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And the winner is... [Reflecting on the CHS Awards 2019]

  • Jenna Potter
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  • 13th June 2019


We had a fantastic time at the CHS Awards on the 6th of June. It felt good to bring the ceremony back to our home in Leeds at the Royal Armouries, and you all looked so glamorous dressed up to the nines. Congratulations to all of the winners who took home their prizes at the awards ceremony, and a special shout out to everyone who was shortlisted and who entered the awards this year.



The fifth CHS Awards recognised the best of the UK hospitality and events industry, celebrating groups and individuals across a variety of different disciplines.  A number of new categories were introduced to the Awards this year, including Rising Star, Lifetime Achievement and Unsung Hero, alongside established categories such as Best Independent Venue or Hotel, Best Catering Provider and Best External Event Space.

The Awards were judged by an independent panel of 70 event professionals, all experts in their chosen field. With entries from internationally recognised brands to quirky independents, unusual venues and exceptional event professionals, it was a tricky task to pick the winners.

Emma Cartmell, Chief Executive Officer, CHS Group said: “We had a record number of entries and were inundated with nominations from a wide range of organisations big and small – a testament to the wealth of talent and enthusiasm in the MICE industry.

“The standard of entry was exceptional, and we were delighted by the response to our new categories which saw a particularly high number of nominations. We owe a massive thank you to our judges who had a particularly tough job selecting winners from such an impressive field.”

Chairman of the Judges, Samme Allen, was also impressed by the high quality of the shortlisted candidates and had her own struggle determining an overall winner for the Chairman’s Award, she said: “This year was really tough! I shortlisted the winning submissions to four. Last year I picked an academic venue with amazing sustainability practises. This year, I’ve chosen a hotel as the Chairman’s award winner. Climate change is real. As an industry, we are not responding as well as other sectors when it comes to tackling our impact on the planet. We travel, we fly, we stay in hotels. We impact!

“However and wherever we can showcase best practise in lessening our impact, reducing waste, promoting health and wellbeing, demonstrating efficiency in using natural resources and engaging our local communities, we should champion and shout loud about these organisations.

“This is why I chose the De Vere Orchard Hotel, Nottingham as the Chairman’s Award winner, not because of the huge investments in the building but the many small changes and paradigm shifts that they have made as a business, the mindset and staff engagement and lastly, the desire from everyone involved in the property to make a positive impact.

“I encourage everyone to either visit, read their case studies or chat to the team from the hotel as taking one piece of best practise and making one incremental change to improve your business practices will really start making a difference.”

It was an evening of celebration too for headline sponsor OEC Sheffield. Venue Director, Gary Cook, said: “We were delighted to be involved in such a prestigious event that celebrates the very best in our industry. It was a great opportunity to get our new venue in front of the perfect audience of event and hospitality experts whilst recognising the hard work, professionalism and innovation in our sector.”



The Winners


Best Academic Venue

Winner - Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde

Best Auditorium

Winner - The Mermaid London

Best Bedroom

Winner - Winstanley House

Highly Commended - Hyatt Regency Birmingham

Best Boardroom / Small Meeting Space

Winner - Hilton London Bankside

Best Catering Provider

Winner – Dine

Conference Planner of the Year

Winner – Jess Winskill from The Grand, York

Best Exhibition Facility

Winner - Silverstone Circuits Ltd


Best External Event Space

Winner - IXL Events Ltd – Dallas Burston Polo Club

Highly Commended - Big Chief Tipis

Front of House Individual or Team

Winner - Winstanley House

Highly Commended - Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club (Elite Hotels)

Best Hotel Group

Winner - Jurys Inn & Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland

Best Independent Hotel/Venue

Winner - Victory Services Club

Highly Commended – Ellingham Hall

Large Conference Space

Winner - De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre

Highly Commended - The Vox

Lifetime Achievement

Winner - Andrew McKenzie – The Vineyard Group

Best Onsite Technology Offering

Winner - Horizon Leeds

Best Outsourced AV Provider

Winner – Hawthorn

Best Representation of a UK Venue

Winner - Trident Hospitality Consultants Ltd

Highly Commended - Signature Sales Support & Representation Ltd

Rising Star

Winner - Joshua Lloyd-Hall from the QEII Centre London

Best Sustainable / CSR Venue Practice

Winner - De Vere Orchard Hotel

Highly Commended - Cloth Hall Court by Well Met

Best UK Convention Bureau

Winner - Meet Bristol Convention Bureau (Part of Destination Bristol)

Highly Commended - ConferenceLeeds

Venue Booker of the Year

Winner - Karen Rogers – Conference Care

Unsung Hero

Winner - Paulina Wach – Harrogate Convention Centre

Highly Commended - Alije Grant, General and Kitchen Porter, Unique Venues Birmingham

Best Unusual or Unique Event Space

Winner - Butlins Conference & Events

Chairman’s Award

Winner - De Vere Orchard Hotel, Nottingham.


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