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The BHHA Awards 2017 - Sponsorship Opportunities

The BHHA Awards 2017 is taking place at The Grand Brighton on Monday 20th November 2017.

It is expected that the event will be attended by over 400 local hotel owners, managers and their teams as well as local dignitaries and high profile corporate business people.

There are various ways that sponsors can get involved with the event in order to promote their business to the hotels sector as well as enjoying a great night out!

For questions about sponsorship packages please contact

New fundraising record for BHHA Awards 2015

Over £2,155 has been raised this year at the BHHA Awards for the Argus Appeal and Rockinghorse charities. Many thanks to everyone for your generosity and Garry Clarke & the team for selling so many raffle tickets. The BHHA Awards team would also like to thank the many award sponsors who provided the financial support to make it happen.

AGM minutesTuesday 21 April 2015 - Seattle Hotel at 4.30pm

BHHA Annual General Meeting
Held on Tuesday 21 April 2015
at Seattle Hotel, Brighton Marina at 4.30pm
In attendance:
Jeremy Ogden (Chair) Limehouse
Mark Jones Colson House
Eamon Cahill Court Craven
Sharon Callaghan Strawberry Fields
Stephen Hipwell Granville
Martin Culverhouse Churchill
Garry Clarke Cavalaire
David Spafford Ambassador
Andrew Mosley Grand Hotel
Jeremy Ornellas Blanch House
Nathan Ruthven Seattle
Mark McCullogh Nineteen
Sascha Koehler Metropole
Mark Gibson Hotel Pelirocco
Carla Ter Maat Drakes
Dominic Sauls Ibis Brighton
Hervet Guyat New Steine
Justin Manning Queens
Eleanor Harris i360
Pippa Atkinson i-360
Howard Barden Visit Brighton
Rachel Brown Minutes
Paul Wright Old Ship
Fran Rhodes Holiday Inn
Hotel Una
Iain Lindsay Mercure
Five Hotel
D Doyle Jury’s Inn
1. Welcome
J Ogden welcomed everyone to the meeting. N Ruthven was thanked for the provision of venue.
The Committee were thanked for their work, especially A Cooke for his contribution on the Awards.
2. Approval of 2014 Minutes
The Minutes of the meeting held on 15 May 2014 were agreed as a true record. It was noted that
Blanch House should read J Ornellas, not J Ogden. S and R Marlow have passed Paskins to their
daughter and partner and so Sue Marlow has stood down.
3. Annual Accounts 2014/5
Balance Sheet/ Income and Expenditure reports were circulated to the meeting. A Cooke highlighted
the following:
•Subscriptions are up on last year with over 45 properties totalling £4,345. This is slightly higher
than the previous year which was at £4,228.
•The Awards Ceremony in 2014 raised £5,815 bringing the total income to £10,160.
•The total expenditure during the last financial year was £8317.00. This is considerably more
than the previous years due to the costs of hosting an awards ceremony.
•The awards expenditure total was £5,996.
•Association running costs were £2,351. These running costs are comparable to 2013 which
were £2,366. The main expenditure items outside the awards remain administration support
from Outsource which totalled £876. Many thanks to Rachel for her continued hard work and
patience. Other costs include £635 for marketing which included website costs, display banners
and window stickers.
•At the end of the financial year the surplus before tax is £1,843.
•There is no Corporation Tax to pay this year.
•There is a surplus to carry forward of £22,965
•The BHHA Exec have not claimed any expenses in the last financial year.
It was noted A Cooke was standing down as Treasurer for BHHA. P Wright (GM from The Old Ship)
has agreed to be nominated for this role. M Jones (Colson House) has agreed to take over
membership and subscriptions. However, he would remain on the Exec team, to work on the 2015
Any questions or queries on the accounts please email
The financial reports were adopted by the meeting: Proposer – S Callaghan, Seconder S Hipwell.
4. Chair’s Report
J Ogden had given an extensive report to the Quarterly Meeting and had nothing further to add.
5. Election of Chair
J Ogden agreed to continue in this role. There were no other nominations.
6. Election of Treasurer
P Wright agreed to stand for this role. There were no other nominations.
7. Election of Secretary
M Jones agreed to stand for this role. There were no other nominations
8. Election of Executive Committee
The Executive Committee (which includes the Officers named above) were elected en-bloc:
Alex Cooke, Sharon Callaghan, Garry Clarke, Mark McCullogh, Jeremy Ornellas
Proposed by D Spafford , Seconded by E Cahill.
9. Thanks and close
Members were thanked for their attendance and invited to take part in refreshments at the bar.
Meeting closed at 4.38

BHHA Awards Ceremony 2014

The Brighton and Hove Hotels Awards 2014

Many thanks to the 360 guests who attended the 1st BHHA Awards Ceremony. Over £1,600 was raised for the Argus Appeal and Rockinghorse charities and a jolly good time was had by all. The Hilton and The Grand worked generously to provide a very special night and the BHHA would like to thank them and the many, many sponsors who made it all happen.

