BII Launches National Innovation In Training Awards

BIIThe BII is delighted to announce the NITAs (National Innovation in Training Awards) have officially re-launched for 2016 and are now open to entries from industry representatives who demonstrate training excellence and innovation in the licensed retail sector.

The award ceremony is taking place at the Café de Paris in London on 21st November 2016 and will recognise those companies and individuals that really care about their employees, helping them to achieve improvements in training and standards. The NITA categories are as follows:

  • Licensee Trainer of the Year
  • Professional Independent Trainer of the Year
  • Training Company of the Year
  • Best Development Programme (Leased & Tenanted Companies)
  • Best Managed Company for Training (Less than 30 outlets)
  • Best Managed Company for Training (More than 30 outlets)

The NITAs are incredibly simple to enter; from 8th August onwards, interested candidates can simply go to and select NITAs, register their details, pick their category or categories and enter online. The deadline for entries is Friday 16th September.

Candidates can enter more than one category for consideration. Each category will have a judging panel consisting of an industry expert, a senior person from the BII and the sponsor to judge who has best showcased knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for their respective category.  Judging visits to those successful in progressing to the finalist stage in each category will happen during October, with the winner announced at the Awards Ceremony on 21st November.

In addition to the aforementioned categories, The Franca Knowles Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by SKY, the lead partner for the event), will be chosen by a panel led by Keith Knowles, CEO and founder of Beds & Bars. This award will identify and recognise 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.  This is an industry recognition award rather than a category open for entries, and is in memory of the late Franca Knowles, Keith’s wife who herself was a multiple winner of NITA awards and was passionate about people and training.

BII CEO, Mike Clist, commented, ‘The NITAs were originally launched in 1991 in order to recognise the best in training excellence and innovation and we’re delighted to re-launch the awards to a new generation in the industry. Training our workforce is vital to the sector and we encourage licensees to invest in supporting and educating their team. The more you invest the more you get back from your workforce, while also encouraging staff retention and satisfaction.’

David Rey, Managing Director of Sky Business, added: “We’re thrilled to be the lead sponsor for BII’s newly relaunched NITAs. These awards will help to demonstrate the value and importance of training, particularly to those who are new to the industry and keen to explore the career development opportunities it offers. It’s especially important to recognise those making training a priority for their business. We look forward to seeing who wins!”

Current category sponsors include SKY, Star Pubs and Bars, Admiral Taverns and CPL Training, and there are still categories available for those keen to support the awards.

For more information about the BII or to express interest in entering any of the NITA categories, please visit: