The finalists for MCA’s Retailers’ Retailer Awards 2020 have been announced, with the cohort reflecting a diverse and vibrant range of eating and drinking out operators.

The top award, the Retailers’ Retailer of the Year - in partnership with Uber Eats – sees Richard Caring go up against Greggs CEO Roger Whiteside and Loungers CEO Nick Collins.

Best Company, sponsored by Diversey and Zenith Hygiene Group, is being contested by Dishoom, Hawksmoor and Nando’s, Loungers, Oakman and Stonegate.

The Evolution Award, in partnership with Pernod Ricard UK, will see Bill’s, Coco Di Mama, The Ivy Collection, KFC, Loungers and The Restaurant Group.

We would be delighted if you could take part in the voting for the awards, which celebrate the very best concepts and individuals in the UK eating and drinking out sector.

To vote, please click here. Please note you cannot vote for your own company, or companies under the same ownership.

The full list of nominees are:

Emerging Concept

This award celebrates a fledgling multiple-site format and identifies a developing operator which the senior industry has tipped to enjoy sustainable success over the coming years.

Blacklock

Bleecker Burger

Daisy Green Collection

Farmer J

Homeslice Pizza

Puttshack

 

Best Concept | In partnership with Molson Coors

This award recognises a superb, sector leading concept that combines an excellent consumer proposition with dynamic execution across several different locations.

The Alchemist

Caravan

Dishoom

ETM Group

Mowgli

Rockfish

 

Best Venue | In partnership with Chapman Ventilation

This award goes to a single venue which has outstanding design, offer and service, and compelling and consistent customer appeal.

Arcade Food Theatre, Centre Point

Flight Club, Birmingham

Hawksmoor, Edinburgh

The Ivy Asia, St Pauls

Market Halls, West End

The Ned, London

 

The Best Use of Technology

This award goes to an operator which has led the way with innovative technology, to enhance its business and boost engagement with consumers.

ETM Group

Flight Club

JD Wetherspoon

McDonald’s

Nando’s

Wagamama

 

The Evolution Award | In partnership with Pernod Ricard UK

This award goes to a business that continues to evolve, from repositioning its offer or concept, developing new routes to market, introducing new technology or expanding into new markets through acquisition.

Bill’s

Coco Di Mama

The Ivy Collection

KFC

Loungers

The Restaurant Group

 

Best Company | In partnership with Diversey and Zenith Hygiene Group

This category is awarded to an outstanding multiple-site company which combines a brilliant offer and execution with growing sales and people development.

Dishoom

Hawksmoor

Loungers

Nando’s

Oakman Inns & Restaurants

Stonegate Pub Company

 

Deal of the Year

This category recognises the best deal to have taken place over the last 12 months, encompassing a good exit for the vendor and the opportunity for the new ownership to grow and lead the business into a sustainable future.

Pret A Manger acquires EAT

Asahi acquires Fullers drinks business

CK Asset Holdings acquires Greene King

The Loungers IPO

Stonegate Pub Company bids for Ei Group

Azzurri Group acquires Pod

 

Investor of the Year | In partnership with BDO

This award is for an individual or company that has successfully invested in the eating and drinking-out market over the last 12 months, whether through an acquisition or acquisitions, or in the continued development of its portfolio.

Edition Capital

Imbiba

Lion Capital

The Restaurant Group

TDR Capital

TriSpan

 

Best Individual: Retailers’ Retailer of the Year 2020 | In partnership with Uber Eats

This award goes to the outstanding leader of the year.

Richard Caring - Caprice Holdings

Nick Collins - Loungers

Simon Emeny - Fuller, Smith & Turner

Karen Jones - Prezzo

Simon Longbottom - Stonegate Pub Company

Roger Whiteside - Greggs