A pair of licensees are celebrating after winning one of the industry's top awards.

David Hage and Mark Osborne from The Railway at Lowdham in Nottingham, beat five other finalists to win Licensee of the Year 2019 at an event organised by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII).

David and Mark fought through the previous three rounds of the competition to wow the judges at the final judging day, where they displayed excellent knowledge and experience in business development, people, training and financial awareness.

They picked up the trophy in front of a packed audience at the BII Summer event in London this week.

Mike Clist, Chief Executive of the BII  said: "I'd like to offer a massive congratulations to Mark and David and the whole team at The Railway 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 they had the dedication and passion deserving of a Licensee of the Year winner.

"I'd also like to congratulate our other finalists for getting this far and being such fantastic candidates- it really was a tough decision as they all brought something unique to the competition."

Mark and David will receive a year's free Pubs and Clubs subscription to Sky Sports, VIP tickets to the Great British Pub Awards in September as guests of Sky, and £500 towards a party in their pub to celebrate with their staff.