BII announces innovation and training awards finalists

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has announced the finalists for this year’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs). The awards celebrate those who have demonstrated training excellence and innovation in the licensed retail sector.

The finalists in each category, listed below, will undergo the final judging stage of presentations and interviews before panels of industry experts and sponsors on 23 October, with the exception of the licensee trainers, who will be visited and interviewed in their own pubs.

BII CEO Mike Clist commented: “The NITAs continue to go from strength to strength and our industry is again proving itself to be streets ahead in terms of training and development of its staff. We need to be shouting about how exciting and rewarding a career in the hospitality industry can be and the NITAs are a great way to showcase the talent we have. We can’t wait to celebrate these successes with our finalists and winners on 20th November at the Café de Paris. We are also very grateful for the support of our fantastic category sponsors and, of course, our partners, CPL Online and Propel Info.”

Tickets are now available for the NITAs Award Ceremony, at which the winners will be announced, on 20 November at London’s Café de Paris.


Best Training Programme – Leased & Tenanted Companies – sponsored by Yapster

Charles Wells

St Austell Brewery


Best Managed Training Programme – Companies under 50 outlets – sponsored by Greene King

16 Hospitality

Barons Pub Company

Beds and Bars

Coaching Inn Group

Oakman Inns & Restaurants Ltd

Yummy Pub Co


Best Managed Training Programme – Companies over 50 Outlets – sponsored by CPL Training

Fuller Smith & Turner

McMullen & Sons

Stonegate Pub Company

TGI Fridays



Best Apprenticeship Programme – sponsored by HIT Training

Mitchells and Butlers

Stonegate Pub Company


Best Casual Training Programme – sponsored by HARRI

TGI Fridays

Oakman Inns & Restautants Ltd


Professional Trainer of the Year – sponsored by BIIAB

Dean Barker-Rogers – Learning & Development Manager, Stonegate Pubs

Gary Richmond – Culinary Learning & Development Manager, Mitchells and Butlers

Karl Czinege – Trainer & Business Coach, Karl Czinege Consulting Ltd

Peter Spivack – Business & Training Consultant, Peter Spivack Associates

Sarah Halpin – HR & Training Manager, Castle Rock Brewery

Tanya Wicks – Head of Compliance & Development, Barons Pub Company


Licensee Trainer of the Year – Sponsored by Admiral Taverns

Kate Ross – The Turk’s Head

Mark Thornhill – The King’s Head


In addition to these categories The Franca Knowles Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Sky will be chosen by a panel led by Keith Knowles, CEO and founder of Beds & Bars. This award will identify and recognise an individual working within the on-trade sector who leads by example and demonstrates training and people are at the core of what they do. This is an industry recognition award rather than a category open for entries, and is in memory of the late Franca Knowles, who herself was a multiple winner of NITA awards.