The finalists in the BII's national training and development awards (the NITAs) have been announced.
Companies competing in the Licensee Induction Programme award include Scottish & Newcastle Pub Company, Charles Wells, Enterprise Inns and Mitchells & Butlers.
And in the Innovation in Training award pubco giants Punch Taverns and Enterprise Inns will go head-to-head.
Other categories include Licensee Trainer of the Year and a Social Responsibility award. The winners will be announced at the BII's Awarding Body's annual conference in Coventry on February 18.
Judges will then select an overall winner to receive the 2009 Supreme Award, which will be presented at the BII Annual Lunch in May.
Sue Medhurst, BII director of marketing, said: "I'm delighted to say that in spite of the pressures on all businesses in the current climate, training is still clearly seen as a vital way to secure business success and we've received a higher number of entries than last year.
"We view this as testament to the fact that more and more organisations are taking pride in their training and seeking rewards for excellence in this field."
For more information and the full shortlist visit www.bii.org