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Commercial Achievements

  

February 2018:

At the Imbibe Personality of the Year 2018 Awards, David was delighted to receive the Award for Industry Legend!

 

January 2018:

Co-founder and Chairman – Maverick Pubs Ltd.

A joint-venture between The West Berkshire Brewery PLC and Downing LLP.  The freehold of The Old Suffolk Punch in the Fulham Palace Road, opposite Charing Cross Hospital, has been purchased and contracts exchanged on the freehold purchase of The Oxford in Kentish Town.

 

November 2017:

·      At the NWN Best in Business Awards, David was delighted to be named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in recognition of being Co-founder and Chairman of three award-winning ventures in Berkshire:

The Bruce Trust (www.brucetrust.org.uk)

           Cobbs Farm Company (www.cobbsfarmshop.co.uk) and

           The West Berkshire Brewery PLC (www.wbbrew.com).

 

·       At the British Institute of Innkeeping NITA 2017 Awards, David was awarded The Franca Knowles Supreme Award for Devotion of Energy, Spirit and Life to the Hospitality Sector.

 

2016: 

Co-founder and Chairman:

·         The Summit (City) Pub Co. Ltd;

·         The Phoenix (City) Pub Co. Ltd;

·         The Liberty (City) Pub Co. Ltd

Three new pub companies funded under the Enterprise Investment Scheme via The City Pub EIS Fund. The pubs trade under the generic brand name of Mosaic Pub & Dining (www.mosaicpubanddining.com).

 

2015:

Co-Founder and Chairman:

·         The Sovereign (City) Pub Co. Ltd;

·         The Galaxy (City) Pub Co. Ltd;

·         The Pioneer (City) Pub Co. Ltd

Three new pub companies funded under the Enterprise Investment Scheme via The City Pub EIS Fund. The pubs trade under the generic brand name of Mosaic Pub & Dining (www.mosaicpubanddining.com).

 

 

2013:

Chairman of The West Berkshire Brewery PLC (www.wbbrew.com)

Berkshire's longest-established and largest brewery.

 

 

2011:

Co-founder and Chairman of The City Pub Company (East) PLC and The City Pub Company (West) PLC

Two business start-ups which raised between them over £28m. under the Enterprise Investment Scheme.  Following their merger in October 2017, they became The City Pub Group PLC (www.citypubcompany.com) which was admitted to the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market in November 2017, owning 34 pubs from Exeter to Norwich via London and Brighton, including 6 micro-breweries.

 

2006:

Co-founder and Chairman of The Country Food & Dining Group of Companies now known as Cobbs Farm Company Limited (www.cobbsfarmshop.co.uk), a business start-up funded under the Enterprise Investment Scheme now owns 7 farm shops and an award-winning vineyard. Alder Ridge Vineyard (www.alderridge.co.uk) was started in 2011 when 4,500 Pinot Noir and 1,500 Chardonnay vines were planted at Cobbs Farm Shop near Hungerford. Since then, several prestigious awards have been won including:


• Alder Ridge Blanc de Noirs 2013: 
Silver at the International Wine Challenge 2016; 
Gold at The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017.


• Alder Ridge Classic Cuvée 2013: 
Silver at The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017

 

2004:

Co-founder and Director of Convivial London Pubs PLC

 

2000:

Co-founder and Chief Executive of The Capital Pub Company PLC

 

1993:  

Marketing and Development Director of Grosvenor Inns PLC

 

1990’s:

Co-founder and investor in:

 

·         The Paris Real Ale Brewery and The Frog & Rosbif pubs in France (www.frogpubs.com)

·         The Brooklyn Brewery in New York City (www.brooklynbrewery.com)

·         The Phantom Canyon Brewery in Colorado Springs (www.phantomcanyon.com)

·         Wynkoop Brewery in Denver, Colorado (www.wynkoop.com)

·         Brew Moon in Boston, Mass

·         Elysian Brewery in Seattle (www.elysianbrewing.com)

 

1980:

Co-founder of the Small Independent Brewers Association (now the Society of Independent Brewers) www.siba.co.uk

 

1979:

Founder and Chairman of Bruce’s Brewery PLC and the Firkin Pubs

 

1969:

Brewer and Sales Manager at Theakston’s Brewery Ltd

 

1966:

Management Trainee with Courage, Barclay & Simonds Ltd