Harrogate Hospitality and Tourism Awards: Still time to vote for your hero

Organisers and sponsors of the town's Hospitality and Tourism Awards are delighted with the response to the 2017 awards launch.

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 3:31 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:58 am
Town event organisers get a lift from Blueline, left to right Simon Cotton, David Ritson and Clive Smith (s).

With three weeks to go before voting closes, Blueline Taxis and Bidvest Foodservice help remind everyone to really get into the spirit of the awards.

Sponsoring the Best Achievement category once more this year, Clive Smith a Director from Blueline Cars Ltd said: “We are delighted to support the Harrogate Hospitality & Tourism Awards as our company certainly recognises the importance of this great industry to Harrogate as it makes up a very large part of our turnover in terms of conference delegates coming to the town, and tourists in general needing taxis.

“We have built the success of our business on excellent customer service and by always aiming to achieve more than our competitors so it’s a perfect match for us to be involved in this award.

Searching for a Hero! From the left David Ritson, Gillian Crawford and Simon Cotton (s).

“We have been associated with this event since they began, we are really excited to see the nominations coming in and then judging the category”.

Gillian Crawford, Field Sales Manager from Bidvest Foodservice who sponsor the Unsung Hero award agreed: “We provide a range of products to businesses in Harrogate and have seen the support and goodwill generated by the industry for these awards.

“At Bidvest Foodservice we understand the importance of hard work, commitment and ‘going the extra mile’ for the customer and we recognise the qualities written in the nominations.

“The Unsung Hero category always generates amazing stories from people across the hospitality and tourism sector and we are proud to be involved again in 2017”.

Searching for a Hero! From the left David Ritson, Gillian Crawford and Simon Cotton (s).

Awards Organisers David Ritson and Simon Cotton from Destination Harrogate said: “Over 1,000 nominations were received last year and whilst we are on track to repeat a similar response this year we would urge everyone to vote as soon as possible”.

“The Best Achievement category rewards either individuals or a business that has made significant positive change to either enhance the customer experience or grown their business against market conditions or expectations.

“We are looking for the evidence that shows that the winner has clearly set them apart from their colleagues or competitors.

“We are also looking for the industries Unsung Heroes; people who may receive little or no recognition but play their part in ensuring that guests and visitors receive a special and memorable experience. These contributions are usually heart felt and vital to overall success”.

There are eleven categories in total in the awards scheme and finalists for each award will be invited to an amazing gala awards dinner to be held at the Royal Hall on Monday, June 5.


l Waiter/Waitress of the Year – sponsored by Harrogate Spring Water

l Bar Person of the Year – sponsored by Matthew Clark

l Chef of the Year – sponsored by Sykes House Farm

l Team of the Year – sponsored by Platinum Print

l Harrogate Ambassador – Sponsored by Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce

l Newcomer of the Year – Sponsored by Harrogate College

l Unsung Hero – sponsored by Bidvest Foodservice

l Best Achievement of the Year – sponsored by Blueline Taxis

l Outstanding Customer Service – sponsored by Leeds Bradford Airport

l Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Visit Harrogate, and

l Bar of the Year – sponsored by Timothy Taylor

If you know a business or an individual worthy of nomination, all you have to do is complete the nomination form online at www.destinationharrogate.co.uk or fill-in an application form which you’ll find across town in restaurants, hotels, bars and other public places. These can be handed in at the tourist information centre.

To attend the awards dinner and support your nominations visit the website for details, or call Linda Bradley on 01423 858585.