The second Hospitality Awards, organised by The Southampton Region Hoteliers Association celebrated the high achievers and teams that amplify the best hospitality has to offer in the city region on 7th February.

Host Davina Sparkle & Winner Mark Grieveson

Attended by 140 delegates, those in attendance at the awards event held on 7th February at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Southampton, were treated to a drinks reception, 3 course meal, live entertainment, flame dancers, magician, raffle prizes, disco, photo ops and more!

Chair of the Southampton & Region Hoteliers Association, Nathan Chart, with wife Tracy, Mayoress and Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Peter Bailie

Headline sponsor Cab My Ride and Commercial Radio Partner Wave 105, whose award was chosen by 2,000 people from the general public, were among those supporting the awards.

Jo Andrews and Andy Gray

Nathan Chart from the Hoteliers Association said “These Awards showcase the best talent in the region and outstanding achievements for customer service, commitment and market growth. They are a fantastic way to not only celebrate success, drive and passion, but to also promote our amazing regional hospitality industry as a career to future generations. The 2020 awards have been such a success and a great way to celebrate.”

Rhys Orman and Shirley Wynne-Jones

Arjan Sahota, CEO, of Headline sponsor Cab My Ride said “Cab My Ride was thrilled to be part of the Awards again this year, celebrating local people doing what they love in our fantastic city that we’re proud to be a part of! The hospitality industry is huge here and it’s important and fitting to celebrate the stars of the show.”

Linda Stiles and Suzanne Meeze

The Award Winners on the night, chosen from three finalists for each category were:

Mentor of the Year Award (sponsored by The Marketing Collective)
WINNER: Maciej Piwowarski from Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour (award collected by Andy Gray)

Rising Star of the Year Award (sponsored by Hotelcare)
WINNER: Grace Welton from Solent Hotel and Spa

Chef of the Year Award (sponsored by City College Southampton)
WINNER: Mark Grieveson from New Place Hotel

Operational Excellence of the Year Award (sponsored by Afonwen)
WINNER: Jeff Foster from Holiday Inn Southampton

Top Team of the Year Award (sponsored by GO! Southampton)
WINNER: The Front Office Team at Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour

Community Award (sponsored by Wave 105 and chosen by their listeners)
WINNER: New Place Hotel

Student/Apprentice of the Year Award (sponsored by Destination Southampton)
WINNER: Rhys Orman from Best Western Chilworth Manor

Sales & Revenue Person/Team of the Year Award (sponsored by RPC Group)
WINNER: Jake Bowerman from DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton Hotel

Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by ElemenTel)
WINNER: Suzanne Meeze from Holiday Inn Fareham-Solent

Best of the Rest Award (sponsored by Cab My Ride)
WINNER: Stephen Axton from Best Western Chilworth Manor

£3,000 raised at the awards will provide over 12,000 meals to local families through the charity FareShare Southern Central. FareShare provides enough food to create almost a million meals for vulnerable people every week. Claire Martin, Business development manager at FareShare South Central said “The Awards ceremony was amazing. It is great to hear all of the amazing work done by the hotel staff. I would like to say a massive thank you to the sponsors and organisers of the evening. Without the support like yours, families during the holidays would struggle. What many take for granted is a luxury for others.”

Jon Brooks and New Place Hotel Team with GM Richard Powell

Supported by Commercial Radio sponsor Wave 105, Jon Brooks, Commercial Director said, “We were proud to support Southampton & Region Hoteliers Association Hospitality awards which celebrated and recognised success and excellence in the industry. As the region’s leading commercial radio station, the awards complement Wave 105’s values of delivering business excellence alongside great customer service with a dedicated and passionate team.”

Benjamin Orr and Jeff Foster

A special thanks is to be acknowledged to all sponsors and supporters, without whom the awards would not be possible: Cab My Ride, The Marketing Collective, Hotelcare, City College Southampton, Afonwen, GO! Southampton, Wave 105, Destination Southampton, RPC Group, ElemenTel, the host Davina Sparkle, All Parties and Events, Event Perfection, Moxhams, Dave Dodge Photography, Chair Covers of Hampshire, Pinkster Gin, Charles Hope Apartments, Manic Stage Productions, Marcus Bailey Magician, The Candy Floss King, Ethical Mail & Print, City College Hospitality students who helped with the food service on the night and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Southampton.