The winners of the inaugural 2019 SO Star Awards were announced at a glitzy gala awards’ ceremony held at the Southampton Harbour Hotel and Spa on Sunday 14th April.

A fabulous, fun-filled celebration of tourism, business and retail at its finest, the new SO Star Awards, with title sponsor GO! Southampton, the Business Improvement District (BID) were extremely competitive, drawing entrants from across the Southampton area. The award categories included Education, Dining Experience, Hotels, Shopping Experience, New Business, Innovation, Leading Star, Event, Community, Night Time, Here 2 There, Environment and included two public votes for Rising Star and Mix Master.

Annaliese Hughes, Vice Chair of GO! Southampton, said: “The SO Awards attracted sponsors, partners and entries who all understand the hard work and dedication needed to maintain and develop Southampton as an exciting destination. Many are well-known in the local community; people with great connections who interact and trade with other like-minded businesses.”

The SO Star Awards have been launched by ROUTEpr and Events, in association with GO! Southampton and are supported by sponsors and partners including, Wave 105, DA Training and Consultancy, A-One Insurance Group, Meridian Lifts, ELIS, Ange’s Brow & Beauty, Pernod Ricard UK, Radweb and Laser Crystal. 

Jackie Phillipson, curator of the Star Awards, said: “We are delighted with the high calibre of entries for the first SO Star Awards. The judges were very impressed by the level of business growth, development and enthusiasm. The value of winning or being in the top three has great kudos and the related publicity and marketability means that the winners in gold, silver and bronze all have something to shout about as they return to congratulate their teams. Well done to everyone who entered and especially to the deserving winners.”

Nominations are now open for SO Star Awards 2020. For more information visit

The 2019 SO Star Awards Winners are:

Here 2 There (Sponsored by GO! Southampton)

GOLD             Steamship Sheildhall

SILVER          Southampton Airport

BRONZE       Southampton Ghost Tours / Supernatural Tours and Events Ltd

BRONZE       Bluestar

BRONZE       Mayflower Heritage Guides


Hotel (Sponsored by ELIS)

GOLD – Boutique Hotel     Spot In The Woods

GOLD – Large Hotel           Best Western Chilworth Manor

SILVER – Large Hotel        Southampton Harbour Hotel and Spa

BRONZE – Large Hotel      Hilton at the Ageas Bowl


Future Proofing & Innovation (Sponsored by Meridian Lifts)

GOLD             Aspire Business Clubs

SILVER          Limitless Float

BRONZE       Shop Creative (The Graduate Collective Ltd)

BRONZE       Room2 Southampton


Event / Pop Up (Sponsored by A-One Insurance Group)

GOLD             The Pink Ball – The London Hotel

SILVER          Southampton Boat Show

SILVER          Shop Creative (The Graduate Collective Ltd)

BRONZE       Southampton Ghost Tours / Supernatural Tours and Events Ltd


Shopping Experience (Sponsored by GO! Southampton)

GOLD             David Mellor Family Jewellers

SILVER          W J French & Son

BRONZE       Ange’s Brow and Beauty Studio


Top of the Class, Education (Sponsored by DA Training & Consulting)

GOLD             The Daisy Chain Group

SILVER          See Southampton

BRONZE       Solent Creatives


Rising Star (Public Vote) (Sponsored by A-One Insurance Group)

GOLD             Lewis Folland – Steamship Sheildhall

SILVER          Maddy Alexander-Grout – My VIP Card

BRONZE       Michelle Thomas – Room2 Southampton


Environment / Green Initiative (Sponsored by GO! Southampton)

GOLD             Bluestar

SILVER          Yomp and Chomp


Community (Sponsored by DA Training & Consulting)

GOLD             The London Hotel

SILVER          See Southampton

BRONZE       Southampton Tourist Guides


New Business (Ange’s Brow & Beauty)

GOLD             Limitless Float

SILVER          Olive Southampton

SILVER          Room2 Southampton

BRONZE       My VIP Card


Dining Experience (Sponsored by ELIS)

GOLD             Grand Café

SILVER          Spot in the woods

SILVER          The Jetty, Ocean Village

BRONZE       Piecaramba!


Night Time Economy (Sponsored by GO! Southampton)

GOLD             Orange Rooms

SILVER          The London Hotel


Mix Master (Public Vote) (Sponsored by Meridian Lifts)

GOLD             Dan Hanson – Orange Rooms

SILVER          Damaine Hinds – Banana Wharf

BRONZE       Adam Clarke – Dolphin Hotel


Leading Star (Sponsored by DA Training & Consulting)

GOLD             Welcome Desk Team – See Southampton

SILVER          Shirley Pinn – Destination Southampton

BRONZE       Nathan Chart – Chilworth Manor