Search begins for the north’s top 50 in hospitality

NRB Manchester CentralNominations are being sought for the third annual NRB Top 50 awards which recognise the most influential hospitality operators based in the north of England.

The line-up will be chosen by a panel of experts from the Russell Partnership which will also search the region researching the industry’s stars. Those selected will be chosen based on their successes, achievements and their impact on the north’s hospitality industry.

Anyone wishing to enter or nominate a colleague or client needs to complete a registration form online at by the deadline of January 17, 2014.

This year’s awards are sponsored by Kuits Solicitors and organised in association with The Russell Partnership, an international hospitality consultancy.

The NRB Top 50 will be announced at Northern Restaurant & Bar which takes place at Manchester Central (pictured) on March 18 and 19.

Thom Hetherington, managing director of Northern Restaurant & Bar, said: “The NRB Top 50 is all about celebrating these inspiring individuals who have each made a significant impact in their businesses whilst driving commercial and critical success, creating employment, training and investment, and creating profile and prestige for the region and its hospitality sector.”

Click here to see the 2013 NRB 50 which includes Living Ventures co-founder Tim Bacon, Marie Carter and Beau Myers of Almost Famous and Keko Moku, Cleo Farman of the Odd Bar group, Mal Evans of Mojo, Ged Feltham of Leelex, Jobe Ferguson and Ross Mackenzie of Black Dog Ballroom and Martin Wolstencroft of Arc Inspirations.

The 2014 show is set to be bigger than last year, with 200 exhibitors and 6,000 visitors expected over the two days. The trade-only showcase will welcome exhibitors and visitors including licensees, restaurateurs, hoteliers, chefs and bartenders from across the north of England.

Thom said: “Last year’s NRB was a tremendous success and it has enabled us to grow the 2014 show yet again. It is encouraging to see the number of exhibitors and visitors increasing every year and we are looking forward to launching another packed demo programme.

“We are pleased with this year’s fresh new creative as we show the big impact the hospitality sector has on the northern economy.”

For further information about the NRB Top 50 or exhibiting at or visiting NRB 2014, visit

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