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HBAA members to the fore in National Venue Awards shortlists

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An outstanding feature of the finalists for the National Venue Awards is the predominance of HBAA members on the shortlists.

21 HBAA members are finalists and between them they have achieved 28 nominations in 15 widely varied different categories in these prestigious and highly coveted awards.

Louise Goalen, Chair of the HBAA commented: “These figures clearly highlight the quality of venues within association membership, although with several competing against one another, sadly they can’t all win! We sincerely congratulate all of them on their achievements in reaching the final shortlists and wish them all the best.”

The National Venues Awards Ceremony will take place at the Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 11 May.

The HBAA member finalists are:


Best Academic Venue

  • Imago Venues


Best Awards Ceremony Venue

  • The Principal Manchester


Best Catering at a Venue

  • Newmarket Racecourses
  • Warwick Conferences


Best Christmas Corporate Party Venue

  • The National Railway Museum
  • Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa


Best City Centre Venue Space

  • The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
  • The Midland Hotel


Best Event Venue – under 500 Attendees

  • De Vere Holborn Bars
  • The National Railway Museum
  • Wyboston Lakes Resort


Best Event Venue – 500 to 1,000 Attendees

  • Epsom Downs Racecourse, The Jockey Club
  • The Kia Oval


Best Historic Venue

  • De Vere Holborn Bars
  • Imperial War Museum North


Best Hotel for Events

  • The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
  • The Lowry Hotel


Best Sporting Venue for Events

  • Cheltenham Racecourse
  • Lord’s Cricket Ground
  • Ricoh Arena / Wasps
  • The Kia Oval


Best Unusual or Unique Venue

  • Imperial War Museum North
  • Victoria Warehouse


Best Venue Chain or Group

  • Warwick Conferences


Best Venue Customer Service

  • Kempton Park Racecourse, The Jockey Club


Best Wedding Venue

  • Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian   
  • Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa


Most Versatile Venue

  • Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa


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