Mark Higgs licensee of year

Mark Higgs, of the Castle, at Edgehill, has named licensee of the year by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII).

Mark runs the Warwickshire Hook Norton pub with his wife, Claire. The accolade recognises the country’s top-performing licensee with a passion for the trade and is regarded as the industry’s most coveted award.

Mark fought his way through three rounds of the competition on the way to the final after displaying excellent knowledge and experience in three different areas: business development, people and training, and financial awareness.

He said: “Winning licensee of the year will help give me a platform to champion this great sector. I feel so proud to be an ambassador for the BII in an industry I absolutely love.”

Hook Norton operations manager, Bruce Benyon, added: “We are extremely proud of Mark, Claire and all the team at the Castle, who have worked so hard to make the pub what it is.”

Mark has won a European study trip to Amsterdam, a year’s free subscription to Sky Sports, honorary lifetime membership of the BII, a year’s free PR support and a party in the pub to help locals celebrate his success.