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
St Austell Brewery
Best Managed Training Programme – Companies under 50 outlets – sponsored by Greene King
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
Best Apprenticeship Programme – sponsored by HIT Training
Mitchells and Butlers
Stonegate Pub Company
Best Casual Training Programme – sponsored by HARRI
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.