The finalists for this year’s Retailers’ Retailer of the Year Awards (RROTY) have been revealed, with strong performances from wet-led businesses across the year represented in the shortlist.

Be At One, Stonegate and JD Wetherspoon are all nominated in multiple categories for this year’s awards, which will take place on 7 March at The Guildhall in the City.

The awards, in their 20th year, are a bellwether of emerging and flourishing operators across the eating and drinking-out sector, and will see 500 senior industry representatives join together to cheer the best of the best in branded restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and bars.

The nominees are:

Retailers’ Retailer of the Year

Nick Collins, Loungers

Steve Holmes, Azzuri Group

Simon Longbottom, Stonegate

Paul Pomroy, McDonalds

Robin Rowland, YO! Sushi

Clive Schlee, Pret A Manger

 

Best Company

J D Wetherspoon

Leon

Loungers

Nando’s

Pret A Manger

Wagamama

 

Best Concept

The Alchemist

Be At One

Dishoom

Honest Burgers

The Ivy Collection

Pho

 

Emerging Concept

Grind

Mowgli

Ole & Steen

Patty & Bun

Pizza Pilgrims

Vinoteca

 

Best Venue

The Alchemist - Media City

Greenwood (ETM Group) - Nova Victoria

The Ned - London

Pizza Pilgrims - West India Quay, London

Swingers - London

Vinoteca – Bloomberg, London

 

Best use of Technology

Be At One

J D Wetherspoon

McDonald’s

Nando’s

Wagamama

Wahaca

 

Evolution Award

Drake & Morgan

ETM Group

Liberation Group

Mitchells & Butlers

Rosa’s Thai

YO! Sushi

 

Deal of the Year

Proprium/C&C Group’s acquisition of Admiral Taverns

Bridgepoint’s acquisition of Burger King UK

City Pub Group’s IPO

Draft House’s acquisition of Grand Union

Heineken & Patron’s acquisition of the Punch portfolio

YO! Sushi’s acquisition on Bento Sushi

 

Investor of the Year

Active Partners

Bridgepoint

Richard Caring

Mayfair Equity Partners

Piper

TDR Capital

 

To cast your vote please follow the instructions which should have been emailed to you.

The special 20thanniversary RROTY awards are brought to you in association with: Asahi; Charles Russell Speechlys; Pernod Ricard; Santander; Sky; Alix Partners; Chapman Ventilation; Zenith Hygiene; Moy Park and Startle.

This year’s event will be hosted by the BBC’s Middle East correspondent Jeremey Bowen, who will be sharing some of the most dramatic moments he has witnessed during his illustrious career.

For further information, see www.rroty.co.uk.