Best known for its Tribute ale, this brewer has produced more than 1.1bn pints of beer since it was founded in Cornwall in 1851. Still owned by descendants of founder Walter Hicks, it operates 33 managed pubs and hotels, as well as 145 tenanted and leased pubs. Led by chief executive James Staughton, 58, it last year acquired brewing and pub group Bath Ales, which included a portfolio of beer brands, a brewery and an estate of 11 pubs, and helped turnover grow to a record £153.2m.
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