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Nominations Open For BHStar Awards 2020

Nominations are open for the BHStar Awards 2020, following the success of this year’s inaugural event throughout the BH postcode area.

The official launch will take place at Drgnfly restaurant and bar in Poole, which won the New Business Award 2019 (sponsored by A-One Insurance Group).

Jackie Phillipson from the BHStar Awards, said: “We’ve seen a new wave of local entrepreneurs enter into business in recent years and they have drive and a dynamic approach, which should be encouraged and recognised.”

“The BHStar Awards does exactly this by creating standout events and a campaign which provide the opportunity to make connections and create a powerful community, whilst celebrating the hard work, determination and dedication that goes into creating this award-winning destination.”

The BHStar Awards will be launched in June, with the semi-finalists and winners from each category announced and presented with their prestigious BHStar Award in readiness for 2020.

The BHStar Awards 2020 is proving to be more dynamic and community driven than ever, with the value of first class regional awards going way beyond celebrating at the finals.

Jackie continues: “In their first year, the awards attracted a vast array of talented and highly successful new wave local businesses, individuals and organisations, which resulted in kudos and valuable publicity for those who took part and got involved. Those winners have gone onto become beacons, with many going onto win national and international awards, and as a result they are already sending us nominations and encouraging other businesses to enter.”

“We could not have staged the BHStar Awards without support from the local community – from nominees and entries, to the judges, our fantastic sponsors and partners, plus the local media and the venues. As the curators, we’ve been told we’ve created something special and as a result we’ve made the commitment to develop and grow the awards to continue to showcase the South and the destination, delivering relationships with savvy, talented businesses who want to make a difference and to sparkle with stellar performance.”

The BHStar Awards work hand in hand with the Southampton Star Awards, which were equally well received by the city and the SO postcode community. This summer will see the return of the SOStar Awards with the 2020 launch event.

For more information about the BHStar Awards, including how to nominate, enter or get involved with sponsorship, visit or email

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BH Star Award semi-finalists revealed

BH Star Award semi-finalists

The BH Star Award semi-finalists were revealed at a starry event held at Shorefield Holidays’ Oakdene Forest Park, St Leonard’s, Dorset, on 12th February.

Launched to honour and bring public recognition for varied achievements and positive contributions from those professionals working across the hospitality, tourism and retail sector, these new awards not only recognise and celebrate the BH region’s best-loved tourism, hospitality and retail businesses from the BH postcode areas: Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Wimborne, plus surrounding towns and villages.

Headline sponsor Shorefield Holidays, an award-winning, family owned business which operates eight holiday and leisure parks in the BH postcode and New Forest area, welcomed smartly attired entrants to a glamorous early evening reception, with canapés served as the semi-finalists were revealed.

Simon Pitman, Shorefield’s Group Head of Marketing, said: “We congratulate all the semi-finalists. Every one represents a business covering tourism, hospitality and retail, which contribute significantly to our local economy.”

The awards were also supported by sponsors and partners including: A-One Insurance Group, County Foods, Country Fare, Mploy, Goadsby, Eskimo EPOS, Meridian Lifts, Meridian Air Conditioning, Oceana Hotel Group, Nativ, Ist Waste Management, Bournemouth Echo, Wave 105, ELIS, Templar Wines, Conker Spirit, Amica and Expect Best.

Initial judging was carried out by representatives comprising of independent trade and business executives and educators, entrepreneurs and innovators. They will now make their final decisions as to who the BH Star winners are, which will be revealed at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at The Lighthouse, Poole, on Thursday 14th March.

Jackie Phillipson, co-founder of ROUTEpr and Events, organiser and curator of the Star Awards, said: “The judging panel was impressed by business growth, vision, drive and development. Well done to all entrants, semi-finalists.”

“The categories have a clear focus and are open to businesses, suppliers and individuals. As we approach the final judging, our focus now turns to staging a glamorous and stunning gala ceremony and dinner, which will be the standout event for making regional connections.”

“The value of winning, kudos and related publicity mean that the winners have something to shout about as they return to congratulate their teams. They act as ambassadors for the future and for other regional Star Awards.”

The BH Star Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner and ceremony at The Lighthouse, Poole, on March 14. Tickets are now on sale. Visit the website to find out more and to purchase tickets.

