Cuban rum brand Havana Club is once again looking to shine a light on the bar industry’s risk takers and visionaries, as nominations open for the Havana Club Bar Entrepreneur Awards 2020.
Following what has been one of the most challenging periods for the international bar community, in the wake of Covid-19, Havana Club is celebrating entrepreneurs who have worked tirelessly to make their dream a reality and support their teams through turbulent times.
The winning entrepreneur will be crowned the Bar Entrepreneur of the Year and will receive a €20,000 tailored PR package to enhance their profile within the global drinks and business communities.
Between now and 31 July, Havana Club is calling for all bar entrepreneurs across the globe, or those who know one, to submit their nomination online by outlining the inspirational stories behind the world’s most vibrant and forward-thinking bars.
Havana Club’s panel of judges will narrow down the entries to just ten finalists, who will each have to demonstrate their passion and entrepreneurial spirit in a bid to be crowned Entrepreneur of the Year.
“The winner will be a commercially successful bar owner and adventurous visionary who is defining the way people socialise and experience drinks today,” explains Nick Blacknell, international marketing director of Havana Club.
In addition to the overall winner, the judging panel will award three €10,000 tailored prize packages to entrepreneurs deserving special recognition.
Categories for special recognition awards include ‘One to Watch’, which celebrates emerging talent under the age of 30; ‘Social and Eco Entrepreneurship’, for the entrepreneur who demonstrates a commitment to improving the environment; and ‘True Grit Award’, for the entrepreneur who has displayed resilience and successfully navigated the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak.
All shortlisted winners will receive a VIP trip to Cuba, the home of Havana Club, where they will immerse themselves in Cuban culture and have the opportunity to meet and learn from other world-renowned bar owners.
Nick added: “I am proud of Havana Club’s commitment to supporting bar owners and am looking forward to hearing the inspirational stories of our 2020 nominees.
“The Havana Club Bar Entrepreneur Awards is an opportunity for us to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that goes into running the world’s most successful bars, as well as offering them a great opportunity to expand their knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit even further.”
For more information on how to submit your nomination, or to nominate a bartender who deserves it, visit www.bar-entrepreneur-awards.com.