Emma Woods, chief executive of Wagamama has been named Retailer’s Retailer of the Year at MCA’s 2021 Retailer’s Retailer Awards.
The coveted accolade, which is peer voted, was revealed during the live broadcast of the awards today (11 March) – streamed online for the first time.
The awards, hosted by comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner, saw 10 other awards handed out during the ceremony. Best Company went to Nando’s, Dishoom once again retained its title of Best Concept, and the Evolution Award went to BrewDog.
Bob Ivell, non-executive chairman at Mitchells & Butlers, was the worthy recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while the Hero Award – a new award for 2021 – was given to Suzanne Baker, commercial and property director at Stonegate Pub Company, with Adelle Taylor, operations director at Côte Restaurants recognised with a Highly Commended award.
See below for the full list of winners.
Best Concept, sponsored by Molson Coors – Dishoom
Best Venue, sponsored by Chapman Ventilation – The Ivy Asia, St Paul’s
The Best Use of Technology, sponsored by Lumina Intelligence – Pret A Manger – coffee subscription
The Evolution Award, sponsored by Pernod Ricard UK – BrewDog
Best Company, sponsored by Diversey and Zenith Hygiene – Nando’s
Deal of the Year, sponsored by AlixPartners – Côte Restaurants acquisition by Partners Group
Investor of the Year, sponsored by BDO – The Restaurant Group
Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys – Bob Ivell
The Hero Award, sponsored by Asahi – winner: Suzanne Baker, commercial and property director, Stonegate Pub Company
Highly commended – Adelle Taylor, operations director, Côte Restaurants
Retailer’s Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Uber Eats – Emma Woods, chief executive, Wagamama
RETAILER’S RETAILER AWARDS
Retailer’s Retailer Awards winners revealed
Dishoom won Best Concept for the third time at MCA’s Retailers’ Retailer Awards last night. Nando’s, another previous awards favourite, was awarded Best Company at the virtual ceremony, hosted by Rory Bremner. The Evolution award went to BrewDog, after its impressive innovation during the crisis, while Island Poke was backed for bigger things, after being named Best Emerging Concept.