The semi-finalists were announced for the inaugural Southampton Star Awards at an event held at the Grand Café, Southampton on Tuesday 5th March.

 

Launched to honour and bring public recognition for varied achievements and positive contributions from professionals working across the hospitality, tourism and retail sector, these new awards – featuring star-studded categories – 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.

 

The Southampton Star Awards have been launched by ROUTEpr and Events, in association with GO! Southampton, the Business Improvement District (BID), at a time when the city is flourishing and playing host to more than four million* visitors a year eager to discover its impressive cultural offering. (*Discover Southampton)

 

The awards are supported by sponsors and partners including Go! Southampton, A-One Insurance Group, County Foods, DA Training and Consultancy, ELIS, Meridian Lifts, Radweb and Wave105.

 

Initial judging was carried out by representatives comprising independent trade and business executives and educators, entrepreneurs and innovators. They will now make their final decisions.

 

Annaliese Hughes, Vice Chair, GO! Southampton, said: “We congratulate all the semi-finalists. Every one represents a business covering tourism, hospitality and retail, which contribute significantly to our local economy and Southampton as a visitor destination.”

 

Jackie Phillipson, co-founder of ROUTEpr and Events, organiser and curator of the Star Awards, said: “We are very excited to bring these new awards to the Southampton area, having focused on categories which are open to businesses, suppliers and individuals. As we approach final judging, we are working on staging a glamorous and stunning gala ceremony which will be the standout event for making regional tourism connections in Hampshire.”

 

Winners will be announced during a glamour-filled, glitzy gala awards’ ceremony, hosted by TV’s Chris Jarvis, at the Southampton Harbour Hotel and Spa on Sunday 14th April. Tickets are available to purchase now from www.sostars.co.uk. Tickets are £65+vat and include drink on arrival and three course meal. For more information about Southampton Star Awards, visit www.sostars.co.uk or contact ROUTEpr on 01202 896698.

 

The Southampton Star Semi-Finalists 2019 are:

 

Dining Experience

Piecaramba!

Lakaz Maman

The Jetty, Ocean Village

Beefy’s Hilton at Ageas Bowl

Mango Thai Tapas

Ennios Al Porto

Grand Café

Spot in the woods

 

Here 2 There

Hampshire Executive Chauffeurs

Yomp and Chomp

Seadogz Rib Charter

Southampton Ghost Tours

Mayflower Heritage Guides

Steamship Sheildhall

Southampton Airport

Bluestar

 

 

Hotel Of The Year

Spot in the Woods

Hilton at the Ageas Bowl

Southampton Harbour Hotel and Spa

Best Western Chilworth Manor

 

Night Time Economy

The London Hotel

Orange Rooms

 

Event / Pop Up

Shop Creative (The Graduate Collective Ltd)

The London Hotel

Southampton Ghost Tours

Southampton Boat Show

 

Shopping Experience

W J French & Son

Robins Nest Emporium

Ange’s Brows and Beauty

 

Top of the Class, Education

The Daisy Chain Group / Crazy Daisy Clarity Club

See Southampton

Solent Creatives

 

New Business

Room2 Southampton

My VIP Card

Limitless Float

Olive Southampton

8DOL Limited

 

Mix Master (Public Vote)     

Damaine Hinds, Banana Wharf

Dan Hanson, Orange Rooms

Scott Roberts, Orange Rooms

Adam Clarke, Dolphin Hotel

 

Leading Star                                                                         

Andrew Frewing-House, Southampton Ghost Tours

Shirley Pinn, Destination Southampton

Welcome Desk Team, See Southampton

Sonya Collins, DAIS

Anita Blizard, Anita Bee Holistic Therapies

Lauren Sutton, Dolphin Hotel

Jodie Harnett, Trevor Mitchell International

Nathan Chart, Chilworth Manor

 

Environment / Green Initiative

Yomp and Chomp

Bluestar

 

 

 

Future Proofing & Innovation

Shop Creative (The Graduate Collective Ltd)

Room2 Southampton

My VIP Card

Limitless Float

Aspire Business Clubs

 

Rising Star (Public Vote)                

Maddy Alexander-Grout, My VIP Card

Michelle Thomas, Room2 Southampton

Lewis Folland, Steamship Sheildhall

Jan Pavelka, Jan Pavelka Photographer

Tom Weston-Davies, Dolphin Hotel

Dan Mawditt, Orange Rooms

 

Community

The London Hotel

See Southampton

Southampton Tourist Guides

Double Tree By Hilton

Dolphin Hotel

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