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LOYA 2016

Could you be the next BII Licensee of the Year?

LOYA 2017 Update

Entries for this year’s LOYA competition are now closed!

We had an overwhelming response, having to extend the deadline by a week due to such a high number of nominations.

The judges have now picked our sixteen semi-finalists, who will be put through their paces by our judges in 1:1 interviews and a thorough pub visit. Click here for our latest LOYA press release.

The 2017 Licensee of the Year semi-finalists are as follows:


•    Paul Wiscombe – The Anchor Inn, Bridport
•    Nicola Storey – The Mustard Pot, Leeds
•    Martin Barnes – Geroge and Dragon, Cheshire
•    Mark and Clare Higgs – Castle at Edgehill, Edgehill
•    Clive Price – Bletchingly Arms, Redhill
•    Chantelle Tupman-John – Waggon Inn, Oldham
•    Tim Tomlinson – Merchants 1688, Lancashire
•    Jennifer Kuhn – The Windsor Fenchurch, London

•    Mark Anderson – Ruddington Arms, Ruddington
•    Ian Ridley – The Highlands, Uckfield
•    Mark Thornhill – The Kings Head, Hursley
•    Tania Irwin – The Princess Royal, Farnham
•    Roland and Kay Keech – The Castle, Bedford
•    Gavin and Carole Austin – George and Dragon, Arundel
•    Hendrik and Julie Dutson – The White Horse, Banbury
•    Sam Good – The West Bay Hotel, Bridport

Have you got what it takes? Do you know someone who does?

Licensees can either register themselves or be nominated by a third party; this can be customers, colleagues, pub companies and breweries or even fellow operators. Nominations are very quick and easy to submit, and with the fantastic publicity, prestige, and prizes in store for the victor, it may be the best thing you ever decide to do!
All of the finalists will be awarded trophies at the BII Summer Event on the 13th June 2017, where the Winner will also be crowned.

Licensee of the Year

The Judging Event 2016

Hear from some of our former semi-finalists and judges on what the competition meant to them, and why it's the industry's most prestigious award

The Winner receives:

  • Fantastic European Study Trip - 2 days
  • One year PR Support from the BII PR department
  • Honorary Lifetime BII membership as a member of Club LOYA (T&C’s apply)
  • Presentation night at your business – food provided by BII and special guest presenting your award
  • VIP Drinks night on 12th June and entry to BII Summer Event on 13th June with overnight accommodation in London (12th June)
  • Finalists Trophy and Winners Trophy
  • Presentation opportunities as BII ambassador/expert (all expenses paid)

Terms and Conditions:

  • Applicant must be an APLH holder, main licensee of the business and submit a copy of their Personal License.
  • Applicant must have been in the business for a minimum of two consecutive years and be able to produce 2 years’ worth of audited accounts when requested.
  • Applicant accepts that the winner becomes an ambassador for the BII and commits to a minimum of 4 public speaking occasions in the 12 months following their award.
  • Applicant consents to an ‘audit’ of their social media and online presence as part of the pre-qualification application process.
  • Judges decision is final.

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