Toasting the success of the inaugural Hull Lifestyle Awards

Published: Friday 9th June 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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Last night saw the first ever Hull Lifestyle Awards take place at the KCOM Stadium, celebrating local success stories.

The event is affiliated with the British Lifestyle Awards, which were first held in London in 2010. With other cities hosting their own over the years that followed, 2017 was the perfect time for Hull to join the party.

Funnily enough, the founder and CEO of the Lifestyle Awards is former Hull resident Jason Gale. Having lived here until the age of 26, the entrepreneur was thrilled to launch the awards in his hometown during our year as the UK City of Culture.

Ambassadors from the region’s lifestyle sector were in attendance for the black tie gala dinner. Meanwhile, Jason’s fellow judges were pop star and TV presenter Sinitta; Anita Pace, the Chair of Humber Bondholders; and Phil Brown, MD and co-founder of LOCO Magazine.

Award presenters included local people who have gone on to achieve national status, such as singer-songwriter Calum Scott, and TV and stage actress Gemma Oaten.

Spirits were high throughout the evening and everyone got very excited when the time came to announce the winners:

  • Pub of the Year: The Minerva (Nelson Street, Hull)
  • Bar of the Year: Furley & Co. (Princes Dock Street, Hull)
  • Late Night Venue of the Year: Oscars (Silver Street, Hull)
  • Hotel of the Year: Tickton Grange (Main Street, Tickton)
  • Hair and Beauty Facility of the Year: Sessions Spa (New Walk, Beverley) – pictured above
  • Coffee Shop of the Year: Drewton’s (The Drewton Estate, South Cave)
  • Cultural Attraction of the Year: Hull Truck Theatre (Ferensway, Hull)
  • Best Live Event: Freedom Festival (Hull)
  • Hull Ambassador of the Year: Tommy Coyle
  • Hull Legend of the Year: The late Lee Newton, founder of the L6ve Life foundation

We spoke to Maggy Whymant, owner of the Tickton Grange, to get their reaction: “We’re delighted to be one of the first winners of the prestigious awards and would like to thank those who nominated us.”

Kate Chamerberlain, Front of House Manager at Drewton’s, is equally pleased about their win: “It was a great event, absolutely fantastic and organised so well. It’s brilliant for the staff and everyone is over the moon. We’re so happy and proud to have won at the first awards, especially considering the tough competition.”

Whilst a fun and glamorous ceremony, the Hull Lifestyle Awards are an important addition to the city’s calendar. It takes a lot to get through to the shortlist, with each nominee having to fit the event’s values of honesty, integrity, fairness, celebration, encouragement, development, acknowledgement, inclusion, passion, promotion and discovery.

“Any local award is rewarding and very important, as it helps to raise the profile of a small business,” says Jimmy Parkinson, co-owner of Sessions Spa. “It’s particularly special to win one voted for by the public, and everyone at Sessions Spa is very grateful for the support.”

The Hull Lifestyle Awards were broadcast live by Estuary TV and lots of enthusiastic activity can be found under the #hulllifestyleawards hashtag.

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Published: Friday 9th June 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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