Congratulations to all our Retailers’ Retailer Finalists 2018. The list of 2018 winners is now available.

2018 winners


2018 finalists  (2019 finalists to be published early 2019)

Emerging Concept 

  • Mowgli – MCA met with former barrister Nisha Katona following Mowgli’s gong for best emerging concept – Read more on www.mca‑
  • Grind
  • Ole & Steen
  • Patty & Bun
  • Pizza Pilgrims
  • Vinoteca

Best Concept    

  • The Alchemist
  • Be At One
  • Dishoom
  • Honest Burgers
  • The Ivy Collection
  • Pho

Best Venue        

  • The Alchemist – Media City
  • Greenwood (ETM Group) – Nova Victoria
  • The Ned – London – Following its Retailers’ Retailer award for best venue, The Ned’s managing director Gareth Banner shared his thoughts with MCA about this £20m mega project – Read more on www.mca‑
  • Pizza Pilgrims – West India Quay, London
  • Swingers – London
  • Vinoteca – Bloomberg, London

Best use of Technology 

  • Be At One
  • J D Wetherspoon
  • McDonald’s – Self-order screens and bluetooth locators are soon to become the norm at McDonald’s as it rolls out its Experience the Future programme, which was awarded the Best Use of Technology gong at the 2018 Retailers’ Retailer awards – Read more on www.mca‑
  • Nando’s
  • Wagamama
  • Wahaca

Evolution Award

  • Drake & Morgan
  • ETM Group – ETM Group’s co-founder and CEO Ed Martin explained to MCA how ETM completely changed its sales mix after opening in the Botanist Broadgate, becoming far more wet-led and experiential in nature – Read more on www.mca‑
  • Liberation Group
  • Mitchells & Butlers
  • Rosa’s Thai
  • YO! Sushi

Best Company

  • J D Wetherspoon
  • Leon
  • Loungers
  • Nando’s
  • Pret A Manger
  • Wagamama

Deal of the Year

  • Proprium/C&C Group’s acquisition of Admiral Taverns
  • Bridgepoint’s acquisition of Burger King UK
  • City Pub Group’s IPO
  • Draft House’s acquisition of Grand Union
  • Heineken & Patron’s acquisition of the Punch portfolio – Clive Chesser, CEO, Punch, talked to MCA in November 2018 about its three-year plan for Punch – Read more on www.mca‑ – He also talked to James Wallin, editor of MCA, about the tied and Retail models, joint ventures, acquisitions and investment – Read more on www.mca‑
  • YO! Sushi’s acquisition on Bento Sushi

Investor of the Year       

  • Active Partners
  • Bridgepoint
  • Richard Caring – In a rare interview, Richard Caring, alongside Ivy Collection chief executive and Bill’s chairman David Campbell, talks to MCA about the future of the high street – Read more on www.mca‑
  • Mayfair Equity Partners
  • Piper
  • TDR Capital

Retailers Retailer of the Year      

  • Nick Collins, Loungers
  • Steve Holmes, Azzuri Group
  • Simon Longbottom, Stonegate
  • Paul Pomroy, McDonalds
  • Robin Rowland, Yo Sushi
  • Clive Schlee, Pret A Manger – Following his win, Schlee shared his thoughts with MCA on the expansion of Pret and its closeness to customers – Read more on www.mca‑