From 89 nominations, 27 finalists have been chosen for the Hospitality Awards 2023.

The category sponsors have already had a tough job of whittling down nominations to the final three with many worthy applicants. But from these and after speaking with their finalists to get to know a little more about them, their role and achievements, only one winner per award category will be crowned at the Hospitality Awards in early February.

The Southampton Region Hoteliers Association Hospitality Awards, supported by headline sponsor Radio Taxis, promote and celebrate the talent and commitment within the local industry. With two new categories this year ‘Manager of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement’, there is an award open to all members of staff, both behind-the-scenes and front of house.

Finalists include:

Operational Excellence of the Year Award – sponsored by Entegra

  • Emma Smith – Holiday Inn Southampton
  • Food & Beverage Team – Hilton at the Ageas Bowl Southampton
  • HarBar on 6th Team –  Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa

Chef of the Year Award sponsored by Fire Hospitality

  • Dean Sinfield – Chilworth Manor Hotel
  • Jamie Holmes – Hilton at the Ageas Bowl Southampton
  • Jonathan Marsden-Jones – Solent Hotel & Spa

Top Team of the Year Award – sponsored by HSG

  • Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27 J7 Team
  • Sales Team – Novotel/ ibis Southampton
  • The Commercial Team – Hilton at the Ageas Bowl Southampton

Community Award – sponsored by GO! Southampton

  • Hotel – Novotel Southampton
  • Individual – Jon Eggett, Holiday Inn Eastleigh
  • Individual – Kieran Foster, Holiday Inn Southampton

Manager of the Year Award – sponsored by Comax UK

  • Jon Fisher – New Place Hotel
  • Katie Edwards – Novotel Southampton
  • Michelle Thomas – room2 Southampton

Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by Brakes

  • Ana Spiteri – Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa
  • Barry Owen – ibis Southampton
  • Gavin Ellliot – Alder Hospitality

Rising Star of the Year Award – sponsored by SWJ Events

  • Alex Taplin – Holiday Inn Eastleigh
  • Leah Rees – Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa
  • Nathan Davies – Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

Sales and Revenue of the Year Award – sponsored by The Marketing Collective

  • Emily Houghton – Hilton at the Ageas Bowl Southampton
  • Monika Jagielska – Novotel/ ibis Southampton
  • Pauline Clitheroe – Balmer Lawn Hotel

Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award – sponsored by Headline Sponsor, Radio Taxis

  • Jon Fisher – New Place Hotel
  • Kam Ye Lo – Jurys Inn Southampton
  • Reece Matcham – room2 Southampton

The winner of each category will be revealed at the awards ceremony on 3rd February 2023.