This week, the name behind Newcastle’s The Botanist set a new record at The Publican Awards 2017 by winning a staggering six accolades, more than any other company within the awards 26-year history.

The New World Trading Company (NWTC) won every category they were nominated in, which included Best Drinks Offer, Best Managed Pub Company, Best New Pub/Bar, Best Pub Operations, Best Pub Brand/Concept and Best Pub Employer (500 plus employees).

Chris Hill, Chief Executive Officer of NWTC, believes the incredible achievement to be down to the hard work and passion of all the 1,200 staff that work across the estate. NWTC operates under the brands of The Botanist, The Trading House, The Clubhouse, The Oast House and The Smugglers Cove.

Chris said: “We have already had an exceptional start to the year and being recognised across the board is an unbelievable achievement. I am proud of every member of the New World Trading Company team from the incredible operations team through to those working at each site to ensure every customer has the best experience.

“We have big plans for the rest of the year both internally with ourrevolutionary engagement scheme ‘Tribes’ and for our customers, we have new pubs openings in Didsbury (Manchester), Reading and Birmingham. We can’t wait to get started.”

Overview of the award wins:

Best Drinks Offer: For a phenomenal and varied drinks offer that is carefully curated. When it comes to cocktails, no expense is spared on the theatre or quality. Some of the drinks require almost scientific skills to create.

Best Managed Pub Company: Customer service is at the core of NWTC’s culture, with managers and their teams encouraged to focus on the ‘main thing’ – a happy guest.

Best New Pub/Bar: In a very short space of time, The Club House has become an institution within the heart of Liverpool. The venue has made an innovative introduction by delivering six cocktails on draught thus giving the bartenders the ability to serve several cocktails within a minute.

Best Pub Operations Team: NWTC focus on igniting team spirit amongst the operations team which then ripples across all the 15 sites. The Operations Team were recognised for continuously being innovate and forward thinking.

Best Pub Brand/Concept: The Botanist centres around a high-quality but simple menu paired with an accessible but comprehensive drinks range. Live music has been at the heart of each venue to deliver a real home-from-home atmosphere.

Best Pub Employer (500 plus employees): The company is focused on building team spirit across the business from the operations team to the team members. All employees are involved with the pioneering Tribes project which helps to develop departmental- specialist events to increase communication and team spirit within the company.

The winners were announced on the 14 March 2017, the year of the 26thPublican Awards, in an awards ceremony held at Evolution in Battersea, London. The event saw 1,300 attendees, including top operators and suppliers from leading pubs and drinks companies from across the UK.

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