Operations managers at ETM, Admiral Taverns, Mitchells & Butlers and Star Pubs & Bars were among the winners of UKHospitality’s annual awards, which were announced last night.

This year was the first Operations Managers Awards under the UKH banner but continues the 24-year tradition of the ALMR.

The winners were Paul Dutnall of ETM Group as area manager of the year and Anna Clissold of Admiral Taverns for business development manager of the year, while the Rising Star award went Kyle Gunn of Mitchells and Butlers. The judges also awarded a Highly Commended to Lorna Willoughby of Star Pubs and Bars.

Operations Managers Awards founder Nick Bish said: “The 2018 Operations Managers Awards was, as ever, fiercely contested. The standard among our Finalists was extremely high and our winners have proven their dedication, skill and passion for hospitality.

“The final decision was extremely close and all of our judges were incredibly impressed by the quality across the group of Finalists. I’d like to thank our hardworking Finalists and our team of judges who have thrown themselves head-first into the Awards and underlined how important they are for identifying and celebrating the best individuals at the cutting edge of our industry.”

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The hospitality sector is a hotbed of ingenuity and passion, and we are home to some of the most ambitious and creative leaders in the UK. The Operations Managers Awards is a fantastic way to showcase the immense talent within the sector and recognise the crucial work underway across the UK.

“Congratulations to this year’s winners and all of this year’s finalists, not only for their success in this year’s Awards, but for the great work they do every day.”