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WELCOME

The Operations Managers Awards shine a spotlight on this talented level of management and celebrate the individual and collective success revealed. Entrants to the competition progress through a rigorous and stimulating series of challenges that assess their skill and contribute to their professional development.

Operations managers with multi site responsibilities are the vital link between the strategy and resources of head office and the individual pubs, bars and restaurants where the customers are cherished and profits made.

There are two categories – one for Area Managers from a managed pub company and the other for Business Development Managers who work with a leased/tenanted pub company, and there are discrete Entry Papers for each; so please ensure you have the correct version before starting!

To nominate an individual click the link at the top of the page. These Awards are great for the individuals, important for their companies and vital for the industry’s reputation and progress.

I look forward to seeing your nominees in the final stages.

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Nick Bish, Founder of the Ops Awards
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A sneak peek inside the ALMR MasterClass

THE COMPETITION

THE AWARDS

To be crowned as the very best Operations Manager, in either category, will require you to be not just to be an excellent leader. You will have to demonstrate your skills and attributes to the judges, the field judges, the tutors and your peers.

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Area Manager

Any Area Manager that is immediately responsible for the conduct and profitability of three or more directly managed licensed
retail units:

From an established UK hospitality retailer

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Business Development Manager

Responsible to the landlord company for the profit returned and the commercial development within the terms of the lease of multiple leased or tenanted licensed retail units:

From an established UK hospitality retailer

THE PROCESS

Dependent on how far you proceed, there are up to seven stages to the Awards:

1. THE JUDGING PROCESS – FIRST ROUND

An Entry Paper – one for BDMs and one for AMs – should be completed within one month of nomination and with a final deadline [for late entries] of 28 May 2018. This paper is available on the Awards website now; it will seek written answers to express entrants’ understanding of the industry and to describe their contribution to the commercial success of the pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants for which they are responsible.

Judging of the Entry Papers will reduce the number of candidates to a maximum of 20 to attend the MasterClass on 17 – 19 July and the Finalists’ interviews and Awards ceremony on 15 October 2018.

2. PERSONAL PROFILING

All Finalists will complete an online psychometric profile on work-attitude and motivation – (iWAM). The profile will include a one-to-one review for each Finalist with an independent coach during the Awards process. This development programme will also assist team dynamics at the MasterClass. It is important to note that an abridged version of the iWAM profile will be made available to line managers within 28 days of the individuals having received their own feedback.

3. THE MASTERCLASS

Taking place from Tuesday 17 July through to Thursday 19 July, this is a stand-alone bespoke programme that includes top-level insights into leadership, strategic thinking, change management and ‘business in society’. Whilst there is no cost to enter the Ops Awards Competition, the MasterClass requires a financial contribution of £2395.

Finalists are encouraged to take the day after MasterClass as the opportunity to reflect on the learning outcomes of the MasterClass and the experience of the whole Ops Awards.

4. FIELD VISITS

All Finalists will be assessed in their normal day-to-day activities by one of our Mentor Judges who will contact each finalist and arrange a suitable time to “shadow” the finalist on a normal business day. The field judging will take place from the end of July to end of September 2018.

5. FINALS JUDGING

All Finalists will assemble for the Finals Judging day on 15 October at a central London venue where each finalist will be interviewed by two separate judging panels. Each panel will focus on a different aspect – ‘Business’ and ‘People’ – of the role of an Operations Manager.

The judging panels will include senior executives from retail operators and each panel will be chaired by one of the Mentor Judges.

6. AWARDS

The Finalists are invited to attend the Awards event and dinner which takes place in the evening immediately after the Finals Judging on 15 October at The Pullman, Kings Cross, London. It is hoped that companies will support their Finalists by also attending this event.

7. WINNERS

The winning BDM and Area Manager will each receive a trophy in recognition of their success. There is an opportunity for the judges to recognise an individual with the “Rising Star” award. This Award focuses on an outstanding Finalist who is likely to be new to managing multiple retail outlets within the industry.

8. FEEDBACK

At every stage the Mentor Judges will offer personal feedback to all entrants. The Finalists can each receive a one-to-one review to take place after the Awards announcement at a time and place to be agreed.

NEWS

PAST WINNERS

 Many of these individuals have continued the development of themselves and the businesses they work within since winning the ALMR Operations Managers Awards.

