BUSINESSES from all across Scotland have been recognised at the Business Women Scotland (BWS) Women in Hospitality and Tourism Awards 2018. (Full winners’ list below).
Established and emerging business owners and operators from Aberdeenshire, Cupar, Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Helensburgh, St Andrew’s, Kinross and South Queensferry were all worthy winners at the awards, which are now in their second year.
There was also a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Anne Mulhern MBE who launched Glasgow’s Willow Tea Rooms in 1983 and whom the judges described as “a person has never forgotten the people who have helped her on the way and is always keen to get involved and speak to others who are looking at new opportunities”.
The Women in Hospitality and Tourism Awards were created and are run by BWS, an organisation dedicated to helping women find support and networking opportunities to allow them to strengthen their business. With tackling the gender gap in enterprise remaining a very current topic, BWS Live Events and BWS Awards across Scotland are exclusively designed to celebrate and empower women in business.
Commenting on this year’s event, BWS founding director, Lynne Kennedy notes: “These awards recognise the entrepreneurial talents of women across Scotland and help to create more business role models to inspire the next generation of leading women. The awards are also a celebration of women making their mark and their way in the world of business this year. The notable contribution women are making to boost Scotland’s economy cannot be underestimated and it is important we continue to develop a diverse and thriving world-class business environment for us to all operate in. We commend all of our nominees and heartily congratulate our winners!”
At this year’s event, which was supported by Women in Hospitality, HIT Scotland and ScotlandCanDo, the capacity audience heard from Dale MacPhee, GM of the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh and winner in the Hotelier of the Year category at the 2017 awards. And in this, the Year of the Young Scot, Hannah Rarity, winner of the BBC Radio Young Traditional Musician of the Year entertained guests throughout the evening.
The 2018 awards received over 150 entries across ten categories and the Judging Panel, comprising David Cochrane chief executive of HIT Scotland, Fiona Richmond, special projects manager at Scotland Food & Drink and Susan Russell, chair of Women in Tourism had the challenging task of selecting the winners.
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BWS Women in Hospitality and Tourism award winners 2018
ACCESSIBLE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
|Lorraine Davidson||Hill of Maunderlea Lodges||owner/manager|
|Kay Gilchrist||The Chalet, Holidays for All||owner/manager|
|WINNER Moira Henderson||The Rings||owner/manager|
|Petra Wetzel||WEST on the Green||managing director|
BAR OF THE YEAR
|Paige Wilson||Blythswood Square Principal Hotels||Bar & salon manager|
|Jeanette Forbes||Grape & Grain||proprietor|
|WINNER Julie Lewis||The Adamson Bar||managing director|
BEST PLACE FOR WOMEN TO WORK
|Jenny Corbett||Hickory||marketing manager|
|WINNER Emma Niven||Loch Leven’s Larder||marketing manager|
Petra Wetzel WEST on the Green managing director
FRONT OF HOUSE STAR OF THE YEAR
|Emma Kirk||Blythswood Square Principal Hotels||Front of house manager|
|Aimee Roper||Cargill’s Bistro||host|
|WINNER Angela Freeman||Glasgow Film Theatre||Senior Front of house|
|Tekla Solyom||Sodexo||junior events manager|
|Caroline Franceschi||The Dunstane Houses||assistant operations manager|
|Aroha Reye||The Spanish Butcher||captain (Front of house/supervisor)|
|Zoe Strang||The Spanish Butcher||captain (Front of house/supervisor)|
HOTELIER OF THE YEAR
|WINNER Victoria Erasmus||Glen Mhor Hotel||director|
|Shirley Mowat||The Dunstane Houses||owner/director|
|Gillian Ross||The Lochside Hotel||general manager|
HR STAR OF THE YEAR
|Danielle Ramsay||Apex hotels||group recruitment manager|
|Laura Dunphy||Blythswood Square Principal Hotels||people development officer|
|WINNER Suzanne Clark||Sodexo||People manager. Prestige People|
RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR
|WINNER Cara Nikolic||La Barca Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar||director|
|Melissa Fischer||Old Course Hotel, Golf Restor & Spa||Road Hole Restaurant & Road Hole Bar manager|
|Louise Rusk||Rusk & Rusk||co-founder|
|Julie Lewis||The Adamson||managing director|
|Anastasia Mourgela||Hutcheson City Grill||captain (supervisor)|
|Rose Woollen||Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group||digital marketing|
|WINNER Jenny Watt||ScotBeer Tours||Guide/Product and Edinburgh manager|
TOURISM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
|WINNER Carole Short||Down on the Farm||owner|
|Zakia Moulaoui||Invisible Cities||founder and managing director|
|Emma Chalmers||Mary’s Meanders||director|
|Lesley Watson||Solway Tours||owner|
VENUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
|Natalie Traynor||BAaD||director and events manager|
|WINNER Juliet Parry||Busby Hotel||general manager|
|Elaine Gilchrist||Trades Hall of Glasgow||sales manager|
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