Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand has been named leader of the year at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

The awards also recognised Handmade Burger Co as small to medium sized business of the year.

The Ashridge Executive Education leader of the year award recognises the personal imprint of the UK’s most high profile leaders and industry champions from the private, public and third sectors. The finalists were judged on their achievements as business leaders over the last 18 months, and their personal achievements over the course of their career.

Anand said: “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of our 44,000 team members in our 3,000 pubs across the country. Everyone does an amazing job welcoming and serving our customers every day.

“I have had the privilege of leading a business that started 217 years ago as a small, regional brewer and pub company and over the years it has grown into the country’s leading pub company. The most exciting thing is there is still a lot of opportunity for the company to grow in the future.”