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NRB Top Fifty Awards

Power List Announced

For the seventh year, the NRB Top Fifty is an exciting make power list of North’s most significant and influential hospitality operators. Long established names and nine new entries make up the list covering  216 brands, 1194 sites and over 22,200 employees.

The NRB Top Fifty 2018, in association with Kuits Solicitors, has been announced today with a mix of long-established names and nine new entries. 

Thom Hetherington, CEO of organisers Holden Media, says “Despite tremors in the casual dining market our NRB Top 50 entrants have shown no shortage of ambition. Almost every one of the fifty has grand plans for expansion and new sites, and I am sure that 2018/19 will see a “rise of the indies” which will play to the strengths of our great Northern operators.” 

Three special achievement awards were presented to Jobe Ferguson, Ross Mackenzie, and Lyndon Higginson from Black Dog and Liars Club, Simon Potts of The Alchemist, and Chris Ure and Martin Wolstencroft from Arc Inspirations.

Winners 2018

Winners Pic

Tony Lyons, Kuits; Jobe Ferguson, Black Dog Group; Anni Opong, Arc Inspirations; Simon Potts, The Alchemist; Lyndon Higginson, Liar's Club & Thom Hetherington, CEO of NRB.

In association with

Kuits Solicitors

Sponsored by

CGA        Jelf Manson     Metis Real Estate     RSM     The Russell Partnership

Reception supported by    

J W Lees      Manchester Hall     

Judging Notes

The NRB Top Fifty exists to recognise the most significant hospitality operators in the North of England. We look for individuals who are driving their businesses to sector-leading levels of commercial and critical success, who show consistency as well as evolution and innovation and who make a contribution to the industry and the region in terms of skills, training, ambassadorial work and general CSR.

The NRB Top Fifty can be chef patrons running world-class kitchens, or captains of industry building extensive multi-brand casual dining portfolios, but they must be inspirational standard bearers for the Northern hospitality industry.

The awards are judged by a panel of leading hospitality experts who span the fields of law, finance, property, insurance, marketing and business consultancy at some of the world’s biggest food and drink operations. They are all Northern-based and know the region intimately.

After the initial round of applications and nominations there is a rigorous paper-based research and assessment process collating hundreds of pages of information about potential inclusions. Following this there is an in-depth judging discussion and, where necessary, additional peer/industry interviews are carried out. We are grateful to The Russell Partnership and CGA Peach for their additional insight at this point.

Following this exhaustive process a definitive fifty is selected and balanced to ensure there is no bias in terms of industry sector or geography. A final round of discussion then takes place to select the three Special Achievement Award winners who the judges feel have achieved something truly exceptional within the preceding twelve months.

Sponsors & Partners

Action Against Hunger

Hospitality Action

City Life

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