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




Pret A Manger



Best Concept

The Alchemist

Be At One


Honest Burgers

The Ivy Collection



Emerging Concept



Ole & Steen

Patty & Bun

Pizza Pilgrims



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






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


Richard Caring

Mayfair Equity Partners


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.

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