BII Licensee of the Year 2024 quarter-finalists named

By Gary Lloyd

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In it to win it: the BII LOYA quarter finalists have been named
In it to win it: the BII LOYA quarter finalists have been named

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The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has announced its quarter-finalists list for this year’s Licensee of the Year Award (LOYA) – and 53 pub operators are vying are for the title.

Since the launch in January this year, those working in the licensed trade were encouraged to enter to showcase their businesses, sharing how they have continued to diversify and develop their businesses to become more sustainable and thrive for LOYA, which is run in partnership with Sky Business.

More than 300 licensees have been nominated by colleagues, customers and friends as worthy contenders for the award, the particularly high standard of entries received this year made it even more difficult for the team of judges to decide on the quarter-finalists.

Fantastic applications

The LOYA quarter-finalists have reached this far in the awards based on their “fantastic applications, coupled with social media and web assessments carried out by the BII team”.

The next step involves HGEM, partners of the BII LOYA, sending out mystery diners and drinkers to each of the quarter-finalist.

BII CEO Steve Alton said: “Our Licensee of the Year Award is the most prestigious and hard-fought award, showing the excellence in our sector. We are delighted to have had so many entries in 2024, despite the challenges that our sector has faced over the past few years, showing, as ever, the resilience and commitment of our licensees.”

Value-added experience

Alton continued: “We are proud these awards offer a value-added experience to all those involved with business insight and the chance to evaluate their businesses at every stage, from mystery diner visits and feedback, right through to our final judging day at Sky HQ.

The BII will announce its semi-finalists in April, who will then receive a visit and interview at their premises with head judges Amanda Hemming and Ashley McCarthy to help decide on the final six.

All six finalists will be presented with a trophy at the BII Summer Event on 18 June, where the winner of Licensee of the Year 2024 will be crowned.

The 53 quarter-finalists are:

Andrew Goodall

Rose & Crown Severnstoke, WR8 9JQ

Andrew Black

The Hare & Hounds Inn, LA11 6NN

Andrew Mounsey

The Star, GU7 1EL

Angus Mckean & Claire Morgan

The Red Lion, SW13 9RU

Anna Perry & Mark Bromley

Royal Oak Naseby, NN6 6DA

Ashley Gartshore

The Beeches, LE65 2LP

Becky Bailey

Shepherd & Dog, CM11 2XY

Benjamin Bullman

The George IV, W4 2DR

Charlotte Bowden & Theo Rihll

The Puffing Billy, EX3 0TR

Chris Michaelas

The Dartford Sports Bar, DA1 2DJ

Christian & Steve Hanks

The New Inn, PL24 2QP

Daniel Lamprecht

Lion and Lamb, CM6 1SR

Darren & Charlotte Nash

The Red Lion, SN6 6DD

Dave Buxton

Tollemache Arms Alpraham, CW6 9JE

Dave Seward

The George and Dragon, OX17 2JW

Dawn & Darren Stevenson

The King Charles, SO23 7NU

Emma Harrison

The Three Hills, CB21 4PW

Gill Churchill

The Black River Inn, EX21 5PT

Glyn Smith

Old Kings Head, BS22 6QR

Hannah Lawson

Angel & Crown, TW9 1JL

Harry Gurney

The Tap & Run, LE14 3BG

Harry Seccombe & Nicholas Humphrey

Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar, BH1 4AG

Helen Paterson

The Cherry Tree, ML2 0BP

Helen Pertoldi & Andrew Lea

The Royal Oak Warboys, PE28 2SB

Ian Wrigg

The Hop Pole, B61 0DF

James Lyon-Shaw

The Greene Oak, SL4 5UW

Jo Reading

The Angel, BH15 1NF

John & Vicky Judson

The George, S33 8WG

Justine Lorriman

The Royal Dyche, BB11 3BW

Kathryn Lowe

The Shakespeare Inn, HU12 8JN

Kathy Hill

The King & Queen, CR3 5UA

Kay Towers

The Holmefield Arms, S80 4RT

Maisie Dawson

The Beach Pub, EX8 1DR

Mark Annear

The Cott Inn, TQ9 6HE

Max Shaw & Kelly Deary

The Castle Inn, DE74 2PP

Michelle & Kevin Abbott

The Anchor Inn, CT3 1BJ

Ben Knowles & Neil Washington

The Holly Bush at Salt, ST18 0BX

Nick Hunter

The Happy Cheese, SO40 7AR

Nicole Holt

The Stag Inn, TN34 3BJ

Paul Senior & David Thornhill

The Goose, M13 JE

Paul Dexter

The Old Swan, NN6 0NA

Paul & Emma Gibbon

The Plough Prestbury, GL52 3BG

Rhiannon & David Price

The Crown, NP11 7GF

Richard Ellison

Old Hall Hotel, S33 6RH

Rob Moore

The Keynsham Courtyard, BS31 1DP

Rob Madigan

The Star Coffee & Ale House, PO33 2HT

Sally Madely

Two Left Feet Bar & Kitchen, WN2 1PE

Sarah Godwin

The Lamb Inn, BS26 2AP

Steve Banks

The Woodman Ruislip, HA4 7SE

Steve and Jo Haslam

Bread & Cheese, SS7 1AA

Sue & David Hillyard

The Chequers Inn, LE10 2DN

Thomas McLoughlin

The Hightown Pub and Kitchen, L38 0BA

Victoria Williams & Zac Williams-Wolfe

Fletchers Arms, M34 6EG

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