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21st October 2013

Richmond Business Awards, awarded Real Ale Ltd ‘Best retailer in the community’ for the second year running. copy)

(London UK) October 2013, Today the Richmond Business Awards, awarded Real Ale Ltd ‘Best retailer in the community’ for the second year running.  Awarded as a great example of a local business establishing a solid and consistent brand. With good evidence of developing its employees, and a strong and demonstrable community spirit.

The awards are run by The Richmond & Twickenham Times, in association with the Richmond Borough Chamber of Commerce.  Their aims are to promote the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames as a great place to work and to find and honour the achievements of the borough’s best and most successful businesses.

The awards were presented at a ceremony on the evening of 18 October, 2013 at one of Borough’s most prestigious venues, The Garden Room at Hampton Court Palace.  There were 11 award categories in total.

Real Ale’s Managing Director, Nick Dolan, said “We are delighted to win this award again, and to be recognised by the Richmond Business Awards.  All of our dedicated team have worked hard this year to develop and expand our store, and this award is a fantastic reflection and achievement of this.   As an Independent it also really helps to boost our profile locally, and gives our customers an independent shop on their high street that they can be proud of.”

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Notes to editors: established in 2005, opening a shop in Twickenham, South West London.  With the aim of supporting British micro-breweries and to make the wide range of high quality, often unknown, real ales available to Twickenham and the surrounding area.

Real Ale now stocks over 250 different beers from around the world, as well as over 250 different wines, ciders and spirits; all of which are sourced from small producers.  Real Ale now runs monthly ‘Meet the Brewer’ and ‘Meet the Producer’ events that attract hundreds of people every year, reinforcing their philosophy of supporting small drinks producers and bringing their customers closer to them.

Established by Nick Dolan (Managing Director), his idea came from working on a barley farm in Norfolk, England.  Nick then helped set up a The Real Ale shop on the same farm and realised that a similar concept could be established in a more urban setting, in Twickenham.  Since then, Nick has gone on to be a recognised voice in the industry, judging at various beer competitions and sourcing and supplying a third of Marks and Spencer’s beer and cider range nationally.

In December 2012 Real Ale were awarded ‘Best Retail Business’ at the Richmond Business Awards, and in February 2013 Drinks Retailing Awards, ‘Independent beer retailer of the year’.  In the same month they were also ranked 46th in The Times, ‘Top Food Websites’.  They are also listed in Time Out ‘London’s Best Shops 2013’. is a great way to learn more about the interesting and unusual beers now available from the expanding beer market.  To find out more about what can offer, visit their website

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