1996
Simon Longbottom – Mill House Inns
(sole winner in inaugural year)

1997
Gary Allen – Shepherd Neame
Graeme Marley – Vanguard

1998
John Barclay – Greene King Pub Co
Jane Wilson – Pubmaster

2000
Phil Triggs – S&N Retail (Chef & Brewer)
Dave Ingham – Whitbread Pub Partners

2001
Kate Acton – Whitbread Pub & Bar
Guy Arnold – Enterprise Inns

2002
Paul Marsh – Wizard
Lynda Read – Greene King Pub Partners

2004
Julie Wright – Laurel
Tina Cogan – Enterprise Inns

2005
Rachid Noui – Massive
Mike Mannion – Greene King Pub Partners
Michelle Scrimgeour* – Laurel

2006
Hugh Moloney – Greene King Pub Co
David Daniel – Punch Taverns
Anthony Ringer* – Punch Taverns

2007
John Pettit – Greene King Pub Co
Rohan Miller – Greene King Pub Partners
Tim Marsh* – Massive Pub Co

2008
Jo Probert – Orchid Group
Joe Smith – Enterprise Inns
Simeon Baker* – Punch Taverns

2009
Helen Cook – Novus Leisure
Jim Owthwaite – Punch Taverns
Amber Wood* – Novus Leisure

2010
Anthony Davies – McMullen & Sons
Carolyn Matthews – Daniel Thwaites
Daniel Wilkinson* – Greene King Pub Partners

2011
Virge Balthazard – McMullen & Sons
Julian Mobbs – Marston’s Pub Co
Ross Palmer* – Novus Leisure

2012
Donny McIntyre – Spirit Pub Co
Heike Funke – Punch Taverns
Rob Summers** – Punch Taverns
Benjamin Smith* – Charles Wells Pub Co

2013
Will Fotheringham – JD Wetherspoon
Barrie Robinson – Greene King Pub Partners
Helen McKenna* – Enterprise Inns

2014
Menesh Modhwadia – New Inventive Pub Co
Darren King – Greene King Pub Partners
Matthew Dyson* – Star Pubs and Bars

2015
Martha Ingham – Mitchells & Butlers
Caren Geering – Admiral Taverns
David Bigio* – Thwaites

2016
Neil McKie – Stonegate Pubs
Paul Wishart – Greene King Pub Partners
Alix Horne** – Punch

2017
Emma Deabill – YO! Sushi
Yvonne Fraser –  Greene King
Adam Sykes* – Fuller, Smith & Turner

2018
Paul Dutnall – ETM Group
Anna Clissold – Admiral Taverns
Kyle Gunn* – Mitchells & Butlers – Harvester
Lorna Willoughby** – Star Pubs & Bars

*Rising Star  **Highly Commended

PATRONS

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Admiral Taverns
At Admiral our BDMs are attracted and motivated by the freedom and autonomy the role gives which enables a real difference to licensees.  They are treated as managing directors of a 45-strong pub company. Our ethos is to appoint the best and then empower them to take decisions that are in the best interests of the licensee and their pub.

With this passion at heart we are delighted to support the Ops Awards as they spotlight and provide continuous professional development for the very best operations managers in the industry.

Phone: 01244 321171
Web: https://www.admiraltaverns.co.uk

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CPL Training
The CPL Training Group is proud to support the Operations Managers Awards. The Awards process showcases the cream of the industry, enables the sharing of best-practice and creates a standard of excellence for others to aspire to.

Daniel Davies, CEO of the CPL Training Group said: “We have sponsored the Operations Managers Awards for four years because it is recognised as the benchmark of industry excellence.”

Phone: 0151 650 6910
Web: https://www.cpltraining.co.uk/

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Everards
Everards are very proud to support the Operations Managers Awards. Attracting, retaining and developing our industry’s finest talent not only supports the industry today but provides a high quality foundation for tomorrow’s leaders.

Phone: 0116 201 4100
Web: https://www.everards.co.uk/

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Fentimans
Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages are delighted to support the Operations Awards.

Developing and retaining the best talent has benefits for all concerned in the industry, as we collectively strive to improve the quality of our offer.

Phone: 01434 609847
Web: https://www.fentimans.com/

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Greene King

Phone: 01284 763 222
Web: https://www.greeneking.co.uk/

Welcome to the Operations Managers Awards

J D Wetherspoon
We were very pleased to see one of our own Area Manager’s win in our first year of entering the Operations Managers Awards. Just like these Awards we, at JD Wetherspoon, truly appreciate the vast skill set needed to be a successful Operations Manager and we are delighted to become a Patron of the Awards and look forward to them playing an integral part in the development of our own Ops Managers.

Phone: 01923 477 777
Web: https://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/

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Punch Taverns
The Operations Managers Awards have a positive impact on those that attend whether it be from a developmental perspective or an opportunity to network and share experiences with talented people or purely offering time to reflect. Punch Taverns are pleased to continue its sponsorship of the Awards.

Phone: 01283 501 999
Web: https://www.punchtaverns.com

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Star Pubs & Bars
The Operations Managers Awards have long been part of the development process used by Star Pubs & Bars to reward and highlight the talent we have within the Operation team. We are delighted that these Awards raise the recognition of how important the best Ops Managers are to the success of the businesses they work with are we are very pleased to support them.

Phone: 0131 528 2700
Web: https://www.starpubs.co.uk

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Vianet
Delivering real change through unparalleled insight.

At Vianet we build collaborative relationships which enable growth and empower real change in your business. We’re experts in harnessing the power of our Internet of Things platform to create insightful reporting, enabling our customers to drive business growth, efficiency and profit. Our wealth of experience allows us to constantly re-evaluate and lead the way in developing IOT solutions which work for you.

