Staff at North East hotels to be recognised at awards

Bernard Bloodworth, managing director of Matfen Hall.
Bernard Bloodworth, managing director of Matfen Hall.

Hotels in Northumberland are among those shortlisted for prizes at the 7th North East Hotels Association Annual 
Excellence Awards.

The awards celebrate those people working in the region’s best-known hotels, who are delivering outstanding service to guests and local communities.

The winning chefs for the Great North Menu.

The winning chefs for the Great North Menu.

They recognise the dedication and outstanding talent of people across a range of categories and the 50 finalists have been chosen from 114 nominations. The winners and runners-up will be revealed at a glitzy event tonight.

Bernard Bloodworth, North East Hotels Association (NEHA) joint chairman, said: “Our hotels are committed to providing memorable experiences for our guests and it is remarkable people in our teams that are the catalyst of great quality.

“These awards are special in that we recognise the people, not the properties in which they work. It is also important to us that we recognise people from the whole of the North East region.”

Among the finalists are Sharon Bradley, from the Holiday Inn in Northumberland, in the Inspirational Leader category and the Qmunnity Group at Slaley Hall in the Community category.

Other categories include Shooting Star, Best Arrivals, Best Newcomer, Cleanliness Excellence, Leisure Excellence, Sales Excellence, Service Excellence and Support Services.

Guests at the awards ceremony can look forward to a decent meal too as they will be eating a prize-winning menu.

The Crosby’s Great North Menu celebrates the cooking skills of young people working in the kitchens of the region’s best-known hotels. This year, 10 chefs competed at Newcastle College under the watchful eye of renowned chef Terry Laybourne.

Cooking the main course will be Jamie Dunlop, chef de partie at Matfen Hall, with his char siu pork fillet.

The NEHA is now believed to be the biggest of its kind in England, comprising more than 40 of the region’s best-known hotels including internationally and nationally recognised chains, and leading independent hotels.

Association members have a significant economic impact, employing more than 3,400 people and spending £70million purchasing products and services. The NEHA contribution to the economy and GDP of the North East is £616million.