The BH Star Semi-Finalists 2019 are:

Attraction of the Year Award
Adventure Wonderland
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park
Marvo Mysteries Escape Room
New Forest Water Park
Poole Hill Brewery

Chef of the Year
Antonio Balmon, Lolas
Christian Orner, Salt Co
Dean Kavara, Banque & Bohem
Jordan Hale, The Goods Yard
Luke Jefford, The Tickled Pig
Maciek Kijewski, Molecular Magic
Manash Choudhry, Hotel Collingwood
Matt Budden, Hilton, Schpoons & Forx
Pete Tofis, The Connaught Hotel
Sarah-Ali Choudhury
Steve Hall, The Noisy Lobster

Pub of the Year
1812 Lounge Bar and Restaurant
Church St. Gin House
Jenkins & Sons
Renoufs Westbourne
The Silent Woman

Boutique Hotel
The Grove Hotel
The Lord Bute
The Urban Beach Hotel
Tiien Boutique Hotel

Business Tourism & Venue
Dorset Cruises
Hilton Bournemouth
Hotel Miramar
Marsham Court Hotel
Oceana Hotel Group
Parley Manor Weddings

Café / Tea Room
Binnies Cafe
Frieda’s Tearoom
Little Pickle Deli Cafe
Number 9 on the Green
Pause Cat Cafe
The Paddle
Upton Central Coffee Shop

Community Award
Bourne Free
Bournemouth Rocks 2018
Bournemouth University
Dorset Foodie Family
Ellis Jones Solicitors
Frankenfest 2018
HAT (Highcliffe Action Team)
Hays Travel Southbourne
Poole Bay Rotary
Poole Hill Brewery
Shelley Theatre
Wave Project

Customer Service
Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
Country Fare
Hotel Collingwood
Hotel Miramar
PRC Streamline Taxis
Tiien Boutique Hotel
Webster Family Butchers
Willow Floristry

Dining Experience
Art Sushi
Christian Orner, SALT Co
Molecular Magic Creative Catering
Renoufs Westbourne
Renoufs Wimborne
The Jetty
The Larder House
The Noisy Lobster
The Tickled Pig
Tiien Thai Restaurant
Urban Reef Restaurant

Education & Mentoring
BU Dept of Tourism & Hospitality
Capital School of English
Trainer Lash

Environment & Sustainability
Anna’s Sorbet Lollies
Handmade New Forest & The Naked Pantry
Poole Hill Brewery
South Lytchett Manor Caravan & Camping Park
Sturts Community Trust
Terrior Tapas
The Urban Guild

Getting About
Dorset Cruises
PRC Streamline Taxis
South Coast Caravan Hire

Innovation or Product of the Year
Anna’s Sorbet Lollies
Capital School of English
Conker Spirit – RNLI Navy Strength Gin
Drop the Anchor Brewery
Food For Thought Cookery School
Handmade New Forest & The Naked Pantry
Nativ Hot Sauce
Soapbox Spirits Ltd, Pothecary Gin
South Coast Caravan Hire
Terrior Tapas, The Larder House
Yomp and Chomp

Investing in People
Brewhouse and Kitchen
Hilton Bournemouth
The Green House Hotel and Arbor Restaurant
Village Hotel Bournemouth

Large Hotel
Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
Hilton Hotel Bournemouth
Hotel Collingwood
Hotel Miramar
The Cumberland Hotel
The Marsham Court Hotel
Village Hotel Bournemouth

Leading Star, Unsung Hero
Andy Lennox, Zim Braai
Don Nutt, Poole Bay Rotary
Fiona McArthur, SOSBA
Ian Goode, Goode Experience
Jane Hart, Oakemedians
Keith Hemmings, Morebus
Malcolm Angel, Gullivers, Wimborne
Malcolm Whitham, Care Home Bed Finder
Wendy Parrott, Youth Cancer Trust

Learning Experience
BU Dept of Tourism & Hospitality
Food For Thought Cookery School
Hotel Miramar
Webster Family Butchers

Mix Master
Alex West – Ojo Rojo
Ashley Barnett – Church Street Gin House
Claudio Gomes – 1805
Daniel Alves – Lolas
Danny Vickers – 1812 Lounge Bar
Iva Peshava – Brewhouse and Kitchen
Jess Smits – Be At One Bar
Jordan Crane – Mai Tai Cocktail Bar
Julezz Towers – TGI Fridays
Stuart Reeves – Chaplins & The Cellar Bar

New Business
Care Home Bed Finder
Christian Orner, SALT Co
Dilli Haat
Food For Thought Cookery School
Luvwed Group
Makla Bistro
Poole Hill Brewery
Pygmy Pineapple
Renoufs Soutbourne
South Coast Caravan Hire
Terrior Tapas
V. Dorset
Wanderlust Retreats
Zim Braai

Night Time Award
Be At One
Carls Comedy Club
Coastal Comedy
Mai Tai Cocktail Bar

Rising Star
Adrienne Coles – Coastal Comedy
Bill Webb – Poole Hill Brewery
Gemma Elson – The Tap House
George Barry – Dudsbury Golf Club, Hotel & Spa
Hamit Kircal – MyShake Bar
Kamil Skalczynski – Art Sushi
Louise Clarke – Bourne Free
Mark Rush Palmer – The Luvwed Group
Rupert Holloway – Conker Spirit
Ty Temel – Halo & Canvas

Self Catering Accommodation
Burnbake Forest Lodges
South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping Park
Wanderlust Retreats

