Punch Taverns scooped two prizes at yesterday’s NITAs, the pub industry training awards organised by the British Institute of Innkeeping. The tenanted and leased operator won Best Development Programme in non-managed estates category for its X-Factor marketing course and also collected Best Area Manager Award, recognising the development of its BRMs (business relationship managers). It then added a third award when Punch lessee Graham Rowson, of the Plungington Tavern, was named as the BII’s Licensee Trainer of the Year. Charles Wells and Greene King collected the Best Licensee Induction Programme award in the managed and non-managed estate categories, respectively. Hall & Woodhouse and JD Wetherspoon shared the spoils in the Best Development Programme in managed estates, the first time an award has been shared. The Innovation in Training Award went The Asian and Oriental School of Catering, which was set up in response to government attempts to increase the support to small businesses operating in the ethnic restaurant sector. Park Lane College won the Social Responsibility Award for its Safer Licensed Entertainment Programme while Michael Connell of Thwaites was named the Professional Trainer of the Year. The awards, held in conjunction with the Morning Advertiser, were launched in 1991. An impressive list of judges was led by Professor Conrad Lashley, head of the Centre of Leisure Retailing at Nottingham Business School.