What it means to win a HullBID Award - Hull People's Memorial

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Mar 2017

A Hull charity working to highlight the city's role in both World Wars found itself in the spotlight last year when it received a public pat on the back for its endeavours.

Hull People's Memorial won the Community Spirit title at the 2016 Hull Business Improvement District (BID) Awards.

Now Alan Brigham, who runs the venture with his wife, Chris, and a band of willing volunteers, has spoken about what the honour meant to the group, as the build-up to this year's HullBID Awards gathers pace.

He said: "It was astonishing to be nominated in the first place.

"It showed people do care about what we are doing."

Hull People's Memorial operates an exhibition space and gift shop from a former retail unit in Whitefriargate, and features a large collection of mostly Hull-based wartime memorabilia, including uniforms, weapons and documents, as well as a mock-up of a First World War officers' dugout and trench.

The aim of the charity has been to raise funds for a memorial to people killed in both World conflicts, and planning permission has been granted for the £120,000 sculpture in Paragon Street.

Mr Brigham said: "It's one thing for people to call in and say what they think of the Hull People's Memorial, but to make that extra effort and nominate us for an award, that was absolutely thrilling."To find ourselves with the finalists at the presentation night was great, and we were cheering the other tables as they got up for their awards.

"We were sitting at the same table as some other winners, which made it seem less likely that we were going to be winners as well.

"When we heard our name being called out, we weren't expecting that at all."

Mr Brigham said: "I do think that we had a little peak in visitor numbers following the awards and our numbers since the start of 2017 are higher than before.

"We have the award on display and quite a few people ask about it."

All this year's finalists will be heralded at the prestigious HullBID Awards dinner being held at the Royal Hotel in Ferensway on Friday, April 21.

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 nominate online at HullBID Awards

This year's awards and last year's winners ...

1 Safe City Award

sponsored by Radphone Ltd

2016 winner – Sarah Firth, Hull City Council Environmental Crime Unit

2 Dressed to Impress Award

sponsored by the Royal Hotel

2016 winner (Pavement Pride) – Cock Of The Walk

3 Outstanding Employee or Team Award

sponsored by Prospect Centre

2016 winner – Lynn Ripley, Siesta Holidays

4 Service With A Smile Award

sponsored by Hull Daily Mail

2016 winner – Kingston Hotel

5 Community Spirit Award

sponsored by Princes Quay Shopping Centre

2016 winner – Hull People's Memorial

6 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

sponsored by Bronx

2016 winner (Entrepreneur of the Year) – David Meyers, Axis

7 Commitment to Training and Development Award

sponsored by Pride Hair and Beauty

2016 winner – Princes Quay Shopping Centre

8 Innovative Marketing Campaign Award

sponsored by 360 Chartered Accountants

2016 winner – Bronx Clothing

9 Alive After Five Award

sponsored by St Stephen's Shopping Centre

2016 winner – Sugar Mill nightclub

10 Lifetime Contribution Award

sponsored by Kingston Recruitment

2016 winner – Malcolm Scott

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