Photographs from the event can be found here –

Visit Brighton news item -

2014 Winners Nominees
All three nominees listed. The winner for each category is in bold.

1. Cleanliness Award
Judged and sponsored by Brighton Visitor and City Cars
My Hotel
• Drakes
• The Cavalaire

2. Warmest Welcome
Judged and sponsored by City College Brighton and Hove
The Cavalaire
• Artist Residence
• Blanch House

3. Unsung Hero Award
Judged by The Argus and sponsored by Rockinghorse and The Argus Appeal
Sam Patterson from Hotel Du Vin
• Rae Davies from Jurys Inn
• Andrei Mila from Strawberry Fields

4. Ambassador for Customer Experience Award
Sponsored and judged by Platinum Business
Blanch House
• My Hotel
• Jerome Pesenti – Thistle

5. Best Initiative Award
Sponsored and judged by Brighton i360
Jurys Inn
• Lime House
• The Old Ship

6. Outstanding Personality Award
Sponsored and judged by Juice FM
Arif Said - Nineteen
• Ken Eunson - Thistle
• Gillian Lindfield Butler – The Old Ship Hotel

7. Charity and Community Award
Judged by Rockinghorse and sponsored by Brighton Supplies
Jurys Inn
• My Hotel
• Strawberry Fields

8. Best Breakfast Award
Judged by Restaurants Brighton and sponsored by Southern Water
Artist Residence
• Granville Hotel
• Paskins

9. Property of The Year Award
Judged by Mayo Wynne Baxter and sponsored by VisitBrighton
Hotel Una
• Artists Residence
• Drakes

Old Police Cells Museum

After the last quarterly meeting there was an invitation to tour the old police cells under the Town Hall. These cells were in use until 1967 despite being condemned as not fit for purpose over a decade earlier. A number of guest house owners took the tour of the cells and enjoyed the displays of local memorabilia. The museum is run by a bunch of very dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers and could be interesting place to visit for your guests.

Plans progressing for Lib Dems conference

A lower-profile security operation is expected for this year’s main political conference in Brighton.

The Liberal Democrats stage their annual gathering at the Brighton Centre between September 22-26.

The council, police, emergency services and conference industry representatives have been jointly planning the event for months.

Although the Lib Dems form part of the Westminster coalition, the security operation is likely to be less noticeable than for the last big conference when Labour were in government in 2009.

As things currently stand the council and police expect the main security measure will be a temporary fence around the Brighton Centre and Grand Hotel. The pavement immediately outside both will be closed to the public.

Letters have been sent to 500 residents in the area, suggesting they get the date in their diary. It says there will be no access restrictions for residents - either driving or on foot. Residential vehicle passes will not be required, as in previous years.

However residents are advised to get in touch with the council or police if they are planning anything using a large vehicle, such as moving house. Contact details are on the council website.

The Lib Dems are expected to bring 8000 delegates to the event, which will inject around £15m into the local economy.

The council’s tourism arm VisitBrighton has helped make the visitors welcome by negotiating delegate discounts for rail travel, taxis, hotel rooms and shopping.

Chair of the council’s economic development and culture committee Cllr Geoffrey Bowden said: “Conferences are a major contributor to the city’s economic life, both in terms of the thousands of jobs dependent on them and to overall spend generated by those coming to our city to take part.

“The Lib Dems will be one of the year’s showcase events, with substantial media coverage helping to promote Brighton & Hove to future conference organisers, which is why the council team will be working hard with the police and others to ensure it goes smoothly for the sake of all those whose jobs depend on such events.”

The Labour Party has announced it will be staging its conference in the city in 2013.

Visitor boom shows museums are not history

Brighton’s Royal Pavilion and museums are bucking the economic downturn with a 14 per cent increase in visitors.

For the period from last April to January 2012, the council’s five main historic attractions pulled in 592,860 customers, compared to 517,693 the year before.

The flagship Royal Pavilion increased numbers from 272,586 to 303,783 an increase of 11.4 per cent.

Brighton Museum’s numbers rose 17 per cent from 182,559 to 213,996. Hove Museum’s numbers went up almost 30 per cent from 32,017 to 41,574.

The Booth Museum of Natural History in Dyke Road saw figures rise from 19,459 to 21,612 – and increase of 10.5 per cent.

Visitors to Preston Manor rose from 10,982 to 11,895, up 8 per cent.

Councillors put the rises down to sophisticated marketing, special exhibitions and targeting specific audiences. Many national television programmes and other media featured the Royal Pavilion, while winter ice there skating helped increase interest.

In recent years the Royal Pavilion has staged special displays covering the building’s use as an Indian military hospital, plus an exhibition on Regency costume featuring George IV’s coronation gown. A new show starting next month highlights the life of George’s daughter Princess Charlotte, who died in childbirth at 21, changing the course of royal history.

Cabinet councillor for culture Geoffrey Bowden said: “These are amazing figures, given the economic background. Hove Museum’s increase is spectacular, which I would attribute to it the council’s policy of making it more family-friendly.

“It’s very gratifying that history can be a real crowd-puller if you tell the stories in an imaginative and engaging way.”


