BII announces winner of 2016 Licensee of the Year Award

BII licensee of year 2016

Rob and Lucy Brewer from the Rashleigh Arms near St Austell in Cornwall have been announced as this year’s winner of the BII’s Licensee of the Year Award.

Receiving their trophy at today’s BII Summer Event, they were commended by the judges for their enthusiasm and experience, going above and beyond to differentiate their offering.

They beat five other shortlisted contented from around the UK who were chosen out of hundreds of entrants and put through a panel judging day where they were quizzed on marketing, industry affairs, finance, and people and training.

BII CEO Mike Clist said: “We were really impressed by Rob and Lucy as a shining example of running a licensed establishment. As well as enthusiasm and passion for the Great British pub industry, they’re also very involved in their local community making them a social hub for the picturesque seaside village of Charlestown.”

The Rashleigh Arms is very much a destination pub in Cornwall with its strong food trade as well as its focus on real ales that make up 28.6% of the drinks available.

During the judging, the couple showcased their industry knowledge on subjects such as the national living wage, training and organically growing their hospitality team. They both also demonstrated enthusiasm for the BII and its Licensee of the Year Awards, envisaging how winning this year’s trophy and the prestige associated with it would help grow their business even further.

Rob said today: “We are so proud to be the winners of the Licensee of the Year Awards, especially as a Cornish pub. I think the number-one economy in Cornwall is based around tourism, bringing people into the county to come and visit us. So anything that we can do that helps promote that I think is a massive plus.”

Lucy added: “We also hope successes such as ours help get people into the industry. We’re up to a 50-strong team now so we hope this kind of recognition will encourage people to consider working in hospitality and staying as well.

“But primarily, we hope our award win and exposure from attending industry events to commentate on issues that matter to the south-west will help boost Cornwall’s tourism and economy.”

The other five shortlisted were: Gerry and Ann Price from the Inn West End in West End, between Camberley and Woking, Surrey; Andrew Fishwick from the Truscott Arms in Maida Vale, London; Glen Duckett at the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom in Greater Manchester; Mel Carus at The Metropolitan in West Didsbury, Manchester; and Glen Pearson at the Shibden Mill, Halifax.

Mike at the BII added: “The new format, introduced this year, whereby third parties can nominate deserving licensees, has proved a real success with the majority of finalists, including Rob and Lucy, being nominated by others which is a testament to their efforts.

“We want to congratulate all six licensees shortlisted as they all demonstrated a high level of skill and knowledge that showed why they’re leaders in the industry. We will continue to support all six finalists and are looking forward to seeing their businesses grow even further.”

Mike is pictured right with Rob and Lucy plus a representative of main sponsor BT Sport.

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