St Austell publicans scoop Licensee of the Year 2018 award

By Claire Churchard and Stuart Stone

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Winning pair: Tanya and Alex Williams were commended for their knowledge and experience
Winning pair: Tanya and Alex Williams were commended for their knowledge and experience
Tanya and Alex Williams of the Polgooth Inn in St Austell, Cornwall, have won the 2018 Licensee of the Year award – sponsored by Sky – at the British Institute of Innkeeping’s (BII) summer event.

The pair beat competition from five other finalists to scoop top honours. They battled through three rounds of competition before impressing judges on the final judging day on 4 June, where they were commended for displaying excellent knowledge and experience in business development, people and training, and financial awareness.

They picked up the trophy in front of a packed audience at the BII's summer event at the Honourable Artillery Company in the City of London on the 5 June.

Tanya said: "It’s slightly surreal and it feels amazing. The BII summer party is such a massive event. I’m bordering on emotional.

"The competition process was so tough, so you have to believe in what you are doing, that it is the right thing. The other finalists are so amazing, we have all become friends."

BII chief executive Mike Clist said: “I’d like to offer a massive congratulations to Alex and Tanya and the team at the Polgooth Inn on behalf of myself and everyone here at the BII.

“This is a tough competition to win, but it was clear to the judges that the Williams had the dedication and passion deserving of Licensee of the Year winners.

“I’d also like to congratulate our other finalists for getting this far and being such fantastic candidates – it really was a tough decision because they all brought something unique to the competition.”

As winners of Licensee of the Year competition, Alex and Tanya will receive a year’s free pubs and clubs subscription to Sky Sports, a study trip to Amsterdam courtesy of Heineken and honorary lifetime membership of the BII.

Sky Business managing director David Rey added: “A huge congratulations to Alex and Tanya in winning the Licensee of the Year award.

“Sky is delighted to sponsor this award and play a part in recognising the individuals that have achieved so much in the industry.”

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