Cheshire-based New Moon Pub Company has been named Business of the Year at the 2014 Cheshire Business Awards.

New Moon, which opens its sixth site this week, the Mockingbird Taproom in Chester, beat fellow short listers Chester Race Company and Roberts Jackson Solicitors to the accolade.

Co-founder Paul Newman said: “What a great week. A fantastic award and the opening of our sixth site to boot. We’re really chuffed with the award, particularly in light of the strength of the competition.”

Newman and David Moon opened their first site, the Lord Binning in Kelsall, in 2011, and subsequently the Old Sessions House, the Hanging Gate and the Montgomery followed. Their first city centre location, the Beef & Pudding, opened in April 2014.