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Excellence in hospitality celebrated at annual awards dinner

Award winners looking very happy

Hospitality Sheffield Awards 2016 – Sheffield United Football Club – 27th October 2016

Last week, saw the annual gathering of Sheffield’s hospitality industry as it celebrated the wealth of talent within its ranks at the Hospitality Sheffield Awards 2016 in association with headline sponsors City Taxis.
Held in the Platinum Suite at Sheffield United Football Club and hosted by BBC Look North’s Tom Ingall, the awards recognised various team members from leading Sheffield hotels and venues which come together as Hospitality Sheffield.


ollowing a glitzy drinks reception at the next door Copthorne Hotel, nominees and invited guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner at the Halloween themed event at Bramall Lane before the true business of the night commenced and awards were handed out.

Copthorne Hotel were the big winners on the evening taking home three titles including the Sheffield Smile Award sponsored by The Star and voted for by the public, along with the awards for Mentor of the Year and Exceptional Customer Service.

One of the loudest cheers came from Wortley Hall as the management team received the Team of the Year Award following the remarkable turnaround of the 18th century venue over the past 3 years.

The winners were:
·        Mentor of the Year – Mark Jones – Copthorne Hotel
·        Innovator of the Year – Verity Marriott – Rutland Hotel
·        Exceptional Customer Service (sponsored by City Taxis) – Micheal Winstanley – Copthorne Hotel
·        Sheffield Smile (sponsored by The Star) – Alicja Zalewska – Copthorne Hotel
·        Team of the Year (sponsored by Beacon Publishing) – Management Team – Wortley Hall
·        Shooting Star – Vicky Wainwright – Hampton by Hilton
·        Unsung Hero – Jacob Bradley – DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park

Nominees had been put forward for the awards by work colleagues and then attended a “Meet The Judges” evening at The Sheffield College in September. A panel of industry experts discussed the nominations with all of those in the running for awards ahead of making their final decisions on the winners and runners-up. Judges noted the exceptionally high standard of nominees for this year’s awards.

A charity raffle, featuring prizes donated by the venues attending the awards, raised £1,000 for Hospitality Sheffield’s two nominated charities: Support Dogs and Weston Park Cancer Charity.

Ian Slater, Chairman of Hospitality Sheffield, commented “The hospitality industry has changed so much over the past 30 years but one thing has remained; excellent service and the people who deliver it is still the most important thing to our guests. That is why it is fantastic to be able to honour all of the people behind that service.”

Ian continued: “It was certainly an exceptional evening. The venue was wonderful and the room looked stunning. Thanks also to the Copthorne Hotel whose drinks reception really got the evening started in style.”

The success of the awards evening was down to the contribution of sponsors and supporters which included: City Taxis, Beacon Purchasing, Abstract Dance Promotions, CVC Event Services, Dreamz 2 Themez, Media Displays, The Sheffield College, The Star and Zebra Print Management.

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