The NITAs are back and bigger than ever for 2018, after unprecedented number of applicants.

The awards celebrate those who have demonstrated innovation and training excellence in the licensed retail sector. This is the third NITA, after the BII reintroduced the event in 2016.

Shortlisted finalists presented to the judging panels on Tuesday 23rd October to make their training programmed come alive and show in greater depth what makes them worthy of a coveted NITA.

The nominations are:

Best Training Programme

Leased and Tenanted

Charles Wells

St Austell Brewery

Best Managed Training Programme

Under 50 Outlets

16 Hospitality

Barons Pub Company

Beds and Bars

Coaching Inn Group

Oakman Inns & Restaurants Ltd

Yummy Pub Co

Best Managed Training Programme

Over 50 Outlets

Fuller, Smith & Turner

McMullen & Sons

Stonegate Pub Company

TGI Fridays


Best Apprenticeship Training Programme

Mitchells and Butlers

Stonegate Pub Company

Best Casual Dining Training Programme

TGI Fridays

Oakman Inns & Restaurants Ltd

Licensee Trainer of the Year

Kate Ross – The Turk’s Head

Mark Thornhill – The King’s Head

Professional Trainer of the Year

Dean Barker-Rogers – Learning & Development Manager – Stonegate Pubs

Gary Richmond – Culinary Learning & Development Manager – Mitchells and Butlers

Karl Czinege – Trainer & Business Coach – Karl Czinege Consulting Ltd

Peter Spivack – Business & Training Consultant – Peter Spivack Associates

Sarah Halpin – HR & Training Manager – Castle Rock Brewery

Tanya Wicks – Head of Compliance & Development – Barons Pub Company


This year there will also see the return of the Franca Knowles Lifetime Achievement Award, which identifies and recognises an individual working within the on-licensed retail sector who leads by example and demonstrates training and people are at the core of what they do. The award is chosen by a panel of judges, led by Keith Knowles, CEO and founder of Beds & Bars.

Keith, Franca Knowles and their team, built Beds and Bars on a foundation of strong teambuilding, continuous investment in developing and training, and supporting people involved in the business. Both Franca and Keith have been recognised by the Queens honour list. In 2009, Franca was awarded an MBE for services to hospitality training, including her tireless work to develop the Footsteps Training programme which, almost 20 years on, is still an invaluable tool for small, independent companies. Last year Keith was awarded an OBE for his contribution to communities and charities.

CPL Training would like to wish all our clients and trainers success in their respected categories.

The winners will be announced on 20th November 2018, in a elaborate ceremony in London’s Café de Paris.

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