Category Nominations for 2024


Emerging Concept

This award celebrates a fledgling multi-site format the senior industry believes looks set to deliver sustainable success.

Award sponsor: Greene King


Best New Opening

This award goes to a 2023 site opening which combines a great location with outstanding design and exceptional customer appeal.

Award sponsor: Chapman Ventilation


Best Pub/Bar Company

This category recognises an outstanding multi-site pub company, greatly admired by the senior industry for its quality proposition, core focus on its people, and strong leadership

Award sponsor: Aspall Cyder


Best Restaurant Company

This category recognises a standout multi-site restaurant group, with a demonstrable focus on its customers and staff, quality offering and strong leadership


Best Coffee Shop/Café Group

Incorporating coffee shops, cafes, dessert parlours and dine-in bakeries, this award recognises companies have demonstrated resilience, growth and strong customer service.


Best Concept

This award recognises a sector leading concept which has made a significant impact over the past 12 months, combining an excellent consumer proposition and dynamic execution.


Deal of the Year

This category recognises the best deal to have taken place over the last 12 months, delivering an opportunity for the new ownership to develop the business and maximise its potential.

Award sponsor: Alix Partners


Best QSR Company

Recognising the impressive resilience of quick-service restaurants in the UK, this award goes to a brand that has demonstrated strong growth, contemporary execution and exceptional customer value


Sustainability Award

This award goes to a company or brand that has gone above and beyond in demonstrating its commitment to reducing its impact on the environment.

Award sponsor: Pernod Ricard


Best Omnichannel Brand

This award is for the brand which has found new customers and driven loyalty beyond its core sales channel by adopting an omnichannel strategy. Nominations for this category are via the MCA team, with the senior industry to decide the winner.

Award sponsor: Vita Mojo


Diversity Leadership

This award recognises the business which has done the most to demonstrate its commitment to promoting and supporting employees from under-represented and minority backgrounds on their journey from the front line to the boardroom

Award sponsor: Red Bull


Rising Star

This award goes to an outstanding individual in a multi-site management team (e.g., an HR, FD, operations/site manager) who is rising through the ranks and is a star of the business.


Lifetime Achievement Award

To be decided by MCA’s editor, this award recognises the exceptional achievements and impact an individual has had on the sector over multiple decades.

Award sponsor: Brakes/Sysco


Leader of The Year

This award recognises the outstanding leader of the year, as decided by the MCA Hospitality Awards Academy, made up of senior UK operators, suppliers and MCA subscribers.

Award sponsor: Uber Eats