2022 Categories

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 with dynamic execution.

Best Company

This category recognises an outstanding multi-site company which delights customers, invests in its people, and demonstrates strong commercial resilience.

Best New Opening

This award goes to a 2021 site opening which combines a great location with outstanding design and exceptional customer appeal.

Emerging Concept

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

Best Use of Technology
This award is for an operator which has led the way with innovative technology to enhance its business and boost engagement with consumers.

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 grow and lead the business into a bright future.

Investor of the Year

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 acquisition or in the continued development of its portfolio.

Evolution Award
This award is for the business which has notably evolved its offer, to create new and sustainable revenue streams and greater customer engagement.

Lifetime Achievement Award
This award recognises the exceptional achievements and impact an individual has had on the sector over multiple decades.

Hero Award
This award goes to an outstanding individual in a multi-site senior management team (eg HR, FD, operations/site manager) who has met every challenge to navigate the business through a challenging year. 

Sustainability Award...new for 2022
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.

International Newcomer...new for 2022
Brands from America, Asia and beyond continue to favour Britain as a flagship region to do business, and this new award celebrates the concept that has made the biggest splash upon arriving on these shores.

Retailers' Retailer of the Year
This award is chosen by the Retailers Academy, made up of senior UK operators and MCA subscribers, to be the outstanding leader during the year.