Alex and Tanya Williams, owners of the Polgooth Inn pub in St. Austell, have been named Licensee of the Year 2018.
The competition, sponsored by Sky, acknowledged the preparedness, knowledge and experience of Alex and Tanya in areas of business development, people and training and financial awareness during the final judging day on Monday 4 June.
Alex and Tanya claimed their trophy the following day at the BII Summer event at the HAC in the City of London. The winners will also receive a year’s free Pubs and Clubs subscription to Sky Sports, a Study Trip to Amsterdam courtesy of Heineken and honorary lifetime membership of the BII.
CEO of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), Mike Clist, said: “I’d like to offer a massive congratulations to Alex and Tanya and the team at the Polgooth Inn on behalf of myself and everyone here at the BII. This is a tough competition to win, but it was clear to the judges that the Williams’ had the dedication and passion deserving of Licensee of the Year winners.”
Tanya said: “It’s slightly surreal and it feels amazing. The BII Summer Party is such a massive event. I’m bordering on emotional. The competition process was so tough, so you have to believe in what you are doing, that it is the right thing. The other finalists are so amazing – we have all become friends.”