Fuller, Smith and Turner Are Top of The Hops

Chiswick brewer crowned 'Pub Company of the Year' and ‘Best UK Family Business'

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Chiswick based brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner was crowned Managed Pub Company of the Year and Tenanted Pub Company of the Year at The Publican Newspaper Awards, held this week.

The awards recognise the licensees and pub companies that have stood out from their peers over the past 12 months. To win both the main pub company titles is a real accolade and is testament to Fuller’s high standards and the quality of its people.

Simon Emeny, Fuller’s Inns managing director, said, “To win both the Managed and Tenanted titles is an outstanding achievement and a credit to the fantastic team of people I work with at Fuller’s.

“The pub industry is facing increasingly difficult times and winning awards like this helps to remind our teams both in the pubs and head office that we are the best at what we do – and that we need to continue to be the best."

In a separate awards ceremony hosted by Coutt's bank, Fuller's received a further accolade being named
‘Best UK Family Business, London and Greater London Region’.

The Coutts Prize for Family Business recognises the best run family businesses in England and Wales. Jonathan Haggar, Regional Chairman of the Coutt's evaluation committee commented,“As a successful fourth, firth and sixth generation family business, and London’s last remaining family brewer and pub owner, the things that impressed the evaluation committee about Fuller Smith & Turner PLC included:

  • The long term success and sustainability of the business over 160 years of family ownership and the family’s pride in their role as custodians and stewards of this legacy;
  • The strong financial and operational performance of the business and their ability to build a strong and innovative brand in a complex market;
  • Their well developed family governance structure which includes board representation, biennial site visits, regular family shareholder meetings and clear family retirement policies;
  • The well established business governance structure evidenced by the active use of non-executive directors and key non-family professionals as part of the process of ensuring a meritocracy; and
  • Substantial donations to charity each year, supporting a wide range of community activities.”

Michael Turner, Chairman of Fuller, Smith and Turner said, “We are really proud, as London’s last traditional family brewers to receive this wonderful accolade.”


March 21, 2008