Shortlist announced for 2012 STARS Awards celebrating the best in tourism
From Newark to Eastwood, from Nottingham to Blyth, the shortlist has been announced for the 2012 STARS Awards, in a search for the best in the leisure, culture, tourism and hospitality sectors across Nottinghamshire.
The winners of the STARS Awards, launched in 2006 by Nottinghamshire STARS and Experience Nottinghamshire, and supported by ITV Central, Nottingham Hoteliers Association and Quadrant Creative Event Production, will be named at an awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham on Thursday 21 June 2012.
The judges for this year’s awards were impressed by the standard of entry, with a large number of nominations from across the county, and the shortlist reading as a roll call for some of the most innovative and passionate people in the industry.
Compton House Bed and Breakfast in Newark has been shortlisted for both the Excellence in Customer Service and Best Accommodation Provider categories, in its first year of entering the awards.
“We are thrilled! Makes all the hard work over the years worth it. Always a feather in our cap to be nominated and extremely delighted to be shortlisted,” said Lisa and Mark Holloway who own and operate the business.
Also enjoying news of their shortlisting are the bar and hospitality team at Antenna, who are in the running for the Team of the Year award.
“We feel so honoured! To have been selected at this level is amazing and we’re all excited and elated at being a bigger part of this experience; really looking forward to meeting colleagues across the industry at the dinner and celebrating our success and hopefully our win!” said the team.
Central News presenter Sameena Ali-Khan will be hosting the event for the fifth time, and the awards will also be supported by Crowne Plaza Nottingham, Michael Wisher Associates, All About Tourism, Homemade Cafe, The Cumin restaurant, Alea Casino, and New College Nottingham.
This year the prize draw on the night of the Awards will be in aid of local charity Help a Nottinghamshire Child, an educational charity run by the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law at Galleries of Justice, educating children on how to be good citizens and to help prevent crime.
Tickets for the award ceremony are £50 + VAT each or £470 +VAT for a table of 10. For more information visit: http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/trade/stars or to book tickets contact:
Catherine Walls, Experience Nottinghamshire
0115 962 8300
Excellence in customer service
• Gina Thomson Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham
• Jonathan Hernandez Mercure Nottingham City Centre Hotel
• Compton House Bed and Breakfast team, Newark
Outstanding young manager
• Matthew Roe La Rock, Nottingham
• Alison Turner Jurys Inn, Nottingham
• Marion Pascaline Milon Park Plaza, Nottingham
Best new venture
• Café 100, Long Eaton
• Nottingham Conference Centre
• Robin Hood Town Tour, Nottingham
Most promising apprentice or student
• Jenny Fox Rumble Tums Community Cafe, Kimberley and
New College Nottingham
• Abbie Smart The Carnarvon, Teversal and New College Nottingham
• Brogan Carmichael The Castle, Nottingham and New College Nottingham
Best practice in training
• HIT Training Nottinghamshire
• New College Nottingham
Team of the year
• Park Plaza Reception team, Nottingham
• Café Art team, Duncan McMillan House, Nottingham
• Antenna Hospitality and Bar team, Nottingham
Best accommodation provider
• The Courtyard at Hodsock Priory
• Compton House, Newark
• Browns of Holbeck
Best conference venue
• Crowne Plaza, Nottingham
• Nottingham Conference Centre
• The Theatre Royal & Concert Hall, Nottingham
Best visitor attraction
• D.H. Lawrence Heritage, Eastwood
• Stonebridge City Farm, Nottingham
• Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham
• Chris Sole Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham
• Dayle Green The Harley Gallery, Welbeck
• Paul Kiddier Crowne Plaza Nottingham