Judging is underway!
The NRB Top Fifty, in association with Kuits Solicitors, is the prestigious and much-anticipated powerlist of the most important and influential individuals within the Northern hospitality industry.
Judging is taking place now and the full list will be announced at NRB on Tuesday 20 March 2018, at the invitation-only ceremony.
The 2017 list showed steady churn with an influx of new entrants particularly from Yorkshire and the North East. Research by CGA Peach demonstrated that the region's ambitious, independent operators are thriving despite increasing competition, and it is the people who make up the Top Fifty who are driving this dynamic.
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.