Southampton and surrounding areas prepare for 2020 SOStar Awards

Southampton and the SO postcode areas are getting ready to celebrate in style the region’s finest tourism individuals, attractions and related businesses at the 2020 SOStar Awards.

Building upon the success of last year’s inaugural event, a sparkling selection of winners will be revealed at a glamorous gala awards’ ceremony to be held at the five-star Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa, Ocean Village, on

Thursday 19th March.

A fabulous, fun-filled celebration, the SO Star Awards, in association with a stellar array of sponsors which include A-One Insurance Group, Ange’s Beauty, DA Training & Consultancy, ELIS, Harvest Fine Foods, Meridian Lifts,

Radio Taxis Southampton, and partners Double Dutch, Enotria Wines, Warner’s Gin, Wave105 and Signable.

Southampton, have attracted over 200 entrants from throughout the SO postcode area, across 22 categories amongst them: Accommodation, Attraction, Apprentice, Bar and Pub, Business Venue, Café and Tearoom, Chef, Community,

Customer Service, Dining Experience, Education and Mentoring, Environment, Event, Here2There, Future Proofing and Innovation, Leading Star, Mix Master, New Business, Night Time, Rising Star, and Best Sunday Roast and Wellbeing

Award.

 Said Simon May from Southampton Radio Taxis; “We’re proud sponsors of the awards for 2020, they created a strong impact in 2019 and we’re committed to making them a success. They are now an integral part of our marketing. The 2019

winners and contestants made such an impression on us and that’s why we’re fully supportive of their success.”

Following the launch, a creative approach has been used to maintain momentum and networking has occurred naturally amongst nominees, partners and sponsors and a networking event takes place ahead of the finals on 5th March at Elis in Eastleigh.

Jackie Phillipson, co-founder of the SOStar Awards said: “The Awards have something which appeals to entrants and supporters working in and around the SO postcodes. There are regular high-profile events, great places to eat, learn, stay and play as well as to socialise with businesses that are all helping each other to build a stronger business community

Said Michelle Lessig form Elis, “We are delighted that the SOStar Awards have returned for the second year and we’re proud to be sponsors for the second year running, the winners and finalists have acted as beacons and as a result

it encouraged greater numbers of entries for the 2020 awards – not only that the level of quality is there too.”

TV presented and BAFTA judge, Chris Jarvis will once again return as the Master of ceremonies, concluded: “The value of winning, kudos and related publicity mean that winners will have something to shout about as they return to congratulate their teams and its always a fantastic evening which is why I’m delighted to be returning to Southampton to host the awards once again.”

SOStars Semi-Finalists Are Announced for 2020

 More than 100 local businesses and independent companies from across the Southampton, Eastleigh, Shirley, Winchester and SO postcode area gathered at the Grand Café for the semi-finalists event of this year’s SOStar Awards.

Now in their second year the awards recognise and celebrate the SO postcode region’s best-loved tourism and hospitality businesses and also honour and bring public recognition for the achievements and positive contributions

of professionals in the sectors.

Sponsors and brand partners include A-One Insurance Group, Ange’s Beauty, DA Training & Consultancy, Double Dutch, Elis, Harvest Fine Foods, Meridian Lifts, Radio Taxis Southampton, Signable, Warner’s

Gin and Wave 105.

The 2020 SOStar in the running to win are:

