The Northern Restaurant & Bar show (NRB) is now inviting applications and nominations from the region's leading operators for the NRB Top 50 2017 awards.
The awards celebrate hospitality operators who, over the last 12 months, have shown sector-leading levels of commercial and critical success. Three operators who the judges believe have achieved something truly exceptional will also be celebrated for their outstanding contribution.
Last year's special achievement awards winners were chef Michael O'Hare; Mohammed Aslam from Aagrah Restaurants; and Roy Ellis, Neil Macleod, Joel Wilkinson, Adelaide Winter and Dan Mullen from Mission Mars.
The awards are judged by a panel of leading hospitality experts who span the fields of law, finance, property, insurance, marketing and business consultancy. Judges are looking for operators who show consistent commercial success, as well as evolution and innovation, and who have made a greater contribution to the industry and the region in terms of skills, training, ambassadorial work and corporate social responsibility.
The awards are held in association with Kuits Solicitors and sponsored by Jelf Manson, Metis Real Estate, the Russell Partnership and CGA Peach. The winners will be announced at the Northern Restaurant & Bar show in Manchester on 21 March.
Nominations can be submitted online at www.nrbtopfifty.co.uk and the deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 27 January 2017.
Thom Hetherington, CEO of organisers Holden Media, said: "Judging these awards gets harder every year. The big names are still out in force, but there is clearly an incredible upsurge in smaller entrepreneurial operators with serious talent and big ambitions, and they are having a significant impact in the market place.
"Even in these early stages we are seeing some fascinating trends emerging, and I think the final 50 will provide an incredibly revealing and accurate record of where the Northern hospitality scene is heading in 2017. It's an exciting time for the region, and we are proud to recognise the key players in the NRB Top Fifty each year."
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