Nominations are now open for the the Southampton Star Awards 2020 (SOStar Awards), following the success of this year’s inaugural event throughout the SO postcode area.

Launched to honour and bring public recognition for varied achievements and positive contributions from professionals working across the hospitality, tourism, retail and business sector, the SOStar Awards recognise and celebrate the Southampton postcode region’s best-loved businesses, which make a vibrant contribution to the city’s development as a visitor destination.

Jackie Phillipson from the SOStar Awards, said: “We’ve seen a new wave of local entrepreneurs enter into business and they have the drive and a dynamic approach, which should be encouraged and recognised.”

“The SOStar Awards does exactly this by creating standout events and a campaign which provide the opportunity to make connections and create a powerful community, whilst celebrating the hard work, determination and dedication that goes into creating this award-winning destination.

The SOStar Awards will be launched in July, with the semi-finalists and winners from each category announced and presented with their prestigious SOStar Award in readiness for 2020.

The 2020 awards are supported by sponsors including A-One Insurance Group, DA Training & Consultancy, ELIS, Meridian Lifts, Ange’s Brows and partners Wave105 and Signable.

The SOStar Awards 2020 is proving to be more dynamic and community driven than ever, with the value of first class regional awards going way beyond celebrating at the finals.

Jackie continues: “In their first year, the awards attracted a vast array of talented and highly successful new wave local businesses, individuals and organisations, which resulted in kudos and valuable publicity for those who took part and got involved. Those winners have gone onto become beacons, with many going onto win national and international awards, and as a result they are already sending us nominations and encouraging other businesses to enter.”

“We could not have staged the SOStar Awards without support from the local community – from nominees and entries, to the judges, our fantastic sponsors and partners, plus the local media and the venues. As the curators, we’ve been told we’ve created something special and as a result we’ve made the commitment to develop and grow the awards to continue to showcase Southampton, delivering relationships with savvy, talented businesses who want to make a difference and to sparkle with stellar performance.”

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