From small acorns, big businesses grow: two awards for Tring pub firm at industry bash

Oakman Inns chief executive Peter Borg-Neal PNL-140104-142719001
Oakman Inns chief executive Peter Borg-Neal PNL-140104-142719001

A successful pub and restaurant company with its headquarters in Tring scooped two out of three awards it was nominated for at a glitzy industry bash.

Oakman Inns was crowned Best Community Pub Operator and Best Pub Employer at the prestigious Publican Awards – considered the ‘Oscars’ of the pub industry – at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Judges awarded the firm Best Community Pub Operator after they said it “marked the evolution of the pub industry and pushed the boundaries of the definition of a ‘community pub’.”

Best Pub Employer is awarded to a company judges feel provide an excellent working environment for employees including comprehensive training, staff motivation, a meaningful career path and development structure.

Over the past year, the training and career development has been overhauled to offer support to its 240 staff to ensure they maintain service standards as the company expands.

The firm – founded in 2007 – has a portfolio of more than eight eateries including flagship pub The Akeman in Tring, the Red Lion in Water End and the Kings Arms in Berkhamsted, with three more in the pipeline.

Peter Borg-Neal said: “The Publican awards celebrate the achievements of leading pub companies across a range of categories and have always been a major benchmark for the industry.

“I’m very proud of our team – we are all over the moon to have won two awards, which not only reflect our ethos and personal philosophies, but are also a reflection of the dedication and hard work the whole team across the group has put in over the last year.”