Attraction

Mighty Adventures Southampton

Southampton Ghost Tours

Steamship Sheildhall

Business Tourism Venue

New Place Hotel

Solent Conference Centre

New Business – A-One Insurance Group

Badger Creative

Edka Laundry ltd

EmPower Me Recruitment

GeeFit

Glam and Grace

Grumpy Monkey

MADE in: HERE

SO51Fitness

Community

Bevois Mount History

City Catering Southampton

Destination Southampton Conference Bureau

Ennios Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

My VIP Card

Radio Taxis Southampton

Saints Foundation

SCRATCH

See Southampton

Southampton Ghost Tours

Southampton Parenting Forum

The Braishfield Pantry

The London Hotel

Touch Network

Apprentice Award – DA Training & Consultancy

Ellen Smith – New Forest Activities

Harley Bull – New Forest Activities

Joe Gibson – CIM Services

Rebekah Wolfe – Ennios Hotel and Restaurant

Sam Francis – New Forest Activities

Pub or Bar

Dancing Man Brewery

Incognito Winchester

Renoufs

The Good Companions

The London Hotel

The Stable

Mix Master Public Vote – Meridian Lifts

Adam Clarke

Damaine Hinds

Dan Hanson

Dan Wilson

Harley Kelly

Scott Roberts

Sergiu Dodis

Simon Hassett

Future Proofing & Innovation

Aspire4Business Breakfast Club

My VIP Card

See Southampton

SO51 Fitness

Southampton Ghost Tours

Dining Experience – Harvest Fine Foods

Beefy’s Hilton by Sir Ian Botham

Ennios Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

Grand Café

Piecaramba!

The Jetty, Ocean Village

The Stable

Customer Service – ELIS

Ange’s Beauty

Banana Wharf

Ennios Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

Grand Café

Hamble Point Yacht Charters

Incognito Winchester

Mercure Dolphin Hotel

New Place Hotel

Piecaramba!

Café/Tearoom – Ange’s Beauty

Tea Cups and Tutus

The Braishfield Pantry

The Lovely Little Café

Mrs Potts by the River

Environment & Sustainability – Warner’s Gin

Adore your Outdoors

Buildpass

Café Thrive Southampton

MADE in: HERE

SO51Fitness

Event or Festival – Double Dutch

Ashkam Magic Productions

Bevois Mount History

See Southampton

South Coast Commercial Property Show

Southampton Ghost Tours

The London Hotel

Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival

Rising Star – chosen by public vote

Aman Baines – Ange’s Beauty

Amber Dunbar – Dancing Man Brewery

Anastasia Demetriou – Incognito Winchester

Edita Talat-Kelpsine – Edka Laundry

Marcel Buzdugan – Banana Wharf

Marcus Bailey – Marcus Bailey Magician

Rebecca Bayliss – Incognito Winchester

Rebekah Wolfe – Ennios Hotel and Restaurant

Here 2 There

Driving Miss Daisy, Winchester

Radio Taxis (Southampton) Ltd

Southampton Ghost Tours

Education & Mentoring

Aspire4Business

New Forest Activities

See Southampton

Wellbeing

Ange’s Beauty

Anitabee Holistic Therapies

Touch Network CIC

GeeFit

Adore your Outdoors

Accommodation – Radio Taxis

Edka Room

Ennios Boutique Hotel

Harbour Hotel Southampton

Mercure Dolphin Hotel

New Place Hotel

Night Time Experience

Grumpy Monkey

Incognito Winchester

See Southampton

Southampton Ghost Tours

The London Hotel

The Stable

Sunday Roast – chosen by public vote

Bacaro

Bartley Lodge Hotel

Ceno

Grand Cafe

Lainston House

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, bar and Grill

The Bugle inn

The Chesil Rectory

The Fox

The King’s Head

The Old Forge

The Willow Tree

Leading Star

Debs Carter – Touch Network

Edward Askham Spencer – Askham Magic Productions Ltd

James Kemp – Southampton Ghost Tours

Joseph Kerwood – Ennios Hotel and Restaurant

Martin Perry – The Ambassadors of Southampton

Matt Conrad – Matt Conrad Limited

Peter Frank Shawyer – Bevois Mount History

Chef

Delicious Dining Group

Ennios Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

The Jetty, Ocean Village

Concludes Jackie Phillipson, “Last year’s final proved to be the standout event, not only as a celebration for great businesses but also for doing business and making regional connections. We saw major brands such transport operator Bluestar doing business and creating partnerships with smaller business providers.

The awards are FREE to enter and are open to ANY business large or small, new or established and whilst we are now heading to the 2020 finals we’re working hard engaging with potential sponsors and contestants as well as liaising with the judges as they vet the entries ahead of the gala awards event. The 2020 SOStar winners will be unveiled at the Gala Dinner on Thursday 19th March at Southampton Harbour Hotel Ocean Village, Southampton where the winner, silver, bronze winners will be revealed. Tickets are now on sale at https://starawards.typeform.com/to/DemDUi

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