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Licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen again sponsor award at the biggest event in the pub calendar

Hosted by Paddy McGuinness, these awards celebrated the hard work and commitment of the sector in front of 1500 crowd

Enjoying the night with Mitchells & Butlers, the Morning Advertiser and award winners John Gyngell and Christian Townsley of North Brewing Co. and Peter Marks of REKOM


Licensing law firm, Poppleston Allen, has again sponsored the Business Leader of the Year award at the Morning Advertiser’s Publican Awards.

Attended by over 1500 people from the world of pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs, this was a fantastic night of celebrations; and the first face-to-face event since before the Covid 19 pandemic.

The awards themselves, often referred to as the ‘Oscars of the pub and restaurant sector’, have a rigorous judging process, ensuring that they remain the most respected in the leisure sector.

The winner of the Poppleston Allen sponsored Business Leader of the Year award was Peter Borg-Neal, executive chairman and founder of Oakman Inns.

Peter was recognised for driving his business forward through acquisitions to grow his portfolio, funding initiatives to support growth an and very impressive trading figures across the estate.

Licensing partner Sarah Taylor with Peter Borg-Neal and Paddy Paddy McGuinness


Commenting on his acquisition of Seafood PubCo, Borg-Neal commented: “As expected, it has been a good cultural fit and the business and seamlessly merged into the Oakman family. The Pubs are trading well and present a new dimension to our expansion plans for the future.

Others winners on the night were:

Poppleston Allen has sponsored these awards for over 10 years. In addition to these, the firm also sponsors the Institute of Licensing’s National Training week, the Morning Advertisers licensing legal column, the UKHospitality Annual Directors Dinner and Restaurant 200.

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