BID for success at Hull city centre's biggest night of the year
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 Apr 2018
The nominations are in, the judges’ deliberations are over, and the shortlist is complete, ahead of the staging of the annual Hull Business Improvement District (BID) Awards.
The response to this year’s competition – it is the fifth such event to take place – has again surprised the organisers, with the number of entries and breadth of businesses and organisations represented, from right across the HullBID district.
Kathryn Shillito, city centre manager for HullBID, which organises and funds the awards, said: “We have come a long way since year one, when we held the awards at Hull Truck and had a small buffet for those attending.
HullBID Awards 2017 held at the Britannia Royal Hotel, Ferensway, Hull. Guests at the celebration dinner.
“We deliberately started off low-key to gradually raise the profile of the awards and, year on year, we have built it up into something a bit more special.”
The awards have been slightly revised this year, with new categories for nominees from all sectors to enter, and through which to demonstrate their particular strengths.
“We have changed the venue to the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, because we wanted to support and showcase one of our BID member businesses but also to be able to accommodate greater numbers, particularly as we’ve had so many people asking for extra tickets,” said Ms Shillito.
The shortlisted finalists, who are all profiled on the pages of the supplement below, will bid for glory at the awards celebration on Friday, April 27.
The gala dinner is expected to be attended by at least 200 people, who will enjoy a three-course meal, with wine; entertainment by award-winning comedian Martin Gold, and the presenting of the awards to the overall winners.
All the shortlisted entrants have each been given four tickets to attend, and the chance to buy more for people also wanting to be part of the occasion.
“It is always surprising how diverse the awards entries are” said Ms Shillito.
All the winners of the 2017 HullBID Awards
“We have had a number of multiple entries and the criteria for the awards allows the businesses to nominate themselves, or their customers can nominate.
“The awards, with the publicity that surrounds them, have become a big thing now and businesses do feel they provide another platform to promote what they do.”
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A new panel of independent judges has been on the case this year, all of them with extensive knowledge of the city centre, and all of them spending hours sifting through the hundreds of nominations before drawing up the shortlist.
“All the categories have seen a great number of entries, with some being particularly well supported, such as the Customer Service Excellence Award.
“We have had quite a number of new businesses on board, as well as plenty of people who have entered before.
“The emphasis of the awards is always on recognition and reward, and businesses are obviously keen to know who has won.
“But people enjoy coming along and supporting their fellow city centre businesses, whether they have been shortlisted or not.
“We set out to make it a fun night and we want everyone to have a fantastic evening where they can relax and enjoy themselves.”
Tickets for the HullBID Awards 2018 cost £30 inc VAT and are available by contacting Lucilla Bathurst at the HullBID office on 01482 611850, but only until Tuesday, April 17.
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