GO! Southampton is Seeing Stars at Brand-new Awards Ceremony

GO! Southampton was seeing stars last week as the first ever SO! Star Awards took place in the city.

The brand-new awards scheme aims to recognise the shining lights from Southampton’s tourism, business and retail scene. And, as a champion of business in the city centre, GO! Southampton was right in the middle of the action as event partner and title sponsor.

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.”

Jackie Phillipson, curator of the Star Awards, added: “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.”

The winners were:

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

GO! Southampton’s involvement in the inaugural awards, held at the Southampton Harbour Hotel at launched by ROUTEpr and Events, marks part of its commitment to support businesses in the BID area.

Nominations are now open for SO Star Awards 2020. For more information visit www.sostars.co.uk