The licensed retail industry's professional body BII has announced the winners of its 2011 training awards, the BII NITAs, at a ceremony held at the Imperial War Museum, London, on Wednesday 30 November.
Entrants are judged on their own merits irrespective of the size of the organisation or the number of people being trained and do not have to be BII members or BIIAB approved centres or offering BIIAB qualifications.
The winners were:
Supreme Award Luke Davies - Spirit Pub Company
Innovation in Training Award - sponsored by Punch Taverns St Austell Brewery Company
Social Responsibilities Award - sponsored by JD Wetherspoon Inn Confidence
Security Training Award - sponsored by BIIAB Beyond Basics Training Limited
Best Licensee Induction Programme - Managed Estates - sponsored by Enterprise Inns Greene King Local Pubs
Best Licensee Induction Programme - Non Managed Estates - sponsored by Barcare, The Bateman Group University of Surrey Students Union
Professional Company Trainer of the Year - sponsored by Academy of Food and Wine Service Luke Davies, Punch Taverns
Professional Independent Trainer of the Year - sponsored by BII Daniel Pettigrew FBII.tp, Daniel Pettigrew Training
Licensee Trainer of the Year - sponsored by Greene King Pub Partners Caroline Goodwin, The Lounge Bar and Hotel, Penrith
Cathie Smith, CBII director of BIIAB, commented: "We were delighted with the volume of entries to the 2011 NITAs. We were impressed with the quality of these entries, the judging process is rigorous and I congratulate all the shortlisted finalists on their performance."
Vicky Crossingham, CBII, said "I would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2011 BII NITAs. The competition was tough and these winners should be proud of their success."
Neil Robertson, commenting on the success of Luke Davis, who won the Supreme Award for exemplifying excellence and best practice in training, said: "It is quite amazing what Spirit Pub Company have achieved in a sport space of time. I would like to add my congratulations to Luke and all the team at Spirit Pub Company"
The 2012 NITAs will be announced in the New Year. To register your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Neil Gerrard
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