Four Stonegate Pub licensees have been named as Quarter Finalists of the BII ‘Licensee of the Year’ Award 2024. The esteemed leased and tenanted sites and their publicans are Paul Dexter of The Old Swan, Paul Senior & David Thornhill of The Goose, Michelle & Kevin Abbott of The Anchor Inn, and Steve Banks of The Woodman, Ruislip.

The Licensee of the Year Award (LOYA) is recognised in the hospitality industry as one of the most prestigious accolades for individuals or partnerships of licensees. This year, the award holds even greater prominence and has seen the highest calibre of applications to date. The award aims to acknowledge the incredible leadership and community impact of pub licensees across the UK and highlights the crucial role they play in their local areas.

Since its launch in January, the sought-after award has attracted entries from across the licensed trade, inviting licensees to showcase their businesses’ resilience, innovation, and community involvement. Partnering with Sky Business, the LOYA received over 300 nominations from colleagues, customers, and friends, reflecting the outstanding calibre of contenders who have made it down to the quarter finals.

After meticulous consideration, the LOYA quarter finalists have been narrowed down to 53 names, with four Stonegate licensees making the prestigious list. These licensees have demonstrated excellence throughout their applications, highlighting their commitment to excellent standards and community engagement.

Nick Andrews, MD of Craft Union and Pub Partners, said: “It’s great to see four of our publicans in the quarter finals of the BII’s Licensee of the Year Award. This is a testament to their hard work and dedication to providing exceptional service in our venues. Our publicans really do go above and beyond to offer guests an incredible experience, and we wish them the very best of luck in the next stages.”

The next phase of the selection will involve evaluation by HGEM, a renowned guest experience management company and partner of BII Licensee of the Year award. Mystery diners and drinkers will visit each quarter finalist, further assessing their pub experience. Once the winner is selected, they will be announced at the BII’s huge Summer Event, one of the largest and most sought-after hospitality events in the industry!

Each of the four Stonegate pub licensees nominated have shown outstanding commitment to their venues and uphold the very highest standards across the board and are each deserving of their place in the quarter finals. The winners of the LOYA will receive a year’s subscription to Sky Sports Commercial Pub and Club, one year of free membership with the BII, as well as additional prizes.

To follow the competition and keep up to date with the finals, please visit the BII website.

For more information, please contact Leisure PR.