Phone: 01642 358800
Web: https://www.vianetplc.com

Venners

Venners
We work with hundreds of Operations Managers on a daily basis and appreciate how vital they are in creating the great venues we all want to visit. With excellent operations comes strong business performance. Venners are enormously proud to support these Awards because achieving excellence in operations and business is at the heart of everything we do.

Phone: 01279 620 820
Web: https://www.venners.co.uk/

NOMINATE

Nominations may come from an individual’s line manager, their peers, their licensees, their suppliers or anyone else who recommends the individual as being the best operations manager in their category.

Nominators should note that entrants cannot win the competition without selection as a Finalist and attendance at the MasterClass – between 17 July and 19 July 2018 plus the finals judging and awards day on 15 October at The Pullman, Kings Cross, London.

+ NOMINATE ONLINE

If you wish to save the form half way through please scroll to the bottom and click on “Save and Continue Later” This will give you a personal URL to complete the form on the website, you can also email this to yourself so you don’t forget it and can access your entry anywhere.

We highly suggest you keep a local copy of your answers in word or similar and then copy and paste your answers here.

Simply click above to nominate online

DOWNLOADS

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Criteria
Throughout all the elements of the competition the judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding success against sales and profit criteria and particularly in the context of: –

Business Skills, Financial Management, Administration
Business planning – Sales & volume growth – Health, safety & hygiene
Licensee recruitment – Purchasing & gross margins – Licensing law & procedures
Staff retention & development – Cost control & profit protection – CSR
Marketing and sales promotion – Accountancy – Employment law
Use of electronic media – Capital investment – Property standards
Product knowledge & Customer service

Finalists at the MasterClass will have every opportunity to project their own personality and demonstrate their qualities of leadership and teamwork, innovation and diligence but it is not itself part of the Competition.

“These are such amazing Awards, we are very privileged to be apart of an industry that has such talent and professionalism at it’s core”

Nick Bish – ALMR

ENTRIES

• Your entry paper should consist of no more than 15 pages including attachments and a font size of no less than 12pt should be used.
• The answers should be concise and may be in note form where appropriate.
• The weighting of marks is shown with each question – your responses should reflect the weighting in terms of content and length.
• Where options are indicated (Area Manager’s), select the one that you are most comfortable with depending on your trading style and sector. Check you answer the right number of questions in each section.
• All information contained in your answers will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
• You have 28 days from the date of your Nomination to complete the Entry Paper.
• Please take note of the Suggested Word Count (SWC) given for each answer. Your response should not exceed this.

+ AM ONLINE ENTRY

If you wish to save the form half way through please scroll to the bottom and click on “Save and Continue Later” This will give you a personal URL to complete the form on the website, you can also email this to yourself so you don’t forget it and can access your entry anywhere.

We highly suggest you keep a local copy of your answers in word or similar and then copy and paste your answers here.

+ BDM ONLINE ENTRY

If you wish to save the form half way through please scroll to the bottom and click on “Save and Continue Later” This will give you a personal URL to complete the form on the website, you can also email this to yourself so you don’t forget it and can access your entry anywhere.

We highly suggest you keep a local copy of your answers in word or similar and then copy and paste your answers here.

DOWNLOADS

AMentry-pdf        BDMentry-pdf       rules

Criteria
Throughout all the elements of the competition the judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding success against sales and profit criteria and particularly in the context of: –

Business Skills, Financial Management, Administration
Business planning – Sales & volume growth – Health, safety & hygiene
Licensee recruitment – Purchasing & gross margins – Licensing law & procedures
Staff retention & development – Cost control & profit protection – CSR
Marketing and sales promotion – Accountancy – Employment law
Use of electronic media – Capital investment – Property standards
Product knowledge & Customer service

Finalists at the MasterClass will have every opportunity to project their own personality and demonstrate their qualities of leadership and teamwork, innovation and diligence but it is not itself part of the Competition.

BOOK YOUR TABLE / PLACES

OPS AWARDS CEREMONY – MONDAY 15TH OCTOBER
The Pullman, Kings Cross, London – Business Attire
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This event really should be attended by any company with an operations team. The Awards are the specific recognition of the skill, endeavour and enthusiasm of those who daily lead and support their managed or leased estates to deliver individual and corporate business success This is the opportunity for the industry to applaud these individuals in particular and the teams that they work with.

WHAT WILL YOU ENJOY?

An evening of unrivalled networking with your peer group as board directors, senior executives, ops managers and lots of supporters share the room waiting to hear the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Operations Managers Awards.

+ BOOK TABLE / PLACES

Please fill out your details below and we will be in touch for your payment. Please ensure that you check all details of your booking before submitting as it is these details we will use for invoicing and contacting you for the details of your guest(s).

Get in touch

 info@almropsawards.org.uk

 +44 20 3286 7155