Celebrate city's unsung heroes by nominating in the HullBID Awards

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Mar 2017

The annual Hull Business Improvement District (BID) Awards are all about the people who are the "heart of the city centre", according to one of the sponsors.

Alison Brennan, managing director of Kingston Recruitment, which is sponsoring the Lifetime Contribution Award, said: "They are awards that everyone can participate in and so positively promote our city."

This year's HullBID Awards will be the fourth, the celebration taking place on Friday, April 21 at the Royal Hotel.

"The rewards reflect people who employ local people, buy from local companies and in so many cases give so much back to the city in terms of not just charity work but by being so pro-active to promote what a fabulous city we have," said Ms Brennan, who co-owns the city centre recruitment agency. "They make it a great place to be."

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Princes Quay Shopping Centre is also a keen supporter of the HullBID Awards, and a previous winner on more than one occasion.

Sarah Smith, marketing and customer services manager at the centre, which is this year sponsoring the Community Spirit Award, said: "The main reason we wanted to get involved with the awards, and this award in particular, is we are a quite a community based multi-purpose facility ourselves, and we do have a lot of partnerships within Hull and the area."There are lots of local organisations and people who are doing good things in the city and the awards are a way of acknowledging their efforts and, more so, their achievements within the city.

"They are helping to show we are doing good things here."

Ms Smith said there were "unsung heroes" working within the HullBID district and nominating them meant there was some public appreciation of their daily endeavours.

"We are not very good in Hull at shouting about what we can do," she said. "The awards are a way of addressing that and highlighting what we can all do together in the city."

Last year, Princes Quay won the Commitment to Training Award and, in 2015, the centre manager Claire Suggitt was presented with the City Ambassador Award.

People are now being encouraged to get behind those who are making a difference to the city centre by nominating them in one or more of the ten categories of the competition.

All the finalists will be heralded at the prestigious awards dinner next month.

Following judging of all the entries, a shortlist will be drawn up.

Each of the three finalists in each category will be given four free tickets to attend the dinner; more tickets can be purchased by others wanting to attend to find out who has been voted as a winner.

Businesses in the HullBID district can nominate themselves, a colleague or a boss; customers can also nominate their favourite businesses.

HullBID team members will be out and about in the city centre delivering nomination forms to businesses, and people can also visit HullBID Awards for details and to nominate online.

Any business in the HullBID district requiring nomination forms can call the BID office on 01482 611850.

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