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And the winners are....

Alex and Tanya Williams from The Polgooth Inn!


It's been an epic journey, the length and breadth of the country, but the winners of the prestigious Licensee of the Year Award 2018, sponsored by Sky, have now been announced. After a rigorous judging process, culminating in a final day of panel interviews, licensees Alex and Tanya Williams were crowned victorious at the BII's fabulous Summer Event on the 5th of June.

This result was met with much congratulation from their fellow finalists, Mark Shaw, Marc Duvauchelle, Kim Barker, Chris Norfolk and Lee and Keris De Villiers, all of whom had worked equally as hard to make it to this point of the competition.


Alex and Tanya, who run the Polgooth Inn in St Austell, fought through the previous three rounds of the competition to wow the judges at the final judging day on the 4th of June, where they displayed excellent knowledge and experience in three different areas; Business Development, People and Training and Financial Awareness.

They picked up the trophy in front of a packed audience at the BII Summer event at the HAC in the City of London on the 5th of June, attended by the brightest and best from the industry.

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.”


Our 2018 finalists were...

Lee & Keris De Villiers, Pig & Whistle

Mark Shaw, The Castle Inn

Chris Norfolk, The Elm Tree

Kim Barker, The Ship Inn

Marc Duvauchelle, Old Customs House


2018 Licensee of the Year Award winner prize included:

  • Two tickets and accommodation for the finalists to attend our Summer Event where the winner is crowned
  • A year's Sky Sports Commercial Pub and Club subscription for their pub
  • Study trip with accommodation for two in Amsterdam (courtesy of Heineken)
  • Up to £500 towards a party for your staff to celebrate
  • Lifetime membership of the BII - with all the benefits that brings
  • PR support from the BII for your business
  • An invitation to speak at BII Events as an Ambassador

Licensee of the Year Award

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