Nominations open for ALMR awards for best operations managers

ALMR finalists

Nominations are now open for the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers’ annual search for the best operations managers in the licensed trade.

Each year, the ALMR Operations Managers Awards identifies the best area manager and business development manager in the world of bars, pubs, clubs and casual dining.

It is widely regarded as the finest, most rigorous test of a manager’s skill and determination and the enthusiasm and dedication they bring to the outlets they support.

It also provides a framework for professional development, with finalists taking part in a top-level masterclass run in conjunction with Ashridge Consulting.

Previous finalists have come from both the traditional pub companies and the late-night sector such as The Deltic Group and Novus Leisure.

To nominate your operations manager, visit the awards’ dedicated website at or call the ALMR on 020 8579 2080.

Nick Bish, who created the awards for the ALMR, said: “We are exceptionally proud of the awards and the talent pool of operations managers that lead success at the sharp end of our industry. It is this flair and aptitude that the Operations Managers Awards exists to recognise, celebrate and develop.”

Last year’s winners were announced at the ALMR Christmas Lunch (pictured) in front of an audience of 1,200 industry peers who applauded business development manager Caren Geering of Admiral Taverns and area manager Martha Ingham of Mitchells & Butlers.

This year’s winners will be announced at a stand-alone ceremony taking place on November 7, the same evening as the finals judging. The winners will then be presented at the 2016 ALMR Christmas Lunch on December 15 at Old Billingsgate, London.

Philip Lay, a mentor judge in the awards programme and managing director of PHL Ventures, said: “Over the past few years we have seen the Operations Managers Awards extend their reach into the wider areas of hospitality. It is now the pinnacle awards for those in the late-night, casual dining and branded sectors as well those within mainstream managed or leased businesses.

“This year we look forward to being able to showcase the exceptional talent that enter the awards at their own event, which will enable a wider audience to support their managers.”

The awards are supported by the sector’s leading operators and suppliers including CPL Training. Paul Chase, director and head of UK compliance at CPL Training and a patron of the awards, said: “The awards say so much about the individual nominated and of course about the company that they work for. It says that they recruit well, they support their employees and they actively promote their individuals to be the best in their field with internal as well as external training. We look forward to seeing another great field of operations managers coming forward for the 2016 awards.”

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