Success celebrated at the Hospitality Awards 2020

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.

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 throwers, magician, raffle prizes, disco, photo ops and more!  

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. 

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

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

Host Davina Sparkle and Nathan Chart, Chair of the Hoteliers Association and GM of Best Western Chilworth Manor

Host Davina Sparkle and Nathan Chart, Chair of the Hoteliers Association and GM of Best Western Chilworth Manor

Nathan Chart, Chair of 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.”

Money 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.

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.