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3rd May 2024

Pride of Greene King Awards Honour Winners From Across the Country

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Greene King, the country’s leading pub company and brewer, enjoyed a gala night of celebration in Burton last night to crown the stars from its pubs, breweries, and support centres (Wednesday 1 May).

This year’s Pride of Greene King Awards encouraged team members to nominate their colleagues by sharing stories of how they had gone above and beyond and was open to all 39,000 team members.

The popular actor, comedian and singer, Shaun Williamson – best known for his role as Barry in Eastenders – hosted the brilliant night of celebration at St George’s Park attended by 170 Greene King team members, while it was also livestreamed to all Greene King’s 39,000 employees.

There were ten awards, celebrating team members stories, ranging from the Best Customer Story Award to Best Environment Story, with all entries scrutinised by a panel of judges which included last year’s awards’ winners and the Greene King executive board. The night culminated with the Best Standout Story Award, voted for by team members, and won by Adam Finlay, General Manager.

Speaking on the night, Greene King CEO Nick Mackenzie, said: “This is the event in the Greene King calendar that I look forward to the most! It’s been another inspiring evening hearing the incredible stories of our team members going the extra mile, embracing our culture, living our values, and caring about our customers, communities, and teams.

“Given the high quality of all our nominations and finalists, there were no easy decisions when it came to selecting the winners. There was definitely a lot of pride and celebration on the evening, and I’d like to thank and congratulate all our finalists.”

During the event, actor, Shaun Williamson told the audience: “I’m honoured to have hosted this year’s Pride of Greene King awards, what a brilliant night full of remarkable stories!”

Winner of the Outstanding Contribution Story Award, which was voted for by the Greene King executive team, was Carol Watson, Talent Acquisition Partner for Greene King pubs. She was praised for her support and dedication to teams, coaching those around her to grow in their careers, and for living the Greene King values every day.

Carol said: “I’m incredibly proud to receive this award, especially as all the finalists are worthy winners. I love my job and the people I work with, and it’s so rewarding supporting our teams to be the best they can in their jobs, seeing them progress and knowing that I have played a part in helping them to develop in their career journey.”

There was a strong commitment to Greene King’s environment and social values at this year’s awards, with all event materials being recyclable and the venue and agency partners also demonstrating strong sustainability credentials.

Other winners on the night included:

Best Customer Story Award – The Cold Beer Company, Stirling – Greene King pubs

Best Community Story Award – Scott Donnelly, General Manager, Good Companion, Portsmouth – Greene King pubs

Best Change Story Award – Mark Howe, Business Development Manager – Greene King pubs

Best Team Player Story Award – Luke McAvoy, Assistant Manager, Walnut Tree, Wakefield – Hungry Horse

Best Environment Story Award – Sarah Cottrell, General Manager, Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster – Greene King pubs

Brand Ambassador Story Award – Ross Macfarlane, General Manager, Maltings, Perth – Greene King pubs

Best Digital Story Award – Pub Network of the Future Team

Best Macmillan Story Award – Louise Ainsworth, Business Development Manager – Greene King pubs

Best Outstanding Contribution Story Award – Carol Watson, Talent Acquisition Partner – Greene King pubs

Best Standout Story Award – Adam Finlay, General Manager – Partnerships and Ventures


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