Hobsons Brewery, the Shropshire-based company, scooped the top gong at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Brewing Business Awards yesterday, writes Ewan Turney. Hobsons, which was founded in 1993 by the Davis family, won the Best Overall Business Award after also picking up the award for the Best Green Business. Hobsons was praised by judges for its "exceptional attitude" towards quality and the culture of local brewing. The brewery has reduced its carbon footprint by 17.5 tonnes over the past three years after designing its own solution to recover heat from its cold barrel store to heat its bottle conditioning room as well as installing a wind turbine and a rain harvesting system. Highly commended in the overall category were Otter Brewery and Lodden Brewery. The awards were dished out at the Crowne Plaza hotel in the City, London following the second SIBA Pub Retail Conference, run in association with the Morning Advertiser. Other business award winners: Best Customer Support: Thornbridge Brewery Best E-Business: Lodden Brewery Best Business Innovation: Otter Brewery Best Sponsorship: Wood's Brewery Best Promotion and PR: Bays Brewery Best Marketing Launch: Liberation Brewery Best Green Business: Hobsons Brewery Best Total Design Concept: Good Cheer Beer, Roosters Brewery Best Individual Bottle Label: Wye Valley Best Range of Bottle Labels: Bristol Beer Factory Best Individual Pumpclip: Red Top, Old Dairy Brewery Best Range of Pumpclips: Flower Pots Brewery Hobsons Brewery sustainability video