Winners of this year’s Manchester Hoteliers’ Association Awards have been announced during a ceremony attended by more than 600 people.
Nine prestigious awards, including Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality, were given out at The Principal Manchester as the region’s hospitality industry toasted the 2018 Ball.
In total almost £37,000 was raised for MHA’s chosen charities.
Paul Burton, of Hilton Manchester Airport, landed the Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality accolade while Mentor of the Year Award sponsored by Businesswise Solutions went to Kevin Hobson, Malmaison Manchester.
Manchester Hoteliers’ Association (MHA) Chair Adrian Ellis praised all who attended for ‘another fantastic spectacle’ and wished entrants, winners and those shortlisted all the best for the rest of 2018 and the new year.
He said: “This year’s theme for the MHA Ball was The Greatest Showman and it didn’t disappoint.
“First and foremost, people came together and had a great time celebrating another great 12 months for hospitality in this great city region.
“The calibre of entries was once again very strong with more people submitting entries than in 2017. The winners all did themselves proud, as did everyone who had any involvement in an event designed to showcase the vast array of talent that exists in our industry.
“It’s also fantastic that MHA has raised almost £37,000 for our chosen charities, Breast Cancer Care, The Christie, Hospitality Action and Mustard Tree.”
Entertainment during the 2018 MHA Ball included a fire artist, stilt walkers, aerial acts, Northern Sopranos, Anita Ryan singing over dinner, Bloomsbury Function Band, Ice Entertainment and a DJ to close.
Category sponsors for the 2018 MHA Ball included Mint People, Polka Dot, Businesswise Solutions, Caterer.com, Springbank Flowers, Vision Events, Manchester Metropolitan University and Street Cars.
Event partners were Williams of Flint, Bidfood, Wellocks, Grandpa Greens, Manchester Smokehouse, Matthew Clark, Wenlock Spring, Illy Coffee, The Linen Company, Ice Entertainment and Giraffe.
Manchester Hoteliers’ Association 15th Annual Ball and Awards Winners 2018
Back of House Customer Service sponsored by Mint People
Lois Marland, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre
Bright idea Award sponsored by Polka Dot
Team Member Consultative Committee, AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays
Front of House Customer Service sponsored by Street Cars
Hakan Keskin, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly
Mentor of the Year Award sponsored by Businesswise Solutions
Kevin Hobson, Malmaison Manchester
Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality sponsored by Manchester Hoteliers Association
Paul Burton, Hilton Manchester Airport
Rising Star Award sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University
Aidan Hull, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre
Top team Award sponsored by Springbank Flowers
Conference and Banqueting Team, The Principal Hotel
Unsung Hero Award sponsored by Vision Events
Robbie Peterson, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
Young Chef of the Year sponsored by Caterer.com
Robert Lavery, Malmasion Manchester