The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has named six finalists for the 2012 BII Licensee of the Year Award.
The announcement comes after BII judges John Vereker and John Sharratt visited all 21 semi-finalists over the past several weeks.
The finalists are:
Tim Foster, the Wiremill, East Grinstead, Surrey
Chris Kemp, the Cricketers, Hartley Whitney, Hampshire
Mahdis Neghabian, the Camden Eye, London
Jason Read & James Langford, the Plough Inn, Wrington, Somerset
Victoria Steadman, the Whitmore Arms, Essex
John Wyke, the Old Horns Inn, High Bradfield, Sheffield
Peter Thomas, chief executive of BII, said: "The standard of entries in 2012 was extremely high, an impressive level of professional excellence was demonstrated by all. It's a testament to an industry that's raising its game and adapting to meet the challenges presented by the modern licensed retail business. Finalists are our shining stars, ambassadors of best practice and all at BII are proud to work with them."
The finalists will now face a series of panel interviews in April - the toughest part of the competition.
The name of the 2012 BII Licensee of the Year will be announced before 1,000 industry people at BII's Annual Lunch on Tuesday 8 May 2012 at the Grosvenor House hotel, London.
By Neil Gerrard
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