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Outspoken Wetherspoon founder and ardent Brexit supporter Tim Martin has been knighted within the new 12 months honours.

The pub tycoon has been recognised for his companies to hospitality and tradition. Mr Martin constructed up the pub group after shopping for his first venue in Muswell Hill, London, in 1979.

The Norwich-born businessman initially referred to as it Martin‘s Free House but changed it to JD Wetherspoon the following year.

He was arguably the most prominent pro-Brexit businessperson during the 2016 referendum and was regularly seen out on the campaign trail alongside Boris Johnson.

Sir Tim said the news of the knighthood came as a surprise and that the award really belonged to staff at the pub chain and its loyal customers.

He said: “It had never been expected, so it came out the blue. I always think that, in the pub world, it is a team effort – even if you’ve simply received one pub there are a lot of individuals concerned.

“I feel it’s the Wetherspoon colleagues and clients who’re getting the award actually, that’s the way in which I take a look at it. I’m simply the fortunate recipient.”

Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin pictured with former prime minister Boris Johnson (Henry Nicholls/PA)

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The pub chain, which is well-known for its low pricing, floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1992 and continued a speedy enlargement throughout the UK. The firm at present runs 816 pubs throughout the nation.

Sir Tim, who educated as a lawyer, mentioned: “If I had been any good at the law, which I wasn’t, then I probably would have stuck at that… so it’s quite lucky I wasn’t.”

He mentioned Wetherspoon owes its success to 4 key parts; the workers, the design of the pubs, not taking part in “canned music”, and sticking to promoting actual ale.

Last month, the enterprise revealed gross sales jumped by nearly a tenth in its newest quarter as its value-focused foods and drinks drew in punters dealing with tighter budgets attributable to the price of dwelling disaster.

Sir Tim gained notoriety in 2016 as one of many highest profile pro-Brexit business-owners. He reportedly donated £200,000 to the Vote Leave marketing campaign because of this.

Wetherspoons pub founder Tim Martin talks at a Brexit Party rally on October 18, 2019

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According to stories within the Daily Mail, Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch is alleged to have pushed for his nomination behind the scenes, arguing that Brexit-supporting entrepreneurs shouldn’t be missed.

Sir Tim mentioned: “Everyone had a vote, everyone had a view, and I suppose I did more campaigning than most.

“I’d like to think that (the knighthood) is not for my rarely disclosed political views – I hope it is for what it says on the tin.”

He added: “I think the most important thing for the future of the world is that democracy takes root everywhere. I’ve always made that argument.”

The pub boss was additionally a big critic of Government shutdowns of hospitality corporations, and different companies, through the coronavirus pandemic via lockdown measures.

This noticed him accuse former Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “hypocrisy” through the Partygate scandal, arguing that the state of affairs might have been averted had pubs been allowed to stay open.

He added that the “financial legacy” of Covid has been inflation, which has pushed up prices for enterprise.

He added: “Most pubs have done very well to get sales back to where they were, but they haven’t quite managed to get profits back.

“So the industry is hopeful that over the next year or two, it can get profits back to where they were.”

Additional reporting by PA