A STROUD businesswoman and former politician has been awarded with an OBE.
Emma McClarkin – who grew up in Stroud and attended Stroud High School – was awarded an OBE for services to the hospitality sector, particularly during the pandemic.
Ms McClarkin was appointed chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association in 2019.
Before that she served as a Member of the European Parliament, representing the Conservative Party.
Reaction to the award
Ms McClarkin gave her reaction to the British Beer and Pub Association in an online article.
“I am delighted and humbled to receive this honour,” she said.
“It is truly wonderful to receive this recognition on behalf of the beer and pub sector and for the incredible work the British Beer and Pub Association have done throughout the pandemic and continue to do to support the sector I am so passionate about.
“When I entered the industry in 2019, I had no idea what lay ahead of us, but I have been truly amazed at the resilience, warmth and ingenuity of the people and businesses in our sector to come together and pull through a once in a lifetime challenge.
“I look forward to celebrating with my family and friends over the Jubilee weekend in my local with a pint of beer in hand!”
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