Eighteen Enterprise Inns publicans have each received £5,000 to invest in their communities as regional winner of the pub company’s Community Hero Awards.

Enterprise said the winners have demonstrated an exceptional level of passion and commitment to their communities, adding that the judges were impressed by the variety of initiatives that they have been involved with, from delivering meals on wheels and providing on the job training for young adults, to sheep shearing for charity.

The 18 Regional Winners are:

- Cumbria & Lancashire: The Arion - Southport

- North East: The Foresters Arms - Coatham Mundeville

- Leeds & Bradford: The Lord Nelson - Luddenden

- Hull & Yorkshire: The Beggar & Gentleman - Hoyland

- Sheffield & Grimsby - The Talbot - Warsop

- Manchester & North Wales: Marple Tavern - Marple

- West Midlands: The Plough Inn - Wellington

- East Midlands: Chequers - Potters Bar

- Bristol & South Wales: The Swan - Thornbury

- South Midlands: The Bell Inn - Stratford Upon Avon

- Thames Valley: Chequers - Aston Tirrold

- East Anglia: The Quebec Tavern - Norwich

- South West: The Britannia Inn & Restaurant - Budleigh Salterton

- South Coast: The Rose In June - Portsmouth

- Sussex & Surrey: The Rock Inn - Brighton

- Outer London: The Swan - West Wickham

- Inner London: The Three Crowns - Bushey Heath

- South East: Waggon at Hale - Chatham

Enterprise’s commercial director Ed Cottrell said: “The increased number of applications this year showed an even broader variety of activities that our publicans have been doing on behalf of their communities. It shows that ‘community hero’ has many interpretations, but all of them relevant and certainly impressive. Our task as judges was very difficult, but where we did agree was in the extraordinary levels of dedication and commitment demonstrated by every publican that entered.”

Each regional winner has been invited to an awards ceremony on Wednesday 23 October, where one of them will also be named National Winner and awarded a further £5,000 to invest in the community initiatives of their choice.