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Nominations open for the best hospitality operators in the North of England

The NRB Top Fifty, in association with Kuits Solicitors, is now inviting applications and nominations from the region’s leading operators for the 2017 awards, to be announced at Northern Restaurant & Bar in Manchester on 21st March.

The entry process is now open for the sixth NRB Top Fifty Awards, the prestigious hospitality powerlist of the North’s finest food and drink professionals. The awards celebrate the fifty top hospitality operators who, over the last twelve months, have shown sector-leading levels of commercial and critical success. Three operators who the judges believe have achieved something truly exceptional will also be celebrated for their outstanding contribution.

Nominations can be submitted online at and the deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 27 January 2017.

The NRB Top Fifty Awards are held in association with Kuits Solicitors and sponsored by Jelf Manson, Metis Real Estate, The Russell Partnership & CGA Peach.

Every year industry standard bearers attend the awards reception, held in the heart of the NRB exhibition, to meet their peers and colleagues and to celebrate industry excellence. Last year’s special achievement awards winners were chef Michael O’Hare, Mohammed Aslam from Aagrah Restaurants and Roy Ellis, Neil Macleod, Joel Wilkinson, Adelaide Winter and Dan Mullen from Mission Mars.

The awards are judged by a panel of leading hospitality experts who span the fields of law, finance, property, insurance, marketing and business consultancy and include industry experts from Kuits, Jelf Manson, Metis Real Estate, the Russell Partnership and CGA Peach. Judges are looking for operators who show consistent commercial success, as well as evolution and innovation, and who have made a greater contribution to the industry and the region in terms of skills, training, ambassadorial work and CSR

“Judging these awards gets harder every year”, says Thom Hetherington, CEO of organisers Holden Media. “The big names are still out in force, but there is clearly an incredible upsurge in smaller entrepreneurial operators with serious talent and big ambitions, and they are having a significant impact in the market place.

“Even in these early stages we are seeing some fascinating trends emerging, and I think the final fifty will provide an incredibly revealing and accurate record of where the Northern hospitality scene is heading in 2017. It’s an exciting time for the region, and we are proud to recognise the key players in the NRB Top Fifty each year.”

The NRB Top Fifty is hosted at Northern Restaurant & Bar, The North’s biggest hospitality show, which returns to Manchester Central 21-22 March for the show’s 17th year. The show welcomes 300 exhibitors, 7,500 industry professionals and includes the NRB Debate (Tues 21 March) and a programme of events hosted by organisations including Pro-Manchester, Action Against Hunger and CityCo. Hospitality professionals can register now for free tickets online at

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