Why have we introduced an entry fee?

As we gear up for the 2024 edition of The Great British Pub Awards, we'd like to address an important change: for the first time, we're introducing a modest entry fee. We understand that this might come as a surprise, but we want to assure you that this decision was made after careful consideration of the current economic landscape.

In recent years, our operational costs have risen significantly, particularly in organising the rigorous judging process. From expert judges traversing the length and breadth of the country to meticulous administration, ensuring the integrity and fairness of the awards demands substantial resources. Thus, to sustain the quality and credibility of the awards, we've introduced a nominal entry fee.

We've endeavoured to keep this fee as low as possible, striking a delicate balance between maintaining accessibility for hardworking pub businesses and securing the future viability of our awards scheme.

Participating in The Great British Pub Awards offers unparalleled opportunities for industry recognition, professional feedback, and invaluable marketing exposure. Previous finalists and winners can attest to the transformative impact of the awards on their businesses, with some experiencing a doubling of sales following their success.

Moreover, as a finalist, you'll receive a complimentary ticket to attend the prestigious awards ceremony, where the industry's finest gather to celebrate excellence. Additionally, our 'Community Pub of the Year' category offers substantial financial incentives, with the winner receiving £5,000 and other finalists each receiving £1,000.

We invite you to seize this opportunity to showcase your pub's excellence and join us in celebrating the vibrant spirit of the British pub industry.

Warm regards,

The Great British Pub Awards team

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