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Music Makeover Pubs 2016 winners announced 

PRS for Music crowns The Tooth & Claw from Inverness as its Music Makeover Pubs 2016 winner.

More than 230 pubs from around the UK entered to win the £10,000 Music Makeover along with a bespoke music consultancy and exclusive event featuring PRS for Music members. Entries were received country-wide from Inverness to Plymouth. The calibre this year was extremely high, making it a tough choice for our judges to pick from the six finalists — all could have been worthy winners.

Winner – prize value £10,000
Lee Gripton, The Tooth & Claw, Inverness

2nd place – prize value £5,000
John Govier, The Brook Inn, Plymouth

3rd place – prize value £2,500
Willow Vidal-Hall, The Booth Hall, Hereford


The Tooth & Claw was awarded the top prize due to its musical vision, potential and the manager’s enthusiasm.

Lee Gripton, manager (left) and business partner James Carr - The Tooth & Claw, Inverness

Winner Lee Gripton of The Tooth & Claw said:

Words cannot describe what this means to us. We’re now in a position to really set our dream in motion. We’ve worked extremely hard to just get to where we are at now. The help from PRS means we can achieve our goals perfectly and really contribute to the ever growing music scene in Inverness!

The Brook Inn was awarded the second prize of £5,000 and the third prize (£2,500) went to The Booth Hall.

Guy Fletcher OBE, PRS Chairman said:

Lee, the manager at The Tooth & Claw’s energy and vision really impressed me alongside the enormous potential of the venue. There is a real opportunity here to cement this pub as a key live music venue in Inverness and we can’t wait to help that happen.

Work has already begun to assist with the implementation of the winners' prizes and prepare for the exclusive launch event in Inverness. PRS for Music would like to thank all this year’s entrants; it’s been our best year yet.

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