A New World record
Last month’s National Pub & Bar Awards saw 94 counties come together to celebrate their success. For the New World Trading Company, it was certainly a night to remember.
On 23 May, the National Pub & Bar Awards returned to BAFTA in London, where 94 County Winners were treated to a celebratory night of drinks, entertainment and, most importantly, recognised acclaim. As I said on the evening, this wasn’t about a trade-on-trade praise-off; this was about telling the whole of the UK about the wonderful venues doing incredible things in every county.
The BBC’s Nigel Barden played host for the evening, delighting guests with his pub-fuelled anecdotes as the ceremony progressed. Barden guided the captivated audience through the announcement of 2017’s Regional Winners, where each county representative hoped to take home a second gong of the evening. As the best in region winners took to the stage, a select group of individuals seemed to be making more than one appearance, collecting their trophies and posing for the obligatory on-stage photo on numerous occasions. These individuals all work for the New World Trading Company.
Of course, the Pub & Bar team already knew how triumphant New World had been this year, with the judging process illuminating just how gleamingly-polished the operations are at The Botanist sites, as well as at The Trading House in London. New World went on to win regional awards for London, the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber, as well as one dedicated individual from the company claiming the Outstanding Service Award. Could the night get any better for Chris Hill’s company? Yes, actually, it could. In a climactic end to the evening, The Botanist in Sheffield was crowned National Pub & Bar of the Year 2017. The beaming Botanist team made their way to the stage once again.
When I was chatting to Kate Nicholls, CEO of the ALMR, about the amount that this business has achieved over the past year and how it was about to receive a few more awards for its collection, she simply shrugged. “Well, no one else stands a chance at the moment, do they?” A generalisation, perhaps, but it just goes to show the achievable level of standards that can be delivered across an entire group of sites. As we look to next year’s National Pub & Bar Awards and the 12 months of trading ahead, we ask ourselves, will any other business be able to break this New World record?
Tristan O’Hana - Group Editor