Shopping Experience
Dacombes of Wimborne
Gullivers Farm & Shop
M’s Bakery Ltd
The Christchurch Confectioner
The Furlong Shopping Centre
Webster Family Butchers
Westbourne Bookshop
Willow Floristry

Spa, Pampering & Wellbeing
Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
Flawless Medical Cosmetics
Oceana Day Spa
Soda Beauty & Blow Dry Bar
Village Hotel Club Bournemouth

Tourism Event/Festival
Bourne Free
Bournemouth 7s Festival
Bournemouth Coastal BID / Christmas Tree Wonderland
Camp Bestival
Dorset Cruises
Hotel Miramar, Navy Blue Party
Poole Harbour Boat Show

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Semi-finalists to be announced for independent BH Star Awards

Semi-finalists to be announced for independent BH Star Awards

Entries have closed for the inaugural BH Star Awards and the semi-finalists will be revealed at Shorefield Holidays’ Oakdene Forest Park, St Leonards, Dorset, on February 12.

Launched to honour and bring public recognition for varied achievements and positive contributions from those professionals working across the hospitality, tourism and retail sector, these new awards – featuring star-studded categories – not only recognise and celebrate the BH region’s best-loved tourism businesses, but also enhance hospitality and include the burgeoning quality retail sector.

A fabulous celebration of tourism, retail and hospitality at its finest, the Star Awards cover the BH postcode areas: Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Wimborne, plus surrounding towns and villages.

The awards are sponsored by Shorefield Holidays (headline sponsor) in association with 1st Waste, A-One Insurance Group, Bournemouth Echo, Country Fare, County Foods, Elis, Goadsby, Meridian Lifts, Meridian Air Conditioning, Mploy Staffing Solutions, Nativ, Oceana Hotel Group, Templar Wines and Wave 105.

The semi-finals of the BH Star Awards are being hosted by Shorefield Holidays and the professionals will be celebrated with an early evening event. This follows the initial judging process which is carried out by representatives of independent trade, business executives and educators, entrepreneurs and innovators.

Simon Pitman, Shorefield’s group head of marketing and Title Sponsor said: “The awards represent a fantastic opportunity for both business and the community to recognise and celebrate excellence in our region. We are eager to discover who has reached the semi-finals and celebrate their successes before the gala finals.

“Tourism, hospitality and retail are key sectors in the BH postcode region and contribute significantly to our local economy. Businesses, people and innovation make this beautiful part of the south coast such a success, which in turn, maintains its popularity with locals and visitors.”

Jackie Phillipson, co-founder of ROUTEpr and Events, organiser and curator of the Star Awards, said: “The awards are NEW we have taken a fresh look at the area, the categories are varied and have a clear focus. They are also open to businesses, suppliers and to individuals and all you’ve got to do is enter to be in with the chance of being a winner.

Our judges are now working on the final judging processes, which includes mystery shopping and official visits whilst working on the staging of the glamorous and stunning gala ceremony, which will be the standout event for making regional connections.”

Semi-finalists and finalists are automatically eligible for Gold, Silver, or Bronze Star Award status. Winners will be announced at the Lighthouse, Poole, on March 14, during a glamour-filled, glitzy gala awards’ ceremony and tickets are now available via

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The BH Star Awards deadline extended

BH Star awards

The BH Star Awards, the new awards aimed at businesses in the BH postcode area that support tourism, hospitality and retail, have extended their deadline for entries to Wednesday 16th January. 

Said Jackie Phillipson from BH Star Awards, “We’ve extended the deadline as businesses have said they want to enter the awards but have not had time to complete their applications, due to the busy Christmas and New Year period, staff holidays or personal circumstance.”

The award categories include: The Rising Star, Mix Master, Investing in People, The Leading Star, Education Award, Customer Service, Dining Experience, Café/Tea room, Pub or Bar, The Large Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Self Catering Accommodation, New Business, Shopping Experience, New Innovation or Product, Environment and Sustainability, The Community Award, Getting About, Business Tourism Venue, Learning Experience, Attraction, The Spa, Pampering and Wellbeing Experience, Event or Festival, The Night Time Venue and Chef of the Year.  

The awards cover the BH Postcode area and they are delivered in association with Shorefields Holidays, the Daily Echo, Wave 105, Country Fare, County Foods, Meridian Air Conditioning, Goadsby, Oceana Hotel Group, Meridian Lifts, Mploy, Nativ, Amica and Templar Wines. 

Jackie continues: “The BH Star Awards provides every business in the BH region an opportunity to showcase their talents and expertise. Whether you are a start-up or an established business, the BH Star Awards is a fantastic opportunity to promote your achievements to new and existing customers!”

The BH Star Awards are free to enter and judging will take place with a panel of experts. Visit the BH Star website for more information

Application forms can be requested by emailing or downloaded via the website www.bhstars/categories.

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