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21st November 2019

Stonegate’s Chairman and CEO pick up Industry Hero and Industry Leader Awards at the Hero and Icon Awards 2019

Simon Longbottom, Chief Executive, Stonegate Pub Company

Last night, Chairman of Stonegate Pub Company, Ian Payne MBE, was named CGA Peach Industry Icon at the 2019 Hero and Icon Awards at a ceremony held at The Brewery in London. At the same awards, Simon Longbottom, chief executive of Stonegate Pub Company, was awarded with Industry Leader of the Year.

Ian Payne – CGA Peach Industry Icon

The CGA Peach Industry Icon is an accolade presented to individuals who have made a lasting and positive contribution to the pub, bar and restaurant sector over a period of time. They are outstanding leaders and role models who inspire, innovate and set the standard across the trade. Icon winners from the eating and drinking sector, our industry’s own Hall of Fame.

Ian was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) last year, after working in the hospitality sector for 46 years. He founded Stonegate Pub Company, of which he is currently Chairman, in 2010.

Ian said: “I am deeply honoured and incredibly proud to have won this award. It is a fantastic surprise. I would like to thank all of the people who have helped me in so many ways over the years.”

Simon Longbottom – Industry Leader of the Year

The Industry Leader of the Year Award is the industry’s leading personality who has enjoyed a stellar year at the helm, leading their business to commercial success in 2019, as well as making an impact on the sector as a whole.

This honour comes after a year of awards for Simon. He was voted Business Leader of the Year at The Publican Awards 2019 and was chosen by The Sunday Times readers to feature in this year’s Maserati 100 list of the UK’s top entrepreneurs. He joined Stonegate Pub Company five years ago, following holding various senior positions in the industry.

Simon said: “I am absolutely delighted to be recognised in this way. I must thank my fantastic team at Stonegate, they are brilliant to work with and this award would not have been possible without them.”

CGA Vice President Peter Martin said: “Huge congratulations to both Ian and Simon. For the two leaders of Stonegate to both be rewarded in this way, is a fantastic achievement. A special thanks needs to go to both of them for their long-standing support and hard-work in the sector. It is only fitting that their contribution to be recognised and praised in this way.”

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Editor’s notes:

About Stonegate Pub Company

Stonegate Pub Company is the largest privately held managed pub operator in the UK, with revenues in excess of £800m and we employ over 14,000 people. The company has 772 pubs, split into two divisions, Branded, comprising: Slug & Lettuce, Walkabout, Be At One, Venues; and Traditional comprising: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Inns and Common Room.

2019 – CGA Insight Hero and Icon Awards – Icon Award (Ian Payne MBE)

2019 – CGA Insight Hero and Icon Awards – Business Leader (Simon Longbottom)

2019 – UK Hospitality’s Dusk ‘til Dawn Late Night Awards – Icon Award (Ian Payne MBE)

2019 – UK Hospitality’s Dusk ‘til Dawn Late Night Awards – Best Marketing and Promotions Award

2019 – Great British Pub Awards – Best LGBTQ+ Pub

2019 – BII Scotland Awards – Best Operator for Training

2019 – Ian Payne MBE, Lifetime Achievement Award, Retailers Retailer of the Year; Investor of the Year TDR Capital, Retailers Retailer of the Year

2019 – Two Menu Innovation & Development Awards (MIDAS): Slug & Lettuce best menu – Premium High Street Pub; Walkabout best menu -Town & City Pub

2019 – Publican Awards (five awards): Best Community Pub Operator, Best Pub Employer (501+ employees), Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites), Best Drinks Offer, Business Leader of the Year – Chief Executive, Simon Longbottom

2018 – Late Night Awards – Best Service & Team Development and Best Late Night Company

2018 – Licensed Trade Charity – Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award

2018 – Great British Pub Awards (two awards) – Best LGBTQ+ and Best Sports Pub

2018 – APPBG PUBAID Corporate Charity Fundraiser Award

2018 – Publican Awards – Best Late Night Operator

2017 – Great British Pub Awards (three awards) – Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment and Best Sports Pub

2017 – Publican Awards (two awards) – Best Managed Pub Company; and Best Late Night Operator (plus highly commended Best Employer)

2017 – Menu Innovation and Development Award (MIDAS) - Premium High Street Pub (TPK)

2017 – Retailers’ Retailer Award – Investor of the Year (TDR Capital)

2016 – BII National Industry Training Awards (NITA) (two awards) – Best Managed Company for Training; Lifetime Achievement Award for Chairman, Ian Payne

2016 – Great British Pub Awards – Best Sports Pub

2016 – Scottish Training Federation – Best Large Employer

2016 – HR Excellence Awards – Best Learning and Development Strategy

2016 – HR Distinction Awards (two awards) – Innovation for Digital & Social Media; People Development

2014 – (Three awards) – HR Distinction in Innovative Use of Technology; Publican - Business Leader of the Year, Chairman Ian Payne; MIDAS Best New Concept Missoula, Montana Bar & Grill

2013 – (Two awards) – Publican award Best Pub Employer; MIDAS City and Bar Dining award Slug and Lettuce.