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7th February 2014

Top talent rewarded at TCG Awards presentation

Managed pub and bar operator TCG recognised its top-performing employees in the company’s 2013 Awards presentation, held earlier this week at the Belfry in Warwickshire.

Representatives from TCG’s 69 sites joined operations and head office teams to celebrate the achievements of the general managers, deputies, team members and head office employees from across the business,

There were nine overall award winners, with another 11 TCG employees picked out for recognition. Chief operating officer Nigel Wright said, “Rewarding individuals for their success over the last 12 months is always a pleasure, although choosing the winners this year was harder than ever, with many strong contenders for each category.  

“This is, we believe, a reflection of the talent that exists at all levels throughout our business and the determination of our general managers everywhere to make their pub or bar the best in its local market. 

“We have adopted a very focused approach to our business, giving individual sites the support they need to thrive, which last year included limited targeted investments at around 10 sites.

 “At the same time, we also provide industry-leading training and development across the company, and last year invested in new cocktail, wine and hot drinks offers, as well as a return of our successful cask ale drive.”

The evening’s top award, for Outstanding Achievement, went to Peter Collett, general manager of Bar 38 in Portsmouth. In his seven years at the bar, located in the city’s Gunwharf Quays retail centre, Collett has built it into a thriving site, offering affordable lunches and coffees to shoppers by day and serving up cocktails and a lively atmosphere to a younger crowd by night. The site is also the top fundraiser for TCG’s nominated charity, Cancer Research UK, having raised more than £5,000 over the last 12 months.

Collett said, “Being an effective operator isn’t especially complicated, but it does require consistently high standards and a focus on providing great customer service, every time. We are trading in a very competitive market and we aim to make sure we’re the best cocktail bar in Portsmouth, so that customers never want to go anywhere else.”   

TCG also presented General Manager of the Year awards across its three divisions: Dominic Borg of Mosaic in Exeter for Young Bars; Shawn Bewick of Henry’s Café Bar, Piccadilly for Quality sites and Brett Sanders of the Golden Fleece in Chelmsford for Local Pubs. The regional operations manager award went to Paul Walton.

Each winner received a plaque, gift vouchers and a bottle of Champagne.

Caption to attached image (l-r): Dominic Borg, Mosaic; Paul Walton, regional operations manager; Peter Collett, Bar 38; Nigel Wright, chief operations officer; Ben Levick, director of operations;  Brett Sanders, Golden Fleece and Shawn Bewick, Henry’s Café Bar, Piccadilly

The Award winners in full:

TCG Outstanding Achievement Award 2013

Peter Collett, Bar 38, Portsmouth

TCG General Manager of the Year, Young Bars

Dominic Borg, Mosaic, Exeter

TCG General Manager of the Year, Quality

Shawn Bewick, Henry’s Café Bar, Piccadilly

TCG General Manager of the Year, Local Pubs

Brett Sanders, Golden Fleece, Chelmsford

Regional Operations Manager of the Year

Winner: Paul Walton (London and south east)


Most Promising GM of the Year

Peter Kitson, George Staples, Sidcup

Food Business of the Year

Lamb Inn, Norwich  – Clive Hitchens & Michelle Gianadda-Hitchens,

Social Media Award

Henry’s Café Bar, Cardiff

TCG Central Support

Phill Roughan, viral marketing manager

Sales manager recognition (new for 2013)

Kate Coppinger, Henry’s Café Bar Covent Garden

Priya Chopra, Henry’s Café Bar Piccadilly

Kathryn Bardhaj, Henry’s Café Bar Cardiff

Deputy Manager Recognition

Sion Partridge, Henry’s Café Bar, Cardiff

Sarah Brown, Corn Exchange, Preston

Claudia Schadegg, St James Tavern, Soho

Sarah Sharpe, Star, Bishops Stortford

Team Member Recognition

Jenna Wells, Royal Oak/Rendezvous, Weymouth

Tijramba Ripahua, Squares, Nottingham

Chiara Nieddu, Henry’s Café Bar, Covent Garden

Katarzyna Konopinska, St James Tavern, Soho



Notes to editors


About TCG

TCG operates a diverse estate of 69 managed pubs and bars nationwide.  The business has a strong foothold in London, with high-profile sites such as the flagship Tattershall Castle floating bar and restaurant on the Embankment.   The estate stretches across the country from Aberdeen to Newquay, and from Cardiff to Norwich.  It includes late night bars, community and sports locals, student venues and quality town centre pubs, as well as a number of trading formats, such as the Henry’s Café Bar brand, Eerie Pubs and the King’s Feast food concept.


Issued on behalf of:    TCG

By:                               ShielPorter Communications

Further information:    Ros Shiel: / 07841 694137

                                    John Porter:  / 07734 054389