2022 BII Licensee of the Year Award open for entries

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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2022 BII Licensee of the Year Award: Entries now open (Getty/ Ridofranz)
2022 BII Licensee of the Year Award: Entries now open (Getty/ Ridofranz)

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Entries are now open for the 2022 BII Licensee of the Year award, run by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and sponsored by Sky.

The competition is open to members and non-members of the BII, whether they are managers, lessees, tenants or free traders, from all areas of the industry. 

The winner of the Licensee of the Year award (LOYA) will be crowned at the BII Summer Event on Tuesday 21 June 2022 after a four month judging process. 

BII chief executive Steven Alton said: “It was incredibly disappointing the pandemic forced us to cancel the Licensee of the Year competition in 2020. The award came back with a bang in 2021 and I am delighted that we can now launch the awards in their usual place in the calendar for 2022".

Array of prizes

The winner will bag a year’s free Sky Sports Pubs and Clubs subscription for their venue, and £500 towards a celebration with their staff team. 

Alton said the awards recognised the best from the sector, with key industry experts and operators leading the judging to ensure the standard of finalists goes from strength to strength. 

For the 2021 awards, the focus was on how licensees weathered the storm over the pandemic, as well as the positive impact they had on their teams and communities.  

Entry requirements

Licensees can either nominate themselves, or be nominated by colleagues, customers or suppliers on the BII website. Entrants must have been operating their business for a minimum of two years, hold a Personal Licence and have a food hygiene rating of four or five at their venue. 

The 2021 winners were operators of the Pityme Inn Chris and Jason Black. Commenting on the award, they said: “Winning is a massive achievement for us. This accolade is all the more important because it’s judged by industry experts and is recognition of our teams and our hard work".

Licensees can enter on the BII website.

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