Staff working at bars and pubs from Chester and Edinburgh to Dorset and London have been recognised in the annual awards run by operator TCG.
Six general managers received awards based on their performance during 2014 across a range of measures including financial, people development, marketing and community engagement.
They included Keith Treggiden of Rendezvous in Weymouth, Dorset, who was named top general manager from TCG’s “young bars” estate.
Among TCG’s local pubs, the GM award went to Andrew Beaumont of the Bucks Head in Camden, north London, while the top GM in its “quality” pubs was Raul Dolores of the Comedy near Leicester Square in London.
Raul went on to win the overall Outstanding Achievement Award after sales and profitability more than trebled at the Comedy since 2010. He has turned the pub into a destination for celebrating big occasions – St Patrick’s Day is its biggest day of the year – while also building up its live sport, music and comedy offerings. He was praised for his management and people development skills.
Awards were also given for best sales manager, regional operations manager and head office support, while six deputy managers were given special recognition. There were also awards for Most Promising, Social Media, and Food Business.
Recipients included staff at the Jekyll & Hyde in Edinburgh, Off the Wall in Chester, Via in Manchester and Henry’s Café Bar in Cardiff.
Nigel Wright, chief operating officer of the managed pub and bar group, said: “Our ethos at TCG is all about giving our general managers the autonomy to run their business as they see fit to make them the best pub or bar in their area.
“We provide targeted support to help them, but the success comes from them and their teams, so the annual awards are truly a reflection of each winner’s talent, enthusiasm and hard work.
“What makes some of the sales and profit figures recorded by our winners doubly impressive is that they have been achieved within a largely uninvested estate.
“I am immensely proud that, as a business, TCG is managing to keep pace with competitors with significantly more investment, and the reason is our outstanding pool of general managers.”
After winning the top award, Raul said: “Developing the Comedy into the successful pub it is today has been a series of steps, gradually growing its reputation as a great place for sport, for music and for big occasions as well as making the food and drink the best they can be.
“I couldn’t have done any of this without the hard work of my fantastic team and business partners, so this award is as much for them as for me.”
All award winners were presented with a trophy and gift vouchers, while recognised deputies received vouchers.
Pictured (left to right): back row, TCG chairman David Rimmer; Andrew Beaumont, Bucks Head; Peter Kitson, George Staples: middle row, chief operating officer Nigel Wright; Matthew Evans, Duke of Wellington; director of operations Ben Levick; Cee-Jay Williams, chef at George Staples; ROM Jeff Brown; Keith Treggiden, Rendezvous: front row, Suyki Lee-Nash, business analyst; Raul Dolores, Comedy; Emanuela Janczarek, Via West India Quay
Outstanding Achievement Award
Raul Dolores, Comedy, London
General Manager of the Year, Young Bars
Keith Treggiden, Rendezvous, Weymouth, Dorset
General Manager of the Year, Quality
Raul Dolores, Comedy, London
General Manager of the Year, Local Pubs
Andrew Beaumont, Bucks Head, Camden, London
Most Promising GM of the Year
Matthew Evans, Duke of Wellington, Soho, London
Food Business of the Year
The George Staples, Sidcup, south-east London (a King’s Feast site): general manager Peter Kitson and chef Cee-Jay Williams
Social Media Award
Ben Mills, general manager, Off the Wall, Chester
Regional Operations Manager of the Year
Jeff Brown: south west region
TCG Central Support
Suyki Lee-Nash, business analyst
Emanuela Janczarek, Via West India Quay, London
Deputy Manager Recognition
Ania Baranowska-Kolba, Hop Poles, Hammersmith, London
Olivia Callaghan, Jekyll & Hyde, Edinburgh
Luke Bratton, Via, Manchester
Sion Partridge, Henry’s Café Bar, Cardiff
Claudia Schadegg, St James Tavern, Soho, London
Sarah Sharpe, Star, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire