Retailer Awards

The Categories

There are eleven awards in total, culminating in the best individual prize - The Retailers' Retailer of the Year.

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Emerging Concept partnered by Hammerson

This award identifies a fledgling multiple-site format that the Retailers' Academy believes is "hot" and scalable, with a great chance of success.

Best Concept partnered by Bidvest Logistics

Simply the best trading format in the sector, in terms of consumer proposition and execution. The concept should be of sufficient scale - ie be proven in many different locations - to justify the Best Concept award 

The Evolution Award partnered by Pernod Ricard UK

This award is for a trading format that has endured, recognising the huge importance of evolving or repositioning concepts to stay relevant to current consumer demand, in the bar, pub and restaurant market 

Best Company partnered by Howard Kennedy

This award goes to what the Retailers' Academy believes is the outstanding multiple-site organisation operating in the eating and drinking-out market

Best Venue partnered by Fresh Direct

This is the single outlet prize, awarded to an outstanding UK venue, be it in terms of design, offer, operating format, service or trading performance

Best Use of Technology partnered by Chapman Ventilation

The award identifies the operator which has best used technology to enhance its offer and engagement with consumers

Deal of the Year partnered by Santander

This prize identifies an acquisition, sale, or financial restructuring within the sector

Investor of the Year partnered by BDO

The second of the two financial prizes, the award is for an individual or company that has a track record of successful investment in the eating and drinking market

Rising Star Award partnered by Lavazza

Recognising emerging talent, the Rising Star prize is intended to identify one of the sector's future leaders.  This award is always chosen by M&C Report in consultation with the sector's business leaders.

Growth Company of the Year partnered by Alix Partners

This award tracks companies with the fastest-growing profits within the UK's eating and drinking out sector,

Best Individual - The Retailers' Retailer of the Year partnered by Britvic Soft Drinks

This is the person chosen by the Retailers' Academy - a 800-strong collective of the senior people from the bar and restaurant business - as the outstanding retailer individual of the year.