BII Scotland seeks nominees for 2016 awards

Drygate bar

BII Scotland has launched its 2016 annual awards, including categories such as best bar and late-night operators and bar personality of the year.

Nominations are invited across 10 categories, with a new award for 2016 honouring the “Individual Licensee of the Year”. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on May 22.

BII Scotland, the leading professional body for licensees, is tying this year’s awards in with a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the organisation in Scotland.

Entry is open until March 21, and nominations can be made by email to The judging will take place during April and May and the winners will be announced on the night.

The categories for the 2016 BII Scotland Annual Awards are:
• Bar Personality of the Year
• Bar Operator of the Year
• Scottish Brewery of the Year
• Best Business Initiative
• Social Responsibility
• Late Night Operator of the Year
• Whisky Bar of the Year
• Food Operator of the Year
• Scottish Training Award
• Individual Licensee of the Year

Last year’s winners included Revolution in Aberdeen, Drygate bar and brewery in Glasgow (pictured), bar manager Anna Thomson of Rick’s in Edinburgh, and Porter & Rye in Glasgow.

BII Scotland chairman Stephen McGowan said: “The Scottish awards have gone from strength to strength and will be even more special in our 30th anniversary – we are expecting 400 guests from the great and good of the licensed trade in Scotland to attend.

“We are very much looking forward to celebrating the high calibre and professional standards of those who work in our industry.

“I am incredibly honoured to be able to host what will be an extra special event for BII members in Scotland at our awards dinner this year. We will have some big surprises on the night in addition to our award ceremony and entertainment and it’s going to be a fantastic event.”

For enquiries about tickets for the BII Scotland Annual Awards, organised in association with charity partner Springboard, contact Tickets are £75 each for non-members and £60 for members. Tables of 10 can be purchased at £750 for non-members and £600 for members.

Click here for details of last year’s award winners.

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