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Shepherd Neame’s award-winning Visitor Centre has won a Highly Commended Award in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014.
The honours celebrate the best of English tourism, and Britain’s oldest brewer was one of just five finalists in the Small Visitor Attraction Category.
The glittering awards ceremony took place at Cheltenham Racecourse on Monday, May 12, when Shepherd Neame’s retail director Nigel Bunting and Visitor Centre manager Graham Hukins collected their prize.
It is the latest in a string of successes for Shepherd Neame’s Visitor Centre. At the 2010 Beautiful South Tourism Awards it won gold in the Small Visitor Attraction category; in 2011 it was named Small Visitor Attraction of the Year at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence and Best Little Treasure at the Group Travel Awards; and has picked up the Silver award at the Beautiful South Tourism Awards for the past two years.
VisitEngland’s chief executive James Berresford said: “It is a great achievement to win a Highly Commended Award in a field of very high quality applications. The award places Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre in the top five businesses for excellence in their category in England. I warmly congratulate them on this achievement.”
Visitor Centre manager Graham Hukins said: “This award is a wonderful testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of the Visitor Centre team and we are delighted that their efforts have been recognised on a national stage.”