The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has announced the six finalists for this year’s Licensee of the Year Award (LOYA).

Licensee Year 2024

Selected from a field of more than 300 entrants, the finalists have been selected based on their community impact, support for their teams, commitment to sustainability, and their plans for diversification.

They all had exceptional mystery diner visit scores, and faced financial and online audits, followed by face-to-face interviews in their pubs with judges Amanda Hemming and Ashley McCarthy.

The finalists will be presented with a trophy at the BII Summer Event on 18th June, where the winner of will be crowned.

“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all involved and wish them the best of luck for the final stages of the competition,” said BII chief executive, Steve Alton. “I can’t wait to meet them all next month for our final judging day.”

The finalists

  • Chris Michaelas and April Reeves, The Dartford Sports Bar
  • Justine Lorriman, The Royal Dyche, Burnley
  • Max Shaw and Kelly Deary, The Castle Inn, Castle Donnington
  • Paul Dexter and Keith Goddard, The Old Swan, Earls Barton
  • Steve Banks, The Woodman, Ruislip
  • Victoria Williams and Zac Williams Wolfe, The Fletchers Arms, Denton

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