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NITAS 2020 to mark exceptional triumphs of the licensed trade

Three new awards join the NITAs line-up for 2020! In recognition of all the support and effort that has been targeted at overcoming the challenges of this year, the awards will recognise the 'best of the best' when it comes to training and development in the licensed trade.

While the usual awards ceremony will not be possible this year, we passionately believe that those at the heart of recruitment, retention, development and wellbeing of their teams needs to be recognised for the incredible contributions made.

Scroll down to learn more about each award, including our new additions: 

  • The BII Heart of the Community Award
  • Staff Wellbeing Award
  • Hospitality Support Programme Award


Categories & Criteria

Click the links below to read the criteria for each NITAs each category

Staff Wellbeing Award
Open to any companies, trainers or individuals who have taken steps to recognise the need to ensure staff are taken care of, this award recognises work implemented pre- or post-Covid.
Hospitality Support Programme Award
Are you an individual or company who has gone above and beyond to support the Hospitality Sector throughout the pandemic?
Best Training Programme: Managed Companies (under 50 outlets)
Open to any managed companies with under 50 sites, nominate yourselves or colleagues for the recognition they deserve!
Best Training Programme: Managed Companies (over 50 outlets)
Do you offer training for managed companies with over 50 outlets? This category is open for you to nominate yourselves or deserving colleagues.
Best Training Programme: Leased & Tenanted Companies
Nominations are open to any company with a Leased and Tenanted division in the licensed trade, get your achievements recognised by the wider industry!
Best Training Programme: Individual Operator
We want to hear from individual site operators who have a hands on approach to training their staff, click here to find out more about this category.
Best Training Programme: Apprenticeship
Offering an apprenticeship programme as part of your operations is a great way to train and inspire the next generation of licensees or chefs. Click here to find out more about entering!
Training Professional of the Year
Open to any licensed trade trainer, whether internally in a company, as a consultant or as a trainer with a training provider. Find out more about nominating here.
HR Manager of the Year
Managing staff wellbeing, progression and training is a vital role in our industry, click here to find more about how to nominate yourselves or a colleagues for apt recognition of their work.
BII Heart of the Community Award
At a time where our industry has faced real threat to business, we are so proud of the waves of licensees helping neighbours, their communities and fundraising for charities too. This award is for you!
Franca Knowles Live your Life Award
A special award chosen by Keith Knowles and a panel of previous winners for an individual who has gone above and beyond to support the hospitality industry.