The search is on for an outstanding licensee to represent the industry through the annual BII Licensee of the Year Award.
Now in its 30th year, the award is for a licensee who demonstrates the highest levels of business acumen and commitment to staff development as well as showing a passion for the trade. In addition, the winner will be a fitting ambassador for the industry.
With a four-stage judging process, it is the most rigorously judged and longest-running award for licensees in the UK.
BII chief executive Tim Hulme said: “BII is delighted to be able to provide this opportunity for licensees to showcase themselves and their business as well as learning from current best practice across the industry.
“Every year we see interesting and innovative business ideas coming forward and with ever more licensees entering the competition I am excited to see what this year’s award will bring.”
Judging takes place over a six-month period, during which judges visit the business premises of those selected as semi-finalists. The process culminates with finalists attending an intensive interview in London with a panel of industry heavyweights.
The ultimate winner will be announced at the BII Summer Event on June 2 at The Artillery Garden at The HAC, Moorgate, London.
The current Licensee of the Year, Lee Price, manager of the Royal Pier in Aberystwyth, said: “Few things in life are more exciting than hearing your name being announced as the winner of this top industry award. It was a huge achievement for me personally and also one that has opened doors for my business.
“I have learnt so much from the people I have met, both finalists and industry experts. It has provided me with opportunities for self-development and business growth.
“I would encourage anyone considering entering this award to simply go for it! There really is nothing to lose and so much to gain. Who knows you may even come out with the crown.”
The award is open to all UK licensees whether a freeholder, tenant, lessee or manager.
Entrants must hold a personal licence and have been in their premises for three full financial years. Entries can be accepted from individuals, couples or business partners but no more than two people can enter in one application and final applicant details must be confirmed no later than stage two. In a joint entry, the main applicant must hold a personal licence. Entrants do not, necessarily, have to be members of BII.
To enter the awards, go to www.bii.org/loya. The closing date for entries was originally Friday January 9, 2015 but has been extended to Monday January 19.
Updated January 7, 2015, with extended entry deadline.