Nominations sought for Ops Managers Awards as deadline looms

Simon Longbottom Stonegate

With only a month left until deadline, the industry is being urged to submit nominations for the 2017 ALMR Operations Managers Awards, the annual search to identify the best and brightest leaders in bars, clubs, pubs and restaurants.

The ALMR Operations Managers Awards identifies and celebrates outstanding individuals running multi-site businesses within both the managed and the leased sectors of licensed hospitality. Organised by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, these awards are unique in recognising the skills, insight and professionalism that the best operations managers bring to their businesses and to the industry.

Past winners and finalists have gone on to senior roles in some of the sector’s leading companies and include Simon Longbottom (pictured), now chief executive of bar and pub operator Stonegate Pub Company. He said: “I’m proud to have won this award at an early stage in my career and can testify to the fact they provide a rigorous assessment of your own skills and competencies. The awards shine a light on a cohort of individuals that are driving the performance and reputation of the industry and I would encourage people to submit their nominations.”

The 20 finalists will be revealed in August and will then each spend a day in trade with one of the Mentor Judges. Following that is a rigorous three-day masterclass where the finalists are immersed in leadership, strategy and personal development that leverages and polishes their own skill sets.

They then move on to the finals judging day in November which involves searching interviews from panels of leading industry professionals – testing the finalists’ performance and potential. The winners are then revealed at a gala ceremony that same evening. They then take the plaudits of the entire sector when they are presented at the ALMR Christmas Lunch on December 19 at Old Billingsgate, London.

Nick Bish, founder of the Operations Managers Awards, said: “The challenging entry papers take a day or two to complete and should be submitted by the end of July at the latest so it’s worth nominating now so that individuals have time to show what they know and what they can do. Companies should look closely at their teams, spot their own champions and those who will benefit from being involved.”

Nominations can be made online at, with downloadable entry papers to be submitted any time before 31 July.

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