Nominations are being sought for the annual list naming the top 50 people working in the hospitality industry in the north, from bar owners to restaurateurs.
The fifth annual NRB Top Fifty, in association with Kuits Solicitors, will be announced at Northern Restaurant & Bar show in Manchester on March 15 along with three outstanding achievement award winners from the list.
Nominations and applications can be submitted online at nrbtopfifty.co.uk and must be received by 5pm on Friday January 22.
Every year industry stars attend the annual reception to meet peers and colleagues. Previous special award winners have included Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts of bar and restaurant operator Living Ventures, Paul Askew of the Art School restaurant in Liverpool, Simon Rogan of L’Enclume in Cumbria and Stephen Miles of the Radisson Edwardian Manchester.
The judges will include industry experts from sponsors Kuits, insurance broker Jelf Manson, Metis Real Estate and the Russell Partnership, the leisure and catering consultancy.
Thom Hetherington, CEO of organisers Holden Media, said: “Judging these awards doesn’t get any easier. The number of new hospitality business launching in the north is incredible, and of course the established names aren’t resting on their laurels either so it’s a battle to keep up.
“The constant innovation and increase in both choice and standards is wonderful for the northern dining public. Equally though we think it is important to recognise the incredible graft, commitment and talent of the people who make it all happen, and that’s why we research and publish the NRB Top Fifty each year.”
The north’s biggest hospitality show, Northern Restaurant & Bar, returns to Manchester Central on March 15 and 16 for the show’s 16th year. It also includes the NRB Debate on March 16 and the new NRB NEDworking event which brings together entrepreneurs with non-executive directors (NEDs).
Over 230 exhibitors are already confirmed for the exhibition and there will be more than 50 live demonstrations across four theatres as well as specialist areas for food and drink in the Market Kitchen, Craft Beer Quarter and the Spirit Room. Hospitality professionals can register now for free tickets at northernrestaurantandbar.co.uk.