The winners of the Manchester Hoteliers’ Association Awards have been announced at a glittering ceremony.
Almost than 600 people from the region’s hospitality industry gathered at The Principal Manchester to celebrate the MHA 2017 Ball.
Ten prestigious awards, including the Howard Raynor Lifetime Achievement accolade, were given out on the night.
The Lowry Hotel’s Andrew Green scooped Mentor of the Year, Hotel Football landed the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Manchester Evening News while the Malmaison’s Ray Begley won the Howard Raynor Life Time Achievement Award.
Manchester Hoteliers’ Association (MHA) Chair Adrian Ellis praised all entrants and congratulated the winners and those shortlisted in what was a fiercely contested set of awards.
He said: “The MHA Ball is growing in significance year on year and this year’s casino themed gathering was fantastic and a lot of fun.
“The calibre of entries to all the categories was exceedingly high and more people entered than in 2016. I can only congratulate the winners and everyone involved in the event, which aims to showcase the wealth of talent that exists in our industry.
“We are also delighted to announce that we expect to raise more than £30,000 this year for brilliant causes including Mustard Tree, The Springboard Charity, Wood Street Mission and Hospitality Action.”
Category sponsors for the 2017 MHA Ball included Bunzl, Businesswise Solutions, Caterer.com, Manchester Evening News, Manchester Metropolitan University and Street Cars.
Event partners were Bettaveg, Bidfood, Catalyst Brands, Frost Butchers, Hatch Mansfield, Ice Entertainment, Illy Coffee, Matthew Clark, Polkadot Design and Print, Springbank Manchester, The Bread Factory, The Linen Group, Udale Speciality Foods, Verve People, Vision Events and Wenlock Spring.
Manchester Hoteliers’ Association 14th Annual Ball and Awards Winners 2017
Rising Star Award sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University
Gemma Ashton, The Principal Manchester
Front of House Customer Service sponsored by Street Cars
Richard Kennelly, Macdonald Manchester Hotel
Back of House Customer Service sponsored by Matthew Clark
Brian Cartledge, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre
Mentor of the Year Award sponsored by Businesswise Solutions
Andrew Green, The Lowry Hotel
Top team Award sponsored by Bunzl
Housekeeping, Malmaison Manchester
Unsung Hero Award sponsored by Polkadot
Melanie Williams, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
Bright idea Award sponsored by Vision Events
Kelly James, The Lowry Hotel
Young Chef of the Year sponsored by Caterer.com
Ross Chatburn, Hotel Gotham
People’s Choice Award sponsored by Manchester Evening News
Howard Raynor Life Time Achievement Award
Ray Begley, Malmaison Manchester