This is us! SCR Association’s Super Talent Celebrated at Hospitality Awards

The cream of Sheffield hospitality industry came together last night (Thursday 27th February), to celebrate the 17th annual SCR Hospitality Awards in the stunningly refurbished Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria’s Ballroom. 

The greatest showman themed event, brought to life in spectacular fashion by AV company and sponsors Sounds Commercial, hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield’s Tom Ingall, celebrated the very best of those who work behind the scenes in the hospitality industry, to ensure that every guest, every tourist and every corporate visitor, has a great visit, and indeed wants to return, to the region.

The SCR Hospitality Association represents hotels across Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley, South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.  The not-for-profit association works with its members to raise awareness about issues affecting the hospitality industry and work with partner organisations to attract major events and visitors to the region.

Gordon Jackson,
interim Chair of SCR Hospitality Association
, said: “As well as congratulating the Unsung Heroes, experts in Front of House and hospitality veterans receiving a Lifetime Achievement Awards, we were encouraged to see the wealth of young talent coming through the ranks in terms of bright new apprentices, and Best newcomers.

“Not only does the hospitality industry in this region have much to celebrate with some exceptional colleagues already working in the industry, It is a thriving industry to begin a career, and for many, provides a fast-track vocation from a junior entry-level position to deputy or hotel general manager in a relatively short space of time.”

The Awards is one of the first events to take place in the newly refurbished legendary ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Royal VictoriaThere is a clear style design statement in favour of classic modernity with the £4 million design and refurbishment of the 105 luxurious rooms and suites, Ballroom and reception areas, the Grand and Club Lounge, giving a new sophisticated look and feel.  

The glamourous Ballroom was a fitting backdrop to a night of celebration, here are just a few of the highlights: 

Apprentice of the Year went to Kellie Carter of Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria. The judges said Kellie conveyed a real passion for cooking, developing menus and developing her own skills and is a great role model for other young women looking to make a career cooking in a professional kitchen.

On the other end of the scale, Bob Leeming, Holiday Inn Rotherham Sheffield, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.  The judges loved Bob’s attitude coming into hospitality at 44 following redundancy.  Now in his late 60s, he doesn’t want to retire and is described by his colleagues as ‘the face of the hotel.’

The judges said of Joint Winner of the Customer Service Front of House, Daranee Batty, Cutlers Hotel, ‘Any hotel would love to have a dozen Daranees as she brings Four Seasons  standards to a little bit of Sheffield and praised her amazing work ethic.

Paul Gosney, Business Development Director of City Taxis, sponsors of the People’s Choice Award, presented Jessica Crookes, Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria with the trophy as the winner of the public vote. People and community are at the heart of City Taxis and its story of partnerships and innovation have been woven into the fabric of the Sheffield city region since 1980 when it began with 34 cars.  It’s since grown into a foundation of a community of 2,000 drivers and over 2.4 million riders and continues to be a great supporter of the SCR Hospitality Awards.

Best Newcomer is a new category for 2020 and David Wells, Wortley Hall, was its inaugural winner.  The judges loved David’s ‘hands-on’ refurbishment of the restaurant, reintroducing original features, above and beyond his actual job of restaurant supervisor.

Kelly Daley of Sounds Commercial presented the Mercure Sheffield Parkway with the Top Team Award.  The judges said that they demonstrated a unified, multi-skilled one team approach and epitomised the very essence of teamwork and award-winning customer service.

As well as celebrating the cream of the region’s hospitality industry, guests were asked to support the SCR Hospitality Association’s charity of the year, The Children’s Hospitality Charity.  They generously raised  nearly two thousand pounds towards this much-loved charity which currently has an appeal to raise £14.25m to transform the hospital environment, including funds to build an on-site helipad for major trauma patients who arrive via helicopter when every second counts.

The SCR Hospitality Awards 2020 Winners


Photo Credit:  Simon Dewhirst

Here is the full list of Winners and runners up for the SCR Hospitality Awards 2020:

Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by Sheffield College)

Highly Commended, Mason Windle, Copthorne Hotel, Sheffield

Winner, Kellie Carter, Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria

Mentor of the Year (Sponsored by Print Northwest)

Third Place, Martin Pick, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park

Second Place, Francine Morris, Hampton by Hilton Sheffield

Winner, Parag Tawade, Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria

Lifetime Achievement (Sponsored by Ace Party Co)

Third Place, Debbie Richards, Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria

Second Place, Julie Conway, Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa

Winner, Robert Leeming, Holiday Inn Rotherham Sheffield

Customer Service Back of House (Sponsored by Expedia)

Third Place, Valeria Bosco, Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria

Second Place, Victoria Nikulshina, Novotel Sheffield Centre

Simon Lopez, Holiday Inn Rotherham Sheffield

Customer Service Front of House (Sponsored by PREM Hospitality)

Third Place, Jack Collins, Novotel Sheffield Centre

Joint Winner, Daranee Batty, Cutlers Hotel

Joint Winner, Sai Puvvala, Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria

Unsung Hero

Highly Commended, Stuart Smith, Wortley Hall

Highly Commended, Jake Wolstenhulme, Leopold Hotel Sheffield

Joint Winner, Nicola Dudziak, Mecure Sheffield Parkway

Joint Winner, Philip Lunt, Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria

People’s Choice Public Vote (Sponsored by City Taxis)

Winner, Jessica Crookes, Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria

Best Newcomer (Sponsored by Jam Entertainment)

Third Place, Eloise Horsfield, Hampton by Hilton Sheffield

Second Place, Eve Renshaw, Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa

Winner, David Wells, Wortley Hall

Rising Star (Sponsored by Molson Coors)

Third Place, Rachel Bluff, Holiday Inn Express Sheffield City Centre

Second Place, Jack Bullimore, Jurys Inns Sheffield

Winner, Claire Cawthorne, Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa

Top Team (Sponsored by Sounds Commercial)

Third Place, Housekeeping, Mosborough Hall Hotel

Second Place, You Fit Rotherham, Holiday Inn Rotherham Sheffield

Winner, Mecure Sheffield Parkway Team, Mecure Sheffield Parkway