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All nominees will be considered for the overall Havana Club Bar Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Overall winner

An adventurous visionary who is defining the way people socialise and experience drinks today. Not afraid to take risks and challenge industry norms, our winner will be fuelled by passion and determination. They will have fought to get where they are and optimistic in the face of challenges. Commercially successful and ahead of the curve, they are ambitious for themselves, their team and their wider community.

Key criteria:
• A clear and strong vision
• Experience of taking risks and challenging norms
• Passionate
• Optimistic
• Evidence of business success
• Strategies to develop their team and improve the wider community

Additionally, during the judging process the judges will be asked to identify three other entrepreneurs who will receive special recognition awards for:

The True Grit Award

In this most challenging period for modern day hospitality we'd like to honour the strength, resilience and bravery of bar entrepreneurs. This award will recognise the bar entrepreneur who the judges believe has shown true grit.

Key criteria:
• Leadership
• Courage
• Resilience

One to Watch

This award recognises an emerging entrepreneur who is on their way to greater success. They will be under the age of 30 and will demonstrate through their achievements so far that they have the ability and vision to meet their future entrepreneurial ambitions. This is the only category where owning or part-owning a bar is not a requirement.

Key criteria:
• Have achieved success in their current ventures
• Clear ambitions for the future
• Role model for aspiring bar entrepreneurs

Social and eco entrepreneurship

This award recognises the entrepreneur who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the environment and / or their local community, while also achieving business success.

Key criteria:
• Application of sound socially and / or environmentally friendly principles
• Successful business model which is socially and / or environmentally impactful
• Team development / management

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