We are excited to announce two Mitchells & Butlers' regional managers have reached the shortlist for this year's Operations Managers Awards from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers.

The awards are split into two categories - for pubcos and managed operators. Mitchells & Butlers' Sonia Harris and Claire Maynard are both finalists in the running to win the managed operators prize.

The finalists will now be assessed over day visits and an ALMR Masterclass, before the winners are named at the association's annual Christmas lunch on 18 December.

The ALMR's Nick Bish said: "We have always been exceptionally proud of the Awards, the way they recognise and reward the best operations managers-regardless of size of business. I have nothing but admiration for the phenomenal ability of these individuals to develop the company's growth strategy by supporting, guiding and encouraging licensees to produce popular and profitable retail businesses."

Susan Martindale, Group HR and Operations Director, Mitchells & Butlers commented: "This is great recognition for Sonia and Claire. They are both exceptional operators, striving every day to encourage and support their frontline teams to deliver excellent results for the business."