The shortlist has now been announced for the 15th Manchester Hoteliers’ Association Annual Ball and Awards.
Nine awards will be handed out during an event at The Principal Hotel next month which celebrates Manchester’s dynamic and diverse hospitality offer.
More than 600 people from the region’s industry are expected to attend the evening on Friday, October 26 – with The Greatest Showman being the theme for the event.
New category Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality is one of the awards that will be given out.
In the running are Helen Hipkiss, The Lowry Hotel, Michelle Muirhead, Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre and Paul Burton, Hilton Manchester Deansgate & Airport.
Other awards include Rising Star, which sees Aidan Hull, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, Alex Platt, DoubleTree by Hilton-Manchester Piccadilly, Maketa Solcanska, The Lowry Hotel and Videlina Gurgova of Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre all shortlisted.
The Top team award will go to either the Commercial Team, The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Conference and Banqueting Team, The Principal Hotel or the Hotel Football Team, Hotel Football.
Winners of six other categories – Back of House Customer Service, Bright Idea Award, Front of House Customer Service, Mentor of the Year, Unsung Hero Award and Young Chef of the Year – will also be revealed on the night.
Manchester Hoteliers’ Association (MHA) Chair Adrian Ellis congratulated those shortlisted by judges and praised all entrants from the region’s hospitality and tourism who entered the fiercely contested categories.
“The 15th MHA Annual Ball and Awards is upon us and we are looking forward to some great people coming together to celebrate the great offer that exists here in Manchester.
“Our aim is to raise in excess of £35,000 for our chosen charities which are Breast Cancer Care, The Christie, Hospitality Action and Mustard Tree.”
He added: “With the theme for the event being The Greatest Showman, we’re also expecting to have a lot of fun, which is important.
“I’m sure all who attend will have a memorable evening and I wish those shortlisted all the very best and would also like to thank everyone who submitted entries in 2018.”
Tickets for the ball are priced at £69 per person. Category sponsors include Business Wise Solutions, Caterer.com, Manchester Metropolitan University and Street Cars.
Partners of the event include Bidfood, Ice Entertainment, Illy Coffee, Matthew Clark, Mint Staffing, Polkadot Design and Print, The Linen Group, Udale Speciality Foods , Vision Events, Wenlock Spring,
Tickets can be purchased online via Manchester Hoteliers Association website www.manchester-hotels.org.uk
For more information please contact event organiser Hollie Sloan at Eventful on 0844 809 4399 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Back of House Customer Service;
Lindsay Hardie, The Lowry Hotel
Lois Marland, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre
Melissa Barroso , AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays
Bright Idea Award;
Johanne Evans, The Mere Golf Resort and Spa
Kelly Walsh, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre
Team Member Consultative Committee, AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays
Front of House Customer Service;
Faith Ozbaykondu, The Lowry Hotel
Hakan Keskin, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly
James Clavin, The Principal Hotel
Mentor of the Year Award;
Kevin Hobson, Malmaison Manchester
Laura Kelly, AC Marriot Salford Quays
Sean McIntyre, Princess St Hotel
Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality;
Helen Hipkiss, The Lowry Hotel
Michelle Muirhead, Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
Paul Burton, Hilton Manchester Deansgate & Airport
Rising Star Award;
Aidan Hull, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre
Alex Platt, DoubleTree by Hilton-Manchester Piccadilly
Maketa Solcanska, The Lowry Hotel
Videlina Gurgova, Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
Top Team Award;
Commercial Team, The Mere Golf Resort and Spa
Conference and Banqueting Team, The Principal Hotel
Hotel Football Team, Hotel Football
Unsung Hero Award;
John Farrell, The Principal Hotel
Robbie Peterson, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly
Teresa Newall, Clayton Manchester Airport
Young Chef of the Year;
Cameron Partington, The Principal Hotel
Liam Savage, Princess St. Hotel
Morgan Mole, The Lowry Hotel
Robert Lavery, Malmaison Manchester