Further information: Alan Stone 01273 29 2276

Alan Stone
Media Officer
Communications / Media Team
Brighton & Hove City Council
Room G11, Kings House
Grand Avenue
Tel: 01273 292276
Mobile: (07763 348972)


7th March 2012 marks the re- launch of the Brighton and Hove Hotels Association (BHHA) the historic association has been at the forefront of the effort to improve the quality and value of Hotels and Guest Houses in the City since 1924. The first president was Mr J Henson Infield in 1931 and since then the association has seen an unbroken line of 37 individuals supporting the role to follow in his footsteps – including the newly appointed Chair, Catherine Anderson from The Oriental guest house.

The launch is to be held at the Brighthelm Centre at 2pm and will not only introduce the new user friendly website for Brighton Hove Hotels to the public but will also focus on the good works that have been carried out by many of the members to clear the vegetation and rubbish from the site, making it user friendly for all to use.
The next goal will be to create a new garden and children’s play area for the Brighthelm Centre itself. The new garden will be used by both the children and all members of the local community.
As new Chair Catherine Anderson explains “The BHHA is primarily about highlighting the hotels and guest houses plus our fantastic City to both locals and the world beyond and engaging in positive works to benefit the surrounding community. The BHHA have worked on laying the ground work for this garden for the local children - many of the managers and owners have come on site and got their hands dirty – which has made a great picture!” The new website will promote the BHHA’s core values of quality and responsible tourism and promote Brighton and Hove as a commercial and leisure resort as well. It will offer a complete guide to the general public for the best places to stay across Brighton and Hove providing up to date news and details of what’s on in Brighton.

Under Catherine’s new direction 2012 has already seen several new initiatives which have come to fruition including enticing all the major hotels to sign up for 2012 membership – offering a unified voice to address the common business issues and opportunities resulting from the new Green Council and legislation from the Government. The BHHA are also continuing to grow in strength in serving their community through projects such as the Brighthelm garden and assisting the Chestnut Tree Charity by donating the lost property from the members’ establishments.

For further information on the BHHA please contact Catherine Anderson at or visit

For all media enquiries please contact:
Phoebe Oliver
Oliver Relations
Tel: 01273 818112

£58m conference bookings boom

A bookings boom has been reported by Brighton & Hove City Council’s conference team.

VisitBrighton handled 122 conference enquiries in 2011 – a 13 percent increase on the year before.

From those 122 enquiries a total of 39 bookings have already been confirmed, a 32 per cent conversion rate, regarded as high within the industry.

Bookings secured in 2011 will bring in £58m to the local economy.

There are 28 major conferences or events booked for 2012, expected to attract over 30,000 delegates and earn the city £45m. Most will be at the Brighton Centre, with others at the Dome, Brighton Hilton Metropole, The Grand, Thistle and the Holiday Inn.

The biggest will be the Liberal Democrats’ party conference, in late September, expected to attract 8,000 people and bring in £15m.

Other bookings include the TUC Annual Congress in mid-September bringing 2,000 delegates and the Unison Health Conference in April, bringing 1,500.

In 2011 the VisitBrighton conference team has made 2,718 accommodation bookings for delegates attending conferences in the city; a 61 per cent increase on 2010.

The total number of bednights generated from these bookings totalled 14,830 - a 78 per cent increase.

The VisitBrighton team also hosted groups of French and German conference organisers in the city, plus dozens of other individual conference representatives. The team was selling the city hard at the main UK conference planners’ event Confex in March, and a similar event in Germany with Visit England in August

Cabinet councillor in charge of tourism Geoffrey Bowden said: “These figures are a tribute to the proactive approach taken by the VisitBrighton team in marketing our city and emphasises the importance of the conference business for the local economy.

“The level of interest from conference organisers is extremely high and I expect that the VisitBrighton team will soon be in a position to make announcements about some major events coming to our city.”

Council wins around £2m for ‘dynamic, fascinating museums’ programme

The city council is expecting to receive at least £2m from the Arts Council for radical improvements and apprenticeships within Brighton & Hove’s museums service.

The authority has actually bid for £2.7m from the Art’s Council’s Renaissance programme for the period 2012-2015. However the final sum awarded will be subject to negotiation.

The successful bid had to meet strict Arts Council criteria encouraging excellence; audiences; resilience; leadership and children and young people.

Among improvements will be better access to exhibits via digital technology - the internet, wifi, smartphone apps and gaming technology.

The funding will pay for more exhibitions and collaborations – including universities. Skills training will be made available for artists – especially those from under-represented groups.

Apprenticeships will be created and efforts made to involve more diverse groups in museum work.

Better marketing of museum services to tourists and improved fundraising methods are also on the cards.

There would be a programme aimed at children and young people – especially in deprived groups.

Council leader Bill Randall said: “A key skill in running museums these days is bidding for funding in this way. We keep a very keen eye on potential sources of money and have become very expert at securing it.

“We’re already a regional leader in museums provision and this money will help us go from strength to strength and create apprenticeships.

“This is all about getting away from the image of museums as dusty places for the few but making them dynamic, fascinating places children will be tugging their parents to.”

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