BII Scotland adds new categories for 2014 awards

crowne plaza glasgowBII Scotland has introduced new categories as part of its annual awards for Scotland’s licensed trade.

Awards have been added for Scottish Brewery of the Year and Food Operator of the Year to reflect growth of the Scottish brewing sector and the increasing importance of food to pubs and bars.

They join existing categories for bar personality, bar operator, whisky bar, best business initiative, social responsibility, training and late-night operator.

Nominations for the awards should be emailed to and nominees will be contacted immediately with further details. The deadline for entry is March 31. Judging will take place in April.

The ceremony will be held in association with purchasing specialist Pelican at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (pictured) in Glasgow on Sunday May 11.

Stephen McGowan, chairman of BII Scotland, said: “This year is set to be our best night yet with some fantastic sponsors, speakers, and new award categories – and we have been pleased to see the event grow from strength to strength.

“2014 is a year in which we can celebrate how the licensed trade truly adds to Scotland and the Scottish experience.

“New award categories include Scottish Brewery of the Year and Food Operator of the Year, reflecting the incredible success of the Scottish brewing scene in recent years as well as the continued focus on quality Scottish produce in pubs and restaurants across the country.”

Individual award are sponsored by Belhaven, Deuchars IPA, Glenfiddich, TLT Solicitors, SIBA, Butchershop, the Security Industry Authority, Blueprint and Luminar.

Tickets for the ceremony are priced at £50 or a table of 10 for £500. Space is extremely limited so you are advised to book early. You can reserve a table by emailing or by contacting Jonathan Whitten at or on 0781 532 1780.

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