The winners of the inaugural 2019 BH Star Awards were announced at a glamour-filled, glitzy gala awards’ ceremony held at The Lighthouse, Poole on 14th March 2019.
The Furlong Shopping Centre was delighted to take away the GOLD award for the highly competitive “SHOPPING DESTINATION” category! The accolade was presented by Chris Jarvis, from CBeebies fame, alongside Chanine Boulton, from BoHo Beach House – the award sponsor.
A fabulous, fun-filled celebration of tourism, business and retail at its finest, the new BH Star Awards, with headline sponsor Shorefield Holidays, were extremely competitive, drawing entrants from throughout the BH post code area across 25 categories.
Finalists were treated to a spectacular display of entertainment by The Benedicts whilst creative catering was provided by Dorset-based Molecular Magic. A vibrant and creative approach was used to launch and publicise these new prestigious awards, something which appealed to entrants and supporters alike.
The award categories included dining experience, hotel and self catering accommodation, new business, innovation, activities, retailer experience, green initiatives and more.
Headline sponsor Shorefield Holidays, said: “Not only do the BH Star Awards raise the profile of tourism in Dorset across the BH postcode area, but our worthy winners act as beacons for those who will enter in the future and in other regions.”
Jackie Phillipson, co-founder of #ROUTEpr and Events, organiser and curator of the Star Awards, said: “The value of winning, kudos and related publicity mean that winners have something to shout about as they return to congratulate their teams. The judges were impressed by business growth and development, but we must say well done to all entrants, semi-finalists and especially, tonight’s winners.
“Entrants, sponsors and partners have excelled themselves with their commitment to doing a fantastic and professional job. High calibre entrants show Dorset has what it takes to sparkle with stellar performance.”
“The evening is also the standout event for making regional tourism connections amongst those who tireless hard work and dedication go into creating this award-winning destination.”
The Furlong centre management team would like say a huge THANK YOU” to all our stores, staff and loyal customers for helping making this award possible.