Stonegate chairman receives MBE in birthday honours

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Ian Payne, chairman of the UK’s largest operator of bars, Stonegate Pub Company, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to the hospitality and pub industry.

He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) after working in the hospitality sector for 46 years, founding Stonegate in 2010. It now owns and manages 693 pubs, bars and clubs including Slug and Lettuce, Yates, Walkabout and Popworld.

Others in the hospitality sector to be recognised yesterday included an OBE for Arjun Waney, founder of restaurants Zuma, Roka, La Petite Maison and Coya and The Arts Club in London, for services to the restaurant industry. Norman Springford, former chairman of Apex Hotels, also received an OBE, recognised for services to the Scottish tourism industry.

After developing his career at Whitbread, Guinness and Bass Taverns, Ian was CEO of Laurel Pub Company from its inception in 2001 through to 2004 and later became chairman of Bay Restaurant Group and Town & City Pub Group.

He continues to champion local pubs, their significant contribution to the economy and the millions of jobs that the bar and pub sector creates. Stonegate alone employs over 13,000 people at its pubs and bars, investing in their career development through training.

He said: “I am deeply honoured to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen. I thank the many thousands of talented people who have helped me build a successful career in the trade that I love. God bless the great British pub.”

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