BII launches Licensee of the Year 2019

Entries are now open for this year’s BII Licensee of the Year award. The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) is celebrating all that is good about the licensed retail sector by awarding the top individual licensees operating in the industry in 2019.

The competition is open to managers, lessees, tenants and free traders. Last year’s event drew more than 200 entrants vying for the top spot. The competition will culminate in the crowning of the winner at the prestigious BII Summer Event on 4 June. As well as the title of Licensee of the Year, the winner will receive a year’s free Sky Sports Pubs and Clubs subscription for their venue.

Licensees can either nominate themselves or be nominated by colleagues, customers or suppliers at Entrants must have been operating their business for a minimum of two years, hold a personal licence and have a food hygiene rating of 4 or 5.

The 2018 winners, Alex and Tanya Williams (pictured) from the Polgooth Inn in St Austell delivered the whole package with their community spirit, kitchen garden and support for staff and training. Speaking about winning last year, they commented: “The reality hits and you realise it is the biggest competition for licensees. It was such a build-up and as naïve as this sounds, it was only half way through the lunch it dawned on us quite how big it was!”

Mike Clist, the BII’s CEO, added: “The BII Licensee of the Year Award has always had a way of finding the industry’s brightest stars and we are sure that 2019 will be no different. The winner this year will need to be a licensee who excels in all aspects of running a licensed hospitality business and be an ambassador for our fantastic industry.”

Nominations will be open from 14th January to 28th February 2019 at or for more information, contact the LOYA team on