Entries now open for BII’s Licensee of the Year Award 2018

2017 winner - Mark Higgs from The Castle Inn (Edgehill)
16/01/2018 - 07:00
Nominations are now open for the British Institute of Innkeeping’s (BII) annual Licensee of the Year 2018, “recognising the top individual licensees operating in the industry.”

Open to managers, lessees, tenants and free traders across the country, entrants must have been operating their business for a minimum of 2 years, hold a Personal Licence and also have a food hygiene rating of four or above.

After a “rigorous” four month judging process, the winner will be announced at the BII Summer Event on 5 June, where the Licensee of the Year will also take home a year’s free Sky Sports subscription for their venue.

BII chief executive Mike Clist said: “The BII Licensee of the Year Award has been going for over 30 years now and is the award to win if you are a licensee operating in today’s market. This competition searches for the gold standard in our industry – a licensee who excels in all aspects of running a licensed hospitality business – they really must be the full package.

“Many of our previous winners are well known and hugely successful figures in the sector today, and I can't wait to meet the 2018 finalists - the field just gets stronger every year!"

2017 winner Mark Higgs from The Castle Inn (Edgehill), added: “I was overwhelmed and a bit gobsmacked to be honest with you - but just absolutely chuffed to bits! It was much tougher than I expected but to get this at the end is just amazing."

Sponsoring for a second year, managing director of Sky Business,

David Rey, explained: “We (Sky) are proud to sponsor the BII Licensee of the Year for a second year. The standard of last year’s entries was second-to-none and I’m looking forward to seeing what the 2018 competition brings.

“The awards recognise those licensees for whom operational excellence is paramount and who think about every aspect of their business in order to make it a successful one. The dedication and professionalism of licensees is vital for the continued growth of the on-trade, and we continue to work with the BII to support both its members and the industry.”

Entries are now open until 28 February and licensees can either nominate themselves or be nominated by colleagues, customers or suppliers via http://www.bii.org/events-awards/licensee-of-the-year-award/.

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