Hospitality & Tourism

Gallery: Hoteliers praised for their resilience as 2023 Recognition Awards are launched in style

Tim Seward, Chair of BH Area Hospitality Association, with sponsors of the 2023 Recognition Awards. Picture: Paul Collins/PC Visuals.

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: March 9, 2023 | Updated: 10th March 2023

Hoteliers in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have been praised for their resilience after another challenging year.

Tim Seward was speaking at the annual meeting of BH Area Hospitality Association (BAHA), held at The Nici in Bournemouth.

The official launch of the 2023 Recognition Awards, celebrating the success of individuals and teams in the sector, was held after the AGM.

Addressing members after being elected Chair for his fourth year, Tim said: “This year, like the previous few years, has seen challenges for our hoteliers.

“They include the recent increase in gas and electricity costs and increases in other areas such as food, linen and other hotel costs to keep your business running.

“We have had Brexit and come through.

“We have had Covid and came out the other side.

“We have a fuel crisis and are pulling through, no matter what is thrown at us.

Tim Seward.

“It is great to see so many hoteliers in the room who have overcome these challenges, and continue to battle through, to keep their doors open and to welcome guests throughout the year to come and enjoy Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

“As hoteliers we are key in keeping visitors returning to this area and enjoying everything that it has to offer.

“Well done all [for getting] through these challenging times.”

Describing the past 12 months as “another absolutely amazing year” Tim listed some of the BAHA highlights and paid tribute to patrons, sponsors and supporters.

After three years as Vice Chair, Jason Davies has stepped down but remains a committee member.

Carlo De Rosa, pictured right, General Manager of Ibis Styles, was voted in as a new Vice Chair.

New faces joining the committee for 2023-24 are:

  • Michael Matthews, Sales Manager at Hilton Bournemouth.
  • Gianluca Iaccarino, Front Office Manager, The Green House Hotel.
  • Eytan Krips, Owner, Hotel Collingwood.
  • James Dixon-Box, Marsham Court Hotel.

The 2023/24 officers are: Tim Seward (Chair); David Bailey (Immediate Past Chair); Rosie Radwell (Vice Chair); Carlo De Rosa (Vice Chair) and Zoe Westwood (Treasurer).

Committee members are: Des Simmons, Paul Clarke, Jason Davies, Michael Matthews, Eytan Krips, Gianluca Iaccarino, Mike Harrison, Theo Iakamov, Tim Lloyd, Jacqueline Entwistle, Sandra Graham and James Dixon-Box.

Yannic Kaiser continues as Youth/Young ambassador.

Tim’s charities for 2023/24 remain as Room to Reward and The CRUMBS Project.

Nominations have now opened for the 2023 Recognition Awards with hoteliers invited to put forward their teams.

The main sponsors are and NFU Mutual with Bournemouth Coastal Bid as main supporter.

Andy Brennan launched the awards and will also host the finals for a second year on Sunday October 1 at the Cumberland Hotel.

This year’s award categories, and sponsors. are:

  • Sales Manager of the Year, sponsored by A1 Insurance.
  • Events Operations of the Year, sponsored by Bidfood.
  • Receptionist of the Year, sponsored by BCTC.
  • Housekeeper of the Year, sponsored by Clean Linen Services Ltd.
  • Head/Sous Chef of the Year, sponsored by County Foods.
  • Chef de Partie/Commis Chef of the Year, sponsored by Comax.
  • Kitchen Porter of the Year, sponsored by Chinastack Catering Equipment Ltd.
  • Bar Person of the Year, sponsored by Smugglers Cove, BCP Council.
  • Restaurant Manager of the Year, sponsored by Cater Elite.
  • Waiter/Waitress of the Year, sponsored by T M Recycling.
  • HR/Admin/Accounts Person of the Year, sponsored by Ellis Jones Solicitors.
  • Reservations & Revenue Person of the Year, sponsored by Charminster Dry Cleaners.
  • Assistant/Duty Manager of the Year, sponsored by The Coffee Bean Company.
  • Spa/Pool Person of the Year, sponsored by UMC Air Conditioning.
  • Maintenance Person of the Year, sponsored by Waste Management Facilities.
  • Night Staff of the Year, sponsored by Greenwing UK.
  • Deputy/Operations Manager of the Year, sponsored by Harvest Fine Foods.
  • Special Contribution to BAHA 2023, sponsored by BAHA.
  • SEN Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by SWRAC.
  • Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Event Temps.
  • B&P College Student of the Year, sponsored by Bournemouth & Poole College.
  • Bournemouth University Student of the Year, sponsored by Bournemouth University.
  • Career Progression, sponsored by Bournemouth Coastal Bid.

Drinks sponsors are: Tolchards, Shanty Spirits and Thatchers.

Nominations can be made through BH Hospitality Association’s website here.


Biz Gallery – pictures by Paul Collins/PC Visuals.

Rosie Radwell and Tim Seward of BAHA pictured with main sponsors of the Recognition Awards Darren Seward and John Heather of NFU Mutual and Danielle Nugent of

Rosie Radwell and Tim Seward of BAHA pictured with patrons.

Danielle Nugent of sponsor

John Heather of sponsor NFU Mutual.


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