Emerging concept – Sponsored by Food Spark

This award identifies a fledgling multiple-site format that the Retailers’ Academy has identified has a great chance of having sustainable success over the coming years.

Best concept – Sponsored by Molson Coors

This award recognises the best trading format in the sector, in terms of consumer proposition and execution, which has proven itself across a number of different trading locations.

Best venue – Sponsored by Chapman Ventilation

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

Best use of technology– Sponsored by Asahi

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

Evolution award – Sponsored by Pernod Ricard

This award is for a company or trading format that has endured, recognising the importance of evolving, repositioning concepts, developing new routes to market, embracing technology or expanding into new markets through acquisition. In doing so they have stayed relevant to current consumer demand.

Best company – Sponsored by Diversey / Zenith Hygiene Group

This award goes to what MCA subscribers believe is the outstanding multiple-site company operating in the eating and drinking-out market, bringing together execution of offer, with sales growth and people development.

Deal of the year

This award identifies the significant acquisitions, sales, or financial restructurings, which have taken place across the sector over the last 12 months. The winning deal should provide an example of good exit for the vendor; a sustainable future for the business/concept and scope to grow the business under new ownership.

Investor of the year – Sponsored by BDO

This award is for an individual or company that has successfully invested in the eating and drinking-out market over the last 12 months, whether through an acquisition or acquisitions, or in the continued development of its portfolio.

Growth company of the year – Sponsored by Alix Partners

This award, in association with MCA and now in its seventh year, is an annual index of the fastest growing companies within the UK’s eating and drinking out sector.

Tim Bacon rising star award – Sponsored by Red Bull

This award is designed to identify the individual or individuals who we, in consultation with you, our operators, believe will make a significant contribution to this market for many years to come.

Lifetime achievement award – Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys

This award recognises the achievements and impacts an individual has had on the sector over the last twenty years.

Retailers’ Retailer of the year – Sponsored by Uber Eats

This is the person chosen by the Retailers’ Academy – senior operators from across the UK’s bar and restaurant business – as the outstanding individual of the year.