Chairman Keith Warnell said at Full Council last night (17): "This evening we're delighted to be joined by a resident of Anstey who received an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours this year."
Before presenting him with a certificate, the chairman continued: "Ian was made an MBE after working in the hospitality sector for 46 years, founding Stonegate in 2010. It now owns and manages 693 pubs, bars and clubs including Slug and Lettuce, Yates, Walkabout and Popworld.
After developing his career at Whitbread, Guinness and Bass Taverns, Ian was CEO of Laurel Pub Company from its inception in 2001 through to 2004 and later became chairman of Bay Restaurant Group and Town & City Pub Group. He went on to found Stonegate in 2010
He continues to champion local pubs, their significant contribution to the economy and the millions of jobs that the bar and pub sector creates. Stonegate alone employs over 13,000 people at its pubs and bars, investing in their career development through training.
He is also a staunch supporter of apprenticeships and has highlighted the wealth of opportunities pubs can offer ambitious trainees.
He said: "I am deeply honoured to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen. I thank the many thousands of talented people who have helped me build a successful career in the trade that I love. God bless the great British pub."
October 28 2018