a great range of products and services – and possess all the other hallmarks of strong pub businesses. But the finalists, and eventual winner, of this category must be much more than this – pubs that are community centres run by passionate and talented licensees who make a genuine and telling contribution to the immediate world around them.

Let the search for the prestigious Community Pub of the Year 2018 begin! Good luck to all who enter and for more information about us call 0845 0708950 or visit www.admiraltaverns.co.uk


booker-makro-223Supporting Best Food Pub, Best Chef & Best Young Chef

Booker Group is the UK’s leading food & drink wholesaler with branches nationwide.  The group comprises of Booker Wholesale, Makro, Chef Direct, Classic Drinks, Ritter Courivaud and Ritter Fresh.  Booker is ideally positioned so that Chefs and Publicans have both the flexibility of internet ordering and deliveries at a time that best suits their business, as well as calling into their local branch, where we offer an expert butchery service, fresh produce and a wide and varied range of catering ingredients, along with many exclusive and unique products.  Booker’s commitment to its customers is to increase choice, lower prices and improve service.




Supporting Best Spirits Pub

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Guinness, Hop House 13, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One Vodkas, Gordon’s and Tanqueray Gins, Johnnie Walker and Haig Club whiskies, Captain Morgan and Baileys.  Our brands are crafted, authentic, relevant, luxury, with something for every taste and celebration, big or small.

We are passionate about our customers and consumers and in providing the best possible experience, from every single one of our products, and in how we go about our business.

We’re innovative, constantly searching for new ideas that drive growth for us and our customers and we’re courageous in pursuing the full potential of our brands.

We work hard to support our customers in growing their business by providing clear consumer insights and advice on how to optimise the potential of their alcohol offering.

In the On Trade we focus on inspiring consumers in their choices, driving premiumisation and delivering consistent high quality – the key factors that contribute to consumer satisfaction and help build business reputation.

As part of this, we offer an industry-leading bartender training programme, ‘Diageo Bar Academy’, which provides accredited training to inspire bartenders and raise industry standards. This programme is proven to grow alcohol category sales by 14%1 by embedding bar skills, service techniques and product knowledge.

For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com.

Visit DiageoBarAcademy.com for more information about our training programme and hints, tips and inspiration for your business.

Diageo products should always be drunk responsibly, for more information please visit: drinkaware.co.uk

1Source: CGA Volume Pool data to November 2017


ei-group-233Supporting Best Local Pub & Ei Group Pub of the Year

Ei Group is the largest pub company in the UK, with some 4,600 properties, predominantly run as leased and tenanted pubs. We also directly manage pubs and collaborate with experienced experts in the industry.

Ei Publican Partnerships, our leased and tenanted estate, continues to be our core business and we pride ourselves on our ability to attract and retain new and experienced entrepreneurial publicans to run our pubs.

Ei Commercial Properties manages a developing portfolio of sites which it leases to third parties on commercial property terms.

Ei Managed Operations takes advantage of the pubs in our portfolio that have a significant benefit to being directly managed by experienced pub managers and operators. We have two distinctive operating models to achieve the best results – Bermondsey Pub Company and Craft Union Pub Company.

We have developed our Ei Managed Investments portfolio as well by partnering with some of the most experienced operators in order to tap into their expertise and develop sites.



Supporting Greene King Pub of the Year





Supporting Best Cider Pub

John Smith’s is the UK’s number one Ale, with 54% value share of Classic Ale . Since 1758, the original ale has been brewed in HEINEKEN’s Tadcaster brewery. The brand has a 69% higher ROS than its closest Classic Ale competitor , showcasing that the brand is Only Ordinary by Name and making it a must-stock for pubs across the UK. John Smith’s is part of HEINEKEN’s unrivalled portfolio of brands, which also includes Foster’s, Heineken®, Strongbow, Desperados, Kronenbourg1664, Bulmers and Amstel, backed by a full range of niche and speciality brands.

HEINEKEN employs around 2,000 people, with headquarters in Edinburgh. In addition to being Britain’s leading cider and beer business, HEINEKEN owns around 1,050 pubs through its Star Pubs & Bars business. The company is passionate about its cider and beer brands and the outstanding service that it provides to help its customers grow their businesses. HEINEKEN continually invests in insight to understand what consumers do, drink and buy so that its customers can maximise the growth segments relevant to their business.



Supporting Punch Pub of the Year