BII unveils Licensee of the Year finalists

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has announced the six finalists for this year’s Licensee of the Year.

The Sky-sponsored competition is now in its final stage leading up to the BII’s Summer Event at the HAC Gardens on 4 June, where the winner will be crowned.

The judges have visited the pubs of all twelve semi-finalists, spread across the whole of the UK assessing standards from car parks and outside areas to cellars and kitchens as well as trading areas. They have also completed in-depth interviews with the entrants, covering all aspects of their business, their commitment to staff and to their own personal development.

The six finalists for this year are:

Danny & Tara Adams – The Greyhound, Bromham

James & Tom Bainbridge – The Tilbury, Datchworth

Michelle Frankgate – Drayton Court Hotel, Ealing

David Hage & Mark Osborne – The Railway, Lowdham

Victoria & Gavin Hunt – The Fox, Lyng

Samantha Robinson – Queens Head, Troutbeck


Mike Clist, CEO of the BII, said: “The BII Licensee of the Year competition has long been renowned for being the most rigorous of all the awards in licensed retailing and is the one that individual operators really want to win. We consistently see an extremely high standard of entrants and 2019 has been no exception. In the current climate, we feel more than ever that the talent and commitment of exceptional licensees needs to be recognised and rewarded and I wish our fantastic finalists well in the final stage of the competition.”

On 3 June the finalists will face three judging panels of industry experts and will be grilled on business development, people & training and financial awareness.

The overall winner will be decided and announced at the BII Summer Event the following day, on 4 June, attended by over 800 of the great and good of the licensed trade in the UK.

Pictured: last year’s Licensee of the Years winners Alex and Tanya Williams