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Edrington chief rewarded with Knighthood

Published:  23 July, 2008

The chair of the Edrington Group, John James Griffin Good, has been rewarded with a Knighthood for services to Scotland in the New Year's Honours List.

He joins Stuart Rose, chief executive of Marks & Spencer, who was Knighted for services to the retail industry and to corporate social responsibility.

Rose was rewarded for turning around the struggling iconic retail chain within three years. Half-year profits at M&S were up 11% at 451.8million for the six months to the end of September, despite a wet summer and higher interest rates dampening consumer spending.

Paul Breach, director of the Academy of Food & Wine Service Skills, has been rewarded with an OBE for services to the hospitality industry in the New Year's Honours List.

Breach has been director of the academy for two years and was formally the chair of Oddbins.

Nick Scade, chief executive of the academy, told "I am delighted for Breach. It is great to see people in the industry recognised for their achievements. The more the merrier."

Former BII chairman Richard Pearson was also given an OBE for services to the hospitality industry.

Pearson, who has worked for Whitbread for 20 years told the Bucks Free Press: "The idea of receiving it never crossed my mind. When I got the letter I was dumbfounded. I was so surprised."