Enter now for the 2020 HullBID Awards
The seventh annual HullBID awards will soon be lighting up one of the city’s most esteemed venues as the prestigious ceremony prepares to take up its new home at the Bonus arena.
In previous years the city centre business awards have been handed out at a variety of venues across the city – last year the ceremony took place in the historic location of Hull Minster.
But due to the ever-expanding nature of the event and demand for tickets, the 2020 ceremony will be held at the Bonus Arena for the first time.
Shortlisted entries from across ten awards categories will be invited to a black-tie dinner where they will be entertained by a live band, as well as joining their city centre peers and finding out if they have scooped a prestigious award
Yorkshire based band The Bants will perform an energetic set playing up to date tunes as well as classics from across the decades to get guests on the dance floor.
The three-strong shortlist for each award will be drawn up by an independent panel of expert judges. The finalists will all be given four free tickets for the dinner, but anyone who runs a HullBID area business is welcome, with extra tickets at a cost price of just £40 per head including VAT.
The event is also welcoming some new category sponsors, as the awards continue to raise in profile. K2 Bond Street has come forward as overall event sponsor to support the evening which celebrates the many city centre businesses that continue to thrive.
The glittering ceremony takes place on Friday 21 February and provides a perfect opportunity to celebrate after a tough year for the high street.
Executive Director, Kathryn Shillito said: “We are indebted to our category sponsors whose support enables us to put on such a grand awards ceremony, but in 2020 we’ll really raise the bar hosting the event at the prestigious Bonus Arena complete with a live band, and special thanks must go to our overall event sponsor K2 Bond Street.
“The Hull BID awards started from humble origins, it was really just sandwiches and crisps at first, but there was demand from businesses in the city centre for an award scheme so the event grew.
“Year on year there were more and more nominations so the event has got bigger and bigger.
“The awards enables smaller independent businesses to enter and gives them a good opportunity to be showcased, as well as the bigger organisations.
“The high street is going through tough times but it is inspiring to see everyone working really hard, and it’s a chance to celebrate everyone’s brilliant work.”
The 2019 awards recognised the work of a variety of fantastic city centre businesses.
The Best Business Progression category went to Stuf - they were recognised for their vast expansion over 13 years, from the smallest premises in South Street to the biggest.
Tapasya Restaurant Group were handed the Commitment to Training and Development prize. They beat off the competition with their commitment to large investment in their employees, even though it came as a loss to the business.
Special Stars Foundation were given the Contribution to the Community award. They were selected by the judges for the vital role they play helping people with disabilities and their families in the Hull area.
Hepworth’s Arcade’s famous joke shop, Dinsdale’s, lifted the Customer Service Excellence award. Judges heaped praise on friendly manager Graham Williams, who entertains all that pass through its doors.
The finalists in Dressed to Impress award category were Allenby Commercial. Their wide-ranging work had seen them make a huge difference to Hull city centre including at Paragon Arcade and the Hideout Hotel which continue to go from strength to strength.
Bonus Arena lifted the Innovative Marketing award and were praised by the judges for their PR initiatives since opening in summer 2018.
Leanne Barry of Venue Café in Hull’s Central Library took home the honour of being named the city centre’s Outstanding Employee. Ms Barry is not only fuelling people with coffee and cake but also takes extra time away from work to learn new languages, including Mandarin, in a bid to further support her customers.
The stars in the Safe City category were Hull City Council’s Civic Team. The vital role the city’s CCTV operators played when two of the city’s banks came under attack earlier this year were one of the main reasons behind their selection.
Meanwhile, Atom Brewing Co @ The Corn Exchange were named as the top food and drink provider. They were crowned with the Best Food and Drink in Hull prize for the way they tie in selling more than 200 different beers to their “amazing” food that is made on site.
And the Lifetime Contribution Award was handed to B.Cooke and Son Ltd. Having been operating for more than 150 years the company is not just flying the flag for Hull in Hull, but also across the world.
The Market Place business has been making its mark internationally from its current home since the 1950s and continues to make a difference across the world making it a worthy recipient of the prestigious HullBID Award.
People can nominate for this year’s awards online or by submitting a handwritten entry using a nomination form - www.hullbid.co.uk/uploads/resource/document/260/HullBID_Awards_2020_Application_Form.pdf.
Anyone wanting a form or more information can contact Catherine Goble in the BID office on 01482 611802.
The closing date for entries is Monday 20 January.
Hull BID team members will be out and about in the city centre delivering nomination forms to businesses. People will also be able to nominate online at www.hullbidawards.co.uk
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Enter now for the 2020 HullBID Awards
The seventh annual HullBID awards will take place at the Bonus Arena on Friday 21st February 2020. Apply online at www.hullbidawards.co.uk or download the form from the Resources section of this website. Closing date for entries is Monday 20th January.