Steve Goodyear was presented with the Chairman’s Award at the 2017 BBPA Annual Dinner.
Goodyear’s career in the industry has stretched over 40 years. He is currently non-executive chairman, after 20 years of service, with Young’s, where he was previously sales and marketing director, and then for 13 years the company’s chief executive. This followed 21 years with Courage.
The dinner, which was held on 11 October at The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, was hosted by Mark Durden-Smith and followed the annual Pub Goers Conference which took place in the same venue that day.
Heineken took the Community Hero Award, for its community campaigns #BrewingGoodCheer, School of Hard Knocks and Helping Britain Blossom. The Pub Champion was Ei Group’s Craft Union Pub Company, which has built an estate of 170 managed community pubs, typically investing £100,000 to £120,000 in each site to bring communities together.
Black Sheep Brewery claimed the Beer Champion Award as the company celebrated its 25 anniversary with the launch of a five-barrel brewing plant to drive further innovation. Finally, the Off-Trade Retailer Award went to the Co-op, a previous winner of the award, for its work championing regional ranges of beer in its convenience stores throughout the UK.
The awards were presented by BBPA chairman David Forde and special guest Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden frontman and brewmaster.
“Huge congratulations to all our winners, and a big thank you to all those who submitted entries,” comments Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA. “We have had another great showcase of all we are achieving in our industry, in working to keep beer and pubs at the heart of our social lives and central to the UK economy.”